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Where Seahawks stand in NFC West following win over Vikings

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Where Seahawks stand in NFC West following win over Vikings

The Seahawks are now at the top of the NFC West and control their own destiny with a 37-30 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday Night Football. 

The New Orleans Saints (10-2) jumped into the conference's No. 1 seed thanks to the Seahawks' win, dropping their division rival 49ers down to No. 5. 

Seattle (10-2) moved to the No. 2 seed and holds the top spot in the NFC West Division thanks to a 27-24 OT win over the 49ers in Week 10 at Levi’s Stadium. 

New Orleans holds the tie-breaker on Seattle because of their win over the Seahawks in Week 3. The stakes remain high for all teams involved as New Orleans and San Francisco will face off next week.

Three of the Seahawks final four games are to divisional opponents. They will have a short week before traveling to Los Angeles to take on the LA Rams. The Seahawks took down the Rams in Week 5, 30-29. After a trip east to take on the Panthers, the Seahawks host the Cardinals, a team they defeated 27-10 in Week 4. Then, what could turn out to be the game that decides the division, Seattle hosts San Francisco in Week 17 in the final game of the regular season. 

Here's the full NFC playoff picture after Monday night:

  1. New Orleans Saints (10-2)
  2. Seattle Seahawks (10-2)
  3. Green Bay Packers (9-3)
  4. Dallas Cowboys (6-6)
  5. San Francisco 49ers (10-2)
  6. Minnesota Vikings (8-4)

Former Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin has found an identity outside of football

Former Seahawks WR Doug Baldwin has found an identity outside of football

It’s been eight months since Doug Baldwin hung up his cleats.

The Seattle Seahawks wide receiver penned a letter to his “younger self” last May, indicating he’s retiring from a productive NFL career that included back-to-back Super Bowl appearances, one in which he won, and two Pro Bowl nods. He finished as Seattle’s third all-time leader in receptions and yards.

Since Baldwin walked away from the game, he’s been mostly quiet when it comes to discussing his decision to leave football. That changed Wednesday when the 30-year-old broke his silence in a podcast with Prim Siripipat of The Athletic titled  “The Next Chapter with PS."

Baldwin opened up about why it’s important to be true to himself and how he struggled mentally following his retirement from the NFL.

“About two to three months, I was in a deep depression,” Baldwin said. “You know a lot of it was just based on the transition obviously and other things going on in my life. But I’ve been playing football since I was 7 years old, 6 years old, so I have known nothing different. My whole identity was wrapped around football and performing and seeking that validation that false affirmation in a lot of those ways. So when that was removed from my life, really trying to figure out how I fit into the world and truly who I was outside of it.

“I had to come to grips with a lot of things and answer a lot of questions or ask questions that I didn’t even know the answer to.”

The two-time Pro Bowler believes his injuries gave him the clarity to close the door on his football career. Baldwin underwent three surgeries during the 2019 offseason: one for an MCL tear in his right knee, another to address a sports hernia, and a shoulder surgery, which he admitted alarmed his family.

“When the doctor came out to my wife, basically told my wife, that it’s not going to get any better. Basically said, I don’t know how he was doing this and that really affected my wife...I want to be able to hold my children when they're born. I want to play with my kids. It’s strange because during my career, I never thought about those things. It was never a priority for me.

“It’s hard for me even to say it now, because there’s still apart of me that like wants to figure it out.”

A lot has changed since Baldwin’s departure: Tyler Lockett has stepped into the team’s No. 1 wide receiver role and DK Metcalf emerged as one of Wilson’s hottest targets. Discourse of Baldwin’s departure from the Seahawks has since gone from stirring to mum.

He never did have that storybook ending the fans in Seattle could have hoped for, but Baldwin has always been true to himself. Perhaps walking away from football was the truest he’s ever been.

His series of tweets with a “My Watch has Ended,” GIF is the perfect example of that.

“I hope that anybody who read that, including myself, realizes that is authentically me,” Baldwin said. “That’s as many layers as I’ve pulled back, as I’ve tried to get as close to the center of who I am as I could possibly be. That’s it. It’s kind of relieving me of this burden that is my football identity.”

