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Morning links: A look back at Russell Wilson in high school

Post by Eric Williams on May 24, 2013 at 8:13 am with 32 Comments »
May 24, 2013 8:13 am

Ross Jones of Fox Sports takes a look at Russell Wilson’s humble beginnings at Collegiate High School in Richmond, Va., which include the video highlights below of his high school playing days.

Chris Wesseling of NFL.com says Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson was properly rated at No. 51 on the NFL Network’s Top 100 players of 2013.

Jarrett Bell of USA Today writes that Ben Roethlisberger had this to say about young quarterbacks like Wilson’s success in his rookie season – do it again.

I talked with NFL-AM about the Seahawks in this video link.

Brock Huard of 710 ESPN Seattle talks with Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman about the upcoming season in this audio link.

Mike Freeman of CBS Sports notes what pretty much everyone nationally thinks about the Seahawks in his 10 offseason moves that need to happen this offseason. Freeman: “Pete Carroll has his work cut out for him with getting his Seahawks in line. Self-explanatory. Massive Adderall use, drunk drivers. The only thing missing is a rock and roll band.”

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes about linebacker K.J. Wright’s switch from strong-side, outside linebacker to weak-side, outside linebacker.

Cam Inman of the San Jose Mercury News writes that former Seattle receiver Ricardo Lockette has a chance to emerge and help fill the void with Michael Crabtree out.

Joe Fortenbaugh of the National Football Post also takes a closer look at how the 49ers will replace Crabtree’s production.

Tumwater High and Eastern Washington product Matt Johnson, a fourth round selection by Dallas last year, believes he has figured out why he’s had so many issues with his hamstring in his rookie season.

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  1. Ewalters7354 says:

    Big Ben is one of the most overrated QBs to play the game.He only earned one ring.The other was a Jerome Bettis sympathy ring in which they robbed the hawks so he can go out on top.My advice to Big Bum is stop focusing on the ladies and get back focused on football. Because the last few years he has SUCKED!

    Sorry for letting my emotions get the best on me…

  2. princeaden says:

    Pretty cool video. With as much hand wringing that has been going over the loss of Irvin and the perceived lack of pass rush the first part of the season, I keep going back to the question of who can stop who’s Offense more often in any given game in the early weeks? With Wilson’s decision making and the weapons he has at his disposal, I just think we can plain outscore people until the Defense is at full strength. Once all the parts are in place for the Defense is when I think this team will become very hard to beat.If they can get rid of the dumb penalties and take good care of the ball, the sky is truly the limit. IMO

  3. Going against Wilson every day makes going against less mobile, strong armed QBs a walk in the park. He may rank 51, but there is not a player in the league that I’d rather have. Now I’m not saying he’s the best (just yet) and had we drafted A Rodgers or C Kapernick, I’d probably be saying the same about them, but R Dub’s determination is second to none and he’s the perfect fit for Seattle’s eclectic fans.

    I love that he’s been working on his lower body strength too. We are just so damn fortunate, I’m not sure how to handle it at times.

    GO HAWKS!

  4. Dukeshire says:

    I really like Quinn moving Wright to Will. That’s going to allow him to be a 3 down player. I also believe we’ll see him used to blitz more now like we did toward the end of the ’11 season (although that was from the strong side).

  5. jboard1 says:

    Agree with that Ewalters…he is a big dbag and he’s been terrible the past few years. Hopefully that keeps up because i can’t stand that team or him.

  6. asherinkirkland says:

    If KJ is playing WILL, who is playing the SAM position?

  7. Dukeshire says:

    asherinkirkland – Eric said Smith was at Sam. But this may be where we see Avril a bit when Irvin and/or Clem return.

  8. HawkfaninMT says:

    To continue the “SAM discussion”…

    I feel like Wright to WILL is a reaction to more passing offenses as well. When we go to our Nickel D Wright and Wagner will be on the field while our SAM (Avril, Smith, Irvin) will be taken off the field or moved to DE to rush the passer with Winfield coming on. I don’t see it as much of a philosphy change as much as keeping Wright on the field more, as Duke alluded to.

