Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson mentioned he is pissed off by quantity of occasions he is been hit all through his profession and expressed his need to be extra concerned with the staff’s personnel choices.
“Like all participant, you by no means need to get hit,” Wilson advised reporters through Zoom on Tuesday. “That is the truth of enjoying this place. Ask any quarterback who needs to play this recreation. However on the identical time, it is a part of the job and every little thing else. I believe that the truth is I’ve undoubtedly been hit. I have been sacked virtually 400 occasions, so we have got to get higher. I’ve received to seek out methods to get higher, too.”
Requested if he is pissed off with the Seahawks, Wilson mentioned with amusing: “I am pissed off [about] getting hit an excessive amount of. I am pissed off with that a part of it. On the finish of the day, you need to win.”
Wilson’s feedback mark the primary time he has publicly expressed this diploma of displeasure together with his pass-protection or another side of the group that drafted him in 2012. They arrive on the heels of an NFL Community report stating that a number of groups have referred to as the Seahawks a couple of attainable commerce for the eight-time Professional Bowler.
In accordance with ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, these calls have been nonstarters for the Seahawks, who’ve made it clear to suitors that Wilson will not be dealt. He has three years left on the four-year, $140 million extension he signed in April of 2019. Buying and selling Wilson earlier than June 1 of this 12 months would set off $39 million in dead-money prices in opposition to Seattle’s 2021 wage cap.
Wilson has been sacked 394 occasions in his profession. In accordance with ESPN Stats & Data, that is essentially the most in a participant’s first 9 seasons because the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. Randall Cunningham is subsequent at 366.
Wilson’s 47 sacks in 2020 have been third-most within the NFL behind Carson Wentz (50) and Deshaun Watson (49). The Seahawks have been ninth-best in ESPN’s Move Block Win Price (61.9%) this previous season and rank eighth since 2017 (59.2%), which is indicative of how a few of Wilson’s sacks are a perform of his propensity to increase performs.
“I take into consideration, my profession and what I would like to have the ability to do, it all the time begins up entrance, offensively defensively, it all the time does,” Wilson mentioned. “… I got here to play this recreation to win championships so should you ask me in regards to the belief issue of all of it, I’ve all the time put my belief within the Seahawks attempting to do no matter it takes to win and hopefully that can proceed. I believe that is a key half. I believe a part of that’s how we go in regards to the safety a part of it and figuring these different issues out like that.”
The Seahawks have Professional Bowl left sort out Duane Brown and proper sort out Brandon Shell every underneath contract for yet one more season. Proper guard Damien Lewis, a third-round decide in 2020, was named to the Professional Soccer Writers Affiliation’s All-Rookie staff after beginning each recreation. Left guard Mike Iupati and middle Ethan Pocic are scheduled to turn into unrestricted free brokers.
Wilson mentioned throughout his video convention that he needs to have the voice in personnel choices that different high quarterbacks have or have had, naming Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. Wilson made the identical level earlier Tuesday in an interview with the Dan Patrick Present.
“I would like to have the ability to be concerned as a result of on the finish of the day, it is your legacy, it is your staff’s legacy, it is the fellows you get to enter the huddle with and on the finish of the day, these guys you have to belief,” Wilson advised Patrick. “When you concentrate on one of many the reason why Tom went to Tampa was as a result of he felt like he may belief these guys and [coach Bruce Arians] was going to provide him the chance. … You concentrate on guys like LeBron [James], he was in a position to be round nice gamers that he can belief.
“I believe for me, any time you convey free brokers in or different gamers, you need the perfect gamers, guys who love the sport, guys who need to be part of that. And as a participant, you type of know that, you get to be round Professional Bowls, you get to type of see these guys, you get to be within the huddle with the linemen or the receivers otherwise you get to be round defensive guys. So that you type of construct that over time and also you get to see who can actually play. As a participant, you actually know. I believe that relationship is absolutely key and that dialogue, particularly being a veteran participant, that dialogue is absolutely essential.”
Requested if he’s or has been concerned in these conversations, Wilson mentioned “not as a lot.” He added: “I believe it helps to be concerned extra. However I believe that dialogue ought to occur extra usually, in my view.”
Of groups calling the Seahawks a couple of potential commerce, Wilson advised Patrick: “Yeah, I undoubtedly imagine that they’ve gotten calls, for certain. I believe that anytime you are a participant that tries to provide each week and has accomplished it persistently, I believe individuals are going to name for certain and it is a part of the method.”
Requested if he is out there, Wilson mentioned: “I am unsure if I am out there or not. That is a Seahawks query. However I believe greater than the rest, I believe on the finish different day you need to win. … You play this recreation to be the perfect on the planet. You recognize what I hate, I hate sitting there watching different guys play the sport. There’s nothing worse.”