Media member begs Richard Sherman to return to Seahawks

Media member begs Richard Sherman to return to Seahawks

The people have spoken and they want Richard Sherman back in Seattle.

At least that’s the case for one media member, who took a moment during Super Bowl interviews to beg the San Francisco 49ers cornerback to return to Seattle.

“I know I messed up. I still care about you,” he said. “I know I made some mistakes. And if you just give me a chance, you think about coming back, I promise, I’ll treat you right.”

Sherman spent seven seasons in Seattle before being released by the Seahawks in March 2018. He signed a three-year, $39 million contract to become a member of the 49ers, a move he is now grateful for.

“I really appreciate that and I’m so thankful,” Sherman said in response to the man. “It had it’s ups and its downs, but right now the relationship I’m in I’m so happy. I’m so thankful for the people I have with me. They came to me in a time when I was really down and out, and they didn’t give up on me. There’s something about that you can just appreciate genuinely.”

The media member continued to genuinely engage with Sherman, telling the elite defender his mom and the city of Seattle still has a a lot of love for him.

“And I love them too,” Sherman responded. “It’s just a hurt, and the scar is still there and the love I have right now. I’m really focused on the present and that’s all my attention can take right now.”

According to Reddit, the alleged media member engaging with Sherman is comedian Craig Gass, who frequents Super Bowl media days to get to know players on a deeper level.

While Sherman is on his way to acquiring another championship ring, fans in Seattle will always wonder what could have been if he stayed. The legendary of Legion of Boom era is now extinct with the departures of Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, as well as outspoken figures like Michael Bennett and Frank Clark. Seattle’s new identity has become Russell Wilson.

Are Seahawks fans spoiled or do they have justified complaints? It’s probably both

Are Seahawks fans spoiled or do they have justified complaints? It’s probably both

MIAMI -- Seahawks fans have been navigating through somewhat of an existential crisis since Seattle lost to the Packers in the Divisional Round. The 49ers being in the Super Bowl doesn't help those anxieties. Was 2019 a success? Is Pete Carroll the right man to lead this team in the future?

The first is a legitimate question depending on which lens you look through. That discourse eventually evolved into many people seriously pondering the thought – if not coming to the conclusion all together – that the Seahawks might be better off without Carroll.

NBC Sports’ Chris Simms joined the Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast from Super Bowl radio row in Miami on Monday to share his thoughts on the Seahawks season. He viewed 2019 as an absolute success and even suggested that Seattle overachieved a bit.

“I don’t think Seattle was one of the two or three best teams in football, but I think they flirted with that because their quarterback covered some of the holes on the rest of the team to be up there in that conversation,” Simms said.

Of note, Simms called Wilson the second-best quarterback in football behind Patrick Mahomes (he also said Deshaun Watson is in the conversation).

I provided a counterpoint, saying there’s an argument to be made that there’s no excuse for being deficient talent-wise compared to other teams when you have in-his-prime Wilson. Simms retorted, joking that Seahawks fans are spoiled given the franchise’s level of success over the last decade.

And he’s got a point. It’s remarkable that Seattle never had to truly go through a rebuild despite losing so much talent in recent years: Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Kam Chancellor, Doug Baldwin and others.

“You changed over your team and still found ways to be relevant and competitive,” Simms said. “They’re going to find those right guys. They will. I don’t have any doubt with that.”

But, again, how much of that stability is due to Wilson’s greatness? Does Seattle’s franchise quarterback deserve more credit than Carroll or John Schneider? The discourse is undoubtedly nuanced.

Simms recognized that, as should every Seahawks fan. It’s possible to acknowledge that Schneider and Carroll need to improve without coming to the conclusion that sweeping changes are necessary. Schneider needs to hit on a few draft picks, particularly at No. 27, as well as pay the right free agents that will eat up Seattle’s cap space.

For Carroll, there has to be an understanding of the urgency that comes with taking advantage of Wilson’s best years. No quarterback takes better care of their body than Wilson, but his prime is still finite.

“They need a little bit more of a drop back passing offense inventory,” Simms said. “At times I do think they rely on ‘let’s play through the run’ too much, especially toward the end of the year.”

