It's Sunday but the Seattle Seahawks aren't playing today. That doesn't mean that a Marshawn Lynch story won't be the lead headline though. Early in the morning, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported that Lynch is weighing retirement following the season, according to those pesky unnamed "sources." I'm not saying the story isn't true or the sources aren't reporting it, but I will say this:
I don't see any way that Lynch retires if he's healthy.
While Lynch does not like talking to the media, he has always said that football is basically his favorite thing in the world. He loves to get out there on Sundays, Mondays, Thursdays, and any other day he could possibly carry a football and got helmet-to-helmet against linebackers and the like. So while his back may be bothering him and while he may be upset with Pete Carroll, these things have a way of working themselves out in February and March.
All of a sudden his back might not be hurting so bad and of course, a team, whether it's the Seahawks or someone else, will spend countless hours convincing him to come play for them. I see little reason to think that Lynch can't turn in another 1,200-yard season next year when he's going to be 29. Or maybe he'll find a team that passes it a bit more and he reduces his carries to the 150-200 range and extends his career another couple of years, because it seems more plausible that Lynch wants to play more, not less.
Rapoport also said that Lynch would also like to follow offensive line coach Tom Cable if he gets a head coaching gig somewhere. So on one hand he's at odds with coaches in the organization and on another, he's super close with a coach in the organization? And on the third hand, is Tom Cable really getting a head coaching gig next season?