Duane Brown and Germain Ifedi got a healthy laugh over the stir they caused late last Friday night, sending Seahawks Twitter into a collective tizzy with a pair of cryptic tweets.
Brown tweeted a handful of eye emojis at 11:22 p.m. PT. The indication among Seahawks fans was obvious – that Seattle was moving in on a deal for Brown’s former teammate Jadeveon Clowney. Turns out they weren’t wrong. Thankfully for Brown the trade went through as expected.
“That was a little premature,” Brown joked on Wednesday about his tweet. “I didn’t think as many people would look into it as they did. But man was I wrong. I think I caused a lot of people to lose some sleep that night, and I’m sorry for that. I wanted to have a little fun and everyone was trying to see what was going on.”
Ifedi’s involvement was even more comical. He quote retweeted Brown with an eye emoji of his own. The difference was that Ifedi had no idea what Brown was referring to in the first place.
“I was just up on the internet, and I saw Duane tweet that. I thought, ‘Oh, I wonder what he’s tweeting about,’ and I just responded.”
Not only was Ifedi joining the non-existent inside joke, but, as a Houston native, his involvement added another layer to the social media hysteria. Ifedi had changed his avatar to a picture of him in an Astros jersey a few weeks back. Apparently nobody noticed until that night.
He fell asleep right after he hit send on the tweet. Both players woke up to their phones full of missed calls and text messages. Only then did Ifedi realize Brown was hinting at a Clowney trade.
“That was a good time,” Brown laughed.
The fun and games might not stop at the late-night Twitter trolling. Now that Clowney is in the fold, Seattle’s defense takes on an entirely different look. Brown called Clowney a “game-changer.”
“I think it just got real,” Brown said. “It just got real for other offenses.”
On Monday, Clowney expressed his eagerness to be back in a 4-3 defense. His job description will be simplified in Seattle as he’ll no longer be asked to drop into coverage. That change should result in Clowney’s first season with double digit sacks.
“He’s someone you want rushing the passer,” Brown said. “When he’s totally focused and committed to that, I think 10 sacks is easy.”
Brown said the Seahawks as a whole can be “dangerous” with the team now boasting a “scary” defense. The front seven, especially following the return of Jarran Reed, could be one of the NFL’s best.
“Obviously Clowney and Ziggy (Ansah) on the edge,” Brown said. “Poona Ford, I think, is going to be a star in this league. You get (Jarran) Reed back. Bobby (Wagner) and K.J. (Wright) have been staples in this defense and in the league for a long time playing at a high level. Kendricks is a great athlete and also someone who can rush the passer.”