Pete Carroll to speak with Marshawn Lynch about NFL crackdown on gesture
The Seahawks reportedly would be at risk of a 15-yard unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty in the Super Bowl if the running back grabs his crotch again after scoring a touchdown.
Seattle Times staff reporter
PHOENIX — Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Sunday he plans to talk to running back Marshawn Lynch about the NFL’s plans to penalize the Seahawks on the field if Lynch continues to grab his crotch in the Super Bowl.
ESPN reported Saturday that NFL has told the Seahawks they would be at risk of a 15-yard unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty if Lynch grabs his crotch, as he has done twice this season after scoring touchdowns. Both times he later was fined, but with no penalty to the team during the game.
“I haven’t talked to him about the thing that just came up from the league and the things about the game and all that yet, but that will be addressed and I expect him to have a great Super Bowl week,’’ Carroll said. “I think he’s going to have a great time doing this and playing in this game come game day.’’
It’s also known that the NFL might heavily fine Lynch if he does not speak to the media at required sessions Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Lynch was fined $100,000 this season for failing to comply with the NFL’s media policy, and fines could be even heftier if he does not cooperate at the Super Bowl.
Asked about that, Carroll gave an answer that hinted the team will let Lynch do as he wants.
“First off, let’s not miss that he is a very unique individual and he has a way that we have embraced, that we understand Marshawn and we support him every way that we can,’’ Carroll said. “But he is a very unique guy, and he’s got his own way of looking at things, and he’s also a very private person, too. That’s why the media thing is as it is. It’s not something that he is going to express a whole lot to you. I’ve said this before, that there’s a great deal spoken in his silence as well.”
Sherman rips NFL over Pro Bowl gift policy
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman left few stones unturned during his media session Sunday, including criticizing the NFL for not giving Seattle players gifts for being named to the Pro Bowl.
Players for Seattle and New England named to the game are excused for the obvious reason of preparing for the Super Bowl.
With the Pro Bowl being played Sunday in Glendale, Ariz., Sherman was asked about not taking part and said “I’m perfectly fine with being in the Super Bowl. The one thing I’m disappointed in is that they won’t give us our gifts from the Pro Bowl, which is kind of dumb. The NFL is the only league that punishes the players that make the all-star game.”
Sherman said he thinks the gifts are “watches and stuff,” but because he won’t get them, “I don’t know now.’’
• There were more reports Sunday that the Atlanta Falcons are expected to announce the hiring of Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn as their coach next Monday, after the Super Bowl. That has been expected for a while. It was also reported Sunday that the Falcons might hire Raheem Morris as their defensive coordinator. There had also been speculation that the Falcons might be interested in Seattle secondary coach Kris Richard as defensive coordinator. But Richard is also a candidate to replace Quinn, and the possible filling of the Atlanta defensive coordinator job could increase the chance that Richard replaces Quinn with the Seahawks.
• The Patriots will arrive Monday afternoon and meet the media at 4 p.m. Seattle time.