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Russell Wilson, DK Metcalf hit the beach for another offseason workout

Russell Wilson, DK Metcalf hit the beach for another offseason workout

Let Russell Wilson and DK Metcalf cook.

The Seattle Seahawks quarterback-wide receiver duo were seen working out once again this week. This time, Wilson and Metcalf are getting in a sweat sesh early in the morning on the beach. 

As Wilson says, there’s #NoTime2Sleep. Take a look.

The Seahawks are looking to build upon a 2019 season where 10 of their 11 wins came by a single score. Seattle finished 11-5 but fell shy of the NFC Championship game when they lost to Green Bay on the road in the Divisional Round.  

Far too often, the Seahawks relied on Wilson to help them win it late. This year, Seattle will want to put teams away earlier, meaning big things for this offense.

Metcalf is a breakout candidate on the Seahawks roster in his second year and he'll keep getting high level play from his quarterback. Metcalf's size and athleticism make him a great bet to post a strong touchdown total, especially if Wilson throws 30-plus scores again in 2020.

[RELATED: DK Metcalf’s dad, Terrence, looks forward to Greg Olsen sharing moments with his son]

Wilson has some room to grow. He was recently ranked the second-best quarterback in the NFL in Chris Simms’ quarterback top 40 countdown behind 2020 Super Bowl champion winning quarterback Patrick Mahomes. 

I don’t know if there’s a quarterback in football more responsible for their teams’ offensive output, or them winning games. The best player on their team is Russell Wilson. He can make so much happen. He is one of the best deep-ball throwers in football and we know what he can do scrambling. -- Chris Simms

In 2019, he had a 66.1 percent completion percentage, 31 passing touchdowns (third in the NFL), and just five interceptions, the lowest of his NFL career. Wilson’s also led the NFL in passer rating, passing touchdowns, fourth-quarter comebacks and game-winning drives while receiving All-Pro honors for the first time in his career last season. 

The best way to understand it is to watch some of Wilson’s better plays, one after another after another. There’s rarely anything that moves the fan to the edge of the seat before Wilson has stepped up or stepped back or spun or twisted or turned and then delivered like a cobra strike a perfect pass to an open receiver. It’s typically over almost before it even began, and it keeps people from realizing that Russell Wilson, with plenty years left in the tank, could end up being one of the all-time greats.” – Mike Florio

The sky is the limit for Wilson and the Seahawks in 2020. With more offensive weapons like Greg Olsen and Phillip Dorsett, as well as rumored prospects like Antonio Brown and Josh Gordon still on the table, the pass-catching group could give the 31-year-old quarterback his best season to date. Another Super Bowl championship wouldn’t hurt either. 

Pete Carroll fires back at Jets DC Gregg Williams over Adams comment

Pete Carroll fires back at Jets DC Gregg Williams over Adams comment

The unexpected Seahawks-Jets rivalry is continuing to heat up more and more each day.

Not even a full 24 hours have passed since Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams openly said that Jamal Adams ‘may get bored’ with the Seahawks defensive scheme.

[RELATED]: Jets DC Gregg Williams thinks Jamal Adams ‘may get bored’ with Seahawks defensive scheme

On Thursday, Pete Carroll joined Dave Mahler and Dick Fain on 950 KJR Radio and responded back accordingly to Williams's comments.

Well let's just pass it back: we don't make as many mistakes as he does. Let's let him have a chance to come back. We might as well do something coast-to-coast -- that will be fun.

Seattle runs a Cover 3 scheme that has produced numerous All-Pro defensive backs and, of course, the ‘Legion of Boom' defense that dominated the NFL. 

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann]

During the 2012-2015 seasons, the Seahawks led the league in scoring defense, allowing the fewest points scored each year for four years straight. The only other team to accomplish this was the Cleveland Browns of the 1950s.

Adams will assume the strong safety position, which is reminiscent of the same position that was once hailed by one Kim Chancellor

Adams, unlike like the hard-hitting style of Chancellor, will bring a more dynamic approach to the Seahawks defense.

Especially when it comes to his extraordinary pass-rushing ability. Adams has recorded 12 sacks in just three years as a pro.

