Like him or not, Marshawn Lynch is a team player.
After his Seattle Seahawks lost to the New England Patriots 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday night, the star running back didn't throw coach Pete Carroll under the bus for opting to pass on a second-and-goal possession with 26 seconds left instead of handing him the ball and sticking with the run.
When asked if he was surprised he didn't get the ball, Lynch told NFL.com, "No...because football is a team sport."
On the crucial second-and-goal possession with 26 seconds left and the Seahawks down 28-24, all Seattle seemingly had to do was hand the ball to Lynch to both run the clock down and eventually punch in the game-winning touchdown. They inexplicably didn't. Even though, Lynch didn't point a finger and blame Carroll, the dejected coach who took the blame for the questionable play call.
"I made the decision," Carroll told ESPN. "I said, 'Throw the ball,' and we went with the play that we thought would give us a chance to get in the end zone. We were going to run the ball in to win the game, but not on that play. I didn't want to waste a run play on their goal-line guys. It was a clear thought, but it didn't work out right."
NFL.com also claims that the Seahawks want to give Lynch a contract extension, which would include $10 million in 2015.
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