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Russ Tough.

Russell Wilson suffered a high ankle sprain in the third quarter of their season opener, an injury that is supposed to take 3-4 weeks to heal.  Wilson not only did not miss a snap, he did not miss a single practice the following week, and played every snap at quarterback in Week 2.

Yesterday, he was scrambling to get away from defenders, when he was grabbed and tackled awkwardly, with the left leg getting bent out of shape.  This time, he was unable to get up right away, which meant he had to come out of the game.

Trevone Boykin went in, for his first-ever NFL regular season snap.  After that play was completed, Wilson put himself back in the game.

Yes, that's right.  He put himself back in, and finished off a scoring drive that resulted in a field goal.

According to Seattle Times sports columnist Larry Stone, Wilson just ran back out onto the field after the one play he missed.  Wilson says he told the coaches he was going back in, but that "maybe they didn't hear me."

http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/seahawks/seahawks-trust-in-russell-wilsons-health-but-is-wilson-being-banged-up-the-new-normal/

In hindsight, I'm recalling the Fox Sports broadcast team wondering why Pete Carroll would even consider putting Wilson back in the game, because Seattle had run up such a big lead.  It turns out, Carroll didn't.  Wilson decided he was fine, and inserted himself back into the game.

They finally got him out of the game, but only after they took his helmet away from him.

Remember how many questions people had about Wilson, and whether or not he'd have what it takes to be a top-tier NFL quarterback?



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He's a rehab monster.  Sleeps about two hours a night.

He practiced all week, then started Sunday and threw for 309 yards and three touchdowns. 



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What goes good with crow?

"Wilson isn’t nearly as awesome as his Puget Sound loyalists believe, so it’s ludicrous to think that he’ll be able to hobble into MetLife Stadium on a gimpy left knee and right ankle on Sunday and have his way with the Jets," wrote (New York Daily News writer Manish) Mehta.

http://www.king5.com/sports/nfl/seahawks/sports-columnist-russell-wilson-mea-culpa1/328575091



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Manish Mehta is a toole........I have heard features from him...........basically all the New York media people are to be honest...........

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Russell Wilson is finally heathy again!

Russ looked great against the Eagles.  He was moving around the pocket, keeping plays alive, and even caught a touchdown pass from Doug Baldwin:

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000743678/article/russell-wilson-leading-seahawks-annual-winter-charge

What a thing of beauty it was.



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I love your passion for your team, and I love Russell Wilson, but im not gonna lie, I simply hate the rest of the team and their coach. And they are really the only sports team that I feel that strongly about. There are teams I don't like for many reasons, but every game Seattle plays I want to see them get the snot smacked out of them, almost in a perverse way (except Wilson, he is in my Top 5 sporting players I really really enjoy watching). That being said...they really are a heckuva team. You have no idea how much it pains me to say that lolol.

Funny too, because I look at how a team like New England plays, the things they do and how they are coached and I respect them...I don't like them as a Giants fan but I respect them.  Then I look at Seattle who is very similar to them as far as their players and how they are coached and I have complete and total disdain for them.  Amazing how that works in all sports, just look at this forum and how many of us root against the Yankees in anyone's replay.



-- Edited by nacster on Monday 21st of November 2016 03:37:57 PM

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nacster wrote:

I love your passion for your team, and I love Russell Wilson, but im not gonna lie, I simply hate the rest of the team and their coach. And they are really the only sports team that I feel that strongly about. There are teams I don't like for many reasons, but every game Seattle plays I want to see them get the snot smacked out of them, almost in a perverse way (except Wilson, he is in my Top 5 sporting players I really really enjoy watching). That being said...they really are a heckuva team. You have no idea how much it pains me to say that lolol.

Funny too, because I look at how a team like New England plays, the things they do and how they are coached and I respect them...I don't like them as a Giants fan but I respect them.  Then I look at Seattle who is very similar to them as far as their players and how they are coached and I have complete and total disdain for them.  Amazing how that works in all sports, just look at this forum and how many of us root against the Yankees in anyone's replay.



-- Edited by nacster on Monday 21st of November 2016 03:37:57 PM


I totally get where you are coming from.

I spent three years stationed in Norfolk back in the late Seventies.  All I ever heard was "Fun Bunch!"  "Hogs!"  "Smurfs!"  I look back and see what a boorish person John Riggins was.

I understand how things can rub people the wrong way.  The Hawks are very outspoken.  They play with an attitude.  Several have chips on their shoulders, which they have used as motivation.

Doug Baldwin is a great example.  But look at how far his motivation and focus have brought him.  He should be a great story.  He and Kearse and the rest of the receiving corps were belittled when they first came into the league.  And Russ was simply thought of as a "game manager."  No one believed he could be a top five QB in this league.

