Marshawn Lynch's mother, Delisa, is very, very angry.
The woman who brought Beast Mode into this world isn’t taking kindly to a recent ESPN article suggesting the Seattle Seahawks could still be a Super Bowl-caliber team without her son.
Penned by ESPN Seattle Seahawks reporter Terry Blount, the article approaches the running back's holdout in a measured manner. Blount gives Lynch his due, calling him "one of the best running backs in the NFL."
But after the obligatory bowing and hat-doffing, Blount throws out some statistics to support his claim that Marshawn, while a top talent, is replaceable within the Seahawks system:
The Seahawks won the 2014 Super Bowl by 35 points over Denver on a night when Lynch rushed for 39 yards on 13 carries.
The Seahawks played seven games last season when Lynch rushed for fewer than 70 yards. They were 7-0 in those games.
With this somewhat myopic foundation in place, Blount delivers his take.
"Because of [the Seahawks’] depth and talent, they can keep winning without [Marshawn]," Blount writes.
This is where the writer and Delisa part ways.
After reading the article, Marshawn’s mother clicked down and dropped a thick salvo of all-caps napalm on the ESPN comment section:
WOW !!! DID ANYONE TAKE IN TO CONSUDERATION THE GAME WAS WON BY A TEAM EFFORT TO ME IN THE 1ST HALF.NOT EVEN THE FACT THAT THE BRONCOS WERE TRYING TO HURT MARSHAWN LITTERLY IN THE 2ND HALF AND HIM BEING THE HUMBLE PLAYER HE IS WANTED HIS OTHER RUNNING BACK TO HAVE SOME PLAY TIME TOO .SO WAS IT REALLY NECESSARY FOR HIM TO CONTINUE TO PLAY .??? MAN REPORTERS DONT THINK THEY GUESS , I GUESS THATS WHY HE HATES REPORTERS , SORTA NAKING ME FEEL THAT WAY TOO !!!! :( STOP GUESSING JUST REPORT THE FACTS PLEASE.
Steve DelVecchio of LarryBrownSports.com writes that Delisa’s rant is a lengthy chunk of protectiveness.
"While I’m not sure I agree with her assertion that Lynch was the one who decided to give other running backs playing time in the Super Bowl, we see why she is upset," DelVecchio writes. "After all, someone is downplaying her baby’s impact on the team."
It’s OK, Mama Lynch. Marshawn will get paid, one way or another. He’s run over some of the biggest, strongest men in the world.
Beast Mode will truck-stick his way to a bigger paycheck or leave Seattle for a franchise that will give him what he needs.
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