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Pete Carroll: Marshawn Lynch to have great week

PHOENIX -- Unless your name is Deion Sanders, good luck getting Marshawn Lynch to express himself during Super Bowl week.

The Seattle Seahawks running back religiously avoided reporters during last year's build-up to the title tilt before drawing a $50,000 fine this season for avoiding scribes following a loss to the Chiefs.

Coach Pete Carroll, though, wouldn't change a thing about his hard-charging back.

"First off, let's not miss that he is a very unique individual and he has a way that we have embraced, that we understand Marshawn and we support him every way that we can," Carroll told reporters during Sunday's media session. "But, he is a very unique guy and he's got his own way of looking at things and he's also a very private person, too. That's why the media thing is as it is. It's not something that he is going to express a whole lot to you."

The Seahawks only need Lynch to continue his feverish performance on the ground. After just a pair of 20-plus carry games over his first six starts, Lynch has averaged 18.5 attempts per outing since Week 7, crossing the 20-tote barrier seven times. His 157 yards in the NFC Championship Game were the spark behind Seattle's wild comeback against the Packers.

Lynch also drew a fine in that game, though, for an obscene gesture after scoring a game-changing fourth-quarter touchdown against Green Bay.

"I haven't talked to him about the thing that just came up from the league and the things about the game and all that yet, but that will be addressed and I expect him to have a great Super Bowl week," Carroll said. "I think he's going to have a great time doing this and playing in this game come game day. It's something that he really cherishes and he cherishes playing for his teammates and we love him in the program."

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