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Dwight Freeney happy he doesn’t have to play Russell Wilson, NFC West

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The San Diego Chargers opened their preseason Thursday night against Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks.

For veteran defensive end Dwight Freeney, it was his first chance to play against the Seahawks’ rookie phenom from a season ago. Wilson only played two series for Seattle and the Seahawks’ offense only moved the ball 43 yards with Wilson under center but Wilson made an impression on Freeney. Wilson managed to wriggle out of couple would-be sacks and turn them into positive plays for Seattle as Freeney was forced to chase him all over the field.

I had no idea how fast he was. I had no idea,” Freeney said in an interview with Mike Costa and Judson Richards on XTRA Sports 1360 in San Diego. “By the time I got after the bull rush, I’m looking for this guy. He’s like 5-3, 5-4, whatever he is and I can’t find him. By the time I find him I was like ‘oh, here goes a sack.’ Next thing you know, ‘oh, no’ and I’m chasing him.”

“He’s a fast, crafty guy. He reminds me of like a (Doug) Flutie but faster as far as a height standpoint,” Freeney said.

Wilson (all 5-feet-10 and 5/8ths of him) threw for 3,118 yards with 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions with a 100.0 passer rating as rookie a season ago. The Chargers will have to face another speedy quarterback in Colin Kaepernick when they host the San Francisco 49ers to close out the preseason. Freeney is just happy that the preseason is the only time he’ll have to face Wilson and the rest of the NFC West.

“He’s definitely a load. I’m glad I’m not in that division,” Freeney said.

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52 Responses to “Dwight Freeney happy he doesn’t have to play Russell Wilson, NFC West”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 12, 2013 11:37 PM

    Dwight was close. 5-3 1/2 is the actual measurement.

  2. peytonsneck18 says: Aug 12, 2013 11:43 PM

    man up freeney, no player should fear any other player, dont wory, im sure u will spin yr way out of making any plays ,anyways

  3. micker716 says: Aug 12, 2013 11:48 PM

    Maybe Dwight just got old and slow. Just saying.

  4. kolbydoerge says: Aug 12, 2013 11:48 PM

    And here come the 9er fans to talk trash about the best team in the NFC West. Remember head to head who beat who last…bad real bad!
    Kap is pretty good but Wilson is close to Manning with his prep. Kap….close to Sanchez with his look at my tats and hats and muscles when I kiss them. NFL has seen these types before.

  5. bleedburgandyandgold says: Aug 12, 2013 11:54 PM

    Is I was a D lineman or LB I’d hate to play in that division as well Wilson and Kap make em work for every sack lol

  6. pathsovglory says: Aug 12, 2013 11:54 PM

    as irritating as our 1st team offense was, it was pretty hilarious to see RW once again confuse the entire SD D line by doing his disappearing/re-appearing act in the pocket lol

  7. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 12, 2013 11:56 PM

    Good story-teller. He could put those skills to use now that he is way over the hill. I doubt he could catch Phillip Rivers.

  8. donth8thehorns says: Aug 12, 2013 11:56 PM

    I think of what a whiff the Vikings made not taking this kid. Watching the B10 in college , I knew he would be a star, how did the GMs in the NFL miss this? ????
    If the Vikings would have taken him in the 1st or 2nd round, I would have approved… I may have been the only one but, it is zero surprise to me that he is this good! Better than RG3 and luck , this kid is a winner! Kudos to Carroll for being smart on that move

  9. prspicacious says: Aug 12, 2013 11:59 PM

    Going into this season, if it’s a choice between Wilson, RGIII, Luck, and Kaepernick, I would select Wilson & Luck as the more mature and mentally prepared of the bunch and Wilson and Kaepernick as the more athletically gifted. I don’t see RGII having a long career ahead of him due to susceptibility to injury.

    Advantage…Russell Wilson.

  10. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 12, 2013 11:59 PM

    If Dwight remembers chasing Doug Flutie around, he is way too old to be chasing Russell Wilson around.

  11. beastmode5150 says: Aug 13, 2013 12:01 AM


    Go Hawks.

  12. redjorgy says: Aug 13, 2013 12:07 AM

    Like Doug Flutie but faster as far as a height standpoint?


  13. tencharge says: Aug 13, 2013 12:09 AM

    “Now Peyton Manning, him I’ll eat alive.”

