Michael Bennett: We can’t win a game without Russell Wilson

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The atmosphere in the Seahawks locker room, particularly the way some members of the defense feel about quarterback Russell Wilson, became a topic of conversation around the team recently thanks to an ESPN The Magazine article by Seth Wickersham detailing alleged friction around the team.

It was something that coach Pete Carroll called an “old story” and several other members of the team refuted the notion of trouble in Seattle. Defensive end Michael Bennett was one of those players and revisited the Wilson angle during an appearance on “Brock and Salk” on 710 ESPN on Wednesday.

Bennett said Wilson is “a great person of great character, a person that gives back and a great leader” that the team needs if they are going to be successful.

“On a team with competitive people, there are going to be issues that are going to happen,” Bennett said. “There’s just a lot of alpha males running around, but everybody supports Russell Wilson. We can’t win a game without Russell Wilson. Russell Wilson is a top-five quarterback in the NFL. We cannot win a game without a guy like that.”

The Seahawks have won a lot of games since Wilson took over as their quarterback in 2012 and continuing to do so this season might not make people any less interested in the inner workings of the team, but it would make it even harder to suggest that they are a major stumbling block to success.

35 responses to “Michael Bennett: We can’t win a game without Russell Wilson

  1. I have never had a job and neither have you or anyone else that has 50 or more employees where everyone likes each other, especially when it’s full of men. These guys don’t have to all like each other, they do have to work together and they have done a pretty good job at that. This is a non story, they will be a playoff team again as long as the O-line holds up weather everyone likes each other or not.

  2. Who cares what an actual teammate says? An anonymous source said that there was discord and that the rest of team hates Wilson, so it must be true. I’ll totally take the word of an anonymous source over a teammate.

  3. You can’t win without Russell, but you’re on record saying you wanted Kaep on your team because he’d be a great fit. A great fit for what exactly if you can’t win with him, apparently? Bennett is such a fool.

  4. Who allow this guy to speak, he was just talking about how they needed Kaepernick, now they can’t win a game without wilson? cmon man, they would win more games without wilson

  5. Now if he could only get Richard Sherman to shut his piehole all of Wilson’s problems would be fixed.

  6. Michael Bennett is correct. Russell Wilson is so underrated. He is the Seattle Seahawks. One of the primary reasons for their latest success! Without him, they will not win.

  7. Jun 14, 2017 2:53 PM
    Wilson is not a top five QB, period.

    Really!!? So, there is Tom Brady, Aaron Rogers and who else? And don’t tell me, Matt Ryan – alway does something stupid in the big games.

    Watch how bad Seattle looks without Wilson. Then again no one would know because he never misses a game.

  8. niners816 says:
    Jun 14, 2017 2:38 PM
    You can’t win without Russell, but you’re on record saying you wanted Kaep on your team because he’d be a great fit. A great fit for what exactly if you can’t win with him, apparently? Bennett is such a fool.
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    BTW, I’m not sticking up for Kaep. I think he’s a fool, too.

  9. theseekeroffun says:
    Jun 14, 2017 2:53 PM
    Wilson is not a top five QB, period.

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    Won a Super Bowl, been to two and had a great chance to win the second. Great QB rating. Lots of TDs. Plays very well against good teams. Despite his mistake in Super Bowl 49 he has been clutch in many big moments, including in that game to get them in a position to win.

    Now Peyton is done I don’t know who I would put ahead of him after Brady, Rodgers, Roethlisberger and possibly Brees. I don’t know if I could argue anyone else is better. I might rather have Wilson than Brees or Ben also. I certainly wouldn’t put Eli ahead of him or Matt Ryan or Cam Newton.

  10. niners816 says:
    Jun 14, 2017 2:38 PM
    You can’t win without Russell, but you’re on record saying you wanted Kaep on your team because he’d be a great fit. A great fit for what exactly if you can’t win with him, apparently? Bennett is such a fool.

