John McGrath of The News Tribune delves into Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s ads with Levi’s, and how in a short amount of time he’s emerged nationally as one of the most recognizable players on the team.
McGrath: Wilson has been vaunted for his quickness. How quick is the Seahawks rookie? About nine years quicker than pro-football icon Jim Brown. He broke into the league in 1957, set a ton of rushing records with the Cleveland Browns, and established himself as one of the greatest athletes in American history. Brown didn’t score his first TV endorsement deal until his final season of 1965.
A rookie who stars in a national ad campaign sets himself up to take some guff from the veterans in the locker room. Not Wilson. He’s mock-proof.
In my story today, the NFC West has gone from worst to first, starting the year 6-2 for the first time since the league’s realignment in 2002.
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times writes that Pete Carroll’s Seahawks have morphed into the dirtbags Jim Mora attempted to create when he was the head coach for Seattle.
Former Seahawks linebacker Dave Wyman writing for 710 ESPN Seattle says that Golden Tate was fined for playing football. I couldn’t agree more. Wyman: “Let me make my position on this very clear: I don’t care if that had been a Cowboys receiver hitting a Seahawks linebacker. I don’t care what (Former NFL official Mike Pereira, who now works for Fox Sports) Pereira or Goodell think a penalty is. I care about the integrity and the popularity of this game. Big hits are what this league was built on. If you take that side of the equation out of the mix, you’re changing this game in such a fundamental way that it will eventually erode its popularity in the long run.
“These guys signed on for this. Sean Lee is a big boy. He has willingly put himself in harm’s way by stepping on the field and gets paid handsomely to do so. He would’ve loved to put that same hit on Wilson and you can bet that was on his mind as he pursued him to the sidelines.”
Brock Huard of 710 ESPN Seattle breaks down Marshawn Lynch’s 36-yard run.
Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports ranks the Seahawks No. 12 in his power rankings.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that Marshawn Lynch’s second-half effort against the Cowboys is yet another example of Seattle’s blocking getting better as the game goes on.