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Russell Wilson finally comes up big, keeps Seahawks relevant

Russell Wilson finally comes up big, keeps Seahawks relevant

SEATTLE - Now that's the Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks fans know and love. The one who refers to himself as dangerous in his Twitter handle had been anything but this season with games on the line. Not the case Thursday night when @DangeRussWilson arrived just in time to throw a game-winning touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to defeat Green Bay 27-24 and save Seattle's season. Well, to at least to keep the season alive for the time being. 

A sense of desperation filled the air at CenturyLink Field Thursday night. The Seahawks (5-5), losers of several close games this year, had run out of time for any further near misses. They had to win this game. So did Green Bay (4-5-1). The intense contest that transpired reflected the sense of urgency of the moment. The Seahawks and the Packers went back and forth, the latter being led by one of the greatest quarterbacks ever. 

Little evidence existed to suggest that a Seahawks' victory would come easily. That meant that at some point, Wilson would have to come up big in areas where he hadn't been so successful this season in order to match the play of his counterpart, Aaron Rodgers. 

Sure enough, the fourth quarter arrived and Seattle trailed 24-20, but with plenty of time to work with (8 minutes and 23 seconds) but 75 yards to cover. Three times this season Wilson had failed in similar moments, often times disastrously so. 

But on this night, Wilson rediscovered that clutch trait that has defined his career to date, if not this season. He orchestrated a seven-play, 75-yard scoring drive that ended with a 15-yard touchdown pass down the middle to tight end Ed Dickson to take a 27-24 lead with 5:08 remaining in the game. The defense held. The offense grinded clock. Seattle won. Now it's off to Carolina to face the Panthers (6-3) in 10 days. 

Where had that level of play from Wilson been all season? Will it return again this season? If so, Seattle has a chance to slip into the playoffs. If not, Thursday night's victory only delayed the inevitable. 

Wilson promised all season that this relatively young team would find itself at some point. Yet, Wilson had been the one missing in big moments all season. Let's recap: 

  • At Chicago in Week 2 with Seattle trailing 17-10 in the fourth quarter, Wilson threw an interception that cornerback Prince Amukamara returned 49 yards for a touchdown to give the Bears a 24-10 lead with 6:37 remaining. Seattle lost 24-17.
  • Two weeks ago at home against the Los Angeles Chargers with Seattle down 19-10 in the fourth quarter, Wilson had a pass picked off by defensive back Desmond King and returned 42 yards for a touchdown that gave the Chargers a 25-10 lead with 6:44 remaining in the game. Seattle lost 25-17
  • Last week at the Los Angeles Rams with Seattle down 36-31, Wilson led a drive in the final two minutes that came up short at the 35 yard line after he overthrow a wide-open Tyler Lockett on fourth down when the wide receiver had first-down yardage near the sideline.

 

Thursday's performance more closely resembled the man who still has not lost three consecutive games as a professional after Seattle snapped its two-game losing streak on Thursday night. 

Wilson was spotty at times, including in the first quarter when he badly overthrew a wide open Doug Baldwin in the end zone.

"I missed a couple here and there but we stayed the course and had a great night," said Wilson, who completed 21 of 31 passes for 225 yards and two touchdowns with zero interceptions.  

He was off just enough to prompt coach Pete Carroll to chat him up to make sure he was okay.

"He said, 'I'm going to be all right. I'm going to be all right," Carroll explained regarding the brief conversation with his quarterback. "And he was exactly right. 'Shut up, coach' is what he could have really said, but he didn't."

That's all well and good as long as the quarterback in that situation makes amends when it matters most. Wilson did so, and he believes this is just the beginning for Seattle. 

Wilson has likened this young team to the 2012 Seahawks who began to blossom into what would be a Super Bowl champion the following season. He's also compared this squad to the 2015 version that overcame early adversity to reach the playoffs. In fact, Wilson said Thursday night that he had recently watched some of the games from that season and that doing so reinforced his belief that this year's team is similar. Seattle began 2015 with a 2-4 record and sat at 4-5 entering game ten, just as the Seahawks did tonight. Seattle in 2015 then went on to win six of seven to close the season at 10-6 and land in the postseason. 

