Three of the most high-profile Seattle Seahawks — quarterback Russell Wilson and safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor — met the media today prior to practice (for Wilson and Thomas it was simply their regular day to talk to the press).
And amid some national reports that the Seahawks are locker room divided, the three in their interview sessions presented a united front saying that everything is fine.
“There’s no division in our locker room,” Wilson said. “There’s none at all. If anything I think that we have continued to build, continuing to grow, if anything. I truly believe that.”
Asked about his relationship with the now-departed Percy Harvin, which some reports have suggested was a primary reason for Friday’s stunning trade, Wilson said: “Percy and I never had differences.” Wilson then noted that he and Harvin each grew up in Virginia and had more similarities than differences. “I’m not sure why the media tries to blow everything out of proportion,” Wilson said. “It’s part of it, I guess. You have to deal with it, but you have to ignore it, too.”
Wilson said he doesn’t think there is any difference in the locker room this year compared to his first two seasons and that “our locker room is great. We have guys here that are very positive and really want to work and really want to win. That’s what we need, and we have that and that’s what we are relying on, the positive mentality of the guys that we have in the room.”
Thomas noted that the makeup of the locker room is different because there are new players from a year ago. “It’s a different personality,” he said. “It’s new people. It’s not the same. It’s not the same team. But you adapt. That’s what leaders do, that’s what great teams do. We’ve got to come together.”
But Thomas said any suggestion of a widespread rift in the locker room is off-base.
“They are not here,” Thomas said of such reports. “They don’t know, unless you are a player in here. I think this team is in the right direction. We are going to come together.”
Chancellor said he hadn’t seen or heard of the reports but that “if it has come up, it’s ridiculous because I haven’t been aware of that.”