A lot of people knock Richard Sherman.  But many other players do the same stuff that he does and never get called for it.  The Hawks frequently lose out on calls that aren't made equally against the other teams.

The New Orleans game was a perfect example, with two obvious pick plays.  Yesterday, Jermaine Kearse got called for a pick, a very nit-picky flag.  But it didn't happen when N.O. was scoring its winning TD a few weeks ago, which was a much more flagrant violation.

Remember the one-handed TD catches Jimmy Graham made a couple of weeks ago?  Only one drew a flag.  But his left arm was being held down by his side both times by the defender.

Remember that PI everyone thinks should have been called against Sherman in the Atlanta game?  There were also illegal hands to the face by Jones, and holding in the backfield (including a blatant takedown that prevented a sack) that weren't called.

You play to the limit of the rules, then try to expand the gray area.  If Seattle cheats, then so does everyone else.  But the Hawks largely have better talent, so maybe they are simply better at hiding what they do.

Or, maybe not.  They sure do get called for it a lot more than anyone else.  That's how a Seattle fan sees it.

Sherman (and others) will exchange smack with anyone, but they are also solid members of the community, who are thoughtful and engaging.  Outside of Seattle, though, you may not get a chance to see that.

Love him or hate him, Pete Carroll has a passion for the game.  Is he the only coach who was ever nailed for NCAA violations -- or even the worst -- because of what happened at USC?  No.  And he has outdone himself (and most other head coaches in the NFL) by taking this group and helping them become perennial contenders.

He always gets hammered for the play call at the end of the Super Bowl, despite the fact that it was a perfect play selection, just poorly executed.  It was the only way they would have been able to stop the clock if it didn't result in a TD.  And Marshawn Lynch had a very checkered history in those goal line situations.

No one ever talks about that.  He was buying the chance to get one more play in, if needed.

You see that boyish enthusiasm, the running up and down the length of the field, and you see how he works the refs every week, and it may rub you the wrong way.  But every coach works the refs, as do most players.



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Nacster,

I take your disdain for my Seahawks as a compliment and I do understand it and respect it. Because teams that elicit this kind feelings are usually successful and at the top of their sport. I used feel the same way for the Oakland Raiders, Dallas Cowboys and still feel that way for the Yankees. So my friend go ahead and root against my Seahawks cause that means to me that they have arrived as an elite team.

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You play to the limit of the rules, then try to expand the gray area.  If Seattle cheats, then so does everyone else.  But the Hawks largely have better talent, so maybe they are simply better at hiding what they do.

 

Which is EXACTLY what New England does.  Think back to last year when they ran that formation against the Ravens where the offensive lineman was split out like a receiver, but actually wasn't covered by the REAL wide receiver.  Totally legal, but it caused all sorts of defensive issues.  I don't disagree with the comment about how well Seattle is coached, they IMO are one of the best coached teams in the league (I think the year they won the Super Bowl, they only allowed something like 8 punt return yards ALL YEAR!)

My opinion jives with what Seajaw said, about attitude.  They don't lose very well (which would be understandable) but it almost seems they win even worse.  Sometimes it really is OK to have some humility.

I think Russell Wilson is an amazing athlete.  Part of it comes from his baseball background.  Troy Aikman made a comment about that yesterday on a throw he made where he was on the run against the grain, and made a pinpoint pass.  Kind of like an infielder making a throw across his body.  He has amazing body control, ALWAYS knows the right decision to make in whatever situation, has a cannon for an arm, and seems to be a quiet kind of guy...which totally goes against the rest of the team, especially obviously the defense.  His chip on his shoulder has to be as big as Brady's (left NC State, obviously undersized as an NFL QB, drafted 75th overall), and he obviously utilizes it.



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He always gets hammered for the play call at the end of the Super Bowl, despite the fact that it was a perfect play selection, just poorly executed.  It was the only way they would have been able to stop the clock if it didn't result in a TD.  And Marshawn Lynch had a very checkered history in those goal line situations.

 

He got hammered because he had Lynch in the backfield.  If it was the Giants who have no viable running backs....or if it was the Colts with Luck.....then Carroll would have gotten a pass.  I forgot the exact stat, but it was the first time all year a team threw on the 1-yard line and had the ball picked off.  

There was a show that NFL network ran on the Patriots season.  In particular, they showed how the guy who intercepted the ball (Butler) was coached up on how to defend that EXACT play ALL YEAR LONG.  They showed videos of how he simply got beat time and time again in practice.  I would bet my life that the Seattle coaching staff knew that to a "T", and waited until the perfect time to run it.  Butler just made a great great play.  If that play was made with 3 minutes to go in the first quarter, no one would have said boo.  Timing is everything.



