Seattle Seahawks

Mike Rob: Russell Wilson will have haters until he wins another Super Bowl

Mike Rob: Russell Wilson will have haters until he wins another Super Bowl

Russell Wilson is used to having detractors. He’s been dealing with critics his whole life, in not one but two sports. Between media and former coaches, heck, even his old teammates used to doubt him at one point.

Former Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson, who was teammates with Wilson from 2012-13, was the latest guest on the Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast. He told NBC Sports Northwest that there were some veterans ready to pull the plug on Wilson after just one start in 2012.

In his NFL debut against the Arizona Cardinals, Wilson completed just 18-of-34 pass attempts for 153 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He was also sacked three times. Seattle lost that game, 20-16.

“I remember guys on that plane ride going back saying, ‘We need to sit Russell. Play the other guy,’” Robinson recalled, referring obviously to Matt Flynn as the other guy. “Russell was sitting around hearing all of this, and he came out the next week, and he played with passion.

“He played with emotion. It’s almost like he wanted to make up for that performance because he knew he’d let some older guys down.”

Wilson was an efficient 15-of-20 for 151 yards, one touchdown and no picks in Seattle’s win against the Cowboys the following week.

“It was in that moment when I said, ‘OK, we’ve got something a little special with Russell Wilson,’” Robinson said.

But just cause Robinson and the rest of the Seahawks locker room bought in on their rookie QB, much of the football world remained skeptical. The narrative of Wilson needing a strong running game and a dominant defense still lingers today.

Robinson believes Wilson is in the “elite category” of current NFL quarterbacks, but he recognizes that many don’t share that sentiment.

“I know there are some haters out there who don’t like when I say that,” Robinson said.

Which is shocking, really. I’m sure I’m preaching to the choir for anyone who is reading this, but it’s wild that Wilson has any skeptics at all. He’s tied as the winningest quarterback ever over a QB's first eight NFL seasons, and he’s led the Seahawks to the postseason seven times. He’s a six-time Pro Bowler and was named second-team All-Pro in 2019.

Something would have to go catastrophically wrong in order for Wilson to not be enshrined in Canton one day. And yet, Robinson explained that Wilson’s detractors will follow him all the way to the Hall of Fame if he’s unable to win another ring.

“If Russell can lead a team to a Super Bowl and win it, just off his abilities – because most people would say we won that Super Bowl off our running game and defense,” Robinson said. “If he can get this Seahawks team back in that type of position, I think you’ll see the narrative change about Russell Wilson.”

Fair or unfair (you know which way I lean), Robinson is probably right. The good news for Wilson and the Seahawks is that as long as he’s under center, Seattle should remain an annual playoff contender.

Jermaine Kearse never got the credit he deserved

Jermaine Kearse never got the credit he deserved

Over the years, some serious talent has gone through Seattle which means some players have gotten more recognition than others.

To give those the credit they deserve, linebacker Cliff Avril has begun a series on his Instagram giving props to some of his more underappreciated teammates over the years, and he started with wide receiver Jermaine Kearse. 

The biggest play of his career was when he caught a 35-yard, conference-winning bomb from Russell Wilson in overtime of the 2014 NFC Championship game to send the Seattle Seahawks to the Super Bowl for the second consecutive season. 

In that year's Super Bowl he also had one of the most improbable plays in Super Bowl history that would not have been forgotten had the unthinkable not happened on the goalline.

Coming out of the University of Washington, Kearse went undrafted in 2012 but signed as an undrafted free agent with the Seattle Seahawks where he stayed for the majority of his career through 2016, including a career season in a Seahawks uniform in 2015 when he started 15 games, 49 catches for 685 yards and five touchdowns. Coming from UW as an undrafted free agent to becoming the hero that sent the Seahawks to the Super Bowl, Kearse became a fan favorite from the 12's. 

In 2017, Seattle traded Kearse along with a second-round pick to the New York Jets in exchange for Sheldon Richardson.  He had some alright seasons in New York before heading to Detroit. 

Cliff Avril is correct, he has gone underappreciated when telling the story of that era of Seattle Seahawks football. 

