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The Seattle Seahawks might have a QB controversy on their hands - at backup

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The Seattle Seahawks might have a QB controversy on their hands - at backup

Seattle, according to Seahawks.com, has taken a flyer on quarterback Geno Smith, signing him to compete with Paxton Lynch for the honor of backing up Russell Wilson.

Smith, a former second-round pick to the New York Jets in 2013, spent last season with the Los Angeles Chargers attempting four passes all season. Smith has a career passer rating of 72.7 formulated in part by 29 career touchdown passes to go along with 36 interceptions.   

While Lynch, a first-round pick to Denver in 2017, is the younger of the two, Smith is by far more experienced. He has appeared in 40 career games with 31 starts while Lynch has appeared in five games with four starts while throwing five touchdown passes and four interceptions. 

The addition of Smith gives Seattle someone with far more experience to fall back on just in case Lynch doesn't show much progression. On paper, Lynch, 25, might more more desirable than Smith, 28, because of his youth and better passing skills. But if Lynch doesn't progress, Smith would at least give Seattle a veteran to lean on with loads of game experience. 

Of course, neither man will likely ever see the field. Wilson, entering his eight season, has never missed a start. 

The last time another quarterback threw a pass for Seattle it came in 2016 and off of the fingers of Trevone Boykin, who appeared in five games and completed 13 of 18 passes that season. Tarvaris Jackson attempted six passes with five completions in 2015 and the year before appeared in one game completing his lone pass attempt. Jackson completed 10 of 13 passes in three games during the 2013 season. Matt Flynn completed five of nine passes in three games during Wilson's rookie season. 

At some point, however, Wilson's luck is likely going to run out. Not one of the 26 quarterbacks inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during the modern era went through his career without missing games. Wilson, a virtual lock to one day be enshrined in Canton, Ohio, is on pace to become the first.

It must be pointed out that Green Bay legend Brett Favre set the record for consecutive starts by a quarterback at 238 from 1992 all the way into 2002. That incredible run came to end late in 2002 when Favre, who ended his career with Minnesota, missed a few starts with a shoulder injury at the age of 41.

Could Wilson be another Favre? Maybe. But if Wilson were to go down this season, Seattle would probably turn to Smith or Lynch. 

Russell Wilson is authentically himself

Russell Wilson is authentically himself

Monday Night Football brought us so many gems: 'Baby Yoda' Russell Wilson, A touchdown celebration dance honoring the group New Edition, and Russell Wilson getting mic'd up. 

The video starts with Wilson in the huddle saying "Clear hearts, clear eyes, clear minds... let's go to work. One play at a time. Locked in. Let's go do this thing together. Whatever it takes."

Other bytes include: 

"One play at a time. No fear. No fear, baby!"

"Hey! Ho! Atta baby!"

"Thirty minutes of great football right here, let's go get it."

To some, the mic'd up experience was... Lame? Boring? Underwhelming? Cringeworthy?

If people were looking for Russ to say something salacious, to be a poor sport, talk smack, they'd have to look elsewhere. 

When you're as big of a star as Wilson is, people are always on the lookout to catch you slipping. They want to expose that maybe you aren't as genuine or respectful or authentic as you claim to be.

Thing is, with Wilson, this is just who he is. Sorry to disappoint...?

The internet was quick to correct back in defense of Wilson:

In NBC Sports' Headstrong series, Wilson talked about his positive mental tactics during a game. 

"This game is a lot greater than just a play. The reality is god blessed me to be able to play this game and to have great perspective on life and to be here."

"It reminds me to have a grateful heart."

And in case you were wondering if Wilson's speech when being mic'd up on MNF was a fluke, we submit to you exhibit B. 

Luke Willson (aka the ‘juice master’) helps Tyler Lockett and David Moore get past the flu

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Luke Willson (aka the ‘juice master’) helps Tyler Lockett and David Moore get past the flu

Tyler Lockett and David Moore turned heads on Monday when they arrived to CenturyLink Field in matching Canadian flag onesies.

