Not a lot of hard-hitting conversation today today with Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman at the podium.
Sherman was his usual self, laughing and making jokes. Wilson did a Michael Bennett impersonation of Bennett impersonating him, and even used the word “pissed” before quickly correcting himself.
If you didn’t read the earlier link, here’s a little explanation: Michael Bennett was trying to get a table at a local restaurant and was stifled. He eventually claimed to be Wilson. When he arrived, he had to tell the lady he duped them and they gave him Wilson’s roped-off, VIP table.
Wilson tried to do an impression of Bennett making the call. It was a rare glimpse of Wilson laughing and playing around.
Here’s Wilson’s full press conference. He starts to talk about the Bennett thing at the 11:33 mark.
He, of course, was much more serious when touting the 49ers’ defense.
“I guess you can consider them a rival,” Wilson said of San Francisco.
Wilson said the last time the Seahawks played at San Francisco, Oct. 18, 2012, about 75 percent of the playbook was open to him. Since, things have been fully open and he’s moved into a spot where he’s able to recognize and change things more often.
For instance, last week’s 52-yard completion to Doug Baldwin was a check out after Wilson recognized signs of a pending New Orleans blitz. Wilson said Thursday that he would have probably made the same call late last season, but that it would have taken him more time to recognize what New Orleans was doing.
Wilson was also asked about his MVP candidacy. He said, “The talk about MVP, I don’t worry about that,” then went on to credit just about every offensive player on the team — from the offensive line to backup tight end Luke Willson — for any success.
As for Sherman, he said “nothing changes for us” in regard to playing San Francisco. He backed Wilson as an MVP candidate.
Sherman also continued his backing of Brandon Browner, saying he thinks Browner has handled the rumors around him “fantastic.”
“He’s a grown man, he took it all in stride and he took it with a humble heart,” Sherman said. “He understood what the situation was and so do we. He knew that people go out there and pass judgment and that’s what people do. People go out there and judge people off what they hear, what they read. Who are we to judge anybody?”
On the lighter side, Sherman was asked about Bennett’s touchdown dance from Monday night.
“I thought he was going to get charged with sexual harassment,” Sherman said.