We’ll start this morning with Larry Stone’s column on Russell Wilson, who met with the media after Monday’s OTA for the first time this off-season.
As Stone writes, the Wilson who met the media Monday was the same Wilson of last season:
If you were expecting Wilson to be newly emboldened by attaining one of the loftiest titles in all of sports — Super Bowl-winning quarterback — well, you haven’t been paying attention to what makes this guy tick. He’s not going to suddenly start calling out Colin Kaepernick, or guarantee a Super Bowl repeat.
No, it’s still all about “going 1-0 every day, coming out here and having a championship mindset, and playing the right way,’’ as Wilson said after the OTA workout Monday. And he called out people, all right — just about every Seahawks teammate, for praise on their performance in drills.
In other news. …
— More on Wilson from Seahawks.com.
— June is officially Seattle Seahawks month in King County (though isn’t it always?)
— Nate Davis of USA Today offered some early predictions for the season and has Seattle going 12-4, then beating the Bears and Packers to get to the Super Bowl (that’d be a fun NFC title game) and then defeating the Colts in the Super Bowl (and Andrew Luck versus old college teammate Richard Sherman and the LOB would be fun, as well).
— Not a bad run by Christine Michael here, but fair to note the defense is not only not trying to tackle, but by rules can’t be tackling right now.
— Mike Tanier of SportsonEarth rates Seattle’s offensive line 30th in the NFL, writing in part:
Yes, injuries to (Max) Unger and (Russell) Okung played a role last season. Yes, one of Wilson’s few flaws is his tendency to run backward into sacks at the worst possible times (on the verge of field-goal range, especially). Until Michael Bowie, rookie Justin Britt and others take the number of leaks down from three to zero or one, the Seahawks line is their designated Achilles’ heel.
— Interesting note here in this story on Chris Clemons’ arrival in Jacksonville that all of the Seahawks players apparently have a replica of the Super Bowl trophy.
— The ESPN Rams blog wonders if there are some similarities in Seattle and how the Rams are being built.
— San Francisco QB Colin Kaepernick is reportedly again talking contract with the 49ers this week. This has ramifications not only for Seattle’s biggest rival, but also in potentially setting another precedent when it comes time for Seattle to negotiate with Wilson next year.
— Lots of links from ProFootballTalk.
— Lots of takeaways on OTAs from NFL.com.
— Just over three months until Seattle’s first game:
93 more days until the #NFL season starts!!
— NFL Stats (@NFL_Stats) June 3, 2014
— Finally, Cam Newton has a rant of his own as he challenges Richard Sherman for the cover of the Madden 15 cover:
— Cameron Newton (@CameronNewton) June 3, 2014