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DK Metcalf’s clutch performance shows he’s ‘ahead of the curve’

DK Metcalf’s clutch performance shows he’s ‘ahead of the curve’

Following the Seattle Seahawks 40-34 overtime win on Sunday, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Sean Murphy-Bunting approached DK Metcalf.

“You’re lucky to have a quarterback like Russell Wilson,” Murphy-Bunting told Seattle’s rookie wideout.

The comment wasn’t meant as a dig toward Metcalf. It was merely one player stating the obvious to another. Russell Wilson is the league MVP through nine weeks. He carried Seattle again on Sunday with 378 passing yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions. So, yeah, Metcalf is absolutely lucky to have a QB like Wilson.

But Metcalf showed us that Seattle is equally lucky to have him. Metcalf caught 6-of-9 targets against the Bucs for a career-high 123 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a two-point conversion that tied the game at 21 in the third quarter. Metcalf is now up to 29 receptions for 525 yards and five scores on the year.

“He’s the real deal,” Pete Carroll said. “We’ve been around enough young guys. We know what they’re like when they come through the process. He’s not typical. He’s atypical. He’s well ahead of the curve, in his smarts and awareness and savvy.”

Metcalf’s touchdown was a 53-yarder in the fourth quarter that put Seattle up 34-27 with just 4:25 left to play. Wilson found Metcalf on a deep crosser from left to right. After securing the catch, Metcalf turned on the jets and ran away from the defensive back in coverage.

According to Next Gen stats, Metcalf reached 20.45 miles per hour on the score, the fastest speed of any Seahawks player this season.

“He was clutch. He was lights out,” Wilson said. “He’s been a star for us all year, so far, and hopefully we get to keep it that way.”

What’s more impressive than Metcalf’s big-play ability was his awareness late in the game. On Seattle’s final drive of regulation, Metcalf caught a pass over the middle, made a man miss and turned upfield for an 18-yard gain. Most importantly, the rookie had the sense to get out of bounds in order to preserve the Seahawks final timeout. Metcalf later caught a 6-yard pass and was able to get out of bounds once again. He was crucial in setting up what should have been a game-winning 40-yard field goal for Jason Myers.

After Myers missed the kick, Metcalf came up clutch again in overtime. On 3rd-and-6 from Tampa Bay’s 29-yard line, Wilson took a shot for Metcalf down the left sideline. The rookie didn’t have any separation, but Wilson still gave him a chance. Metcalf adjusted to the football and made a spectacular catch on the back-shoulder throw from Wilson.

“He’s trusted me,” Metcalf said. “It starts in practice. He’s trusted me in practice, and it just translates to the game.”

Consistent contributions from Metcalf would be a massive boost to the offense. He’d been mostly a boom or bust player until Sunday. His performance against the Bucs was a large step in the right direction. “I’m just fitting in wherever the team needs me, whether that’s blocking or catching the ball,” Metcalf said humbly.

Given how poorly the defense played on Sunday (and all season for that matter), Seattle will continue to need Metcalf a great deal. He and newly acquired Josh Gordon have the opportunity to take pressure off of Tyler Lockett and help make Seattle’s passing game one of the best in the NFL.

Why we now know the potential Achilles heel for the Seahawks offense


Why we now know the potential Achilles heel for the Seahawks offense

The Seahawks offense is far too talented to ever be kept out of the end zone for an entire game. Russell Wilson is a top five quarterback in the NFL, Tyler Lockett has shown he can be a stud wide receiver and Chris Carson is a 1,000-yard running back for the second-consecutive season.

So how on earth were the Rams able to limit Seattle to just two field goals-worth of offense in Week 14?

Poor execution played a part in that. On the Seahawks third drive, trailing 14-3, Malik Turner dropped a fourth-down pass that would have moved Seattle into the red zone. On their very next drive, still down 14-3, Jacob Hollister would dropped a third-down pass that would have kept the possession moving toward midfield.  

But as Tyler Lockett mentioned postgame, Seattle’s offense has been taking what defenses have been given it over the last few weeks. Opponents have been defending against the deep ball and forcing the Seahawks to run it more. That’s OK in cases like the Vikings game where your defense is dominating, and you’re averaging north of five yards per carry.

It’s less ideal when you’re trailing 21-3 and need the passing game to ignite your offense and lead a comeback. That’s why the Seahawks have to find a balance of taking what the defense is giving them while also having the ability to dictate tempo as well. Championship caliber teams should be able to do that, even clubs like Seattle who have an obvious run-first mentality.