  14. jlmd17 says: Aug 13, 2013 12:21 AM

    Speaks the man who can’t play the run.

  15. saintjohnwhodat says: Aug 13, 2013 12:34 AM

    Wilson is a winner Love seeing a little guy who goes against the draft measures and wins even as a rookie, grudens qb camp when he was interviewed I knew this young man is a winner

  16. mybloggingpoodle says: Aug 13, 2013 12:34 AM

    Only the Chargers would go sign a guy who is afraid to play hard.

  17. gohawks89 says: Aug 13, 2013 12:34 AM

    hells to the yeah
    go hawks

  18. jonkchar says: Aug 13, 2013 12:38 AM

    will be interesting to hear him compare Wilson and Kaepernick..

  19. raider23mike says: Aug 13, 2013 1:03 AM

    Terrell Pryor is even stronger and faster!!!

    Can you keep up old men?

  20. shadowcell says: Aug 13, 2013 1:13 AM

    Another advantage of being short: big scary defensive ends can’t find you!

  21. godolphins133499 says: Aug 13, 2013 1:23 AM

    Funny how every team on that division was an easy win till some minute ago, lol. Anyways Freeney was brought in to break Peyton’s neck, mark my words…

  22. mataug says: Aug 13, 2013 1:23 AM

    He’s like 5-3, 5-4, whatever he is and I can’t find him.

    says the guy who is 2 inches taller than Wilson smh

  23. edmonton49ers says: Aug 13, 2013 1:34 AM

    Poor & delusional Dwight, that’s called aging.

  24. rushbacker says: Aug 13, 2013 1:35 AM

    LMAO! Freeney’s a midget for a DE/OLB. Dude has NO room to cap on anybody else about their height.

  25. alldonesmith says: Aug 13, 2013 1:41 AM

    Glad to see the division return to respectability. Wasn’t pretty for a while there.

  26. handsomehawk says: Aug 13, 2013 1:46 AM

    You hear that Whiners??

    See you Sept 15th..bring you’re track shoes.

    42-13 encore

  27. johninthewest says: Aug 13, 2013 1:58 AM

    He should be happy he has a job!

  28. dennisatunity says: Aug 13, 2013 2:19 AM

    Refreshing to have a player from another team be so open and honest. Just as Freeney said, Russell Wilson is fast and crafty. And the NFC West is packed.

  29. hawkstradamus says: Aug 13, 2013 2:47 AM

    DangeRuss is the best QB in the league. I knew it last year, my fellow twelves know it now and the rest of you will know it to be true by years end.

  30. pencilmonkeymagic says: Aug 13, 2013 4:58 AM

    At the end of the season, there’ll be more pass rushers who are glad they’re not playing the NFC West.

  31. arbiterflick says: Aug 13, 2013 7:02 AM

    Freeney played really well in the preseason opener, he might not have gotten the sacks but he brought enough pressure to flush Wilson out of the pocket twice in five rushes.

    Escaping is what Wilson does best, but many of the other QBs won’t be able to. It’s encouraging.

  32. therealtrenches says: Aug 13, 2013 7:37 AM

    Well now, THAT’s gotta have Chargers fans feeling confident.

  33. denbronx says: Aug 13, 2013 8:19 AM

    But facing Peyton Mannings offense 2x a year is easier Dwight? Lol

    Besides, arent you rather short for a DE yourself? I like how you say he’s 5’4 when you know no QBs in the NFL are that short. Sounds like someone has the little man complex.

  34. bencoates57 says: Aug 13, 2013 8:23 AM


  35. feelnsavage says: Aug 13, 2013 8:23 AM

    ol’ Freeney…. u sound ollllllld…. and slow… Good try though

  36. hendawg21 says: Aug 13, 2013 8:47 AM

    Well he may not face Russell Wilson but he will have to deal with one RGIII during the season so he doesn’t get off the hook so easily after all…

  37. hehateme2 says: Aug 13, 2013 8:56 AM

    Lil Wilson will show his colors this season. Expect him to fall off the charts and possibly get hurt due to his small frame.

    Lots of heart but that may not be enough.

  38. ajgreenhof says: Aug 13, 2013 9:05 AM

    The guy has played in a weak division his whole career. The Jags showed up every now and then but generally it was a cakewalk. Then as soon as the Texans become a legitimate team Freeney and Peyton migrate to the weakest division in the NFL. It doesn’t surprise me Freeney doesn’t want to play against a tough division.