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From an Eagle's fan perspective, it was a tough day. I thought the game would be a good measuring stick for the Eagles, and, unfortunately, it was. The verdict is the Eagles are still a distance from being a true competitor for the NFC. More than a handful of players. The game was not as close as the score indicated. Every weakness the Eagles have was exposed. The lack of wide receivers, the patchwork offensive line (which suffered two injuries yesterday), the defensive secondary and the lack of discipline leading to penalties. To make matters worse, we lost both Sproles and Matthews, leaving us with a rookie (Smallwood) and a second year back (Barner). A few weeks ago, the Eagles cut Huff who was their kickoff returner and backup punt returner. When Sproles went down, we lacked a returner which was costly.

The strength of the team is our defensive front seven, but in road games, they just don't show up. Only once in the first half did they dominate Seattle's young offensive line. Wilson's legs (and he is still not running at full speed) make it a challenge for how you attack him. The Eagles' response was to go 75% and to try to contain him. As a result, he was not hurried or hit very often. (I will be fair - I am not a fan of Jim Schwartz and his wide 9. I think the talent makes him look good. Perhaps under a different coach they would be more aggressive up front and more consistent.) Schwartz seemed overly concerned with the speed of Seattle and played two linebackers with an extra defensive back which allowed the Seattle run game to flourish. The Eagles gave up too many third and longs allowing Seattle to control the football for most of the game.

Carson Wentz played his worst game of the year. I will still impressed with his composure under fire and the command of the offense. It is hard to look good against a top defensive group, especially when you have a limited number of weapons.

Finally, our rookie head coach, Doug Pederson who has done well for a rookie coach overall did some things that were head scratchers. Early in the game, the Eagles were having success with three tight end sets. The Eagles were successfully running the football and passing it to the tight ends, who unlike our receivers actually catch it when thrown to them. And after the second or third series, they did not use the three tight end set. Maybe there was an injury or perhaps Seattle made an adjustment, but it sure seemed odd. Two of the Eagle's tight ends (Ertz and Burton) can pose match-up challenges for opposing teams and Seattle seemed to struggle with them. In addition, the passes to the tightends were mid-range passes (5-7 yards) allowing Wentz to get rid of the football quickly.

The Eagles were no match for the Seahawks yesterday. Seattle has far more talent. The Eagles have beaten some good teams this year (Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Atlanta), but all those games were in Philadelphia and none of those teams was the caliber of Seattle. Maybe if the game was in Philadelphia, Seattle would have faced a greater challenge, but the end result would have been a Seattle victory.



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He always gets hammered for the play call at the end of the Super Bowl, despite the fact that it was a perfect play selection, just poorly executed.  It was the only way they would have been able to stop the clock if it didn't result in a TD.  And Marshawn Lynch had a very checkered history in those goal line situations.

 

He got hammered because he had Lynch in the backfield.  If it was the Giants who have no viable running backs....or if it was the Colts with Luck.....then Carroll would have gotten a pass.  I forgot the exact stat, but it was the first time all year a team threw on the 1-yard line and had the ball picked off.  

There was a show that NFL network ran on the Patriots season.  In particular, they showed how the guy who intercepted the ball (Butler) was coached up on how to defend that EXACT play ALL YEAR LONG.  They showed videos of how he simply got beat time and time again in practice.  I would bet my life that the Seattle coaching staff knew that to a "T", and waited until the perfect time to run it.  Butler just made a great great play.  If that play was made with 3 minutes to go in the first quarter, no one would have said boo.  Timing is everything.I get that, about having Lynch.  But, with Lynch, they get one shot, all or nothing.


On the other sideline (so to speak), you may recall that I linked to an article analyzing the call a couple of days after the game.

In it, the author -- former UW and NFL quarterback Hugh Millen -- pointed out that Lynch was well below league average in efficiency when called on to carry the ball against a stacked defense in those types of short yardage situations.  Not even close.

http://www.seattletimes.com/sports/seahawks/as-new-league-year-begins-its-time-for-seahawks-to-put-super-bowl-loss-behind-them/

And that was just what the Pats were set up for.

So, they sent in the pass play.  Kearse just ran his route wrong, which cleared Butler's path to where the ball was being thrown.  That stat about no passes from the one having been picked all year should make people realize just what a fluke it was when it did happen.

If they hand off to Lynch and he gets stopped, the game is over because Seattle has no time outs left.  One and done.  Less than a 50/50 chance of success, given Lynch's history.

On the pass, there were three possibilities: the ball could be caught for the TD, or it could fall incomplete, both of which are good results (the latter because the clock would stop and the Hawks would still have one more chance).  Or, the pick.

The only bad result is what happened.  But it was the play with the best chance of success, whether it was because of the way the Pats were lining up, or because of Butler's history, or whatever.

Some people just want to make sure that Super Bowl is remembered as the one in which Carroll made the worst play call in NFL history.

It's just so frustrating to have to listen to that stuff.  It's not about "getting a pass."  They made the right call.  It just didn't work.

Sometimes, **** happens.



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