“It is hard,” Schottenheimer said of attaining such balance. “I would say people have tried to guard against the big play. In a game like Minnesota, they did the same thing. They tried to stay on top of us and not let us get behind them. Russ did a nice job of checking it down. You mentioned it, when the score gets a certain way, it’s a little harder.

“We never envisioned that game last week getting to what it did. Certainly, we had some missed opportunities that we should’ve done better as players and coaches. It’s a fine line. We’re aware of teams trying to keep us in front of them. It doesn’t mean we’re not going to keep trying to take shots and get over your heads.”

Schottenheimer and others have essentially chalked the ugly game up to a worst-case scenario that played into the Rams biggest strength. Seattle got into an early hole and had to abandon its running game which allowed Los Angeles’ talented defensive line to dominate.

The Rams sacked Wilson five times and hit him on 11 occasions.

“(Pass protection is) so inclusive of everybody,” Schottenheimer said. “Everybody is involved whether it’s the quarterback with his drop. There are certainly times that Russ could’ve gotten the ball out of his hands. Receivers not getting open sometimes. That affects sacks sometimes. It’s hard to put, okay, you’ve been sacked ‘x’ amount of times last game. You don’t want to play the Rams the way we had to play them. They were really good up front. They were able to T-off on us.”

Seattle has now allowed 13 sacks over its last three games. So while you can tip your cap to the Rams, it’s also important to recognize that there’s a troublesome trend brewing within the Seahawks offense. Seattle’s 47 sacks allowed are 10th-most in the NFL.

Schottenheimer indicated that the Seahawks are utilizing several tactics in order to find a remedy, including hard counts and changing tempos.

“We use all those things,” Schottenheimer said. “We chip people. we use cadence variations. Use different formations and stuff. When you get in certain games against teams like the Rams where they’re getting after you, it can be difficult. Again, we’re always at our best when we’re able to play that balanced football and you’re sitting right there, and we can use our runs and our play passes. When the score gets the way it did against the Rams, it’s hard.”

If there’s one major takeaway from the loss to the Rams it’s that Los Angeles provided the blueprint for how to stop Seattle’s offense. Now, not every team has the pass rushing firepower to replicate that success, but good teams do, most notably the 49ers.

When Seattle and San Francisco meet again in Week 17, a game that will likely be for the division title, it will be imperative that the Seahawks avoid a similar script that played out at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum in Week 14.

Jadeveon Clowney, Mychal Kendricks OUT vs. Panthers in Week 15

Jadeveon Clowney, Mychal Kendricks OUT vs. Panthers in Week 15

The Seattle Seahawks defense will be undermanned again in Week 15 against the Panthers.

Jadeveon Clowney (core/illness) is listed as out. He didn't practice on Wednesday or Thursday, but was a limited participant on Friday. He was listed as questionable initially before being downgraded to out. It would make sense to give Clowney a few weeks of rest before the Seahawks host the 49ers in Week 17. Shaquem Griffin, Rasheem Green, Branden Jackson and maybe even L.J. Collier will see an uptick in usage on Sunday.

Of note, the Cardinals waived Terrell Suggs on Friday. Suggs' 5.5 sacks are more than anyone on the Seahawks roster. Should Seattle put in a claim on him, the Seahawks would owe Suggs just $353K for the final two weeks of the season. Even though Suggs isn't a direct scheme fit (he's more of a 3-4 guy), it couldn't hurt to kick the tires on the veteran pass rusher given the injuries to Clowney and Ziggy Ansah.

"We're competing, always. We look at everybody that becomes available," Pete Carroll said regarding Suggs on Friday. "I don't know anything about it right now, but John (Schneider) is going to be all over it."

Mychal Kendricks (hamstring) will miss his second-straight game, which means Cody Barton will once again be in the starting lineup at SAM linebacker. Barton played 58 snaps (83%) against the Rams in Week 14 and posted four tackles with one pass defended. He had some rookie mistakes as well in terms of getting aligned in the right spot and knowing his assignments. Seattle will hope he can clean some of those miscues up on Sunday.