One could surmise that the outfits were a shout out to teammate and Canada native Luke Willson. But after some careful investigative journalism, NBC Sports Northwest has uncovered why the Seahawks receivers felt it prudent to make such a gesture in Willson’s honor.

It turns out that the tight end was tasked by Pete Carroll with being the caretaker for Lockett and Moore while they battled the flu last week. Carroll referred to Willson as the “juice master” and the “passion coordinator.”

“He just supported us and made sure that we were good and that we were still in it. When you have the flu, it’s devastating,” Lockett said following Monday night’s win against the Vikings. “You’ve got to have people that are there to carry you on. That’s exactly what Luke did for a lot of us.”

Luke Willson is the most gregarious and energetic player in the Seahawks locker room, and it’s not particularly close. He’s the mastermind behind “techno Thursday,” and he’s often seen hooting and hollering at anyone within earshot.

So last week, whenever he saw Lockett or Moore, he’s shout them out. He yelled “flu game” at Lockett (in reference to Michael Jordan’s flu game) and “rat in a cage” at Moore (in reference to the Smashing Pumpkins song “Bullet with Butterfly Wings).

“I don’t know what these things mean, man,” Willson admitted about the jargon that comes out of his mouth. “Keep the vibes going, you know? They had the flu. They were sick.

“My dumbass was sitting here with a bum leg, not sick, but unable to perform. I figured I might as well do something. Pete kind of gave me the role of watching my guys D-Mo and Lock and make sure they’re vibed up.”

Willson said he was half being a “pseudo troll” and half genuinely trying to help keep spirits up. He did say he was honored by Lockett and Moore’s gameday outfits.

According to Moore, he and Lockett already had the onesies from a joint trip to Canada back in January. They’d been waiting for an opportune time to pull them out. Monday was the perfect moment in a necessary ode to Willson.

“That caught me off guard,” Willson said. “I didn’t know they were doing that. I mean I was hyped. I feel like they’re Canadian legends now, you know?”

Willson has missed Seattle’s last two games with a hamstring injury. He was on the field doing a rehab workout when Lockett and Moore arrived. Everyone told Willson he needed to hustle to the locker room in order to see them.

“I was pretty hyped,” Willson said. “I don’t know how I’m going to repay the favor, but I’ve got a few ideas.”

Pete Carroll provides positive injury updates about Jadeveon Clowney and Ziggy Ansah

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Pete Carroll provides positive injury updates about Jadeveon Clowney and Ziggy Ansah

It sounds like Jadeveon Clowney (core) and Ziggy Ansah (shoulder) are in good shape following Monday night’s win against the Minnesota Vikings.

Clowney has been dealing with a core muscle injury that is sports hernia-related. He registered three tackles, one quarterback hit and a forced fumble in his return to action after missing one game.

Following the win, Clowney said you’d have to “ask him (on Tuesday)” as to how he was feeling. Pete Carroll indicated on Wednesday that the Seahawks star pass rusher came out OK following the primetime win.

“(He’s) pretty good,” Carroll said. “He’s practicing today, and that’s a really good sign.”

Ansah suffered a shoulder stinger on Seattle’s final defensive possession. Carroll sounded less enthused about Ansah, but still positive overall.

“He looks like he’s doing OK so far,” Carroll said. “We won’t know for a couple of days if he’s cleared and all that.”

Carroll sidestepped a question about whether or not Ansah’s stinger was related to his offseason shoulder surgery.

“I can’t tell you that,” the coach said. “I don’t know that answer.”

Seattle’s pass rush has come alive over the Seahawks last three games. The defense posted eight combined sacks against the 49ers and Eagles before hitting Kirk Cousins seven times on Monday night. Ansah, in particular, has been tremendous of late with five quarterback hits over his last two games.

Both Clowney and Ansah practiced in a limited capacity on Wednesday and should be in the lineup on Sunday night against the Rams.

Russell Wilson surprises Rainier Athletes with holiday shopping spree

Russell Wilson surprises Rainier Athletes with holiday shopping spree

Every holiday season starts at DICK'S, apparently.