You can listen to Cliff Avril on the latest Talkin' Seahawks podcast here.

NFL teams preparing for virtual, at-home Draft, will remain must-see TV

NFL teams preparing for virtual, at-home Draft, will remain must-see TV

While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced multiple stay-at-home orders nationwide, putting on the NFL Draft with the usual fanfare was not an option this season without delaying it heavily.

Additionally, given that the NFL wants to begin their season on time, postponing the NFL Draft was also not in the cards, but now we have more of an idea of what the event will look like.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, multiple NFL teams are preparing for the upcoming 2020 NFL Draft to be held entirely online and done from their homes virtually. 

So while the draft prospects may not be in college this semester, they will still need to utilize zoom like everyone else their age. This time, it'll be supplementing the largest moment of their lives up to this point. It should still be special and surely they will still get a call from the general manager before the pick gets announced on television. 

Also, given the news of an all-online NFL Draft let social media run wild.

This year, the NFL will be pushed to the brink in how to get creative, to turn one of their biggest events of the year into compelling TV. In part, the mystery behind how they're going to pull this off will be reason enough to watch. 

Virtual war rooms, live look-ins and overall logistics once a players' name is called will be fascinating. 

Will it have the pomp and circumstance of the Las Vegas Strip? No.

But, it will still be interesting to see how it's presented and how they'll pull it off.

And let's be honest, at this point, the country will take any taste of sports it can get. 

Seattle Seahawks LB K.J. Wright brought to tears by Mississippi State student

Seattle Seahawks LB K.J. Wright brought to tears by Mississippi State student

With the statewide stay-at-home order in effect in Washington State, many Seattle Seahawks players have found themselves with some extra time on their hands, including K.J. Wright. The Seahawks linebacker caught up with his alma mater Mississippi State for a "Quarantine Chat" on Twitter this week.

The chat caught the attention of Mississippi State Athletics student assistant K. McRae Clay, who was on the receiving end of Wright's kindness last summer.

McRae was heading into her final summer as a college student and was trying to secure a "dream" internship with the National Football League Player's Association (NFLPA). After class one day, her professor told her to keep her phone on her that weekend, but she didn't think much of it until a call from the Seattle area came in.

"Hello is this McRae?"

After receiving confirmation, the Bulldogs student heard "Hey McRae! This is K.J. Wright with the Seattle Seahawks. Professor Waide reached out and mentioned you were interviewing with the NFLPA. I did an offseason externship with them and I know a bunch of people there. I went to Mississippi State, you go to Mississippi State... what can I do to help you?"

A shocked McRae couldn't believe that the former Bulldog of all people had reached out to her. He didn't need to reach out to a 21-year old college student, but he did because "we are both Bulldogs and Bulldogs always help each other out." 

Ultimately, she got the internship with the communications department in Washington D.C. and completed it before going back to school and returning to the Mississipi State Athletics department for her senior year.

Now, the soon-to-be graduate plans to pay forward the kindness Wright gave to her as she begins her post-graduate career in sports. 

The post detailed her gratitude toward Wright, which put the Pro Bowl linebacker in tears. 

...let’s keep spreading love and kindness - K.J. Wright

We agree. 

DK Metcalf is cooking on and off the field for Seahawks

DK Metcalf is cooking on and off the field for Seahawks

He broke the internet with his chiseled physical and 1.6 percent body fat at the NFL Combine, but even DK Metcalf indulges in a home cooked meal from time to time. 

With Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's "stay at home" order in place, Metcalf has been spending a little less time on the football field this offseason and more time serving up meals in the kitchen. 

The Seattle Seahawks wide receiver is taking over The Checkdown’s Instagram on Friday night to showcase what his future could look like after football. You can just call him Chef Metcalf.

Metcalf’s culinary passion should come as no surprise to his fans. In an interview with The Players Tribune and John Hancock, Metcalf said he became enamored with the food industry dating back to his days running food at an Italian restaurant in Oxford, Mississippi. 

He made it clear he’d like to become a restaurant owner when he hangs up his football cleats. 

"I'm more than just an athlete," Metcalf said. ”I can be a chef or a restaurateur if I want. When I think about retirement, the three words that really stick out to me are hustle, sizzle and savor. 