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    Kaep as a back up. That’s all he was saying.

  11. Based only on their achievements last year, my list is:
    Tom Brady
    Matt Ryan
    Dak Prescott
    Aaron Rodgers
    Drew Brees
    I do think the Wilson is the nucleus of the team, but not a top 5 QB, at least, not last year.

  12. feckyerlife says:
    Jun 14, 2017 2:43 PM
    Who allow this guy to speak, he was just talking about how they needed Kaepernick, now they can’t win a game without wilson? cmon man, they would win more games without wilson

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    A) They want Kaepernick as a back up. B) They would not win more games without Wilson. Not even close. When he is healthy he is the closest thing there ever was to Roger Staubach. He’s awesome.

  13. theseekeroffun says:
    Jun 14, 2017 2:53 PM
    Wilson is not a top five QB, period.
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    He was in 2015 and with a top 20 offensive line he easily could be again. Love him or hate him, the dude can ball.

  14. Wilson is a game manager that’s about it. As long as Seattle plays good defense and can run the ball, Wilson will not lose a game for you. I can think of a number of QBs who can do the same.

  15. theseekeroffun says:
    Jun 14, 2017 2:53 PM
    Wilson is not a top five QB, period.
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    5 straight years of 10+ wins, 5 straight playoff appearances, 2 Super Bowls and 1 Lombardi that should have been two had it not been for the worst play call in NFL history.

    He’s #2 all-time in passer rating ahead of Brady, Manning and Marino in the regular season, and #9 all-time in the playoffs, ahead of Brady, Aikman, Manning, Favre, etc…

    147 TD passes in his first five years, 8-4 in playoff games/Super Bowls, 3,000 career rushing yards, 15 rushing TDs, only player in NFL history to pass for 300 yards and run for 100 yards in a single game… etc., etc….

    That’s not just top 5, it’s Hall of Fame.

  16. niners816 says:

    You can’t win without Russell, but you’re on record saying you wanted Kaep on your team because he’d be a great fit. A great fit for what exactly if you can’t win with him, apparently? Bennett is such a fool.
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    The Seahawks have 12 players who are among the top 5 at their positions in the NFL. The 49ers have none:

    QB Russell Wilson
    WR Doug Baldwin
    TE Jimmy Graham
    C Justin Britt
    DE Michael Bennett
    DE Cliff Avril
    LB Bobby Wagner
    LB KJ Wright
    CB Richard Sherman
    FS Earl Thomas
    SS Kam Chancellor
    P Jon Ryan

    Merry Christmas. Enjoy your 3-13 season.

  17. seahawkboymike says:
    Jun 14, 2017 4:21 PM
    niners816 says:

    You can’t win without Russell, but you’re on record saying you wanted Kaep on your team because he’d be a great fit. A great fit for what exactly if you can’t win with him, apparently? Bennett is such a fool.
    ——————————————————————-
    The Seahawks have 12 players who are among the top 5 at their positions in the NFL. The 49ers have none:

    QB Russell Wilson
    WR Doug Baldwin
    TE Jimmy Graham
    C Justin Britt
    DE Michael Bennett
    DE Cliff Avril
    LB Bobby Wagner
    LB KJ Wright
    CB Richard Sherman
    FS Earl Thomas
    SS Kam Chancellor
    P Jon Ryan

    Merry Christmas. Enjoy your 3-13 season.
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    All those guys and you have ONE superbowl. Enjoy your early exit this year, the implosion after this year, and your “fanbase” going back and rooting for Dallas.

  18. As a Patriots fan, Russell Wilson would be my top choice to replace Brady (in a purely theoretical sense). Dude has a great attitude, works hard, throws a beautiful deep ball and is a pain to keep in the pocket.

  19. It should be mentioned also that Russel played thru 2 injuries last year that would have benched most QB’s. He had a high ankle sprain and a pec injury. John Clayton has mentioned this a couple of times.

