Wilson on Seattle:
Although his off-season signing with Washington brought him home, Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson returns to his ‘home away from home’ in Seattle this weekend.
Wilson, a second round draft pick to the Seahawks in 2007, sat down with “The John Thompson Show” on ESPN 980 to discuss his time in Seattle. The first thing he discussed was the absurd volume of the fabled 12th man at Qwest Field/CenturyLink Field:
“It definitely gets you going,” Wilson said. “As a defensive player, that’s when we got the bulk of [the noise]. It was almost just as tough as a defensive player to be able to communicate as it was for the offense. But there’s nothing like making a big play as a defensive player there, because you’re gonna hear a stadium roar.”
The same can be said for special occasions on offense. Last year in the playoffs, when the Seahawks (7-9) hosted the Saints (11-5) at Qwest Field, the Seahawks managed one of the greatest upsets in NFL playoffs history. The memorable play from that game was a 67-yard touchdown run by Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch:
Recognize Lynch’s downfield blockers on that play? Those would be none other than right tackle Sean Locklear and right guard Tyler Polumbus, who threw the goal line block to get him into the end zone.
The celebration by the fans on that play actually registered a minor earthquake at a nearby seismology station. That’s a pretty dedicated fanbase.
But Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan downplayed the intensity of the field, saying he thought Kingdome was louder.
“Yeah, I’ve been there before,” he said of CenturyLink Field. “I thought the dome was much louder, even though it’s a great venue. The Seahawks are excellent there and it’s very loud. You have to remind your team how loud it is. But compared to the indoor stadium, I think it’s a little easier.”
So there you have it: it’s loud, but it could be worse.
Seattle On Wilson:
For the second part of the straight-forward headline, we look to Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll’s comments on Josh Wilson in yesterday’s session with the Washington media. Wilson was a starter in Seattle when Carroll took the job before the 2010 season, and was essentially gifted to Baltimore at the end of training camp in exchange for a 5th round pick.
Clearly, Carroll decided in only a few weeks of work that he had seen as much as he needed to decide that Wilson wasn’t the answer, but he was complimentary on the phone:
“Josh is a really good football player,” he said. “We liked him. He’s a terrific athlete. He’d shown that before we got here and after. We just had an opportunity trying to make headway with the upcoming draft, we had the chance to get a draft pick.”
Trading a fifth round pick for a starter and former second round pick doesn’t really show that you value someone that highly.
“We’re just trying to make moves,” Carroll said. “It wasn’t anything…He’s just a good, effective player that makes a lot thing happen, and he’s obviously done that since he left us.”
Hopefully, Wilson has the chance to make that even more obvious to Carroll on Sunday.
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