"I think he'll feel much more comfortable," Carroll said. "It was fast and furious and he was busting his tail trying to run around and make his plays and all that. I think he'll be settled in even more so. He's such a smart kid. He works so hard at it. It's so important to him. He'll take advantage of one week to the next week. I think you'll see him improve for a long time now because of the way he applies himself. We're expecting him to make a little jump and just clean it up."

Shaquill Griffin (hamstring), Luke Willson (hamstring) and Ansah (neck) are all listed as questionable.

Griffin played every snap against the Rams but picked up his hamstring issue in the game. He didn't practice at all this week, which is somewhat concerning. Willson has missed the team's last three games after suffering his hamstring injury in Week 10 against the 49ers. Ansah missed the Rams game after suffering a shoulder stinger against the Vikings. Carroll said that all four players listed as questionable will be true game-time decisions.

Veteran tight end Greg Olsen (concussion) is out for the Panthers. Ian Thomas will assume all of the reps in his place.

Seattle (10-3) needs to win on Sunday in order to keep pace with San Francisco (11-2) and ensure that their Week 17 matchup remains one that will determine the winner of the NFC West.

Wake-up call: Seahawks turn page from ugly loss, eager to respond vs. Panthers

Wake-up call: Seahawks turn page from ugly loss, eager to respond vs. Panthers

It had been a while since Seahawks players had sat in coach on a flight home to Seattle – not since last year’s playoff loss to the Cowboys, to be exact. They’d been so good at taking advantage of the carrot dangling before them on road trips.

A few years ago, a rule was instituted that allowed players to enjoy the accommodations of first class following road victories. The coaches are relegated to the back of the plane in such instances. That had been the case for Seattle’s first six road games in 2019. That perfect 6-0 is unblemished no more following an ugly, 28-12, loss to the Rams in Week 14.

“That was an old fashioned, you got your butt outplayed,” K.J. Wright said matter-of-factly.

Pete Carroll refuted the notion that his team took the Rams lightly, however, Shaquill Griffin noted that Seattle entered the game on a “high horse.” K.J. Wright agreed that there were some players who assumed Seattle’s five-game winning streak would be never-ending.

“I saw a lot of confidence,” Wright said, pivoting from the word “cockiness” that was used in the question asked to him. “I saw a lot of guys like, ‘We’re about to go 14-2! Let’s do it!’ So I guess you could say that. Sometimes when you’re on a high horse you do need to get knocked down. It was a bad day here on Monday. We hadn’t felt that way in a while. You do everything in your power to not get that feeling again.”

Wright wouldn’t go as far as to say that the Seahawks needed a loss like that to bring them back to earth, but Seattle was in a perfect situation to be humbled. It’s easy to find silver linings in such a loss given that it really didn’t change the Seahawks outlook a whole lot. Seattle was always going to have to beat the 49ers at home in Week 17 in order to win the NFC West. That remains true despite getting spanked by the Rams.

“We got hit in the mouth,” Wright said. “Sometimes when you’re in the boxing match, when you get hit in the mouth, you see how you respond. I believe that this is going to be a time where we can really show how we can respond as a team. That loss wasn’t necessarily a really bad thing.”

“Respond” is Seattle’s word of the week, and there’s plenty to get fixed ahead of Sunday’s matchup against the Panthers. The Seahawks defense allowed 455 total yards of offense and gave up touchdowns on three of the Rams first four possessions. They looked out of sorts for the entire first half, unable to handle the tempo the Rams threw at them. Seattle’s communication was poor, and players were scrambling to get aligned correctly as the ball was being snapped on several occasions.

The Seahawks did make some necessary adjustments at halftime, allowing just seven points over the final two quarters, but the damage was already done. Quandre Diggs had a pair of interceptions, including a 55-yard pick-six, that served as Seattle’s only highlights of the evening.

It was Diggs’ first loss as a member of the Seahawks. He, too, is eager to see how his team responds.

“I think on Sunday you’ll find out,” Diggs said. “Sunday you’ll see. We can’t let one loss hand us two. We’ve turned the page on the practice week, so let’s see how we perform on Sunday.”

Week 15 is potentially the Seahawks final road trip of 2019, playoffs included. In order for that scenario to remain a possibility, players will have to make sure they’re sitting in first class on their way home from Charlotte.

Trevor Moawad discusses Russell Wilson’s viral, ‘cringeworthy’ mic’d up video

Trevor Moawad discusses Russell Wilson’s viral, ‘cringeworthy’ mic’d up video

There aren’t many people who know Russell Wilson better than Trevor Moawad.