  20. “We can’t win a game without Russell Wilson. Russell Wilson is a top-five quarterback in the NFL. We cannot win a game without a guy like that.”

    Wait a minute. Maybe I’m being too literal here, but if Seattle can’t win a game without Russell, is this fool saying that without Russell, there’s no difference between the Seahawks and the Jets or the Browns?

  21. Hawks and Hawk fans just ignore all the BS. Wilson is an excellent QB.

    Only change that needs to be made is for Pete to follow Belichick’s example on how to school his team on dealing with the media. Speak strictly for yourself, never evaluate a team mate or coach, and never repeat anything said within the circle. The Press wants a “story line” which they often fabricate ahead of time, then look for a quote to hang it on. Don’t give it to them. Pats Fan

  22. As a Patriots fan, Russell Wilson would be my top choice to replace Brady at QB (in a purely theoretical sense). Dude has a great attitude, works hard, throws a beautiful deep ball and is a pain to keep in the pocket.

  23. Russ has been in the league for 5 years. He’s WON a playoff game 5 years in a row. Not just been to the playoffs 5 years in a row, WON a playoff game 5 years in a row. How many other QB’s can you say that about?

    Please tell me because I’m lazy and don’t want to look it up.

  24. seahawkboymike says:
    Jun 14, 2017 4:21 PM

    The Seahawks have 12 players who are among the top 5 at their positions in the NFL. The 49ers have none:

    QB Russell Wilson
    WR Doug Baldwin
    TE Jimmy Graham
    C Justin Britt
    DE Michael Bennett
    DE Cliff Avril
    LB Bobby Wagner
    LB KJ Wright
    CB Richard Sherman
    FS Earl Thomas
    SS Kam Chancellor
    P Jon Ryan
    ___________________________

    Put down the green pom poms and take it easy homer, having arguably 6 is impressive enough without having to exaggerate. Wilson, Baldwin, Graham, Britt, Wright and Ryan are not in the top 5 at their positions. Graham was and may be again, Wilson is right there knocking on the door and Wright is in the top 10.

  25. Slightly off topic but regarding Bennett’s comments on the Kaepernick situation….

    I don’t understand how the Seahawks can bring in Adrian Peterson and Eddie Lacy and then end up passing on AP in favor of Lacy and everyone is ok with it. Yet when they bring in Kaep and Davis and end up passing on Kaep in favor of Davis it suddenly becomes an issue of everything from “blackballing” to race.

  26. Question…. If you could pick any one QB in the NFL today (rookies or vets) to replace any other QB and be that new team’s starting QB for the next 10 years, who would you pick?

    Let’s say Brady retires today. What other NFL QB do you want to replace Brady for the next 10 years? Big Ben? Nope…he won’t be playing in 10 years. Brees? Nope…again, he won’t be playing in 10 years. Rogers? Maybe…he could possibly still be playing in 10 years. Likely not, but possible. Cam? Yeah you could choose him. But is he consistently accurate enough? Who else is there? Luck? LOL…umm sorry but he turns the ball over way too much.

    Who else is there? Russell Wilson. Accurate consistently. Protects the ball. Elusive. Can throw on the run. Can throw from the pocket. Great judgement and better preparation commitment than most. Very “Peyton-like” in that regard. Every single thing you want in a QB he has, and in 10 years (barring a career ending injury) he’ll still be playing at the top of his game.

    I would bet that not a single fan of any team or any current QB would be upset or worried if their team suddenly had RW for their QB.

  27. As a Pats fan I believe Wilson is a great QB…..able to extend plays, throws the ball well downfield, doesn’t turn it over too much. Great player.

  28. Some of you need to get girlfriends. I can’t believe the way you guys go back and forth getting your feelings hurt over teams and people who don’t even know you.

  29. theseekeroffun says:
    Jun 14, 2017 2:53 PM

    Wilson is not a top five QB, period.

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    Boring conversation anyway.

    Luke, we’re gonna have company!!!

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