Marshawn Lynch wanted a piece of Pete Carroll
Marshawn Lynch recently talked about the infamous goal line play in the Patriots Super Bowl and admitted that he was mad about the play call that cost them the game, he said it the blew the Seahawks chance at becoming a dynasty.
Marshawn Lynch was ‘boiling’ after Super Bowl INT, says Seahawks blew chance at a dynasty
Marshawn Lynch may have been “laughing” at Pete Carroll after the Seattle Seahawks lost Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots. But he was also “boiling” that the team had blown a chance to start a dynastic.
The former star running back appeared on this week’s episode of the “I AM ATHLETE” podcast and discussed life after football and mental health among former players. But before long, the topic moved to the Seahawks’ famous decision to pass the ball instead of handing it off to Lynch at the goal line.
“We’re at the peak of our careers, with the opportunity to go ahead and start a dynasty-type (expletive) and then we fumble the bag on the 2-yard line,” Lynch said about the play.
The play before, Lynch had carried the ball four yards, setting Seattle up with 2nd-and-goal from the 1-yard line with 20 seconds left, trailing 28-24. Since Seattle had a timeout left, the common thought was that the offense would simply hand the ball to “Beast Mode” to punch it in for a game-winning score. Instead, Russell Wilson dropped back to pass and was picked off by then-unknown rookie Malcolm Butler.
After the game, Lynch was heated about the loss and the decision. Previously, Lynch has said that he was “laughing” at Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on the sidelines for the decision to throw the ball. Lynch says that, even if running the ball didn’t work, they at least wouldn’t have second-guessed themselves.
“When it comes to the play call, and that was the type of situation. Yeah, I’m hot as (expletive). I’m boiling. The only thing I can do is think, ‘I need to get in his face, for I’m about to laugh at (him) so hard.’ I know for a fact, if we run that ball four times and we don’t score, everybody on our team, from the front office to the janitors will say, ‘Well, (expletive), yup, well we deserve to lose that (expletive).”
So, what does Lynch think of the call now?
“At the end of the day, it’s a football play,” Lynch said.
Co-host LenDale White was skeptical of that response. He pressed Lynch on whether he thinks he should have gotten the ball?
“Yeah, for sure. For (expletive) sure,” Lynch said. “But like I told you, I’m humble, so a lot of people, when they hear that, they won’t think that.”
Lynch wasn’t alone in the Seahawks locker room in thinking he should have gotten the ball. He said that, when he’d returned to the team’s facilities, teammates and personnel came to Lynch and told him they couldn’t believe coaches didn’t run the ball there.
“That was, like, the highest level of respect,” Lynch said.
After that 2014 run to the Super Bowl, Lynch played one more season with the Seahawks before retiring at the age of 29. Lynch wound up coming back to the NFL, playing two seasons with the Oakland Raiders before returning to Seattle to play one game in 2019.