Seahawks’ Russell Wilson does not like ties, has an idea to avoid them

Oct 24, 2016, 3:09 PM

When Russell Wilson stepped to the podium after the Seahawks’ 6-6 draw with the Cardinals, he didn’t waste any time sharing his thoughts on the result.

“I wish there was a better way to end the game than a tie. I have my solutions, maybe I’ll suggest those later,” he said.

The media in attendance was of course curious about his idea. So a few minutes later during the press conference, Wilson was asked what his solution would be, and he did indeed have an idea.

“I think if you go with those 15 minutes (of overtime), those guys are putting their lives on the line for 15 minutes. Personally for me I think you go out there for another coin toss,” Wilson said. “Let’s say the Seahawks, we’re (the) away team, we win the coin toss, get the ball on the 35-yard line … (and) you kick one field goal. You can’t do anything else about a field goal. You make the field goal, game’s over. If you miss the field goal, game’s over, the other team wins.”

So there it is: Winner of the coin toss attempts a field goal for all of the marbles. It’s a novel concept, and one that Wilson believes would keep players from feeling unrewarded after playing a grueling extra period of football.

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“I just think that you play that long, putting your lives on the line, I think the game should find a way to win. I don’t like ending in a tie. I know if you’re in the Super Bowl you continue to play the game, so I think it should be consistent either way.”

By the way, don’t think Wilson only sort of dislikes ties. He made sure with his comments that nobody would be unsure which side of the fence he sits on the tie debate after Sunday night. He mentioned several times that he “doesn’t believe in ties,” and at one point his tone was surprisingly dismissive when he said “Unfortunately we didn’t win it tonight, we ended in a tie, and so that is what it is.”

Less surprising: Wilson would have much rather have had the chance to go play some more and give the game a decisive ending.

“I can play all night,” he said. “I was ready to go back out there again.”

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