Moawad has been Wilson’s mental conditioning coach for the last six years, but the two have developed a friendship that supersedes their professional endeavors. On the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast, Moawad discusses the history of their relationship, their start-up “Limitless Minds” and what sets Wilson apart from other athletes he’s worked with.

During the conversation, I asked Moawad for his thoughts on the tweet that went viral a few weeks back. The post featured a clip of Wilson’s mic’d up against the Vikings on Monday Night Football and referred to it as “cringeworthy.”

“One play at a time. Locked in. Let’s go do this thing together,” were some of the quotes from Wilson in the video.

I asked why Wilson’s approach is so hard for many to relate to, which is why some choose to view it as cringeworthy. Moawad referenced human nature.

“The hard-wiring that we went through physiologically 10,000 years ago never changed. We were wired for fight or flight: to assume negative so we don’t get eaten by a dinosaur,” Moawad said. “Our culture is wired 40 to 70 times more negatively than positively.”

Moawad was keen to note that Wilson is being far more neutral than positive in the video. “Neutral thinking” is one of the foundations of Limitless Minds. It’s the idea that the past isn’t predictive. When bad things happen, it’s real, but it’s not an indication of what’s to come in the future. What happens going forward is based on behaviors and actions over feelings.

Wilson has mastered the practical approach of understanding what it takes to get where he wants to go.

“Consider the alternative,” Moawad said. “What do you want a quarterback to be saying? What do you want your leader to be saying? I think what he’s saying is neutral. ‘Hey stay the course.’ He’s talking about things to do, not outcomes. If you watch Tom Brady mic’d up, he’d have a little bit of a different edge, but he’s equally neutral.

“Russell is an easy target in some senses, but this is who he is. I’ve never judged it because this is who I’ve seen (since I’ve known him). Go back and watch him mic’d up, go back and watch an interview when he was 17 years old talking about the state championship in Virginia. This is who he is.”

What’s most impressive about Wilson, Moawad says, is his ability to not be bothered by the perceptions of others. From fans, to media, to former teammates – Wilson doesn’t concern himself with his detractors.

“The great thing is that Russell has this gene that allows him not to judge the way other people look at him,” Moawad said. “He doesn’t worry about – even all those years with the Legion of Boom and whatever the noise was, he never talked to me about that one time, and we talk every day. I never heard him talk about Richard Sherman, ever, not once.

“What you hear is who he is, and what you see is what he’s willed himself into being. This is the way he chooses to live, and if you’re going to judge him for it and say it’s cringeworthy, that’s OK. But if you look at the outcomes, the outcomes say that through eight years, he’s won the most games that anybody’s ever won through eight years.”

The results are indeed hard to argue with as Wilson recently became the first quarterback in NFL history to lead his team to a winning record in each of his first eight seasons.

Click here or Listen to the full podcast with Trevor Moawad below:

Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner among nominees for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award

Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner among nominees for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award

He’s an eight-year NFL veteran, Super Bowl champion, five-time Pro Bowler and four-time NFL First-Team All-Pro.

And now, Bobby Wagner is being recognized for his excellence off-the-field as the Seattle Seahawks nominee for the prestigious Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year award.

The award recognizes NFL players across the country who strive to make their communities better and continue to raise the bar on community engagement. Wagner checks both boxes.

The Seahawks linebacker has given back to the Seattle community in a number of ways. He’s partnered with the Low Income Housing Institute’s “tiny house” project to help provide homes for those in need. He’s hosted the “Walk with Wagner” events at the VMAC, in honor of Stroke Awareness month. 

Recently, while packing Thanksgiving meals for Seattle’s tiny home community, he treated Safeway customers to a surprise shopping spree.

“When I do it, it’s genuine,” Wagner said of his gesture. “It’s from the heart. I don’t really care if people see that I do it or notice that I do it or even recognize that it’s me doing it. I just do it because I feel like there’s a lot of people out there that need a hand, and I try to lend a hand.”

Each Man of the Year nominee receives a donation up to $50,000 to spend on their charity of choice. Wagner has selected the HBCU Foundation, a foundation that provides scholarships to students attending historically black college and universities.

The 2019 Walter Payton Man of the Year will be announced on Feb. 1 during a two-hour primetime awards special airing the night before the Super Bowl.

