Carroll on reports Seahawks have grown tired of Marshawn Lynch: 'There's nothing to that'
RENTON, Wash. -- Coach Pete Carroll on Monday dismissed media reports that the Seahawks organization is "growing tired" of Marshawn Lynch or that he doesn't speak to his starting running back.
On Sunday, ESPN's Chris Mortensen, citing sources, reported that Lynch is not on the trading block, which closes Tuesday afternoon, but many in the organization -- including Lynch -- do not expect the running back to be on the roster in 2015.
Mortensen wrote that the organization has "grown tired" of Lynch's ways, "including pulling a no-show at the White House Super Bowl ceremony, his training camp holdout and his possible contribution to locker-room distractions."
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport also reported Sunday that there "appears to be a personal rift between Lynch and head coach Pete Carroll." Rapoport said on Sunday that Lynch and Carroll don't speak:
Rapoport wrote, "He has a tense relationship with coach Pete Carroll that much we know; does not communicate with Carroll, does not communicate with general manager John Schneider, really just keeps to himself and keeps to his teammates."
Asked about the ESPN report, Carroll said, "I have nothing to say about that because there is nothing to that. I have no idea where that came from.
"We have nothing say about that. At this point I don’t think it behooves us to respond to all those kinds of things in the locker room. Our players have told you how they feel, the coaches have told you how they feel. We’re in a good place right now."
Asked how often he speaks to Lynch, Carroll said, "Whenever I need to."