Simms noted Seattle’s injuries on the offensive line and at running back and questioned why the game plan didn’t shift to put more on Wilson’s shoulders.

“Just put the ball in Russell’s hand, and let’s go,” Simms said.

The outlook is still bright in Seattle as the Seahawks have tons of cap space to fill holes on the roster. Simms said the Seahawks are “a piece or two away” from potentially returning to the Super Bowl. The edge rush (Simms was in favor of re-signing Jadeveon Clowney) and the secondary were his biggest areas of need for Seattle.

“There aren’t two more people in the world that I have more faith in than Schneider and Carroll.,” Simms said. “They understand how to build a football team.”

This conversation isn’t going anywhere. It will continue until free agency begins and will intensify should Clowney walk with Seattle failing to land any other big fish. The NFL offseason is a marathon, and this one is key for the Seahawks – both for public sentiment and in the reality that the status quo won’t suffice in Seattle.

Seattle Dragons set 52-man roster: Here's the former Seahawks, Beavers you should watch

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Seattle Dragons set 52-man roster: Here's the former Seahawks, Beavers you should watch

The Seattle Dragons final 52-man roster is here, and there are quite a few familiar faces we will see on the field for the season opener on Feb 8 at the D.C. Defenders.

The active roster was narrowed from 70 to 52 after the team made final cuts on Monday. Here’s a look at which players made the cut:

Ex-Seahawks to watch

Former Seahawks of note include Kasen Williams and Keenan Reynolds at wide receiver. Williams first signed with Seattle in 2015, but didn’t officially breakout for the Seahawks until the 2017 preseason. He caught nine passes for 208 yards and a touchdown, but was later waived by the Seahawks on September 2. Williams had stints with the Browns and Colts.

Former Navy Heisman finalist, Keenan Reynolds, signed a future/reserve contract with the Seahawks last August, but was waived before the start of the regular season. When his practice squad eligibility expired, he declared for XFL Draft, where he was selected by the Dragons.

Quarterback B.J. Daniels also has ties to the Seahawks franchise. He was taken by the 49ers in the seventh round of 2013 NFL Draft, but was later claimed off waivers by the Seahawks. He spent most of his first season on the practice squad, before moving to wide receiver in 2015. Daniels made appearances on the Texans, Giants, Bears and Falcons rosters before transitioning to the CFL. He was selected by the Dragons in the opening phase of the XFL Draft.

Offensive tackle Isaiah Battle spent time on the Seahawks practice squad in 2017, but was waived in 2018. The Seahawks traded a sixth-round pick to acquire Mohammed Seisay, one of five cornerbacks on the Dragons roster, but he never played a regular-season game for Seattle.

A local product

David Douglas High School’s very own Marcell Frazier will also be taking the field for the Dragons. At Missouri, Frazier recorded 92 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, 17.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, a recovery and seven pass defenses. The Portland native signed with the Seahawks as an underaged free agent following the 2018 Draft. He was waived by Seattle in May of 2018 and later claimed by the Browns.

All eyes on this Beaver

Former Oregon State tight end Connor Hamlett will also take the field for the Dragons. Hamlett played for the Oregon State Beavers from 2011-14 and garned Pac-12 All-Academic Honorable Mention honors, and was named to the John Mackey watchlist, which is given to the best tight end in college football.

At OSU, he played 47 games with 29 starts and recorded 104 receptions for 1,109 yards and 10 touchdowns. He became just the fifth tight end in Oregon State history to record at least 1,000 career receiving yards.

Following his collegiate career, Hamlett contemplated retirement due to significant pain in his knee. He went undrafted in 2015, later signing with the Jaguars. He made stints in Jacksonville, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Cleveland, and Dallas before signing with the Arizona Hotshots. He was later selected by the Dragons during the opening phase.

It’s also worth noting Hamlett will be joined by former Oregon State head coach Mike Riley, who is serving as offensive coordinator for the Dragons.

Russell Wilson steps aside, gifts starting Pro Bowl roster spot to Drew Brees

Russell Wilson steps aside, gifts starting Pro Bowl roster spot to Drew Brees

Russell Wilson may have just delivered an early retirement gift to Drew Brees.

