The Seattle Seahawks will play the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at CenturyLink Field. Here’s some of the latest buzz:
Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria accused Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson on Sunday was involved with his girlfriend.
He tweeted that Wilson should “enjoy her,” adding that “she had me thinking she was a loyal GF.” That post has since been deleted
However, a day later, Fauria apologized for his outburst and then implied Wilson wasn’t involved.
“I apologize for what I said last night. I make mistakes. I didn’t have all the facts & emotions got the best of me,” he wrote. “Where’s Herm Edwards when ya need em? #neverpresssend,” he added.
For his part, Wilson didn’t respond to the allegations and posted inspirational quotes on Twitter.
Lynch wants another ring
RB Marshawn Lynch said he believes the media will conspire to keep him out of the NFL Hall of Fame.
“You know who votes for that,” Lynch said in an interview with Michael Robinson on NFL.com, via CBS. “They don’t seem to … see eye to eye with me — which is cool. And if I’m not, [expletive], I’ll still live.”
Unless Lynch plays for much longer than expected, it’s unlikely that he’ll make it to the Hall of Fame. He’s No. 39 for all-time rushing yards and No. 34 in touchdowns.
He also talked about the speculation and rumors about him retiring after this season.
“Is this my last year? I’m still under contract, and I mean, I ain’t even made it through this year,” he said. “I gotta – know what I’m saying? I’m chasing after another one of these right here,” he added, pointing to a Super Bowl ring Robinson was wearing.
In defense of his aversion to the media, he said, “I ain’t got nothing to say. I just wanna play football.”
Sherman slams NFL again
The NFL’s player conduct policy was panned by CB Richard Sherman on Tuesday.
Sherman, who is the new player representative for the Seahawks, said the NFL’s personal conduct policy should be part of the collective bargaining process and not what NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and team owners decide.
“We would hope that this process would be collectively bargained just like everything else in our league and just like every other decision that is made,” Sherman said, per the Seattle Times. “But at this point we haven’t seen it so … we are trying to figure out how they are deciding to make decisions without our input and it’s frustrating.”
Sherman also said that “I think every time a decision is made the players should have input on it and I think the way the NFL is making things up as they go along is poor management and players won’t stand for it.”
Wagner brings edge to defense
Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner was praised this week after turning in a impact performance against the Eagles on Sunday. He missed five games this season with a torn ligament in his foot before returning to play the Arizona Cardinals last month.
His return prompted NBC analyst and Super Bowl-winning coach Tony Dungy to proclaim on Twitter that Wagner “has brought the swagger back to that Seattle defense.”
Wagner’s speed makes a huge difference, his teammates have said.
“It makes up for things,” linebacker Mike Morgan told the Seattle Times of Wagner’s agility.
“Say you have an issue where a guy is out of his gap or a guy slips, he’s there. And he doesn’t miss many tackles. If you watch him, a lot of times when he hits running backs or receivers, they go back. They don’t fall forward very often,” he said.
“He makes up for all the other stuff that happens because stuff happens in games where guys aren’t in their gaps or whatever. That’s part of football. That’s why our defense is so good because we have guys like him who can close on the ball and make up for mistakes.”