“I know when I'm done playing football, I want to open up my own restaurant.”

So what do you think Metcalf will cook up on Friday night? Fried chicken? Pad thai? We’re going to place our bets on Italian food, it is Metcalf’s specialty after all.

Top 10 most ‘exciting’ Seahawks games of the Russell Wilson era

Top 10 most ‘exciting’ Seahawks games of the Russell Wilson era

As we enter another weekend quarantined in our respective homes, it’s probably a good time to remind you that the NFL is offering Game Pass for free until May 31. That means you can watch any game dating back to 2009.

In order to give you a proper weekend playlist, the folks at Thuuz Sports have compiled a list of the 10 most “exciting” Seahawks games of the Russell Wilson era. Thuuz has an algorithm that produces a real-time “excitement” rating for every NFL game, or as they call it, a game excitement calculator (GEC). It’s already integrated into the NBC Sports Scores app.

The rating ebbs and flows throughout a contest and ultimately settles on a score from 0-100 by game’s end. A “dull” rating is from 0-39, “OK” is from 40-64, “good” runs from 65-84 and “great” is 85-100. The average NFL game gets a 55 rating. The average Seahawks game from 2012-19 is a 59. In 2019, Seattle averaged a rating of 71, which makes sense given the Seahawks number of one-score games.

Below are the top 10 “most exciting” games of the Russell Wilson era, according to Thuuz. It’s important to note that their algorithm uses extreme decimals. So, while six games all share a 100 rating, the top six are still ranked without a tie.

Here’s the rundown.

10. Seahawks 30 @ Panthers 27 (Nov. 25, 2018)

GEC rating: 97

This see-saw contest had 11 ties/lead changes. Trailing 27-20 with under four minutes to play, Wilson found David Moore for a 35-yard touchdown on 4th-and-3. Carolina then drove into Seahawks territory but Graham Gano missed a potential game-winning 52-yard field goal attempt. Seattle capitalized as Wilson hit Tyler Lockett for a 43-yard completion that set up Sebastian Janikowski’s game-winning 31-yard field goal as time expired. Wilson finished the game with 339 yards and two touchdowns.

9. Vikings 30 @ Seahawks 37 (Dec. 2, 2019)

GEC rating: 99

This is one of three games from last season to make the list. Minnesota scored back-to-back touchdowns in the fourth quarter to make things much closer than necessary, which fans know was a common theme in 2019. Seattle ultimately hung on behind a dominant ground game. The Seahawks racked up 218 rushing yards with 102 from Chris Carson and 74 from Rashaad Penny. Each scored a touchdown as well.

8. Rams 29 @ Seahawks 30 (Oct. 3, 2019)

GEC rating: 99

There wasn’t a lot of defense played in this Thursday night showdown as both teams posted more than 400 yards of total offense. Seattle got lucky to leave with the primetime win. Greg Zuerlein missed what would have been a game-winning 44-yard field goal. Wilson threw four touchdowns against the Rams, and Carson chipped in 118 rushing yards.

7. Buccaneers 24 @ Seahawks 27 OT (Nov. 3, 2013)

GEC rating: 99

It took overtime for the Seahawks to overcome an early 21-0 deficit to the Mike Glennon-led Bucs. It was one of Seattle’s classic ugly, harder than it had to be-type wins. Doug Baldwin’s 10-yard TD tied the game at 24 with under two minutes left in regulation. Tampa Bay went three-and-out to open overtime before Marshawn Lynch marched the Seahawks down the field with runs of 10, 14 and 13 yards. That set up a chip shot game-winner for Steven Hauschka from 27 yards out.

6. 49ers 17 @ Seahawks 23 (Jan. 19, 2014)

GEC rating: 100

You don’t need me to tell you much about this game. Richard Sherman’s PBU in the end zone that led to Malcom Smith’s game-sealing interception will forever be one of the most iconic plays in franchise history.