Carroll obviously isn't going to reveal detailed plans for the Seahawks' new weapon, but he knows Adams has the capabilities to basically do everything and anything. 

Towards the end of the interview, Carroll's answer to what Adams brings to Seattle wouldn’t feel right if he didn’t first come with another friendly jab at Williams.

"Well, he's not bringing Gregg Williams with him, that's for sure," Carroll quipped. "C'mon Gregg, fire back. Let's have some fun with this."

It’s all fun and games for Carroll in all of this, but I know the Seahawks head coach is looking to have the last laugh at the end of the game in the Week 14 matchup.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann]

Russell Wilson is more than happy that Jamal Adams is with the Seahawks

Russell Wilson is more than happy that Jamal Adams is with the Seahawks

One thing I know Russell Wilson is happy and excited about for this NFL season to start is the fact that Jamal Adams is wearing the same threads he is.

The two players are both competitive individuals and both are huge difference makers on their respected sides of the ball.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann]

Wilson knows how big of a difference the defense will look with Adams added to the team, and the veteran quarterback spoke about Adams and what he will bring for the Seahawks for years to come.

Jamal’s a fiery guy. I love him. He’s passionate about the game, he’s one of the best players in the game, for sure, one of the best defensive players. He can do it all. He’s got the energy, he’s got the passion, he’s got the knowledge. He brings something, for sure, to our team, not just for the defense, for our whole football team. He’s a great leader. He’s going to be a great football player for a long time. I’m glad he’s on our team.

The Seahawks gave up a lot to get Adams, including two first-round draft picks, which will be harder to bring in good offensive players around Wilson in the near future.

Wilson, as we have seen before, works pretty well with the surrounding cast around him regardless of what other people might say with the Seahawks offensive line and weapons.

At the end of the day, Wilson doesn’t seem to mind any of that at all.

The face of the franchise himself seems happy that Adams and him can now go to battle together, instead of going against each other.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann]

Kam Chancellor trolls Jets DC Gregg Williams on Twitter

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Kam Chancellor trolls Jets DC Gregg Williams on Twitter

Thursday featured an unexpected back-and-forth between New York Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.

Williams kicked things off by suggesting that Jamal Adams might get bored in Seattle due to the Seahawks more simplified defensive scheme. Williams noted that he had Adams filling a myriad of roles which led to the safety's best season ever. It's true, Adams had a monster season with 6.5 sacks and his first All-Pro nod.

However, Carroll has a decent track record with getting the most out of his safeties as well. Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas are the most obvious examples in recent memory, but even Quandre Diggs serves as evidence in Carroll's favor.

[Listen to the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and special guest Will Brinson].

Carroll responded to Williams' comments during an interview with Sports Radio 950 KJR saying that the Jets defensive coordinator "make more mistakes than we do." On top of that, when asked what Adams brings to Seattle, Carroll quipped "not Gregg Williams, that's for sure." Carroll's tone was obviously playful, and he even said, "C'mon Gregg, fire back. Let's have some fun with this one."

Now Chancellor himself has chimed in on Twitter, first with a series of confused-face emojis. He then eloquently stated why Seattle's more simplified defense is actually a benefit to the players.

"When you see a lot, you see nothing. But when you see one thing, you see everything. You can focus better and maximize your potential when you have fewer things to focus on," Chancellor said in a reply to former NFL defensive back T.J. Ward.

Carroll and the rest of the Seahawks coaching staff is well aware of the kind of talent they have in Adams. And as Chancellor said on Twitter, there's no reason to believe that the Seahawks won't maximize his ability in Seattle.

Beyond the scheme, it's hard to imagine Adams getting bored in Seattle given the Seahawks recent run of success. Adams has won just 16 games over his first three NFL seasons with the Jets. The Seahawks have won 21 games over the last two seasons. It's also important to note that these two teams play each other in Week 13 this season. This back-and-forth will undoubtedly resurface as a storyline when mid-December rolls around.

Seahawks cut Kemah Siverand after he attempts to sneak woman into hotel, per report

Seahawks cut Kemah Siverand after he attempts to sneak woman into hotel, per report

The Seattle Seahawks were serious when they said players would have to approach the upcoming NFL season with great discipline. 