Russell Wilson, in conjunction with the DICK'S Foundation's "sports matter" program and his own Why Not You Foundation, surprised a group of kids from Rainier Athletes with a holiday shopping spree on Tuesday night. Each kid received a $200 gift card to spend on sporting goods of their choice. In addition, Wilson presented a $25,000 Sports Matter grant to the Rainier Athletes organization from the DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation. The grant is to ensure as many kids as possible have the opportunity to play sports.

Wilson spent 1-on-1 time with the kids, explaining the impact sports have had on his own life as well as serving as the kids' personal shopper.

“It’s all about the youth," Wilson said. "It’s all about encouraging youth to believe and dream big. I used to come to this store, to DICK’S Sporting Goods, as a kid not having much and wanting the new pair of shoes or the new baseball glove. Just to be able to give them a little love.”

Wilson is well-known for his trips to Seattle Children's Hospital every Tuesday. Now he's taking his "giving Tuesdays" a step further during the holidays. Wilson posted a quick recap video on his Instagram that you can see below.

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list

Nearly six months after Bobby Wagner negotiated a three-year, $54 million contract extension to make him the highest paid at his position, the Seattle Seahawks linebacker is making waves again.

Wagner was recently named to Forbes’ prestigious 30 Under 30 Sports list, which features athletes, inventive entrepreneurs and professionals in the field of media, law and development.

His accomplishments on the football field are impressive, but it’s Wagner's off-the-field accolades that caught the eye of Forbes.

“We should take the time to learn and understand how to make the money work for us, versus working for the money,” Wagner told Forbes.

Wagner made a five-figure investment in startup Denali Therapeutics in 2014 that has since gone public with shares close to $18. The 29-year-old also recently joined Andressen Horowitz’s $500,000 minimum investment cultural fund, which features companies like Hipcamp and Lime scooters, and included investors such as Diddy and Shondra Rhimes. 

This isn’t the first time Wagner has been recognized for his entrepreneurial pursuits. In 2017, he was part of a group of current and former NFL players who invested in 12-year-old Mikaela Ulmer’s lemonade business “Me & the Bees.”

Wagner has stressed the importance of athletes not only learning business, but understanding it. He has also talked about his desire to pursue something in the business field post-football.

“I love business and I love to get into different investments and things of that nature,” Wagner said last summer. “I envision myself negotiating deals down the line and, so, I told myself (if) I wasn’t willing to risk challenging myself with my own money and my own cash then I’ll never take that risk down the line. That’s why I was focused on it.”

At 29, Wagner has seemingly done it all on the football field. He’s been to five Pro Bowls, earned four first-team All-Pro nods and helped lead Seattle to its first ever Super Bowl.

But with the Seahawks at 10-2 and on top of the NFC West, he could soon add another Super Bowl title to his collection.

“We still have room to improve on, which is the scary thing because we can still get better.”

Seahawks players to wear custom cleats for charity for My Cause My Cleats

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Seahawks players to wear custom cleats for charity for My Cause My Cleats

The Seattle Seahawks will be decked out in flashy footwear when they travel to Los Angeles on Sunday to take on the Rams.

As a part of the NFL’s campaign known as “My Cause My Cleats,” Seahawks players will wear colorful cleats to show support for the organization of their choice.

Star quarterback Russell Wilson will be wearing neon yellow and green cleats with the words “Anything is possible,” on them in support of his foundation, Why Not You, while rookie wide receiver DK Metcalf will show off his pink and green cleats with the words “Love First” in support of Prison Fellowship

Here’s a look at all of the cleats current and former Seahawks players, coaches and staff will be wearing this week.

Following the game, the cleats will be available via the Seahawks auction site. All funds raised will benefit the players chosen causes.

What They’re Saying: Seahawks’ blueprint to Super Bowl forming once again

What They’re Saying: Seahawks’ blueprint to Super Bowl forming once again

The Seattle Seahawks are on top of the NFC West and have an opportunity to clinch a playoff berth Sunday with a win or tie over the Los Angeles Rams.