Could this team do the same? Maybe, but only if the Wilson of tonight continues to resurface in the fourth quarter when needed.  

On that final play to Dickson, Wilson knew his tight end would be open. So did Dickson. The Packers' coverage dictated so. It was simply a matter of execution. Both men delivered.

"One of the things that we talked about this week, and I kind of brought up to the guys is that we've got to think big, we've got to believe big," Wilson said. "We've got to believe that great things are going to happen. We've been through the fire this season...We're a young team but a team that has great faith in what we're doing. We were completely together in what we were trying to do. We just stayed the course. We were able to be clutch at the end of the game."

Most importantly, @DangeRussWilson came up clutch and Seattle needs him to remain as such. 

Russell Wilson: 'We cannot continue to ignore racism'

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Russell Wilson: 'We cannot continue to ignore racism'

Russell Wilson has joined the conversation surrounding the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

His message, posted Monday morning to his Twitter and Instagram, centered around the idea that this country can no longer ignore racism.

"The continual violence against blacks and people of color must stop," Wilson wrote.

Wilson is among a large contingent of high-profile athletes who have made public statements on the matter. DK Metcalf released a video on Sunday with his thoughts on the matter.

Protests have continued across the country as the Black Lives Matter movement seeks justice for police violence against people of color.

Chauvin has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. However, the other three officers who were present on the scene are yet to be placed into custody. All three failed to step in as Chauvin had his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes. On Sunday, Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo said that those three officers were complicit Floyd's death. Minnesota governer Tim Walz shared that the state's attorney general Keith Ellison, not county's district attorney, will lead the prosecution in this case.

How to watch Seattle’s overtime thriller vs. San Francisco on MNF tonight


How to watch Seattle’s overtime thriller vs. San Francisco on MNF tonight


Ready to relive one of the greatest NFL games from the 2019-20 regular season? 

It never disappoints when the Seattle Seahawks meet up with divisional rival the San Francisco 49ers, and this was just another example of it.

On a cool, Monday evening at Levi’s Stadium in California, the 7-2 Seahawks were looking to make a huge statement in the NFL against the undefeated 8-0 49ers.

Quarterback Russell Wilson completed 24 of 34 passes for 232 yards, one touchdown and one interception, but it was Seattle’s defensive line that led the way, something you couldn’t say often last season.

Each team recorded two special teams or defensive touchdowns, highlighted by a scoop and score from Seattle’s Jadeveon Clowney:

Make sure you schedule a little additional time on the couch this evening since this game needed an overtime period to determine a winner:

HOW TO WATCH:

WHO: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco

WHAT: Monday Night Football thriller

WHEN: June 1 at 4:30 PM (PT) (original air date Nov. 11, 2019)

WHERE: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, California

TV: ESPN

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and legendary running back Curt Warner. 

D.K. Metcalf gives emotional response to George Floyd's death

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D.K. Metcalf gives emotional response to George Floyd's death

Early Saturday evening, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver D.K. Metcalf tweeted a video addressing the death of George Floyd and how the video hit him hard as an African-American man living in the United States.

“I watched the George Floyd video a couple days ago, and the one thing that kept sticking out to me was, I have family, friends, brothers that look like George Floyd,” Metcalf said. “To think being black in America can lead to that, it scares me. It breaks my heart that my uncles could go out into the world today and that could be them. 

I wanted to say something because if I didn’t, then I felt like I would be supporting it, and that’s not right. That’s totally not right.

The death of George Floyd went viral last week after the posting of a video showing police officer Derek Chauvin using his knee to pin Floyd's neck to the pavement for nearly eight minutes and 46 seconds, two minutes and 53 seconds of which happened after Floyd became unresponsive per a criminal complaint against Chauvin. The officer ignored Floyd's pleas for him to stop: "I can't breathe... Please, the knee in my neck, I can't breathe."

The lack of charges brought upon Chauvin nor the other three officers standing by the Minneapolis Police Department sparked nationwide outrage leading to national protests and riots against police brutality and public pressure to arrest the four officers. 

Chauvin has since been arrested and charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

Floyd’s family said in a statement with their attorney, Ben Crump, that they “expected a first-degree murder charge.”

In a time where the country is massively divided, Metcalf wants to use his platform to support the Black Lives Matter movement and unite people. 