Pete Carroll offers comprehensive injury report as Seahawks prepare for Panthers

Pete Carroll offers comprehensive injury report as Seahawks prepare for Panthers

The Seattle Seahawks are dealing with several notable injuries coming off of their loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 14. Here’s a full roundup of what Seattle is dealing with on the injury front.

RB Rashaad Penny (knee)    

Let’s start with the biggest injury suffered in Los Angeles. Penny is out for the season with an ACL tear, but it sounds like there may be additional damage.

“There’s some other stuff that they’ll look at when they get in there,” Pete Carroll told reporters on Wednesday. “They are going to do surgery. He will have surgery. He’s not going in immediately. They’re going to let it quiet down before they do that. It’s a long haul before we get him back. We’re going to take all the right precautions to make sure we start the process at the right time. They got to get in there and find out what’s going on, but it’s an ACL damage mainly that they’re concerned with.”

DL Ziggy Ansah (neck)

Ansah didn’t play against the Rams after suffering a shoulder stinger in Week 13 vs. Minnesota. It sounds like he’s on the mend and could play against the Panthers on Sunday.

“Ziggy’s practicing today,” Carroll said. “He’s got a chance, a real good chance to be okay, but he has to still prove it. It’s a strength issue right now.”

He did indeed practice in a limited capacity.

DL Jadeveon Clowney (core/flu)

Clowney continues to battle through a painful core muscle injury. He hasn’t missed any time yet, but it’s uncertain whether or not the injury is worsening. Clowney didn’t practice on Wednesday for another reason, though, as he caught the flu bug that’s been going around the locker room the last few weeks.

“He’s sick today,” Carroll said. “He got to flu thing, it finally hit him.”

LB Mychal Kendricks (hamstring)

Kendricks missed the Rams game. He will likely be a game-time decision against the Panthers.

“He ran yesterday, and I think he’s going again today," Carroll said. "He won’t practice today. We have to wait and see all the way until the end of the week if he can make it back.”

The good news is that Kendricks did end up practicing limited on Wednesday.

LB Cody Barton (knee/ankle)

The rookie linebacker left Sunday’s game briefly but returned shortly thereafter. He made his first-career start in place of Kendricks. Barton practiced in full on Wednesday.

“He got a little banged up in the game, but he came back and he got back in. He is kind of like denying being hurt. It’s not there. We’ll see how he does during the week.”

TE Luke Willson (hamstring)

Willson has missed three-straight games with a hamstring injury he suffered in Week 10 against the 49ers. He practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday.

“He’s chomping at the bit to play this week,” Carroll said. “He’s politicking. Like those guys in Washington D.C., he’s working it. Give him credit, he wants to play in the worst way. He ran well today. He was really pumped up about it. He told me at least four times how well he looked in his workouts. He’s working at it.”

FB Nick Bellore (quad)

Bellore also practiced limitedly on Wednesday. He’s missed the team’s last two games.

“Nick’s got a chance to come back,” Carroll said. “He’s going to practice today. We’re thinking that Nick, if he makes it through the week, we’ll wait to determine that, but he should be able to play for us. That’s a big plus for us coming back. He’s been a real factor in teams. A real good factor for us. We’re looking forward to him coming back.”


Here’s Seattle’s official injury report beyond the players Carroll mentioned:

Josh Gordon is happy in Seattle & hopes to stay with Seahawks beyond 2019

Josh Gordon is happy in Seattle & hopes to stay with Seahawks beyond 2019

Josh Gordon sounds like a man who is at peace with where his life and career have taken him.

Gordon’s NFL journey began with a turbulent five years with the Cleveland Browns before spending just over a season with the New England Patriots. He then landed in Seattle on Nov. 1 after the Seahawks claimed him off waivers.

He explained that he didn’t come to Seattle with any expectations, and so he’s been willing to accept whatever role is given to him. But the veteran wideout made it clear that he’s become fond of his new home.

Oh yeah, absolutely. Seattle is amazing. Football aside, I’d definitely love to live in a place like this. -- Gordon

The Seahawks have proven to be a good fit from a football standpoint as well.

“I think I’m just fortunate in general to have landed in a place like this with a coach like this. It’s real family-like. It’s real close, real tight-knit – a real lively, energetic group,” said Gordon, who added that a few teammates were kind enough to invite him over for Thanksgiving dinner. “And competitive more than anything. They love the game of football. You can see it. It’s a great feeling to come back to football and enjoy what you do.”

