RENTON — Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch has been seen but not heard this season.
Preferring to let his actions do the talking, Lynch declined all interview requests throughout the regular season.
But with the playoffs approaching, Lynch on Friday turned into a man of, well, at least a few words.
A possible Super Bowl run, and the accompanying media spotlight, means players are required to fulfill certain interview obligations at the risk of potential fines from the NFL.
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So after the Seahawks practice Friday, Lynch quickly hopped in front of a few cameras and tape recorders and spoke for roughly 1 minute and 23 seconds. As he did, he delivered answers as straight and to the point as many of his runs, handling nine questions in 79 words.
His first answer might have been his most insightful.
Asked how he’s feeling after a season in which he broke the 1,000-yard barrier for the third straight year with 1,257, Lynch responded simply: “Smooth.’’
Reporters at that point might have felt as helpless as many of the defenders Lynch has stiff-armed through the years.
But the assembled media continued.
Asked how the season has gone, he said “pretty well’’ and that he’s glad to have a bye week.
“Yeah, rest helps,’’ he said.
Asked that it seemed like the running game appeared to find itself again in the last game against the Rams, he said: “It’s just all of us coming together, playing the game.”
Asked about Seattle’s position heading into the playoffs, Lynch said: “I feel good. I like our chances.’’
And asked about Seattle’s practices this week, in which the team has worked out with its No. 1 offense going against the No. 1 defense instead of preparing for a specific opponent, he said: “When you get to practice against the best, it brings the best out of you.”
Finally, Lynch was reminded that the playoff game next Saturday will be the first at CenturyLink Field since his famed “Beast Quake’’ run against New Orleans in 2011 and asked whether he had anything similar in store this time.
“I just hope to win, boss.”
Then he paused, said “thank you, I appreciate it,’’ and turned and walked away.
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