Black community, we just got to continue to fight and stick together man, because our ancestors have been through tough times and they taught us how to do it. So let’s just continue to stick together. - DK Metcalf

Russell Wilson gives TED Talk on the power of neutral thinking

Russell Wilson gives TED Talk on the power of neutral thinking

The 2020 TED Conference has been shifted to being online due to the COVID-19 pandemic which includes a talk from the NFL's highest-paid quarterback, Russell Wilson.

During the conference's second session, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback virtually gave a talk on the power of practicing neutral thinking in trying times.

“Mindset is a skill. It can be taught and learned. I started 10 years ago training my mind,” said Wilson, who is trained by mental conditioning coach, Trevor Moawad, author of It Takes What It Takes. 

Earlier this year in an interview with KIRO Radio’s Seattle’s Morning News, Moawad talked about how he helps Wilson maintain a mindset conducive to success, including always focusing on the ensuing action rather than past events. 

“You have three bad quarters, you’ve thrown four interceptions, you own that,” he said. “But the next seven minutes are going to be based on what you do, not what you did.”

I have a choice, right now, in the midst of the storm, to decide to overcome. - Russell Wilson during his speech

Wilson also discussed how getting too hung up on the highs or lows can have consequences that affect the future. He would know having experienced both: winning and losing a Super Bowl, getting married, divorced and then married again, and losing his father. 

“Positivity can be dangerous, but what always works is negativity,” Wilson said. “I never want to live in negativity, so I stayed in neutral … that’s where I’ve been living ever since.”

He doesn't want anyone to get confused. Wilson's not a robot. He still feels emotions, but he's trained his mind to not allow him to act emotionally. 

“Does it mean I don’t have any emotion? Absolutely not,” Wilson said. “But you have to stay focused on the moment. It’s OK to have emotions, but don’t be emotional.”

Wilson echoed that sentiment when he spoke to NBC Sports Northwest for the Headstrong documentary last fall about the importance of mental health.

[RELATED: Headstrong: Russell Wilson on his approach to goal setting]

“The easiest way to start, in my opinion, is to one, write out where you want to go," Wilson said. "What’s my end destination? Then I think about where I am currently, right now. Then I think about the necessary steps to get there.”

We can all learn a thing or two from the Seahawks' greatest player. 

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and legendary running back Curt Warner. 

Russell Wilson is the NFL's highest paid QB, so why isn't he on Forbes' list?

Russell Wilson is the NFL's highest paid QB, so why isn't he on Forbes' list?

The Seahawks made Russell Wilson a very wealthy man in 2019.

Wilson signed a 4 year, $140 million new money extension that included a $65 million signing bonus and $107M of total guarantees, and an average annual salary of $35M. 

At the time of the deal, Wilson became the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL. 

Which for last year, Forbes list ranked Russell Wilson at No. 6 in their highest-paid athletes of the year at $89.5 million.

With making the list last year, how come Wilson didn’t make the list this year?

It seems as though Forbes counted all of WIlson's signing bonus towards last year's earnings.

Wilson was guaranteed $70 million at the signing of his new contract, which was added on to his 2019 salary ($19 million).

What Forbes missed this year is Wilson getting a signing bonus of $35 million that was deferred to this year.

If you include that in with his base salary for this year, as well as the endorsements he has with Microsoft, Nike, and Alaska Airlines, etc., which Forbes estimated as $9M last year, Wilson should absolutely be on this year’s list once again.

Forbes has a tendency of missing the mark when it comes to getting the correct numbers to the athletes featured on these lists.

Wilson keeps getting under-appreciated, even by Forbes.

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and legendary running back Curt Warner. 

Is CenturyLink Field one of the most dangerous stadiums for player safety in the NFL?

Is CenturyLink Field one of the most dangerous stadiums for player safety in the NFL?

It’s not the roaring crowd of the 12s or the potential for another Beast Quake to erupt at any time that makes CenturyLink Field one of the most dangerous stadiums in the NFL. 

According to a recent study by University of Oklahoma graduate student Erin Pšajd, it’s the turf. Pšajd reveals that football stadiums that feature synthetic turf are more likely to lead to non-contact, lower-limb injuries as opposed to natural turf. She also found these injuries were more likely to occur earlier in the game. 