Gordon, still only 28, is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent following the season. Despite being in the Emerald City for just over a month, he made it clear he could see a future for himself with the Seahawks.

“That’s my hope,” Gordon said. “Thinking optimistically, I think that’s every player’s goal: to try and find a place you can call home. In all aspects I think that’s a bonus.”

His numbers have been humble in four games with the Seahawks – just six receptions on 10 targets for 81 yards – but his catches have come in big moments. Five of Gordon’s six grabs have moved the chains. His role had been stagnant through his first three games, playing 27 snaps (37%) against the 49ers in Week 10, 20 snaps (33%) against the Eagles in Week 12 and 27 snaps (36%) against the Vikings in Week 13.

That changed in Week 14 when Gordon’s playing time jumped to 37 snaps (55%) against the Rams. He caught 2-of-5 targets for 34 yards in Seattle’s primetime loss to Los Angeles. According to head coach Pete Carroll, Gordon was open deep on a few occasions but the ball didn’t get to him because of “other issues.”

Josh has had huge games in the past, he just hasn’t got the ball enough yet to show that for us. But he’s done really well. Josh has been a really good guy around here, practicing and working hard and studying. -- Pete Carroll

It sounds like Gordon will be further integrated into Seattle’s offensive game plan in the weeks to come.

“We’re counting on him to be – he could have a big game at any time,” Carroll said.

Gordon reiterated that he doesn’t have any goals for how many snaps or targets he’ll see moving forward. First and foremost, he seems to be having fun playing football again, and he said the Seahawks have “perfected” that part of the game.

“Anywhere I can be of use to the team, to the offense, to try and get us a catch, move the chains, five yards, it doesn’t matter,” Gordon said. “Any way to try and make a positive influence on the game plan, I’m there for it.”

When asked about the knee and ankle injuries that landed him on IR with the Patriots, Gordon hinted that he’s still playing through some pain. Clearly it’s not enough to keep him off the field. He hasn’t been on Seattle’s injury report in weeks.

“I feel pretty good,” Gordon said. “I’m definitely lucky and blessed that it wasn’t a more serious injury.”

It just kind of feels like Gordon is going to come up big for Seattle before season’s end. That’s not very scientific, but given what Carroll said about Gordon being open deep against the Rams, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him catch a long touchdown at some point in the near future.

Should Gordon have a signature play or two, especially in the playoffs, the veteran may get his wish and remain in Seattle beyond this season.

"Hopefully we continue to keep involving him more and more in the offense and keep getting him the ball," said receivers coach Nate Carroll, who also acknowledged that he'd like to see Gordon stick around past this season. "It would be great to have a chance to get him back in the future."

Contrary to popular belief, Joe Fann is not Stephen A. Smith

Contrary to popular belief, Joe Fann is not Stephen A. Smith

What do Randall from Recess, a Seattle Seahawks employee, Stephen A. Smith and a grocery store all have in common? Twitter thinks they’re NBC Sports Northwest’s Seahawks Insider Joe Fann. 

Let’s recap Fann’s eventful week of social media. 

It started when Fann got called “Traitor Joe” as a play on words from the popular grocery store, Trader Joe’s. However, he did not know the difference between “trader” and “traitor”.

Joe Fann has taken the nickname and made it his own hashtag.

One fan decided to forgo the “TraderJoe” nickname and instead called him “Joe Fannboy."

At least Fann sees the humor in the hate.

Another time, Fann reported on what some of the Seahawks players were teasing each other about.

Seahawks tight end Luke Wilson then took the opportunity to roast Fann by comparing him to Randall from the 90s show Recess that aired on ABC. 

To round out an “exhausting” week of Twitter, one fan mistook Fann for....Stephen A. Smith?

The list continues to grow.

Fann Mail: Gut feeling on the Seahawks playoff seed with three games to play


Fann Mail: Gut feeling on the Seahawks playoff seed with three games to play

The Seattle Seahawks were taken down a peg in Week 14 after getting blasted by the Rams, 28-12, on “Sunday Night Football.”

The loss alone doesn’t change much as the Seahawks still control their own destiny in the NFC West and have an outside shot at the No. 1 seed in the NFC. However, the defeat was eye-opening in that Seattle was thoroughly spanked, which is something that rarely happens to title contenders this late in the season.

This week’s mailbag focuses on how things project the rest of the way for the Seahawks and what needs to improve if Seattle expects to make a run in January. Thanks, as always, to those who asked questions.

