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.

Eagles LT Jason Peters suffers brutal knee injury against Redskins

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 10:51 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles suffered a devastating blow on Monday night when All-Pro left tackle Jason Peters suffered what appeared to be a serious knee injury in the third quarter of their game against the Washington Redskins.

Peters went down grabbing his leg in obvious pain before being fitted with an aircast and ultimately being carted off to the Eagles’ locker room.

In a sign of the possible severity of his injury, nearly every player on the Philadelphia sideline – and Washington left tackle Trent Williams – came on to the field to console Peters while the fans at Lincoln Financial Field chanted the former undrafted free agent’s name.

Peters’ injury came one day after fellow All-Pro left tackle Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns suffered his own season-ending injury.

If Peters’ injury is as serious as it appeared, the nine-time Pro Bowl selection’s career could unfortunately be over. Even if he never plays another down of football, though, Peters has a spot waiting for him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

For the Eagles, replacing Peters will be nearly impossible.

Vance Joseph won’t commit to C.J. Anderson as Broncos starting RB

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 8:31 PM

With their season at a crossroads, the Denver Broncos will likely be making some changes to their starting lineup in the coming days and weeks. One player that could be in danger of losing his starting job is running back C.J. Anderson.

After turning in outstanding performances in each of the team’s first two games season (45 carries for 199 yards and 1 touchdown, and 4 catches for 43 yards and 1 touchdown), Anderson has seen both his touches and production decrease in the four games since.

Anderson is now a part of a three-man running back rotation that features him, Jamaal Charles, and Devontae Booker. All three players have been productive at times, but it has been Charles who looks like a potential game-changer.

Last week, Denver head coach Vance Joseph said that the team would like to increase Charles’ workload. That didn’t prove to be the case against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday afternoon, but the fact that Joseph was non-committal on Monday afternoon when asked if Anderson would remain the team’s starting running back speaks volumes.

“Again, it’s not just C.J.,” Joseph explained during his press conference on Monday afternoon. “We have three backs playing and I thought the backs ran the ball hard yesterday. When there was space to make yardage, they did. When there wasn’t, they didn’t. I’m not down on C.J. Again, the offensive issues are a unit issue.”

While that wasn’t necessarily a vote of confidence or a solid sign of a pending demotion for Anderson, it does bear pointing out that Joseph had this to say (also on Monday) when asked if Trevor Siemian would remain the team’s starting quarterback:

“Absolutely. He’s our quarterback.”

Anderson will still likely factor heavily into the Broncos’ offensive plans either way, but this could be the first sign that Denver could be moving in the direction of giving Charles a much heavier workload.

Vance Joseph: Running game is missing from Denver Broncos offense

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 7:06 PM

Thanks to several putrid performances on the offensive side of the ball, the Denver Broncos’ once-promising 2017 season is on the verge of turning into a complete disaster.

The reason for the Broncos’ offensive woes is simple, according to head coach Vance Joseph.

“It’s the running game,” explained on Monday afternoon. “In our three victories, that’s where it started. We were in firm control of how we attacked the defense. When you’re behind the sticks so much – in our three losses it’s been that way. First down is a stuff, second down is a quick pass, incomplete, and now we’re third-and-10. Who wants to operate like that? Again, it’s a unit issue. We have to coach better and we have to play better, all of us.”

For the season, the Broncos are averaging 114.5 rushing yards per game, (15th in the league), 4.1 yards per carry (17th in the league), and they have scored only 3 rushing touchdowns (20th in the league).

If you break Denver’s rushing statistics down by wins and losses, the numbers are very revealing, and they back up Joseph’s claim.

Opponent Yards Attempts YPC TD
Chargers – Week 1 (win) 140 36 3.9 1
Cowboys – Week 2 (win) 178 39 4.6 1
Raiders – Week 4 (win) 143 32 4.5 0
Opponent Yards Attempts YPC TD
Bills – Week 3 (loss) 111 23 4.8 1
Giants – Week 6 (loss) 46 17 2.7 0
Chargers – Week 7 (loss) 69 19 3.6 0

Other than the obvious discrepancies in yards and yards per carry, there is a substantial drop in the number of rushing attempts the Broncos have in their three losses that is worth noting.

The drop in attempts signifies that the Broncos were quick to abandon the run (they fell behind in all three games), which has forced them to rely too heavily on struggling quarterback Trevor Siemian. As we have all learned, Siemian is not ready at this point in his career to carry an offense on his back.

Their offensive line clearly needs to play better, and in my eyes, it would be in the team’s best interest to commit to a two-man rotation at the running back position with veterans C.J. Anderson and Jamaal Charles going forward.

Regardless, for the Broncos to have any chance at salvaging their season and make a run in the AFC West, they will have to figure out a way to find success in the running game.

Atlanta Falcons have team meeting on Monday

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 5:46 PM

The Atlanta Falcons could have gotten a delayed relation because it appears that the team is  presently suffering from the side effects of a Super Bowl hangover.

Monday was a clear-the-air day in Atlanta. The Falcons had a team meeting a day after a lackluster performance in New England on Sunday night.

“Tough night last night,” Falcons coach Dan Quinn said, via Matt Winkeljohn of the Atlanta Journal Consituton. “We got in late. I’m not sure many of us slept, and the first thing we wanted to do when we got in today was get everybody together and have our own state of the union, state of the team, so to speak.

“We met just a little while ago, and talked about where we’re at in all three phases. It’s not where we expected to be, not where we wanted it to be, but that’s where we are and how do we go about improving?”

The Patriots dominated the reeling Falcons throughout the night in a 23-7 affair. Atlanta’s offense, defense and special teams all need improvement. The team’s shortcomings have been put on full display during their three-game losing streak.

We’ll see if Monday “state of the union” will aid a woozy Falcons team.

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