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P Ryan looking forward to return to Rogers Centre

Post by Eric Williams on Dec. 13, 2012 at 2:08 pm with 12 Comments »
December 13, 2012 2:11 pm

The Seattle Seahawks actually have one person who has played in Toronto’s Rogers Centre – punter Jon Ryan.

A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Ryan said he played in Canada’s college national championship at the former Toronto Sky Dome while at the University of Regina in 2000, and also played there twice against the Toronto Argonauts while a member of the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 2004 and 2005.

“When it opened it as like ‘The Thing,’” Ryan said about the Rogers Centre. “It was beautiful. But now, 25 years later, it’s not.”

Still, Ryan said he’s interested to see what an NFL field looks like inside the dome, because all three times he played there it was Canadian rules football with the longer field.

“It’s such a big area because it’s made for baseball,” he said. “And American field is so much smaller, it’s almost going to look like a postage stamp down there.”

Ryan said he’ll have about 15 family and friends in attendance. His hometown of Regina is actually closer to Seattle (about 1,000 miles) than to Toronto (1,600 miles). Ryan said he was excited about the chance to play in his home country since the schedule came out earlier this year.

“It’s really kind of like a dream,” he said. “I thought it would always be a cool deal to play an NFL game in Canada.”

Cornerback Byron Maxwell said it was good to get his first, significant action at cornerback last week against Arizona. Asked whether he feels more comfortable on the outside or as a slot defender, Maxwell said he’s not choosy.

“It doesn’t matter to me,” Maxwell said. “I just want to be on the field.”

More important, Maxwell said he understands that he still needs to bring his “A” game on special teams.

“It’s important,” Maxwell said. “I’m going to continue to do that. So, that’s what the team calls for – it calls for special teams and defense right now. So I have to strap up and do it.”

Quarterback Russell Wilson said that the team’s win on the road at Chicago two weeks ago helped give the Seahawks confidence that they can execute and down the stretch in order to close out a victory.

“Championship teams have to be able to win on the road,” Wilson said. “And have to be able to do great things when the game is on the line. And we have a long way to do that. We have to play the Buffalo Bills first, and that’s our championship game this week. We have to go 1-0 this week, and that’s our mentality.”

Safety Kam Chancellor has a new pal Ted that he’s carting around with him at the VMAC, similar to the stuffed teddy bear in the movie “Ted.” You can follow Ted’s adventure’s here.

So far, Ted had his first interview and pushed up some reps on the bench, among other things.

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  1. NYHawkFan says:

    Listening to Wilson’s interview, I can understand why some here refer to him as “Captain Cliche” or something like that.

  2. Well the Seahawks have rarely beaten quality teams away from Seattle which explains why they’ve never had a Championship team.

    At some point, that has to end? Right???

  3. NYHawkFan says:

    I’d rather have his quarterback skills working for us, though, over having a glib speaker! Looking forward to this Sunday.

  4. SandpointHawk says:

    I covered the Rams when they played in Angel Stadium back in the late 80’s and I also covered the LA Express there in the early eighties. The press box must have been 50 yards away from the field (as the crow flies). Point being baseball stadiums make terrible football venues. Hope Rogers Centre is better for you Eric…

  5. Hasselbeck will probably remain my favorite Seahawks QB ever because he was actually funny too (in addition to saying all the right things).

    But Wilson is everything else (smart, nice, etc.). That’s not a knock on Wilson either.

  6. ChrisHolmes says:

    Wilson is a dream come true. Everything you want in a franchise QB.

    And yeah, BobbyK, I loved Hasselbeck’s interviews. The guy is sharp; quit-witted; fun to listen to.

  7. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Cousins is the new Hasselbeck.

  8. raymaines says:

    FWIW: Cousins is the new T-Jack

    I get all of this about how every team in the NFL is as good as any other team on any given Sunday and all of that, but Seattle is better than Buffalo. Give or take a CB and/or WR, Seattle is just better.

    The real issue is weather NE is better than San Francisco. You know don’t you that if Seattle had beaten either Miami OR Detroit (or AZ, StL. or SFR)we wouldn’t care about NE vs SF.?

  9. raymaines says:

    My all time favorite QB is going to be the one that wins a Super Bowl. Right now #8 is the man, but The King Of Chiche is the next man up, although Matt Flynn could be the guy. Time will tell.

  10. Amazing!
    If this string of comments were actually reflective of the general considerations of Seahawks fans I would probably have to throw 30 years support out the window. All the snippy little snark here sounds more like some little old lady’s quilting circle, than the comments to an article on an NFL team.

  11. mojjonation says:

    RDub has been fluent in PeteSpeak since the day he had his first press conference after his first practice. So while we know he shows up early and leaves late studying opposing teams, he must also have a PC cliche book to assist him in his public speaking.

    Here’s to moving on to greener pastures for all the commentors and Seatle taking care of busiess in Toronto.

  12. #8 did win a Superbowl for us. Unfortunately the zebras wanted a feel good ending for Bettis.

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