Kemah Siverand found out the hard way. 

The rookie cornerback was cut from the Seahawks roster this week after trying to sneak in a female visitor into the team hotel, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

The best part of the story is the woman came in the most suspect way possible, wearing Seahawks gear to disguise herself as a player. The Seahawks have not confirmed either report. 

As one person pointed out, Siverand has recently made a Youtube channel to vlog his rookie experience. It’s unclear whether the video was leaked on there. 

Albert Breer says the hotel’s security caught the incident on camera. If so, we’re gonna need surveillance video of this bust ASAP. 

It didn’t take long for Twitter to roast the rook for his bold move.  

Earlier this month, Pete Carroll, the NFL’s oldest coach, made it clear that he has high expectations for himself, as well as his players, to live responsibly and with self-discipline off-the-field.

“As far as being however old I am, I’m taking it as a personal challenge,” Carroll said. “If I happen to get this stuff, I’m going to kick ass on this stuff. If I don’t, it’s going to be because I’ve been able to find a way to luck my way through it. Because this is a very treacherous thing that everybody is dealing with. We’ve got, hopefully have good fortune along the way, with as well as having great discipline.”

In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, players have been urged to avoid contact outside of training camp. Siverand’s attempt to bring in a visitor was against team rules. 

Siverand, one of three UDFA cornerbacks signed by Seattle this season, would have faced long odds to make the Seahawks final roster without the incident. 

Siverand last played in 13 games this past season for Oklahoma State, almost exclusively on special teams. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder had 11 tackles and one fumble recovery in 26 games at OSU after transferring two seasons at Texas A&M.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann]

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson: ‘Let’s treat every quarter like the fourth quarter’

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson: ‘Let’s treat every quarter like the fourth quarter’

#LetRussCook has been a mantra of desperate Seahawks fans for a few years now – desperate for Russell Wilson to be fully unleashed from the opening kickoff.

We’ve seen the same script play itself out so many times: The Seahawks get down big early before making a furious comeback in the fourth quarter behind Wilson’s brilliance. Sometimes Seattle is able to overcome ridiculous odds and get a miraculous win. Other times, like in Week 17 vs. the 49ers and in the Divisional Round against the Packers, the Seahawks fall short.

The logic behind the hashtag is that if the Seahawks relied more heavily on Wilson from the jump – rather than obsess over establishing the run – they’d be able to avoid that script.

“The reality is I just want to win,” Wilson said on Thursday when asked about the “Let Russ Cook” movement.

But Wilson, while being the ultimate team-first player, is also a competitor, and he knows that having the ball in his hands gives Seattle the best chance to win game. He said he wants to find a way to score more points in 2020 and “dominate games.”

“At the end of the day I want the ball in my hands,” Wilson said. “I want to be able to make plays and give us a chance to win. That doesn’t mean just me chucking it around, but I feel like the more times I have the ball in my hands, the more things that can happen. I think the defense worries about that, too.”

Wilson agreed that the Seahawks would be wise to adopt a more aggressive approach in the early going of games. He noted that since he became the starter in 2012, Seattle is 57-0 when leading by at least four points at halftime. That’s a pretty bananas stat.

Pete Carroll is famous for the mantra of not being able to win games until the fourth quarter. The sentiment makes sense: that you need to stay focused for all 60 minutes, no matter if you’re up big or down big. But it also inherently overemphasizes the fourth quarter compared to the other three.

“Getting ahead is a key thing,” Wilson said. “I do believe in finishing strong. We’ve won a lot of games in the fourth quarter and been able to do some fun things in the fourth quarter. Let’s treat every quarter like it’s the fourth quarter. That’s my mentality.”

According to ESPN's Brady Henderson, Wilson ranks 12th in pass attempts in quarters 1-3 over the last four seasons. He ranks third in pass attempts in the fourth quarter and overtime over that same time span.


 
Wilson previously said this offseason that he wanted more up-tempo throughout a game. Pete Carroll acknowledged his quarterback’s wishes when he met with media back at the NFL Combine. Wilson has now doubled down on that desire given his comments on Thursday.

Whether or not we see a philosophy change from the Seahawks offense in 2020 will be one of Seattle’s biggest storylines this season.