She isn’t the only one who has linked turf type to odds of injury. Zach Binney of Football Outsiders listed Seattle as the most dangerous stadium with field turf. Baltimore, which has multiple surfaces, and Indianapolis which also has field turf had the highest chance of injury risks. 

The Seahawks NFC rivals, the San Francisco 49ers, have grass and are at about a 20 percent decrease in odds of injury.  

The Seahawks had several injuries during the 2019 season which occurred during the first drive of the game, but not many of them occured on home turf. Rashaad Penny suffered an ACL injury during the first drive of Seattle’s 28-12 loss to the Rams at Los Angeles and Justin Britt also went down with an ACL tear in the opening drive in Week 8 against the Atlanta Falcons at Mercedes Benz Stadium. 

The injury bug also depleted the Seahawks offensive line, who saw a bevy of injuries to guards Mike Iupati, Ethan Pocic, and Jamarco Jones in the latter half of the season. 

So, what does this all mean? It’s difficult to say how much weight these studies carry, as they are far and few between. But a change in turf could be important to evaluate, especially if further studies tie synthetic surfaces to more injuries. 

For now, the Seahawks are scheduled to play 10 of their 16 games on synthetic turf in 2020. 

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and legendary running back Curt Warner. 

Seahawks players call for change in wake of George Floyd's death

Seahawks players call for change in wake of George Floyd's death

George Floyd, a 46-year old African American man, died Monday after a police officer kept his knee on his neck for several minutes while Floyd cried out that he couldn't breathe.

The death of Floyd, an unarmed black man, has ignited protests in Minneapolis and other US cities. What happened to Floyd has immensely impacted many, including professional athletes like Seattle Seahawks defensive end L.J. Collier.

The Seahawks 2019 first-round pick said he’s been watching the violent protests take place in Minnesota, and while he is disturbed by the senseless acts on the black community, Collier says he hopes people will start listening. 

It’s upsetting just to see what those people are going through, the way that that’s what they have to resort to just to be heard, just to be seen. Just at what point does people have to continue to be killed just for somebody to understand what being black is like. That’s what we go through every day, just the fear that being pulled over you don’t know what’s gonna happen, just like no one wants to live with that. Just the rioting to the point of what do we have to do for you to hear us? It’s just a sad thing. I wish it was handled better. 

I feel like this should open the doors to help people understand what’s going on in this world, how people of color are being oppressed.

Collier is not alone in sharing his thoughts. 

His teammate, Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett, shared an eloquent poem on Twitter speaking out on racial injustice and police brutality.

The powerful piece from Lockett also shed light on athletes kneeling during the national anthem in protest of social justice issues and police brutality toward African Americans.

But if we take a knee. That’s when they light their torches. And when we start to speak. That’s when we lose our endorsements. -- Tyler Lockett

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to publicly and peacefully kneel to raise awareness about the major systemic problem. 

Many other NFL athletes have protested over the years, including Duane Brown, Quinton Jefferson and Branden Jackson, who remained in the Seahawks locker room while the national anthem played before games last year.  

Brown doesn't believe he's seen any progress since Kaepernick began kneeling in 2016. 

“No, not really," Brown told reporters earlier this week. "If you know the details of what happened (in Minneapolis), it’s a tragic situation. ...It’s just an awful situation—that could have been prevented.

“I feel like, someone called the cops on him for, potentially, writing a bad check. And he ended up dying, on camera, unarmed and in handcuffs. So, I mean, it seems like this continues to happen, every year, at some point. I don’t know when it will change.”

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and legendary running back Curt Warner. 

L.J. Collier feels disrespected by doubters, ready to prove his ability in 2020

L.J. Collier feels disrespected by doubters, ready to prove his ability in 2020

L.J. Collier said all the right things on Friday.

During a Zoom call with local media, the Seahawks 2019 first-round pick explained the plights of his rookie season and anticipation for what he believes is coming in 2020.

Collier’s first NFL campaign, for all intents, was over before it started. A significant ankle sprain on July 30 cost him the entire month of August. Missing all of those reps in training camp and preseason games set him back to a degree in which he was never able to recover from.

