Sunday, October 2, 2022

Former Seahawks shoot at Broncos’ Russell Wilson

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You’d think if you made it to two Super Bowls and won one, you wouldn’t challenge your franchise quarterback, right? That wasn’t the case with former Seattle Seahawks defensive stars Richard Sherman and KJ Wright.

On Sept. 21, during the Richard Sherman Podcast, the two former teammates of Denver Broncos new quarterback Russell Wilson decided to shoot Wilson. “He (Wilson) wasn’t held to the same level of responsibility as the rest of us,” Wright said.

Wright also said Seattle head coach Pete Carroll would beat defense, but now Wilson. “You’re beating the defense, but I want you to at least mention his name (Wilson) in the team briefing room.”

“The difference in years wasn’t big enough to deal with accountability like that. Well, he was young, but he was a year younger than us,” Sherman said.

The All-Pro cornerback even said Carroll preferred his Super Bowl-winning quarterback over his legendary defense. “If 52 guys are held to a certain standard and one guy isn’t held to a standard, then there’s going to be friction. After a while it had to come to a point where he chose Russ or the defence. After the Super Bowl loss, he made it pretty clear who he was voting for.”

After Denver’s 17-16 opening loss to the Seahawks, Sherman went to his podcast and, in fact, went straight to Wilson.

“He was still throwing 340 (yards). He moved the ball but 4th and 5th place, play on the line, in Seattle they could have put it in his hands and then who do you blame?

Now everyone remembers that Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett didn’t take a timeout and clocked down to 20 seconds to kick a 64-yard field goal. Obviously, Brandon McManus missed the field goal, but blaming Wilson for that loss seems a little difficult.

Sherman, on the other hand, thought Wilson should have taken time off earlier than Hackett, but he doesn’t have the power.

“You could see Peyton Manning say ‘timeout, timeout.’ Do you know the difference between Russell Wilson and Peyton Manning?” he said. “Russell doesn’t have the power to take this time out without the touchline. Peyton Manning can call this time-out without the sidelines. He’s the coach on the field. He has that respect.”

Sherman even took to Twitter to poke fun at Wilson, even during Denver’s win over the Houston Texans last week.

Since the 33-year-old quarterback joined the league, Wilson has been the winningest quarterback in NFL history in the first 10 seasons. With 292 touchdown passes in his career so far, only Peyton Manning has thrown more (306) in his first 10 seasons in the NFL.

With an overall record of 104-53-1, Wilson has the second-most wins by a quarterback since 2012 along with the third-most touchdown passes behind only Tom Brady (324) and Aaron Rodgers (317). Wilson’s passer rating of 101.8 ranks him 5th overall since joining the league.

Wilson is also one of only four quarterbacks to appear in multiple Super Bowls since 2012. Manning, Brady and Patrick Mahomes are the other three quarterbacks.

It’s fair to say that without Wilson as quarterback in Seattle, Sherman hasn’t won his only Super Bowl ring and made the playoffs five straight seasons.

After his release by the Seahawks in 2018, Sherman signed a three-year contract with Seattle’s division rivals 49ers. Sherman played Wilson four times before calling it a career but only has a 2-2 record against No. 3 and never intercepted him. Sherman also knocked down just one of Wilson’s passes.

The Broncos will host the San Francisco 49ers this week, with the whole world watching Sunday Night Football. There’s no doubt that Sherman will not only be cheering for his former teammate, but for his 49ers as well.

It’s fair to say that following Sherman’s Twitter on Sunday night might be a good idea.

After his release by the Seahawks in 2018, Sherman signed a three-year contract with Seattle’s division rivals 49ers. Sherman played Wilson four times before calling it a career but only has a 2-2 record against No. 3 and never intercepted him. Sherman also knocked down just one of Wilson’s passes.

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