Bennett: Seahawks changed after Lynch left
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The Seattle Seahawks have undergone radical change this offseason.

In a matter of months, head coach Pete Carroll has dismissed his offensive and defensive coordinators and the team has parted with such mainstays as Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett.

Bennett and his brother Martellus were guests on "The Bill Simmons Podcast" on Wednesday, and Michael said he sensed a change in the team following running back Marshawn Lynch's retirement after the 2015 season.

"Oh, yeah, man. Marshawn's personality is so big and he's such a ... he's one of those dudes, he's really like Nina Simone; he's just misunderstood. ... He's such a great guy when it comes to doing community. He's just a good teammate. He shows up to everybody's thing. He plays hard. When he practices, he practices hard," Bennett said.

"So when he left, you could feel it. He was just that guy who had that swag that made the Seahawks feel like a different type of team."

Later on the show, Bennett said every team needs a player like Lynch.

"You don't want to be with a whole bunch of Russell Wilsons. You gotta have three or four Marshawn Lynches on your team that at any moment, you never know what they're going to do. Whether they're going to come to work or dropkick the coach. You know, Latrell Sprewell. You just never know," he said.

"You can't have a whole bunch of nice people on a sports team. You need one good guy that does everything right, you know, prays and does all the stuff then goes, 'Yeah! Let's go play!'

"Then you need some thugs. That's just how it goes."

- With h/t to The News Tribune

Bennett: Seahawks changed after Lynch left
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