Seahawks star QB Russell Wilson opens up about President Trump

Published: Wednesday, February 01, 2017 @ 1:10 PM
Updated: Wednesday, February 01, 2017 @ 1:10 PM


            SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 07: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks looks to pass the ball during the first half against the Detroit Lions in the NFC Wild Card game at CenturyLink Field on January 7, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 07: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks looks to pass the ball during the first half against the Detroit Lions in the NFC Wild Card game at CenturyLink Field on January 7, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)(Steve Dykes)

In hundreds of interviews and news conferences over a five-year span, Russell Wilson has carefully avoided tackling controversial political issues.
 
That changed on Tuesday during a Facebook live session while Wilson was getting a haircut before appearing on the Conan O'Brien show. When the subject of President Donald Trump came up, Wilson went deep.
 
"We've got to attack this issue here," he said. "Despite anyone's political issues or views, everybody has the right to choose who they want to vote for, but this thing is getting out of hand. It's getting out of hand, people. I don't care who you voted for. Just so you know, I voted for Hillary," he said.

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Wilson reacted to the protests in the streets of Seattle and what he saw himself in airports from SeaTac to LAX.

"When you think about all the negativity that's happened within a 10-day period, it's already too much. It's already crazy. It's already affecting people's hearts and souls and lives in such a negative way, in my opinion," he said.
 
Seahawk fans seemed startled when they saw the comments. 
 
"I was a little surprised that he got political because he hasn't been political in the past," said Anne Bennett. 
 
"I was shocked actually to hear such a strong statement from him," said Lee Kindell.
 
Wilson's statements grew bolder with a dark prediction that Trump may not finish his term in office.
 
"I don't even know if he'll be able to last four years, in my opinion," he said. "You don't want to wish bad upon anybody because if he doesn't last four years, that means that something went wrong. Hopefully nothing goes wrong," he said.
 
Some Seahawks fans pushed back on social media, urging Wilson to "focus on football." Wilson reacted to one of them during his commentary, saying he was focused on "a balance" in his life.
 
Others admired Wilson's first pass at a politically charged issue.

"I think that gives us as a community more strength and courage to step up and say what we believe and what we think should be done," said Kindell.
 
Glen Freeman said Wilson has a responsibility to share thoughtful opinions about current events.

“I think people who are in the limelight that are mentors, and people we look up to, if they're saying nothing, they are missing half of their function," he said.

Mike Brown explains why Marvin Lewis is still Cincinnati Bengals coach

Published: Saturday, September 16, 2017 @ 9:35 AM

What had been suspected is now confirmed: That late-season winning streak saved Marvin Lewis’ job.

Owner Mike Brown, who rarely speaks publicly during the year, explained as much to the team website Friday afternoon:

“We made some changes to do that. I respect that,” Brown said of the two wins that put the final record at 7-9. “I thought he took a team that was failing and turned it around the last couple of games. We didn’t get back quite to where I would like to see us, but we got back to a high enough level where we could play two good  teams and beat them when they were on the spot to win.”

Lewis and the team were widely expected to part ways when they’re 15th season together ended in early January.

Instead, Lewis signed a new two-year contract.

Brown, who has been part of the organization since his father Paul founded it in the late 1960s, explained to team writer Geoff Hobson he saw a need for change after two losing seasons but thought Lewis the man to oversee a roster that needs supplemented rather than rebuilt.

To that end, the staff under Lewis was overhauled, including the hiring of new defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.

Is it time for tempo adjustment in Cincinnati?

Published: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 @ 11:11 AM

The indications the Cincinnati Bengals could try tempo as a way to rev up their offense in 2018 are mounting.

Bengals.com notes new quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt has experience with hurry-up offenses both as a player in Buffalo and as a coach at multiple stops in the NFL: 

“It gives the defense less time to communicate, usually simplifying their calls. If the quarterback is comfortable with it, you can really simplify what you’re going to see against you,” Van Pelt said of the up-tempo. “We did it in Green Bay. If the quarterback can handle it and I think Andy would be great at it, you can definitely use it as a weapon.  There are benefits to it. It’s a whole different language at the line of scrimmage. It’s fun. I always liked it.”

The Bengals had some success with speeding up the tempo late in the season as new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor got more comfortable with his personnel.

Of course, the franchise has a history with the philosophy, too.

Sam Wyche installed a hurry-up attack when he was head coach in the 1980s, a strategy that helped the team win the AFC in 1988.

Who were the best Bengals this season?

Published: Monday, January 08, 2018 @ 5:59 AM

Marvin Lewis’ Cincinnati Bengals had a season to forget, but there were some great individual performances.

Fan favorites might be subjective. Pro Football Focus is not.

Here are the top five Bengals according to the site:

Any surprises there?

Not really — unless you were worried about how William Jackson would look coming back from an injury that kept him out for all of 2016.

Turns out he wasn’t just great this season when he was in the spotlight, eh?

And four of the top five coming from the defense? That feels about right, too.

NFL releases playoff schedule

Published: Sunday, December 31, 2018 @ 9:25 PM

The 2017 playoffs are officially upon us.

Shortly after Sunday’s Week 17 games the NFL released the postseason schedule.

The Tennessee Titans got a big win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. Tennessee will travel to Kansas City to play the Chiefs on Saturday, Jan. 6 in the first AFC Wild Card matchup.

Atlanta defeated the Carolina Panthers in a crucial NFC South showdown. As a result, the Falcons will fly west to play the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday, Jan. 6.

Sunday, Jan. 7 will feature the Buffalo Bills at the Jacksonville Jaguars. Buffalo needed help from the Cincinnati Bengals and they got it. Cincinnati defeated the Baltimore Ravens in Week 17. Baltimore’s loss moved Buffalo into the six and final playoff spot while the Ravens are forced to go home. The Jaguars, losers of two-straight games, are back pedaling into the playoffs.

The Panthers and New Orleans Saints will meet for the third time this season, albeit this time the postseason. Both clubs lost to a NFC South division rival in Week 17 (Panthers lost to Atlanta and the Saints lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers).  The Saints host Atlanta on Sunday, Jan. 7.

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