Seattle is beginning to look every bit the part of Super Bowl threats thanks to its MVP caliber quarterback, resurgent defense, unstoppable 1-2 punch at running back, stout offensive line and a plethora of targets at wide receiver and tight end. 

Heck, even Jason Myers is even making field goals look fun again. 

“We haven’t really done anything yet, but the finish is there for us,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said following Monday’s win. “With four games left we have to make some noise and see if we can finish this thing off right."

The Seahawks are shining on a stage they’ve been to before, but there’s still more football to be played. In true Seattle fashion: Expect a rollercoaster ride to the finish. 

Here’s a look at What They’re Saying about the Seahawks heading into Week 14:

Larry Stone of The Seattle Times says we’re seeing the vintage Seahawks on full display with no shortage of magic from Russell Wilson.

“It’s a formula that brought the Seahawks to the Super Bowl in the 2013 and 2014 seasons. And you can see the blueprint coalescing again in 2019, right along with the ever-growing confidence in the locker room.”

Greg Bishop of Sports Illustrated highlighted Pete Carroll’s “do right, longer” speech and how its become the mantra of Seattle this season.

“For a team that is endearing in both style and fortitude, that has rebuilt around quarterback Russell Wilson in recent years, that waved goodbye to Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett and so many others, the Seahawks reinforced on Monday night that they are capable of another Super Bowl run. That is not, repeat not, to say they’re now the favorite. Nor is that to say they are without flaws. But in an NFC where it’s possible to make cases for or against the Saints, Seahawks, Packers, 49ers and even Vikings, the team that just keeps winning is as good a bet as any down the stretch.”

While the postseason hasn’t even begun yet, Riley McAtee of The Ringer takes a look at the two teams that are already circling one another in Week 17: the Seahawks and 49ers.

“The stakes could not be higher. Not only will the NFC West winner get the bragging rights that come with winning the division, but will also likely earn a first-round postseason bye. The loser, meanwhile, will almost certainly be a wild-card team, facing the uphill climb that entails. Since 1990, just three teams seeded fifth or worse have gone on to appear in the Super Bowl: the 2005 Steelers, the 2007 Giants, and the 2010 Packers. In that same stretch, 46 1- or 2-seeds have made it to the final game of the season. The last team to even play on wild-card weekend and still make the Super Bowl was the 2012 Ravens. The Niners and Seahawks aren’t just in a competition for the NFC West, they’re already racing each other to the Super Bowl.”

Nate Davis of USA Today has some trust issues with the Seahawks, despite recent comments from Seattle veterans K.J. Wright and Russell Wilson.

“Once upon a time, I invested heavily in the Seattle Seahawks — correctly predicting they'd win Super Bowl XLVIII six months before they actually did so, but then incorrectly betting they'd repeat the following season ... which they should have. I even figured the "Legion of Boom" teams would replace the New England Patriots as the NFL's latest dynasty ... and it could have.”

Our very own Seahawks Insider Joe Fann noted the growing relationship between running backs Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny.

“On Seattle’s first drive of the third quarter, Chris Carson gashed the Vikings defense for a 25-yard run down to Minnesota’s 5-yard line. He then did something seldom seen from running backs that close to the goal line: He tapped his helmet, subbing himself out so that Rashaad Penny could get into the game.

It took two plays for Penny to find the end zone, ultimately scoring on a 1-yard toss to the left. It was Penny’s third rushing touchdown of the season and second in as many weeks. As far as Penny was concerned, he owed that score to Carson.”

Seahawks can clinch a playoff spot with win or tie in Week 14 vs. Rams

Seahawks can clinch a playoff spot with win or tie in Week 14 vs. Rams

Seahawks fans are fortunate that this has become a December tradition: A weekly discussion of playoff scenarios.

We've reached that time of the year with Seattle owning a 10-2 record through Week 13. The Seahawks can clinch a playoff spot in Week 14 with a win or tie against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football.

But that's not the juicy stuff. Even if Seattle lost each of its final four games, it would likely still be in the postseason. So nobody is celebrating a mere playoff berth at this point. The Seahawks aspirations are far greater.