  9. asherinkirkland says:

    The SAM typically lines up on the tight end, correct? I thought KJ was pretty stout against the run. Hopefully, there is no drop off there. KJ’s size, I thought, was a good advantage against the run. It looks like his size also helps in pass defense. Should be interesting to see how it all comes together.

  10. ChrisHolmes says:

    “He may rank 51, but there is not a player in the league that I’d rather have.”

    I could not agree more.

    I have wanted a QB like this forever. Someone who not only has great talent (and huge hands), but a guy who studies hard and outworks everyone else. Russell Wilson is young. He’s only going to get better with this ethic.

    NFL.com can rank RW #51. He’s #1 on my list. If I were starting a franchise tomorrow and we were playing school yard pick, I’d take RW first.

  11. Ewalters7354 says:

    There’s a blog on Seahawks.com about Kj and he said he’s got a new position so idk what’s going on.Pete sure knows how to keep us guessing that’s for sure.

  12. Dukeshire says:

    I never said it was a philosophy change, but rather a (personnel) shift. Nothing about the scheme has changed, the Sam always comes of in nickel. But it’s, as you said, a way to keep Wright on the field all 3 downs. He will have different responsibilities despite the similarities he pointed out in the Farnsworth piece, but I suspect he’ll pick those up quickly.

  13. Anybody want another Viking?
    Jared Allen says he wants to leave if they ask him to restructure.

  14. chrisj122 says:

    Back up T.E. has torn his Achilles heal.

  15. chrisj122 says:

    Seahawks TE Anthony McCoy underwent surgery for a partially torn Achilles’ tendon Thursday, and will be sidelined a minimum of six months.

    What the hell!?
    Why do continue to have so many parallels with the 49ers?

    Please, no more suspensions or season major injury’s.

  16. chrisj122 says:

    “no more suspensions, season ending or major injury’s”

  17. Looks like another injury filled season..

  18. I was at first puzzled by the move to Wright at Will and Malcolm at SAM. However it may be very beneficial into playing at Malcolm Smiths strengths. When he and KJ first came to the team they both popped out as very instinctual players, very smart. But they were opposite in the way that KJ was big and rangy as Malcolm was extremely fast. I actually thought that Malcolm smith would make some waves his first year instead of KJ but ended sidelined and then passed over for injury.

    Malcolm smith is fast….ELITE fast and his play recognition is superb. Perhaps the thought of putting him at SAM would combat the growing trend of the read option. Malcolm was great at diagnosing plays quickly and disrupting.

    KJ would be more ideal at covering man to man with a large TE. But hawks seemed to use zone coverage schemes more often when covering the middle. This also plays to Malcolm’s strength of speed and recognition covering in a zone.

    Although I speak highly of Malcolm I think the best part of this move is utilizing KJs dynamic ability play all positions. KJ just became more dangerous.

    Lets hope Malcolm can stay healthy for once.

  19. chuck_easton says:

    I don’t know. I watched that video. The kid playing QB is just too small to make any difference at the next level.

    Oh, wait…

    I’m beginning to think SF and Seattle are cosmically linked at this point. They get a franchise QB, we get a franchise QB. We sign a game breaking WR (Harvin), they get a very good WR (Bolden). We have a good draft, they have a good draft. They have a receiver go down with an torn Achelles, we have to have one too.

    Please, let the oneupsmanship stop! Heaven forbid something happens to Kaepernick. (knocks wood, throws salt over shoulder, rubs rosary beeds).

  20. As far as I can remember, Wright already stayed on the field in the nickel defense last year, at least most of the time. He was the SAM in the base D, and the WILL in the nickel D…he can play all 3 LB positions. He doesn’t need to be the WILL in the base D in order to be the WILL in the nickel…In fact, at the beginning of last year, he played MIKE in the nickel and Wagner went off the field. That changed quickly when Wagner proved he was a 3-down LB.

  21. raymaines says:

    Kind of funny, but RW doesn’t look much different now than he did in high school. He’s fast, elusive, has good touch, is accurate and can throw it a country mile. The other guys are bigger and faster now but RW has stepped up his game too.