Beyond that, at no point in 2019 did Collier’s ankle get back to 100%. The result? Just three tackles in 11 games. Additionally, he was a healthy scratch in both playoff games.

But now Collier is fully healthy once again with essentially a fresh start following somewhat of a redshirt year as a rookie.

“With the team we have, you can’t help but be excited,” Collier said.

According to Collier, Seattle drafted him to fill a Michael Bennett-type role where he will play defensive end on early downs before moving inside to 3-tech in nickel. The Seahawks, to this point at least, have been unable to re-sign Jadeveon Clowney, or any other premier pass rusher for that matter.

That leaves reps open for the taking if Collier is able to prove himself worthy this summer.

“The name of the game is to stay healthy, and you need those reps,” he said. “I’m going to be there, and I’m going to get every rep I can possibly get, whether it’s at 3-technique or whether it’s end. I just want to play, honestly.”

John Schneider and Pete Carroll have defended Collier at every turn. They are counting on their 2019 first-rounder to bounce back and contribute in 2020. However, there’s a contingent of fans who have already labeled Collier a bust.

Calling any player a bust after just one down season, injury-related or otherwise, is unfair. But Collier didn’t give people even a single glimpse of his potential, either, which has understandably limited most expectations of him.

Collier is on social media. He’s seen the comments from his naysayers. As cliché as it might be, the proverbial chip is sitting comfortably on his shoulder heading into Year 2.

“I am champing at the bit to get out there,” he said. “It’s one of those things where you didn’t have the year everyone wanted you to (have). They shift you off to the side as if you can’t play. It’s disrespectful, and I feel very disrespected. But, I’m the type of person where there’s no need for talking, just show them.

“If you run through a couple people; if you make noise, they’ll remember who you are very quickly.”

Collier is confident in his ability to rush the passer and stop the run. Seattle is counting on him to do both this season.

“I’m excited to get back out there and show people who I am,” Collier said. “I don’t really care about the first-round pick stuff. I’m a football player at the end of the day, and I can play football at a high level. I’m out there to prove that I’m one of the best.

“At the end of the day, it’s time to eat.”

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and legendary running back Curt Warner. 

Pete Carroll joins ALL IN Challenge, here’s what you can win 

Pete Carroll joins ALL IN Challenge, here’s what you can win 

Pete Carroll has accepted the ALL IN Challenge and he is fired up (per usual). 

The Seattle Seahawks head coach took to Twitter this week to announce he’s donating a one-of-a-kind Seahawks experience to help fight hunger.  

“This is such a meaningful opportunity,” Carroll said in a video. “Please come through and help us out, tell your friends. Let’s raise a bunch of money—I hope you win. I just want you to know it’s an ALL IN Challenge, I’m all in, you be all in too."

The winner will receive:

  • Four (4) pregame sideline passes and four (4) game tickets to a Seattle Seahawks home game 
  • Four (4) round-trip coach airfare tickets provided and two (2) night standard hotel stay
  • Winner (1) and three (3) guests invited to attend the Seahawks' closed Walk-Thru on Saturday before the game; Watch 1/2-hour of team practice and Meet and Greet with Pete
  • One (1) '100th' season football autographed by Pete along with a practice facilities group tour with Coach Pete
  • Compete to Create' private webinar hosted LIVE by Coach Pete Carroll for you and up to ten (10) guests; One-hour session via competetocreate.net

The ALL IN Challenge is a digital fundraiser created by Fanatics which aims to alleviate food insecurity for those impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. 100 percent of the proceeds raised will go directly to Feeding America, Meals on Wheels, World Central Kitchen and No Kid Hungry.

You can see the full list of Carroll’s Seahawks experience listed out on the auction page here. 

The deadline to bid on this package is 8:59 PM (PT) on Wednesday, June 24. To make a bid, visit www.allinchallenge.com. 

Carroll will take his philanthropic efforts one step further on June 10, as he joins Russell Wilson and Ciara along with Pearl Jam, Macklemore, Dave Matthews in a virtual concert for COVID-19 relief benefiting All In WA. The goal is to raise $65 million to provide immediate support for Washington workers and families.

Be sure to check out the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and legendary running back Curt Warner.