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.

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

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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…

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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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…

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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 ?

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. @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.

  22. Beastmode5150

    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!

  23. Beastmode5150

    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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