  22. ljarllrajl says:

    He looks the same! If high school Russell Wilson would’ve started for the Chiefs last season, they would’ve been a .500 team.

  23. ljarllrajl says:

    I like the idea of KJ at WIL, but Smith to SAM I don’t get. What’s to stop the 49ers from lining up in the pistol and running it down our throats on the strong side in our base defense?

  24. Dukeshire says:

    naz – Wright did at times, but mostly Smith came on in nickel (after Hill’s injury).

  25. HawksKD says:

    LJarl – easy answer… Red Bryant.

    In fact that brings up another good point… KJ playing WILL will help balance the formation against run sets…. Helps alleviate worry from our LEO getting sealed into a pass rush lane.

  26. Note that KJ Wright was already moving to the WILL in Gus Bradley’s nickel defense to stay on the field on third down. He was doing that in the playoff game last year against Atlanta. So that’s not new.

    Having him play at Will on first down… I’m not so sure I like that. Avril at Sam and KJ at Will means we won’t have good speed on the edge. KJ is a solid LB but not fast. Avril wil be slow for an OLB. I’m concerned in particular about Colin Kaepernick rolling out and blowing past these guys in a blink.

    I’m no Dan Quinn, but if it were me coaching I’d try putting KJ at MLB and Wagner at Will. Wagner has unreal speed. He doesn’t have great length, so that’s likely why they keep him inside, but I’d let KJ thump people on the inside and let Wagner use that speed on the edge. Maybe we’ll see them try that in camp.

  27. Dukeshire says:

    Stevo – I disagree. Wright and Wagner play at comparable speed so I moving Wags to Will is negligible in that regard. And if someone like Kap gets to the edge, to me, that would signal a lack of contain by the DEs, not LB speed.

    In Carroll’s most basic “under” base set, the Sam is a behind the line player and the Will is sideline to sideline, so to speak. The more I think about swaping Smith and Wright, the more sence it makes.

    Anyway, it will be fun to watch develop.

  28. HonHawksLSB says:

    Interesting that even in high school Wilson didn’t look like a running QB. He would scramble and still be looking downfield. Love the kid!!

  29. bbnate420 says:

    I’d think that Wright moving to WLB gives Toomer a better chance to see the field? It seems he’s a better fit at SLB than WLB. We’ll see how much he’s improved from last season. And I still like Smith.

    I don’t have a problem with RW being #51, but I do have a problem if Luck is ahead of him. I think Roethlisberger should be ahead of all 3 2012 rookie QBs. I’m no fan of Roethlisberger personally and I hate his team, but I agree with him that these guys need to show it for more than 1 year. I wouldn’t call a player elite at their position until they can repeat it for another year.

    As far as Roethlisberger sucking the last few years, the last 3 years he had QB ratings of 97 twice and 90.1 once. He threw for 7.8 yards an attempt, had almost a 63% completion percentage, had 64 TDs, and 27 INTs. And that was playing behind a terrible O-line. We should still be realistic, even if we don’t like a player.

  30. chuck_easton says:

    I don’t have a problem at all with what Roethlisberger said. He may be a jerk, but he’s right. Luck, Griffin, and Wilson all have very good rookie seasons. Well so did Rck Mirer and Vince Young (OROY). How’d that work out for them?

    Wilson needs to show he can do it year in and year out.

  31. bbnate420 says:

    While neither Mirer or Young had a rookie season anywhere close to as good as any of the 2012 3, I definitely agree with that. Mirer played in a different era, so his rookie numbers were more impressive at the time than they would be now. Even though it is only 20 years, the game was different in 1993. I think a player has to prove it for a second year at least to be an elite player. It’s a different story when NFL defenses have an off-season to prepare for you. I know none of those defenses will prepare more than RW will though. I expect him to have another excellent season, even though his rating might not rise. I’d expect some more yards and TD passes though.

  32. ryanryan says:

    I forgot about roomer, I like him to compete for SAM…should be a fun camp

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