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Former Seahawk and NFLPA VP Richard Sherman won't back down from arguing against 17-game season

Former Seahawk and NFLPA VP Richard Sherman won't back down from arguing against 17-game season

Super Bowl LVI is just two days away from showcasing the two top teams in the league: the San Francisco 49ers vs. the Kansas City Chiefs.

During the week, players and coaches meet with the media ahead of the game.

Former Seattle Seahawk, current San Francisco 49ers All-Pro corner and vice president for the NFL Players Association executive committee Richard Sherman spoke to the media regarding the possible expansion of the 16-game regular season schedule to 17 games.

In an interview with USA Today, Sherman told reporters:

“I don’t think it’s something players are interested in, honestly," he said. "And if that’s the point (owners are) negotiating on, then I think these negotiations are going to go a lot longer than anticipated."

Sherman continues:

It’s always odd when you hear player safety is (the league's) biggest concern. They’re really standing up for player safety, player safety, player safety, but it seems like player safety has a price tag. Player safety up to the point of ‘Hey, 17 games makes us this much money, so we really don’t care how safe they are if you’re going to pay us this much money to play another game.' -- Richard Sherman

The game of football is not just a contact sport; it is a collision sport. Player safety should be a top priority when making these decisions, such as adding one more game to the regular season. Injuries can happen at any time to any position. More games equals more money, but also increases the risk of player injury.

So where is the fine line if there is any?

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.

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. 

What They’re Saying: Losing the NFC West not the worst thing for Seattle Seahawks

What They’re Saying: Losing the NFC West not the worst thing for Seattle Seahawks

There was a lot to unpack from the Seattle Seahawks jarring 26-21 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday night.

The 49ers were crowned NFC West champions, Marshawn Lynch is back in a Seahawks uniform and it’s raining Skittles (like it ever stopped), and there was the controversial final 30 seconds that shook the NFL playoff picture. A botched possession by Seattle, a possible missed non-PI and the last-second goal-line stop of Jacob Hollister.

Here’s a look at What They’re Saying about the game the morning after and what this means for Seattle in the postseason:

Marshawn Lynch gave Seattle the jolt it could have hoped for, and the fans at CenturyLink Field went crazy in response. Around the NFL writer Nick Shook recapped Lynch’s return in a moment when the Seahawks needed him most.

“Lynch replaces the power element lost with Chris Carson's season-ending hip injury, but he doesn't match it. Still, it was encouraging for Lynch to grow into something more than a source of nostalgia Sunday. If he can earn short-yardage victories, his return will have been worth it for the Seahawks, whose fans were more than pleased to welcome Lynch back.”

With the game on the line, Pete Carroll found a new way to blunder at the 1-yard line with Marshawn Lynch. NBC Sports’ Peter King discussed the Seahawks' game-altering mistake.

“As with ignoring Lynch as the goal line in the Super Bowl, Seattle will live with regrets over this. “We didn’t get the substitution done properly, and we were late, and there wasn’t enough time to get the play off,” Carroll said of the delay call. But that sounds rational. What was bizarre is that the Seahawks weren’t even close to running a play, and there was no good reason for Lynch to be on the field, unless Seattle planned to run play-action with him. Just very, very odd.”

Riley McAtee of The Ringer dismantled the Seahawks’ baffling decisions in the closing moments.

“After turning to a complete nobody on their previous play, they brought in a Seahawks legend. Marshawn Lynch, who wasn’t on the field for the two-minute drill, came onto the field to a roar from the crowd. But this is when the play clock wound all the way down—with no one even close to being ready to run a play. How did it go so wrong? It’s some of the worst game mismanagement you’ll ever see.”

Andy Nesbitt of For the Win also dissected Pete Carroll’s game management.

“I mean, how in the world do you let something like that happen at such a key moment of such a big game? That’s bad coaching in the moment as well as before the moment when prep work should have had the offense ready for anything and everything. Totally unacceptable.”

Despite the loss, Business Insider's Scott Davis says the Seahawks may have very well benefited from the NFC West championship loss.

“Losing the division may not the worst thing for Seattle. Sure, they would have had home-field in the Wild Card round, but they would have to play the Vikings. While traveling to Philadelphia for the Wild Card isn't pleasant, the Seahawks are also facing a battered Eagles team who have lost multiple starters on both sides of the ball and barely got into the playoffs. It won't be an easy win, but at the moment, the Eagles look like an easier matchup.

If the Seahawks and Saints win, the Seahawks will play the 49ers, who they beat earlier this season.”

Seattle Seahawks in action vs. San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks in action vs. San Francisco 49ers

The moment we’ve all been waiting for is here. In the final week of the regular season, the Seattle Seahawks (11-4) welcome division rivals the San Francisco 49ers (12-3) to CenturyLink Field in a game that will crown the NFC West champion. 

The matchup will also have major playoff implications for both teams. As of Sunday morning, the No. 1, 2, 3 and 5 seeds were still play for the Seahawks. Meanwhile, if the 49ers take Week 17, they will be the top seed in the NFC playoff bracket for the first time since 1997. San Francisco could also fall to fifth seed with a loss on Sunday. 

Seahawks Insider Joe Fann and digital producers Lindsey Wisniewski and Chris Burkhardt are at CenturyLink Field for the winner-takes-all matchup and kickoff is at 5:20 p.m. PT. 

