Marshawn Lynch took to a podium at media day Thursday – not to discuss the Super Bowl, but rather, to lecture reporters within earshot.
“All week I done told y’all what’s up,” Lynch said in Phoenix. “And for some reason, y’all continue to come back and do the same thing that y’all did. I don’t know what story y’all are trying to get out of me. I don’t know what image y’all are trying to portray of me. But it don’t matter what y’all think, what y’all say about me – because when I go home at night, the same people that I look in the face, my family, that I love, that’s all that really matters to me. So y’all can go and make up whatever y’all want to make up because I don’t say enough for y’all to go put anything out on me.”
All righty then.
Can someone please explain this?
“The media wants – and I’m part of it – they want this man to be who they want him to be, and not who he is,” Deion Sanders said on The Doug Gottlieb Show. “We got a bunch of role models. Basically, we got a lot of models playing a role. This kid don’t have time to be playing a role for certain people, and he does not care. He does not care what you think of him because you’re not helping him anyway. He don’t see talking to the media as an asset.”
Regardless of your thoughts on Lynch – whether you think he’s highly amusing or wildly self-centered – he’s one of the biggest reasons that Seattle is back in the Super Bowl. Arizona cornerback Patrick Peterson can attest to that. After all, Lynch had a “Beast Mode” 79-yard touchdown run in a 35-6 win over the Cardinals in December.
“He’s definitely different,” Peterson said. “He has everything. He’s a guy that you definitely do not want to tackle in the open field. Him and Adrian Peterson are definitely two of the running backs that run so well. Those guys are just a wall of steel and something you do not want to hit consistently.”
Yup, you’ve got to give Lynch credit. He’s almost made Richard Sherman anonymous this week, which is certainly no easy task.
But make no mistake: Sherman will put his imprint on Sunday’s game. So will Darrelle Revis. In fact, Sanders believes Revis looks about as good as ever.
“Last year wasn’t good because he was injured and he didn’t have his confidence,” Sanders said. “He got it back this year. He’s healthy, has his confidence, has his swagger. One of the main reasons this team is here is Darrelle Revis.”
Said Peterson, “Revis is very finesse. He’s very patient at the line of scrimmage. He loves to get his hands on receivers to disrupt the route. He’s very, very physical. He’s very, very patient at the line of scrimmage. He’s a press corner, and he’s very, very good at it.”
Of course, Sherman is pretty physical, too – left-elbow pain notwithstanding.
“Let’s get this straight,” Sanders said. “When a cornerback’s outside arm is hurting, that does not matter. He’s using his inside arm on the jam 95 percent of the time. If he’s out there using his outside arm, he’s going to get beat anyway. So let’s put that out of the equation. It doesn’t matter. He’s going to get that arm up when it’s time for a pick, believe me.”