Russell Wilson taught his ‘best friend’ DK Metcalf to swim this offseason

Russell Wilson taught his ‘best friend’ DK Metcalf to swim this offseason

It appears that there’s a budding bromance in Seattle between Russell Wilson and DK Metcalf.

The two spent a large portion of the offseason together, taking trips to Mexico and San Diego. They worked out together, trained and ran routes in order to work on their chemistry.

“Our friendship has evolved like crazy,” Wilson said. “He’s one of my best friends for sure. I love his demeanor. I love who he is. He’s like a little brother to me.”

During their time in paradise, Wilson somehow learned that Metcalf couldn’t swim. The Seahawks quarterback helped remedy that problem.

“He hadn’t really learned how to swim yet, so I taught him how to swim,” Wilson said.

There’s nothing Wilson can’t do, it appears. Pro Bowl quarterback and certified swim instructor. Wilson mentioned that Greg Olsen and Will Dissly also joined the offseason workouts at one point.

As for Metcalf, the second-year wideout is expected to have a monster season after an impressive rookie campaign. He posted 900 yards and seven touchdowns in 2019 after being the last pick in the second round. As Wilson eluded to, Metcalf clearly is taking the right approach in terms of maximizing his God-given ability.

Metcalf’s bromance with Wilson would make for a nice subplot should he follow through on the lofty expectations placed upon him.

Le’Veon Bell is still salty about Jamal Adams leaving NY for Seattle

Le’Veon Bell is still salty about Jamal Adams leaving NY for Seattle

Jamal Adams is officially practicing with the Seahawks this week, but former teammate Le’ Veon Bell still isn’t happy on how Adams went about it leaving his former team.

Adams had some choice things to say about Head Coach Adam Gase back in July, it got to a point where Adams staying in New York would do more harm than good to the franchise.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann]

Bell told reporters on Wednesday that Adams told him that he would never do something like that, bit of course, things change.

“It kind of looks like he forced his way out,” Bell said. “I was talking to him and he was telling me he wasn’t going to force his way out.”

Bell, of course, appreciates everything that Adams did for the Jets organization but doesn’t seem to see eye to eye on how Adams went about ending it.

I love playing with him,” Bell said. “He’s a great teammate. I just — sometimes you don’t like how people handle things.=

At the end of the day, the Jets got a lot for Adams in their blockbuster trade with the Seahawks. 

With receiving two first-round picks, and safety Bradley McDougald for the Seahawks, the Jets will eventually let this be in the past because they can now really look into the future of their organization. 

Bell might obviously want to win now, and losing Adams does hurt, but the Jets are looking into the future on what the franchise could look like.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann]

 

 

Seahawks could still land Jadeveon Clowney in bottomed-out pass rush market

Seahawks could still land Jadeveon Clowney in bottomed-out pass rush market

Everson Griffen signing with the Cowboys for a mere $6 million is bad news for Jadeveon Clowney. There’s no other way to spin it. Griffen posted 8.0 sacks in 2019 and made his fourth-career Pro Bowl. And yet, he received essentially the same money as the Seahawks paid Bruce Irvin and only $3 million more than Benson Mayowa.

It’s an indication that the pass rush market may have bottomed out as training camps are now in full swing across the NFL. Again, that’s awful news for Clowney, who now appears to have lost his game of chicken in free agency.

Clowney initially wanted market-setting money north of $20 million annually on a multi-year mega deal. He then dipped his asking price to the $17-18 million range and is yet to budge since. He declined the Seahawks best offer in the ballpark of $15 million and everything else that has come his way.

His goal, of course, was to wait out the COVID-19 travel restrictions that kept him from taking an in-person physical with teams. His best offers are probably behind him even though the travel bans have been lifted. It’s a bit of bad luck given the global pandemic, but it’s also partially an overestimation of his own market and a gamble that went south. Sometimes, patience isn’t a virtue.

Clowney’s loss may be Seattle’s gain. The Seahawks have $15 million in the bank, and while some of that money will go to practice squad players and injury replacements, Seattle wouldn’t have to get too creative in order to create enough cap space to pay Clowney on a one-year deal.

