NEWARK, N.J. — Marshawn Lynch is all about action.
Lynch had an obligation and did what he needed to do — sort of.
After barely six minutes in front of the microphone, Lynch abruptly ended his Media Day session.
Of course, that’s about six minutes more than he spoke to the media this season, earning himself a $50,000 fine.
“You say ‘hut’ and there’s action,” said Lynch. “All the unnecessary talk, it don’t do nothing for me. I appreciate that people want to hear from me, but I just go to work and do my thing. You feel me?”
If Lynch continues to rumble down the field the way he has this postseason, Lynch can say or not say whatever he wants.
“He’s an animal,” said Seahawks center Max Unger. “Marshawn’s an awesome running back. He’s everything that you want — very violent runner.”
After his numbers dipped his last two years with the Buffalo Bills, Lynch has emerged as one of the top running backs in the league with Seattle.
Lynch rushed for a career-best 1,590 yards last season and has scored 39 of his 63 total touchdowns in his three-plus seasons with the Seahawks.
In the past, Lynch has referred to his trade from the Bills as a mutual decision. Considering the Bills’ running game has been arguably its most consistent unit since Lynch’s departure, it could be a trade that worked out well for both sides.
“It was an opportunity for me to go and see if there was something else out there,” said Lynch. “I’m glad I got the chance to do that.”
During his time with the Bills, Lynch had a couple of run-ins with the law, including a hit-and-run incident and a misdemeanor gun charge. Since his move to Seattle, Lynch has a DUI arrest that is still pending, but has become a fan favorite.
“They aren’t worried about what I’ve got to say,” said Lynch. “They just want to make sure I show up to perform.”
Lynch and the Seahawks have done that, reaching the franchise second Super Bowl behind a strong running game and its smothering defense.
Lynch has found a home in Seattle, not just a figurative way of putting his time in Buffalo very far in his rear view mirror.
While the Bills running game has not suffered with C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson forming a solid 1-2 punch, Lynch and the Seahawks have done much more winning.
“I won’t be satisfied with this until it’s all over,” said Lynch. “When we win, that’s when I’ll be satisfied. Until then, I’ve got work, but I appreciate all this. Y’all have a good day.”
Page 2 of 2 - And then Lynch walked off and out of view.
Lynch reappeared for the rest of the Seahawks’ media session but did not answer any more questions. He rested on a wall with the Super Bowl logo and nodded a couple of times when some reporters actually tried to ask a few more questions.
Lynch may not have a way with words but he has had a way with running the football and that’s all his teammates and coaches are concerned about right now.
Paul A. Jannace writes for the Wellsville (N.Y.) Daily Reporter.