It’s hard to watch the 49ers-Saints game and the Seahawks-Rams game and think that Seattle is the best team in the NFC West. At the same time, you have to know not to overreact to the Seahawks loss because this team has proven its mental toughness over and over again. There’s no reason why they can’t respond against the reeling Panthers Week 15, smoke the Cardinals at home in Week 16 and then beat San Francisco at home to close the season and claim the NFC West crown as well as a first-round bye.

But here’s my hesitation. You can appreciate Seattle’s impressive road win against San Francisco while also acknowledging the fact that the 49ers were without George Kittle (who I believe is the best tight end in the NFL) and Emmanuel Sanders (who has become a go-to guy for Jimmy Garoppolo). The Seahawks have shown that they can play great offense and great defense, but they’re yet to put it all together in one game. The 49ers have been doing so all season, which is why they have a point differential of +168 compared to the Seahawks +20.

The kicker is that Jadeveon Clowney, who absolutely dominated the 49ers in the first matchup, is really laboring through a core muscle injury. My guess is that the Seahawks will be a wildcard team and going on the road to play the Eagles or Cowboys in the opening round of the NFL playoffs. I still stand by my claim that it feels like the 49ers and Seahawks will play three times this season.

The struggles of the Seahawks passing game have coincided with Tyler Lockett’s downturn. Bad luck has played a part in Lockett’s struggles over the last month as he suffered a nasty leg contusion and then caught an aggressive flu bug. But it was odd to see Lockett as such a non-factor against the Rams on Sunday given that Seattle was trailing by three scores for most of it and desperately needed big plays in the passing game.

“We haven’t been running plays to be explosive,” was how Lockett explained the struggles of the passing game following the loss. “We’ve been running plays to run the ball and control the clock. We haven’t really been trying to go over the top like we normally have because teams have been game-planning it.”

I understand that the Seahawks are and always will be a run-first team, but Seattle needs to regain its mojo in the passing game, which means Tyler Lockett has to get going again.

As for Amadi, I’m not quite sure what to tell you. Seattle clearly has preferred Akeem King in the three games since cutting Jamar Taylor. Pete Carroll explained back in late November that the team had the utmost confidence in Amadi and that the rookie was ready for the opportunity to play nickel. Those comments obviously haven’t manifested into a single defensive snap for the fourth-round pick.

This remains baffling to me. A fifth-round pick in for a standout free safety who has arguably been Seattle’s best defensive player over the last four games? That’s robbery. Quandre Diggs’ brother, Quentin Jammer, told the Seattle Times that the safety’s “blunt” personality wore Lions head coach Matt Patricia thin. Beyond that, who knows what Detroit was thinking. It’s hard to imagine the Lions couldn’t have fetched more for a player who was a defensive captain in Detroit with an affordable contract.

DK Metcalf has had a really nice rookie season with 50 receptions for 783 yards and five touchdowns. His yardage and reception totals lead all rookie wideouts. His five scores are one shy of Terry McLaurin. What’s most impressive to me is that Metcalf’s efficiency has drastically improved over the course of the season. He’s caught 12-of-13 targets over his last two games, including hauling in all six of his targets against the Rams with Jalen Ramsey shadowing him all game long.

Metcalf’s role and production on a 10-3 Seahawks team is worthy of consideration for the Offensive Rookie of the Year award. But for me, he comes in second place to Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, who has racked up 1,061 yards and seven touchdowns in just 12 games. Jacobs has five 100-yard performances this season.

But – yes there’s a but – Jacobs is currently dealing with a shoulder injury that cause him to miss Week 14. Should he miss more time, Metcalf could have a chance to steal the award with a few big performances down the stretch.

Yes, yes you can lose a game in the first half. The Seahawks proved that on Sunday against the Rams. I’d also argue that you can win a game in the first half, as Seattle did in Atlanta in Week 8.

1. I go back and watch every game to see what I may have missed the first time around. I’m not an X’s and O’s expert so I try to read and have conversations with others as much as possible in order to always be learning.

2. I definitely keep tabs on the entire league, but specifically teams in the NFC.

3. I’ve gotten used to not having a rooting interest in the NFL so it’s not weird to me anymore. I still have the Washington Huskies to pull for. What’s harder is not having an NBA team in Seattle. That means my stress level watching Mariners baseball is at an all-time high!