BY Doug Farrar 03:15PM 01/05/2011

Marshawn Lynch

The Seahawks running back talks about how special this playoff berth is to him, the hive mind of the running back corps, and what Seattle has to do to beat the Saints this time.

You were able to move the ball the last time you played the Saints, though you had trouble in the red zone. What did you take away from that game that can help you now?

Well, like you said, we were moving the ball pretty effectively – now, it’s just about finishing. With being our second time seeing them, it will almost be like seeing a team for the second time in your division. You’ve kinda got a feel for them, and they’ve kinda got a feel for you. Basically, it’s just going to come down to who wants it more.

You hadn’t had many NFL games in your career with a lot of playoff atmosphere – how special was the regular-season finale against the Rams?

Man, it was great. It ‘s always something that you want to feel at the end of the season, and I’m just thankful that we got that win and are able to prepare for another game.

You had some success in the run game last week against the Rams – anything you’re looking to change or enhance going forward?

I’ll just continue to practice my craft, and practice with my preparation. For the most part, just being able to look to my left and to my right – I’ve got two other guys out there (fellow running backs Justin Forsett and Michael Robinson) with the same mindset that I have, getting this next victory collectively as a running back group.

How did the second half against the Rams, when you were able to move the ball on the ground with those stretch plays and cutbacks, set you up for this game?

You know, we just stuck with the run game, got some opportunities, and took advantage of them. And those guys up front (the offensive line) really had their minds set that they wanted to run the ball. That made it easier for us.

Now we’re here, we have our foot in the door, it’s time to do something with it.


  • Ji1di1

    I remember Rudman slamming James many years ago and is still trying to take him down. WTF? Th eplayers byou mentioned were James guys. You kinda suck Ruddy

    • crumudgeon

      Well written.  Class act.  We have a genius in our midst…

  • Joe Fan

    I would have given Sark an A, but the defense has so far, overall, been disappointing.  The lack of clear success on the defensive side (and don’t get me wrong, there are glimmers of hope), resulted in me knocking down the grade just a tad.

  • Guest

    Willingham left the following: Foster, Butler, Teo-Nesheim, Locker, Polk, Kelemete, Ta’amu, Aguilar, Kearse…others, I’m not entirely sure of: Glenn, Dennison, Price (commited to Ty, recommitted to Sark),

  • TheGladMan

    In all due respect, why is Jim Moore even employed by a newspaper in the NW anymore?
    The guy writes like a high school freshman, comes up with outrageous titles and topics to get someone to even look a what he writes, and still thinks the football season is one game – the ‘Apple Cup’.
    Interesting to see his comments below. Does not surprise me – he is ‘anti-UW’ with everything, including the hiring of Sarkisian. Anything he can wrote about when the UW is involved has to be negative.
    Like MOST of us, I was surprised and concerned when the announcement re. Sark was made, but like MOST of us, wanted to give the guy a chance.
    He has proven to be the classiest and most competent coach in the PAC12. We would not trade the guy for anyone. No way in hell would I want to see an arrogant Napoleon like Chip Kelly at the UW – the guy is classless. He comes across like a used-car salesman – I.e. count our fingers after you shake his hand.
    He and Mike Riley are the best role models for these players, and we are very lucky to have him.
    I hope he stays at the UW a LONG time.

    • TheBigDog

      To clarify: Sark and Mike Riley are the classiest coaches in the PAC12 by far… well, I need to include Whittingham from Utah – he is a great coach as well.

      • Romarmat

        Classy? Sark?  never.. Wulff yes, classy is judged by the level of admiration from your peers… Sark is not well liked by other coaches in the Pac-12… Wulff is…