Nobody in Seattle wants the Seahawks to be a 12- or even 13-win wildcard team playing on the road against the Philadelphia Eagles or Dallas Cowboys. Claiming a first-round bye is crucial. Thankfully for Seahawks fans, the 49ers loss in Week 13 gave Seattle some wiggle room. The Seahawks can now lose one of their next three games (Rams, Panthers, Cardinals) and still win the NFC West with a victory over the 49ers in Week 17.

Football Outsiders now gives Seattle a 60.4% chance at winning the division and 59.2% odds at a first-round bye. That is basically saying that it's going to take such a good record to edge the 49ers in the division that it would be near-impossible to do so and end up as the No. 3 or 4 seed in the NFC.

Next up for San Francisco is a road matchup against the Saints, who are also 10-2. Who you root for there depends on your level of optimism in the Seahawks. If you're confident in Seattle running the table, then it would be prudent for Seahawks fans to pull for the 49ers. There's no way Seattle can claim home field advantage without the Saints losing at least one more game given New Orleans owns the tiebreaker against the Seahawks. However, a Saints win would give the Seahawks even more breathing room in the division.

Regardless, Week 17 being a must-win game for Seattle seems inevitable. In a hypothetical situation that has the Seahawks and 49ers each at 13-3 with one loss to each other as well as losses to the Saints and Ravens, you'd be getting into some nitty gritty tiebreaker rules. Essentially, the Eagles (5-7) and Vikings (8-4) would need to finish with a better collective record than the Packers (9-3) and Redskins (3-9). That looks good currently, but it could change over the final four weeks of the season. Best to just handle your own business and not worry about that if you're Seattle.

Jadeveon Clowney giving Seahawks ‘everything’ while playing through core injury

Jadeveon Clowney giving Seahawks ‘everything’ while playing through core injury

Nobody knew what to expect from Jadeveon Clowney on Monday night. Heck, I’m not sure Clowney himself was certain how he’d fare against the Minnesota Vikings.

The Seahawks star pass rusher is battling through a core injury that Pete Carroll described as “sports hernia-related.” He did so admirably in Seattle’s primetime, 37-30, win over the Vikings, playing 43 snaps (78%) with three tackles, one tackle for loss, one quarterback hit, two pressures and a forced fumble.

Clowney’s 80.6 Pro Football Focus grade was the second-best of any Seahawks defender.

“You feel it, but you try not to pay no attention (to it),” he said of the injury. “You just keep playing through the pain. You let the crowd carry you and your teammates (keep you up).”

His signature play was chasing Dalvin Cook 15 yards downfield on a screen pass to make the tackle and force a fumble. Seattle didn’t recover the loose ball, but it was an incredible hustle play nonetheless.

The biggest question now is that if Clowney’s core injury worsened or remained at the status quo.

“I’ll be able to tell you tomorrow,” he said, referring to the unknown of how he’d feel waking up Tuesday morning. “Injuries are a part of the game. Sometimes you can play through them, sometimes you can’t. Right now I’m trying to give my team all I’ve got and everything I’ve got dealing with that.”

Clowney added that he hadn’t practiced in essentially three weeks and indicated that he felt some rust against the Vikings. He’ll have to get used to not practicing during the week as he manages his core injury for the rest of the season and playoffs.

“I guess that’s the norm now,” Clowney said. “I was really just trying to get back in the groove out there today. It’s been a while, and it showed today. But we got the win.”

Next up for Clowney and the Seahawks is another primetime matchup in Week 14, on the road against the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday Night Football. It will be an opportunity for Seattle to clinch a playoff spot and continue its pursuit at a first-round bye.

“I’m looking forward to a big game against the next opponent we’ve got,” he said.

Clowney is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and Seattle isn’t even allowed to have contract talks with him until after the regular season. It’s hard to imagine Clowney re-signing without at least testing the free agent waters, but it’s becoming more and more apparent that the Seahawks need to do everything they can to keep him in the Pacific Northwest long-term.