5. Seahawks 23 @ Bears 17 OT (Dec. 2, 2012)

GEC rating: 100

This win jumpstarted Seattle’s five-game winning streak to close Wilson’s rookie season. Golden Tate’s 14-yard touchdown with just 24 seconds left in the fourth quarter looked to win it for Seattle. However, Jay Cutler found Brandon Marshall for a 56-yard gain to set up Robbie Gould’s game-tying 46-yard field goal at the end of regulation. Seattle drove the field to open overtime as Wilson found Sidney Rice for a game-winning 13-yard score. Remember Rice was knocked out cold just as he crossed the goal line.

4. Seahawks 31 @ Patriots 24 (Nov. 13, 2016)

GEC rating: 100

Note: Fourth-best game of the 2016 season

This was another back-and-forth contest where Wilson outdueled Tom Brady, finishing the game with 348 yards and three touchdowns. Baldwin caught all three scores despite posting a modest 59 receiving yards in the game. The Patriots drove the entire field to try and tie it at the end of regulation but Brady’s pass to Rob Gronkowski on 4th-and-1 from Seattle’s 1-yard line fell incomplete.

3. Texans 38 @ Seahawks 41 (Oct. 29, 2017)

GEC rating: 100

Note: Third-best game of the 2017 season

This was an incredible shootout between Wilson and Deshawn Watson. Wilson threw for 452 yards and four touchdowns while Watson racked up 402 yards and four touchdowns. Seattle narrowly edged Houston on Wilson’s 21-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham with just 21 second left in the fourth quarter.

2. Seahawks 27 @ 49ers 24 OT (Nov. 11, 2019)

GEC rating: 100

Note: Top game of the 2019 season

I guarantee if you re-watch this one, you’ll have moments of “whoa I totally forgot that happened.” That’s how nutty this game was. Let’s jump to the end of regulation, where Chase McLaughlin booted a 47-yard field goal to send the game to overtime. Things only got stranger from there. Wilson threw an uncharacteristic red zone interception when it looked like Seattle had it in the bag. McLaughlin then missed a 47-yard field goal to win it. Then the Seahawks punted. Then the 49ers punted after a possession that lasted just 14 seconds. An 18-yard scramble from Wilson set up Jason Myers’ 42-yard game winning field goal as time expired in overtime. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen five possessions in a single 10-minute overtime.

1. Packers 22 @ Seahawks 28 OT (Jan. 18, 2014)

GEC rating: 100

Note: Top game of the 2014 season

Above all of Seattle’s insane victories, this is the game that ranks chief among them in terms of contests the Seahawks had absolutely no business winning. From Morgan Burnett taking a knee after his fourth-quarter interception of Wilson rather than trying to return it for a touchdown, to the onside kick, to the ridiculous two-point conversion to Luke Willson – it all went Seattle’s way at the end of regulation. Jermaine Kearse’s 35-yard touchdown catch in overtime sent the Seahawks to their second-straight Super Bowl.

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Russell Wilson urges Jadeveon Clowney to return to Seahawks

Russell Wilson urges Jadeveon Clowney to return to Seahawks

Russell Wilson wants Jadeveon Clowney back in a Seattle Seahawks uniform next season. 

The Seahawks franchise quarterback took to Instagram on Thursday night while Super Bowl 48 was replaying on NFL Game Pass. During a break in the game, a fan asked Wilson if he could “talk some sense into Clowney.”

Wilson delivered this authentic response: 

“I need you homie,” Wilson said. “Clowney come back. Don’t leave me, don’t Clowney, don’t leave us. We need you bro. Anyways, Clowney, I love playing with you bro. Hopefully we get to do it some more that’s what the fans want.”

Clowney remains the top defensive player in NFL free agency. While his three sacks in 13 games for Seattle didn’t live up to many fans' expectations, his presence had domino effects for the pass rush. He was consistently one of the most disruptive defensive linemen, scoring two defensive touchdowns and 1.5 sacks in the Seahawks' two playoff games. 

The 27-year-old has reportedly dropped his asking price from more than $20 million per season to the $17-18 million range. 

Clowney may not be ready to make a decision yet, but one thing is for certain, Wilson is hoping the three-time Pro Bowler will return to Seattle in 2020. 