NUMBERS TO WATCH

A Seattle win would give Seattle its 11th division title in franchise history, fifth in Pete Carroll’s 10th season. 

The Seahawks have a 29-6-1 record in primetime games, outscoring opponents 940-576. 

Seattle is 3-1 in primetime games this season. 

The Seahawks lead the series 25-16 dating back to 1976. Seattle’s last win over San Francisco came on Nov. 11, when the Seahawks won 27-24 in overtime. 

K.J. Wright needs one tackle to set a career-high of 127 in a single season. 

With a Seahawks win, Russell Wilson would pass Tom Brady and become the winningest quarterback in a player’s first eight seasons in NFL history with 87. 

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Jadeveon Clowney on his team preparing for an NFC West-deciding matchup: 

"I think everybody is getting ready to go to war, one more battle. It's a playoff game for us. It's our first playoff game. … We know that. We know what's at stake, and we're practicing like we know what's at stake."

GAME INFORMATION

Time: Sunday, December 29 at 5:20 p.m.

Where: CenturyLink Field | Seattle, Washington

TV: NBC | Stream here

Armstead is all smiles talking about Buckner's big touchdown

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Armstead is all smiles talking about Buckner's big touchdown

The Seattle Seahawks pulled off the big victory on Monday, handing the San Francisco 49ers their first loss on the season in a 27-24 overtime thriller. Despite the loss, a couple of former Oregon Ducks on the 49ers side of the field were making players. DeForest Buckner scooped up a Seahawk fumble in the second half and ran it all the way back for a touchdown. His big played brought the 49ers within one score and allowed the team to tie it late. Unfortunately for Buckner, his team lost. However, his teammate and former Oregon Duck Arik Armstead was all smiles talking about the play postgame. 

Armstead called Buckner's scoop and score, "one of the dopest things I've seen a long time."

Take a listen in the video below from our friends over at NBC Sports Bay Area and as always, Go Ducks. 

Scoop and Score: Seahawks get on the board

Scoop and Score: Seahawks get on the board

Trailing 10-0 and in danger of going down more, the Seahawks needed their defense to get a huge stop against the 49ers offense. They did more than just get the stop, they changed the game. 

Jarran Reed blasted through the 49ers offensive line, sacked quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and forced a fumble. Before the 49ers could even react, Jadeveon Clowney swooped in, scooped the ball up, and ran it in for the score. 

The Seahawks could have been down 17-0, instead, it was 10-7, and the Seahawks were right back in the game. 

Seahawks in action vs. 49ers, follow us for live updates

Seahawks in action vs. 49ers, follow us for live updates

It took overtime, but the Seahawks pulled off the 40-34 victory over the Buccaneers last week to improve to 7-2.

Now the Seahawks face one of their biggest tests of the season: The undefeated San Francisco 49ers.

Can the Seahawks pull off the upset and stay in the NFC West hunt, or will the 49ers improve to 9-0?

Be sure to follow our Seahawks Insider Joe Fan on Twitter, for updates and analysis throughout the game from San Francisco

Then come back here to NBC Sports Northwest after the game for analysis, blogs, videos, and player interviews.

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Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast: How Seattle's 'us against the world' mentality could put them in the driver's seat

Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast: How Seattle's 'us against the world' mentality could put them in the driver's seat

Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast: How Seattle's 'us against the world' mentality could put them in the driver's seat

The Seattle Seahawks-San Francisco 49ers rivalry is back on. The two teams will face off on Monday Night Football in a game that could have major implications in the NFC West.

To get you ready for the primetime matchup, 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco joined Seahawks Insider Joe Fann this week on the Talkin’ Seahawks podcast to break down what’s at stake.

San Francisco holds a two-game lead over Seattle in the division, and the 49ers open as six-point favorites in Week 10.

“Where I think that this game is so important for the 49ers is when you look at the NFC West, yes, they have a two-game lead in the loss column over Seattle going into this game,” Maiocco said. “Seattle, their two losses are to really good football teams. They lost to Baltimore and they lost to New Orleans. And the 49ers have coming up on the schedule in early December, games against Baltimore and New Orleans and both of those games are on the road. If you look at that objectively and you use the spread, I can guarantee you the 49ers will be underdogs in both of those games."

He continued: "If Seattle is able to win this game on Monday night against the 49ers, I think the momentum, everything puts them in the driver's seat.”

The Seahawks have been underdogs before, as Fann notes, and they’ve used that to fuel them to victory, even though it’s been ugly at times.

“Pete Carroll and the Seahawks love the us-against-the-world mentality,” Fann said. “They love to be the underdogs. That’s how the whole Legion of Boom was built, right? When you think about Richard Sherman and all these misfit toys banding together and building this dynasty in Seattle that won one Super Bowl and should have won two obviously, and so I think that all of a sudden, you get to play that narrative again and that can be a very powerful thing with a Pete Carroll-led team and a Russell Wilson-led team.”

Listen to this week’s episode of TalkinSeahawks podcast to hear more from Fann and Maiocco ahead of Monday Night Football.

Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with Joe Fann and Matt Maiocco

Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with Joe Fann and Matt Maiocco

Joe Fann is joined by the 49ers insider Matt Maiocco to go over the Primetime matchup as the Seahawks take on the undefeated San Fransisco 49ers on Monday Night Football.

With the drivers seat of the NFC West on the line, and a chance to renew the best rivalry in the NFL, Joe and Matt look ahead to Monday night's big game.