What will that number be? Doubling up Griffen feels like it would be the ceiling. So that’s $12 million. The Seahawks would still surely be willing to pay something in that range, right? Seattle’s desperation for a premier pass rusher hasn’t changed. In fact, it’s only gotten more severe after learning that second-round pick Darrell Taylor will remain on the PUP list for at least another few weeks.

At his point it’s either Clowney, Clay Matthews or stand pat. Those three options range from best-case scenario to completly reckless. It’s really hard to imagine Seattle assuming the risk of the latter given the scrutiny on its pass rush and the organization’s stated need to improve the group that generated just 28 sacks a year ago.

Which makes this the more pertinent question: What will it take for Clowney to sign at this point? He has a few options. He can swallow his pride and accept that his patience cost him some money in 2020. That approach could easily be coupled with the confidence that he’ll ball out this season and recoup that money as a free agent in 2021. Door No. 2 would be to take the Le’Veon Bell route and sit this season out, or, at a bare minimum, wait to sign until the middle of the season if/when a contender loses its star pass rusher.

Skipping the 2020 season would make zero sense from a financial standpoint. It would be impossible for Clowney to get his desired mega deal in 2021 and make up for the money he’d miss out on this season. However, Clowney could decide that it’s not worth putting his body through the rigor of an NFL season if he’s not being paid what he feels like he’s worth. Nobody could argue with him for making such a decision.

But while Clowney continues to weigh his potentially dwindling options, Seattle remains the most logical destination for him. He’s said he enjoyed his time with the Seahawks. The organization loves him. The familiarity on both sides would be valuable given he’d be signing in mid-August.

Most importantly, Clowney would be surrounded by a vastly superior supporting cast compared to 2019. He was on an island last season. Ziggy Ansah was a non-factor. Jarran Reed missed six games due to a suspension and then battled a lingering ankle injury upon his return. Now Clowney would be joined by Irvin, Mayowa, a healthy Reed, Alton Robinson, Taylor and Jamal Adams. Teams would no longer be able to throw constant double teams at Clowney without consequence.

Who knows how this saga will end, but the door remains very much ajar for Clowney’s return to Seattle.  

Seahawks miss out on Everson Griffen, shrinking pass rush options

Seahawks miss out on Everson Griffen, shrinking pass rush options

Everson Griffen will be coming to CenturyLink Field this season, it will just be as a member of the visiting Cowboys in Week 3. Griffen signed with Dallas on Wednesday, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Both Rapoport and Mike Silver reported that the Seahawks had interest in signing the four-time Pro Bowler. It's unclear whether or not Griffen's decision came down to money or just a lack of urgency from Seattle's front office. Either way, it's a potential huge miss for the Seahawks, who are still without a premier pass rusher. On top of that, second-round pick Darrell Taylor remains on PUP with an uncertain return date as he works his way back from offseason surgery to repair a stress fracture in his shin.

Griffen joins a loaded Cowboys pass rush that features Demarcus Lawrence, Gerald McCoy, Aldon Smith and Tyrone Crawford.

The Seahawks pass rush, or lack thereof, continues to be the biggest talking point surrounding the team. Seattle has exercised extreme patience and frugality in its effort to rebuild a pass rush that generated just 28 sacks a year ago. Fans held out hope that Griffen would finally be the long-awaited addition who would arrive this summer and save the day. Now, at least in terms of strictly edge players, Jadeveon Clowney and Clay Matthews are Seattle's only options.

Not pulling the trigger on Griffen also indicates that Seattle might be willing to stand pat and go into the season with who is already on the roster. That, of course, would be a massive risk given the scrutiny over the group. There's no guarantee that Bruce Irvin, Jarran Reed, Benson Mayowa, L.J. Collier, Taylor and Alton Robinson will be enough to get Seattle's pass rush back to respectability. Heck, Jamal Adams might very well be the Seahawks best pass rusher.

The Seahawks currently have $15 million in cap space, but a portion of that will go to injury replacements. It still should be enough to land Matthews. Signing Clowney would probably take a bit more creativity in terms of creating additional cap space. There's still time for Seattle to make a move, but time, and, more importantly, the number of quality free agent options is dwindling.