The Seattle Seahawks quarterback was selected as the NFC’s starting quarterback for the Pro Bowl on Sunday, but instead gave up the start in favor of the New Orleans Saints quarterback. 

Wilson has long admired Brees, even calling him his favorite player to ever play the game. 

“I think about his legacy and what he’s meant to the game,” Wilson said ahead of the Seahawks-Saints Week 3 matchup. “He’s helped open up the door for me to play as a shorter quarterback. There’s been some guys before him too that I know he would acknowledge as well. Guys like Doug Flutie as well and others. Steve Young and different players. I think about Drew and his ability to make great plays and just when he’s in the game, he’s a spectacular football player. One of the best to ever step on the field."

Wilson said he first met Brees during his first Pro Bowl appearance in 2012, his rookie year. The two have stayed in touch ever since and what began as mutual respect has since blossomed into a friendship.  

“We got to know each other and throughout the years, we’ve stayed in touch,” Wilson added. “We get to see each other in the off season some and all that stuff. Our kids are close and stuff like that, so they get to play together sometimes. It’s cool. Like I said, we developed the relationship over the years and he’s arguably the best to ever do it.”

Wilson made his seventh Pro Bowl appearance on Sunday, while the 41-year-old Brees took the field for his 13th Pro Bowl appearance. It’s quite possible Sunday was the last time we will ever see Brees on the football field. 

Brees has openly admitted that he’s considering retirement and is expected to make a decision at the start of free agency. 

“I’m really waiting until football is totally done,” Brees told Nola.com. “Obviously being here, I’m just very much focused on my family and this opportunity to be around the guys, playing the game. Then, I’ll kind of lay low for a little bit, get away and then assess. I kind of have a process in mind. And I’ll give it a month or so.”

‘He’s been an irreplaceable figure:' Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson pay homage to Lakers great Kobe Bryant

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‘He’s been an irreplaceable figure:' Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson pay homage to Lakers great Kobe Bryant

It’s been nearly 24 hours since Los Angeles Lakers icon Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter crash near Calabasas. While reports were trickling in on Sunday, Russell Wilson was suited up and ready to take the field for his seventh Pro Bowl.

But before Wilson and his NFC teammates could leave the locker room, they heard the tragic news. According to ESPN, the Seattle Seahawks quarterback gathered his teammates for a moment of prayer for the Bryant family.

Those prayers continued on Monday as Wilson paid tribute to Black Mamba in a post on social media.

“You were one of my greatest inspirations,” Wilson said. “You will forever be missed. RIP Kobe and Gianna. #MambaMentality”

Like Wilson, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he was “crushed” when he heard news of Bryant. He said he would cross paths with the NBA star when he was a coach at USC and frequently cited Kobe’s “Mamba Mentality” to his own players.

“He’s been such an iconic figure to us,” Carroll said in an interview with ESPN. “We’ve cited Kobe so many times because of who he is and because of the extraordinary nature of his make-up and all. When it hit our locker room our guys were crushed. We all were. We didn’t know what to do. Were we going to walk out on the field and play a football game? It didn’t feel like the right thing to do at the time. But we thought if we was going to have a say in it, he would want us to go and play.

“He’s been an irreplaceable figure. And we’ve cited him so many times. It’s a great, crushing loss.”

The Seahawks coach gave each of his players Kobe’s book titled “The Mamba Mentality,” last December.

Bryant retired from basketball following the 2016 season after 20 seasons and five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. The organization retired both of the jersey numbers he wore, his famed No. 8 and No. 2, in 2017.

Many other Seahawks and prominent figures in the sports world mourned the news. You can find their reactions here

Russell Wilson wants to get a couple more superstars on Seahawks

Russell Wilson wants to get a couple more superstars on Seahawks

Russell Wilson is suiting up in the Pro Bowl for the fifth time Sunday with some of the best NFL players in the game. 

As he looks around the field in Orlando, the Seahawks quarterback might be envisioning one or two of those players playing in Seattle along with him. 

