SEATTLE (BVM) – The farther away time gets from the last Seattle Seahawks’ Super Bowl win, the more insight the NFL world receives about the relationships that affected many of the team’s prominent players.
While former members of the Seahawks’ secondary have been vocal about some of their dismay during their time with both head coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson, the team’s former running back, Marshawn Lynch, became the most recent of the group to deliver some background on the situation during an interview on Shannon Sharpe’s “Club Shay Shay.”
“I wouldn’t be the right person to speak on their relationship because I didn’t [bleep] with them,” Lynch said when asked about the defense’s issues with Wilson. “I didn’t [bleep] with Pete [Carroll], and then I mean Russ [Wilson] was just a quarterback for me.”
While many had sensed a disconnect between the two sides of the ball, the words from Lynch further provided clarity on the estranged relationship with two of the most notable members of the franchise.
“I respect Russell as a player and as a teammate,” Lynch said. “Anything that I say is gonna come off as malice or as if I’m a hater… I’ll take Russell. I’ll put him right there at quarterback, and I’ll rock with him, because I have done that. But as far as anything else… No, there’s no, you can’t pick up the phone and call [Wilson] or nothing.”
Lynch would go on to say that the two had talked over the phone at one point but didn’t feel like the conversation got them anywhere. The former Seahawks running back even acknowledged the time he felt Carroll had split Wilson from him and his teammates.
“We had a situation in practice where, being accountable was something big for us,” Lynch stated. “We had a situation in practice where Pete wasn’t holding him accountable and [Richard Sherman] spoke up, a couple of defensive lineman spoke up, and he called up practice… Pete telling them, ‘Hey, nobody go and talk to Russell and if anyone has something to say to Russell come and talk to me, the quarterbacks coach, but nobody talk to him.’
“That was where that [bleep] started.”
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The recollection of issues surrounding the team were talked about a couple months back by both Sherman and the Seahawks head coach during a sit down interview where they discussed the game-ending interception in Super Bowl XLIX.
“You guys were so mad at me, and so pissed,” Carroll said to Sherman about calling a pass play. “I wish I could feel it like the way I should feel it but that play just happened. That play call just happened, it wasn’t by design. There was no foreshadowing, no intent, no agenda. That play just happened.”
While the stories continue to roll out, it does seem to be rather clear that the interception to end the team’s second straight Super Bowl win certainly became the breaking point.