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View Poll Results: Did Seahawks coach not want Marshawn Lynch to be Super Bowl MVP?
Yes, the conspiracy theory is true 3 42.86%
No, the conspiracy theory is false 4 57.14%
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Old 02-03-2015, 06:08 AM
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Conspiracy theory - Did Seahawks coach not want Marshawn Lynch to be Super Bowl MVP?

The Conspiracy Theory Surrounding The Seahawks

The theory goes something like this. Russell Wilson is your young clean-cut God-fearing media-perfect quarterback. If one was creating a superstar face to market for the twenty-first century, chances are they would look, sound and basically be Russell Wilson. He’s Derek Jeter with a Bible, someone who comes across like he has never spoken out of turn in his entire life. Marshawn Lynch is… Marshawn Lynch, and if you haven’t figured out what that means after the past two weeks, then you haven’t been paying attention.
The theory goes that there were major financial, public relations and football reasons for Russell Wilson and not Lynch to be the one who ends the game in glory. If he throws that touchdown for the victory, Wilson is almost certainly the Super Bowl MVP. He gets the commercial. He gets to stand with the commissioner. And oh, by the way, he also gets his new contract, one that will fasten his prime, at only 26 years old, to the Seattle franchise. Marshawn Lynch is also due a new contract. Marshawn Lynch, had he punched that ball over the goal line, would probably get to be the one handed the MVP trophy. Marshawn Lynch also maybe gets on the mic to say Lord knows what.
Marshawn Lynch is in addition playing for a new contract and will certainly get one after an awesome, iconic season. But unlike Wilson, Marshawn Lynch turns 29 this off-season, that time when the ability of running backs tends to fall off the cliff. In Seattle’s own recent history, they saw their MVP running back Shaun Alexander go seemingly overnight from superstar to someone who could barely run the ball, a football equivalent of milk left on the radiator.
The conspiracy theory lies in the fact that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll believed that the last yard the Seahawks needed for that Super Bowl victory was a gimme and, all things being equal, much better to have the iconic Super Bowl moment go to Russell Wilson than to Marshawn Lynch. Coaches setting certain favored players up for glory is as old as football itself. In addition, the politics of race, respectability, public relations and what’s in the best interest of a $2 billion corporation all played into this. That’s the theory.
I contacted someone inside that locker room and they said to me as if on repeat: “Can’t believe it. We all saw it. They wanted it to be Russ. They didn’t want Marshawn to be the hero.”
Mike Silver for the NFL network reported on these “mutterings” as well, writing that he wanted to “refrain from lending any legitimacy to the conspiracy theory which one anonymous player was willing to broach: That Carroll somehow had a vested interest in making Wilson, rather than Lynch, the hero, and thus insisted on putting the ball in the quarterback’s hands with an entire season on the line. ‘That’s what it looked like,’ the unnamed player said, but I’d be willing to bet that he merely muttered it out of frustration, and that it was a fleeting thought.”

Old 02-03-2015, 11:04 AM
Location: Atlanta
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I don't know if the Seahawks coaches did or didn't but I suspect they didn't care.. Even if Wilson throws a TD on that last play, he is not the MVP.. Lynch still gets it IMO. But, i do think the NFL did not want Lynch to be the MVP simply because he would not provide a valid interview.

This is not new territory for the NFL. After Super Bowl VI when the Cowboys beat the Dolphins 24-3.. the media voted RB Duane Thomas as MVP, he had a TD and 95 yards rushing.. but the award was given to Roger Staubach who had 2 TD passes but only 129 yards passing as the Cowboys simply ran the ball at will vs the Dolphins.. The reason for the MVP switch was due to the fact the Thomas had refused not only to talk to the media all season but he refused to talk to anyone within the Cowboys organization.. long story short, he was traded to the bills or some AFC team (Can't remember) earlier in the year because of a contract dispute but when he argued with his new coach the trade was nullified by the NFL and Thomas was returned to the Cowboys... Thomas got his wish the next year as he was dealt and never heard of again.. its too bad too because he could have helped the Cowboys win the Super Bowl a few more times had he remained and played as he did in his first 2 seasons!
Old 02-03-2015, 11:30 AM
Location: Gulf Coast Texas
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If they were worried about Lynch being the MVP - they could have run the read option and told Wilson to run the ball.

Please stop this ridiculous conspiracy nonsense.


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Old 02-03-2015, 11:36 AM
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Lynch Gate?


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Old 02-03-2015, 11:42 AM
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Sorry, but this is just silly.


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Old 02-03-2015, 11:55 AM
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get your tin foil hats ready


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Old 02-03-2015, 12:08 PM
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That's so dumb. Who would think of such a thing with only seconds quickly ticking down in the super bowl and a chance to win the game? Why not just say he hated Wilson and drew up a play that he knew he would have picked off so that they could reduce Wilson's contract by a few million bucks even though winning the super bowl probably means hundreds of millions of dollars to the organization not to mention Pete Carroll himself. Maybe people should be licensed to use the internet. It might help keep such rubbish off the net...oooh, another conspiracy is starting.





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