“I think we need a couple more,’’ Wilson said in an interview with ESPN. “I think we need a couple more. Jadeveon (Clowney) is a big-time guy that we would love to get back on our football team. He was so good in the locker room. He brought so many just havoc plays to the field. Hopefully, we can get a few other players there on the defense. Then also on offense, we have a great offense, but I think we can always add more pieces. I think that’s going to be the part that’s going to be great with John Schneider and Pete Carroll, as well, in terms of this offseason’s free agency. Free agency is very, very key to getting those superstars on your team and try to get great players that can fill the space.”

Wilson, 31, signed a contract extension during last year’s offseason, is set to make an average of $35 million through 2023, which for now, makes him the highest-paid NFL player. 

Of course, Wilson would rather be competing in the Super Bowl next week in Miami. Injuries hit the Seahawks late in the season and they didn’t have enough to get over the hump. 

Sitting at home doesn’t sit well with Wilson, who wants to cement his legacy with the Seahawks. 

To do that, though, the Super Bowl champion will need a superstar or two to help Seattle rise to the top once again.

According to OvertheCap.com, Seattle currently has roughly $59.4 million in available cap space for the 2020 season, which is eighth-most in the NFL. 

Now, the biggest question is, what are they going to do with that money?

Twitter loses it over Russell Wilson’s LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Tinder meme

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Twitter loses it over Russell Wilson’s LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Tinder meme

Dolly Parton’s LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, Tinder meme is taking over the internet, and no one is safe. Not even Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

In a post on social media Friday, Wilson decided to participate in the viral meme and let's just say...Twitter nearly lost it.

As many pointed out, Wilson’s Tinder photo is originally a workout photo of teammate DK Metcalf. 

Metcalf has not yet responded to the photoshopped picture, but guard D.J. Fluker had some thoughts. 

We feel the same way, Fluke. 

Russell Wilson picks Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs over 49ers in Super Bowl LVI

Russell Wilson picks Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs over 49ers in Super Bowl LVI

Russell Wilson often shares some interesting tidbits in his DangerTalk podcast, and this week’s episode had one bold prediction.

Ahead of Thursday’s Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, Wilson sat down with co-host Daniel Mogg to discuss his prediction for Super Bowl LVI in Miami. And drumroll please…Wilson is riding with the Kansas City Chiefs.

Wilson said he’s taking the Chiefs over the Seahawks’ division rivals due to the phenomenal play of Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

“You know I’ll pick Mahomes because he’s such a great player,” Wilson said. “Even though the 49ers are such a great team, Mahomes has such a great team around him, but he’s such a great player and he’s a factor, which always that great quarterback factor in that way, it’s always interesting.”

Wilson believes the game will ultimately come down to which defense can step up. The Chiefs will have to be prepared to stop the 49ers versatile run game, while San Francisco’s lethal pass rush will need to slow one of the NFL’s elite quarterbacks.

According to Pro Football Focus, Mahomes’ passer rating drops from 113.4 to 95.1 when pressured this season.

“It’ll all come down to the defensive lines, how they play,” Wilson said. “The Chiefs d-line has got to stop the run. The 49ers got to see if they can get to Mahomes. I know the Chiefs’ protection is pretty good too.”

Like the rest of us, Wilson was glued to his television last Sunday as the AFC and NFC championships took place. The Seahawks franchise quarterback said he was impressed by the 49ers gap-scheme running game against the Packers. 

“Their ability to run the football throughout that game was nuts,” Wilson said. “I’m not sure I’ve ever seen in the NFL where they’ve run that many times, that many attempts, for that many yards, that consistently and dominated the game that way in that fashion.”

“So that was pretty fascinating watching that game. Unfortunately, I wish it was us, so we could try to compete against those guys one more time.”

He was equally fascinated with Mahomes, who has started to use his legs as a running threat. The Chiefs' monster QB had a highlight-worthy touchdown run that went for 27 yards and he ran for four first downs, including another run that went for over ten yards.

“Mahomes has been amazing this past stretch, I was tweeting about it,” Wilson said. “I’m not a huge tweet during the game kind of guy, but it was fascinating how much he was ballin’ so I had to. I have a lot of fun watching him.”

We can likely expect more tweets like this if Wilson's prediction is accurate next Sunday. Super Bowl LVI kicks off at 3:30 p.m. PT on Feb. 2.