Huard: Seahawks’ defenders likely have ‘no beef’ with what Russell Wilson has said
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson going public with his thoughts on Seattle’s struggles to protect him reportedly hasn’t gone over very well with management, and fans on social media haven’t been too happy either.
Wilson’s camp first leaked less than two weeks ago that the star quarterback was upset with how many times he’s been sacked and hit during his nine-year career. Wilson has been sacked 394 times in the regular season since 2012, and has been sacked even more times in the playoffs. Those numbers don’t even include all the hits he’s taken that aren’t sacks or times when he rushed the football.
Wilson echoed the basis of that report the following day both when talking on The Dan Patrick Show and in a press conference that was scheduled because he won the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award for his work in the community. The comments were uncharacteristically vocal for Wilson, who typically sticks to a script of sorts when speaking to the media.
We have yet to hear from any current members of the Seahawks’ roster regarding how they feel about Wilson’s comments, but there’s been plenty of speculation on that front. For example, former NFL offensive lineman Ray Roberts told 710 ESPN Seattle’s Wyman and Bob why it’s likely that Wilson’s offensive line will take issue with what the quarterback said.
What about the guys on the other side of the football, though? Namely, the Seahawks’ leaders on defense like linebacker Bobby Wagner, who, like Wilson, is one of the team’s captains?
Former NFL quarterback Brock Huard joined 710 ESPN Seattle’s Danny and Gallant Thursday morning for the Blue 42 segment and discussed what he thinks Seahawks’ defensive leaders are thinking about Wilson going public with his thoughts on the team’s pass protection.
“I think Bobby understands it. I think (safety Jamal Adams) probably applauds it. I think (defensive end Carlos Dunlap comes from) such a dysfunctional place (with the Cincinnati Bengals) that he gets it,” Huard said.
Adams and Dunlap are both coming off their first seasons with the Seahawks, but Wagner has been in Seattle since 2012, which was the year he and Wilson were drafted. Huard thinks Wagner and fellow linebacker K.J. Wright, the Seahawks’ longest-tenured player but a free agent this offseason, are probably on Wilson’s side after seeing how the 2020 season ended with a one-sided playoff loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
“I honestly think that Bobby and K.J. probably both to a a degree would say … ‘Wow, this isn’t typical Russ right here. This is not your typical M.O., but man, that home playoff loss (to the Rams in January), that wasn’t typical either. And that was frustrating and that was a physical beating and that was no fun for you guys on offense. We kind of did our thing defensively and kept you in the game and gave you 15 possessions,'” Huard said.
“So I don’t think there’s any beef there. I don’t think Bobby or K.J. – and those would be, I think, the only voices of reason on that side in longevity that could really weigh in – would be like, ‘OK, Russ. I get it, man, I get it. And maybe this is a little bit of a spark, a little bit of a turn that we can support you in’ if both of those guys are there next season.”
You can hear Huard’s full discussion with Danny and Gallant in the Blue 42 segment of the podcast at this link or in the player below.