CenturyLink Field Events Center to be converted into 148-bed Army field hospital

CenturyLink Field Events Center to be converted into 148-bed Army field hospital

We are seeing lots of professional athletes, teams and team owners, stepping up throughout this COVID-19 pandemic. 

CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders, is next in line. 

According to Curtis Crabtree of Pro Football Talk, CenturyLink Field Events Center is being converted into a 148-bed Army field hospital to help relieve some of the strain on the health system in the Seattle area created by the spread of the coronavirus.

Via Michael Crowe of KING5, the field hospital will be utilized to service patients not stricken by the COVID-19 infection. Instead, it will attend to patients dealing with other difficulties to allow local hospitals in the area more resources to handle virus patients.

So the idea is once the medical system is overwhelmed that they’re able to offload patients here that we can take care of, while they focus on the COVID patients. — Lt. Colonel Jason Hughes said.

Out of the 148 beds, 48 will be set aside of intensive care needs with 100 beds for more intermediate cases.

The greater Seattle area was home to the first diagnosed cases of the novel coronavirus in the United States. The field hospital could open for use by next week.

#WeGotThisSeattle has been spreading hope throughout the greater Seattle area during these troubling times. Seatlte-based athletes Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe are constantly encouraging everyone to #StayHome. Russell Wilson and Ciara are donating 10 million meals to Feeding America.

Way to go, Seattle.

Seahawks' Michael Dickson dishes out advice for those who want to play in NFL

Seahawks' Michael Dickson dishes out advice for those who want to play in NFL

Michael Dickson was just eight years old when he ditched his soccer kicks for an Aussie rules football.

Fast forward 16 years, he’s one of the premier punters in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks. He earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors in his rookie season. 

It took grit and determination to get to the NFL, but he wants young athletes with NFL aspirations to know they can do it.   

“Make a plan for it,” Dickson said on the Seahawks Instagram. “Think it’s gonna happen, believe that it’s gonna happen. Dedicate yourself to it, discipline in all areas of your life. Put in the extra work that others don’t. I’m sure you’ve heard it all before, but just aim very high. Aim higher than you think you can get.”

In the Q&A Thursday, Dickson also shared his takes on everything from his favorite pre-game snack (coffee with chocolate milk of course) to his favorite special teams play and the first player he interacted with, Will Dissly. 

“I think he’s the first Seahawks player I met,” Dickson said. “I think we were just waiting at the airport without luggage waiting for the buses to take us to go to the facility for rookie minicamp.”

Dickson has had a number of special moments in his two years with Seattle. His game-clinching first down run against Detroit in 2018 was his best special teams play, but another game takes the cake. 

“Definitely the Monday Night Football game against San Fran where Jason hit the game winner, just being out there for that,” Dickson said. “Yeah that’s definitely the best game.”

Head on over to the Seahawks Instagram story to hear more from Dickson. 

Seahawks WR DK Metcalf and PFT Commenter reignite feud

Seahawks WR DK Metcalf and PFT Commenter reignite feud

The DK Metcalf vs. PFT Commenter showdown is back. 

After the two exchanged an endless flood of Instagram story posts in late February where PFT Commenter mocked Metcalf’s 40-yard dash technique, the social media brawl has been reignited. 

In a Twitter post on Thursday, Barstool’s PFT Commenter poked fun of Metcalf’s infamous 3-cone-drill and 20-yard shuttle at the NFL Combine last year. Metcalf passed nearly ever test at the combine in flying colors, but recorded a 7.38 3-cone drill time and 4.5 shuttle run. 

PFT Commenter called out Metcalf with a video of a helpful grizzly bear picking up a safety cone that had fallen over. A real hero, if you ask us. 

Metcalf clapped back with a gif of a rolling tumbleweed and the response “livelook at your athletic career.” We are dead.

PFT Commenter knew exactly how to respond to this one. He shared a video of himself and Metcalf competing in a 40-yard dash with the comment “how’s the weather back there. #slow.” 

It looks like Metcalf was a good spirit about the post. After all, PFT Commenter unofficially said “go” when he competed against the freakish athlete in the 40-yard dash in March. The evidence lies here

Haters gonna hate, DK.