  39. mrseaballs says: Aug 13, 2013 10:00 AM

    The critics attacked Wilsons for being shorter than average for an NFL quarterback. But it’s not only his speed that makes him a pass-rushers nightmare. His lower center of gravity gives him mobility most QB’s don’t have. How many 6′ 5″ running backs do you see ?

  40. g2-f2dc7f46324ad37bfba8ee5d9c2cd44e says: Aug 13, 2013 10:24 AM

    This midget will never see a Super Bowl even with help from replacement referees and a roster of PED users.
    He has the same Wonderlic Score as Sanchez.
    Quarterback will only be remembered by making it to the big dance.
    Not happening with this guy. Not a Super Bowl material!

  41. jrazz22 says: Aug 13, 2013 11:13 AM

    You Seahawk fans are such a collective group of turds. No one takes you seriously. Must be depressing up there trolling articles all day waiting to bash the Niners.

  42. beastmode5150 says: Aug 13, 2013 11:49 AM

    The guy that talked up Terrell Pryor, cool story bro. He also has like a 4 IQ.

  43. pop562 says: Aug 13, 2013 11:54 AM

    Wait a minute.

    Seahawks played against a below avg defense in the chargers and Wilson was 2 for 6 for what 23 yards passing against chargers starter.

    But the 49ers had to go against Von Miller and that stout Denver defense. Oh yeah Kap was a perfect 4 for 4 with 38 yards just marching down the field easily.

  44. chawk12thman says: Aug 13, 2013 12:47 PM

    He is only publically making the same comments made privately by so many defensive players in the NFL. Likely, he will repeat them when they play the 49ers.

    NFC West is potentially the toughest Division in the NFL. Certainly right now, on paper, I would put them at the top.

  45. bpurd says: Aug 13, 2013 1:20 PM

    Kaep and RG3 is slightly faster than Wilson but Wilson is the most elusive QB in the NFL. @Pop Yea Kaep went 4 for 4 and drove up yhe field against a vanilla defense but they only got a field goal. 49ers have redzone issues dating back to last year. As far as the young guys from last year I’ll take Luck slightly over Wilson then RG3. Kaep is dynamic but he has more growing to do than the rest. Getting Luck oit of Bruce Arians system will help tremendously.

  46. kadyotan says: Aug 13, 2013 1:37 PM

    Kaep took his team to Super Bowl… The ultimate measurement for a successful quarterback!

  47. pop562 says: Aug 13, 2013 3:38 PM

    @bpurd, I don’t care which quarterback you pick so what’s the point of telling me. Colin Kaepernick is the quarterback for my team and that’s who I will support. Jim Harbaugh made and mold Andrew Luck to a good quarterback and the ceiling for Kap is high. He’s been working on his touch passes and he can zip a pass in tight windows accurately. Kap will play a full season and the way he played in big games proves he’s a leader and improving on his reads.

  48. beastmode5150 says: Aug 13, 2013 6:38 PM


    42-13 head to head.

  49. jimmyjames65 says: Aug 13, 2013 7:53 PM

    The Broncos aren’t going to win the division as easily as last year. What does Kaepernick have to do with Dwight Freeney? Didn’t he lose a SB.

  50. rainponcho87 says: Aug 14, 2013 11:44 AM


    Niners-Seahawks went 1-1 against each other last year. Last game was a blowout, but you just get a W for that not a trophy. At end of season both teams played road games against the Falcons. Seahawks barely lost and 49ers barely won, so they look pretty even on a neutral field.

    Since you guys keep bringing up that one game, even though you didn’t even win the division:

    What do Seahawks fans do after winning the Super Bowl?

    Answer: they turn off the Xbox!

  51. beastmode5150 says: Aug 14, 2013 4:37 PM

    See you week 2.

  52. rainponcho87 says: Aug 15, 2013 2:32 AM


    You guys are building week 2 to be your superbowl. Seawacks have a big time home field advantage. Wouldn’t surprise me at all if they won that game. But where do you go from there? Might want to work on winning some road games instead putting all your effort into an emotional rematch. Seems like the Seahawks are only trying to win the 49er games. I would rather the 49ers lose both of those games, but have a better overall record, win the division, and get a bye for the playoffs.

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