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November 1, 2014 at 7:00 AM

Seahawks’ Russell Wilson, Huskies’ ugly uniforms: Seattle Times readers sound off


Let’s hope
Wilson’s grounded

In one offseason Seattle has gone from league best to just above average, and it is bound to get worse before it gets better. After signing a starting secondary to contracts that eat into roughly 20 percent of the overall salary-cap space. one has to wonder how the front office will manage the extension of Russell Wilson and the rumors that he is looking for around $25 million per season.

I’m optimistic and believe Russell is grounded enough to realize that no individual can win a championship. I hope he’s
wise enough to calculate that if QBs with far better credentials routinely take less money in exchange for wins, that maybe he should do the same.

Regardless of what Russell chooses, I hold onto the hope that this season’s turnaround opens the eyes of the front office about how to build (and keep) a contender. If you need the blueprint, look to Denver. Maybe the front office can also convince the Seahawks players that the title of highest paid isn’t as catchy as multiple Super Bowl Champion.

— Andrew Donaldson, Corvallis, Ore.

Honest, sensitive
Brewer column

Congratulations on a terrific column by Jerry Brewer on Russell Wilson (“It isn’t about race, it’s about connecting with teammates,” Oct. 26).

Brewer did a great job of approaching race in a way that explained Russell’s predicament in an honest and very sensitive way. I, too, hope that Russell will find ways of being “more human” with all his teammates as he grows into his role as a franchise quarterback. My bet is that he will.

— Pete Brown, Seattle

Can’t blame coach,
for Pete’s sake

To the reader who claims the Seahawks’ Week 7 loss to the Rams was due to Pete Carroll being outcoached (“Here’s another issue: Carroll was outcoached,” Backtalk, Oct. 27), I’d ask for at least one example to back that argument.

True, there were a couple of brilliant special-teams calls made by the Rams staff. To brush off the success of such calls as being due to ineptitude on the opposing sideline, is tantamount to stripping all value from ingenuity.

I’m sure there are times when a coach’s mistake can account for a defeat. On the other hand, to isolate one factor as a handy fallback cheapens the wondrous calculus of competition.

— Lew Witham, Seattle

So this is why
Harvin had to go

On the surface, trading the most valuable player on the team is always a terrible idea, but that wasn’t the case for the Seahawks. Trading wide receiver Percy Harvin was a shock to NFL fans and everyone around the league (“Seahawks trade Percy Harvin to Jets as issues emerge,” Oct. 17). Although this unexpected and seemingly absurd move caused wide panic throughout Seattle, Pete Carrol and GM John Schneider have proven to be brilliant when it comes to seeking out talent and knowing just how players will work or not work in their very unique and efficient system.

Carrol and Schneider obviously believe Harvin is not a good fit for the reigning Super Bowl champion, but not because of his unrivaled talent. Instead, his attitude and selfish nature outweighed his extraordinary physical gifts.

The Seahawks pride themselves on their unity as teammates, and he was clearly a disruption. Because of Harvin, there was
an immense disconnect between the player on the field, in playmaking and the moral of the team.

— Carly Sharbono, Kirkland


Classy uniforms
are UW hallmark

How much more ridiculous are Husky uniforms going to get? It is like watching NASCAR or some post-modern art show where fashion is just bad taste.

Chris Petersen’s presence is good, but his UW uniform choices are ugly. Don James didn’t mess with tradition by dressing the team in some angular mish-mash of color with mirrored helmets more suited for a tripped out psychedelic rush or military honor guard.

Talented student-athletes in classy uniforms, led by excellent coaches and supported by enthusiastic fans are the hallmark of successful Husky football.

— Michael S. Bittner, Portland, Ore.

High schools

Cleveland story
shows positive side

Thank you for the nice piece about the Cleveland football player Ramsey Castillo (“Books and blocks: Tutoring fullback helps Cleveland’s revival,” Oct. 22) and his mission to help his teammates stay eligible to play by showing them it’s OK to hit the books. I like the emphasis on “changing the culture”.

We no longer have the Faith and Values articles each week, but I am finding that the Sports section regularly files stories in its pages that tell of people doing good things for others. This was a wonderful story. Thanks for writing it.

— Pam Toelle, Bellevue

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