Russell Wilson takes “full responsibility” for Super Bowl loss

AP

At a time when some players think the final play call in Super Bowl XLIX emerged from a desire by the Seahawks to make quarterback Russell Wilson and not running back Marshawn Lynch the MVP, Wilson publicly has accepted full responsibility for the outcome.

In a first-person produced and edited by The Players’ Tribune, Wilson says that he accepts “full responsibility” for what happened on that fateful play, which instead of a one-yard touchdown run by Lynch resulted in an interception by Patriots defensive back Malcolm Butler.

“One of the reasons why I always will and always do is because I know that it’s gonna happen again for me,” Wilson said of his willingness to accept full responsibility.  “I know that I’m gonna be in that situation again.”

Wilson said the hardest thing about the loss was walking off the field, knowing he’d let the fans down.

“I’m the one that threw the pass, but I know I’ll throw another one,” Wilson said.  “And hopefully I’ll be remembered for something different.”

Wilson remains supremely confident, despite the outcome of the Super Bowl.

“You know, the mindset doesn’t change, the focus doesn’t change, the belief that I’m gonna get there again and we’re gonna do it better than it’s ever [been] done, that’s never gonna change for me, no matter what the circumstances are,” Wilson said.  “That’s why I’ve been to two Super Bowls, that’s why I’ve been able to win a lot of football games.  Because of the guys I have around me, because of the coaching staff, because of the amazing fans — we’ve got the best fans in the National Football League — but also because I believe in my mindset.  I believe my mindset is gonna take me further than anybody else has ever gone, and I just believe that.

“I believe that I’m gonna be prepared, I believe that I’m gonna be ready, in my mind, be ready for war every time I step out onto the field.  I’m gonna be the last guy to ever give up.  I’m gonna be the last guy to not take a risk. . . .  In my mind, I believe I have a killer instinct.”

Of course, taking a risk and having a killer instinct can backfire.  On the final offensive snap for the Seahawks of Super Bowl XLIX, Wilson and the Seahawks applied a killer instinct and took a risk.  And it didn’t work.

While it’s great to be confident, it almost sounds as if Wilson hasn’t learned in the wake of the Super Bowl loss that, sometimes, a killer instinct can get you killed.  Which means that he could end up in the same spot again at some point in the future, taking “full responsibility” for what happened but essentially vowing to do the same thing again if put in the same position.  All in the name of going “further than anybody else has ever gone.”

For now, the simple reality is that Wilson had a chance to get halfway to Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw, who each won four Super Bowls.  Instead, Wilson remains three behind Montana, Bradshaw, and now Tom Brady.  To go farther than anybody else has ever gone when it comes to championships, Wilson still needs four more over the balance of his career.

126 responses to “Russell Wilson takes “full responsibility” for Super Bowl loss

  1. He should. He didn’t make the read on the D and made a bad throw. Period!
    Can’t blame the coaches on that.

  2. Best draft pick EVER. Dude is SOLID GOLD. I am thankful that my 8 year old boy has Russ to look up to here in Seattle.

  3. I’m a Pats fan, and I think Wilson is one of the best QBs in the league. His throw was quick and on target, it’s just that Butler made an insane play on the ball, while the Seahawks WR had no idea he was coming and didn’t try to get in front of him. Wilson’s poise in big moments, touch on the ball, and general good luck (let’s be honest, a key feature of any top QB) will keep him at the top of the league for a long time, and god help us all if he gets real WRs.

  4. That very fine line between great call, great play, and terrible call, horrible pass was clearly on display in this most important game. Had the play worked, everyone would be hailing Carroll, Russell, and the entire organization as one of the greatest teams ever. But a fantastic defensive play by a very well coached and prepared team made all the difference. Rather than blast the Seahawks for a “terrible call”, maybe we should recognize the Patriots, and the coaching of the Patriots for the win.

  5. Full responsibility? That was one play. The Seattle offense did not score on its last four possessions and the Seattle defense gave up two long touchdown drives in the fourth quarter. There’s a whole lot of responsibility for that collapse. They were even lucky to be in that position to win after that improbable catch. The Seahawks were totally outplayed and outcoached after taking a 24-14 lead.

  6. He can take the blame for the loss, but he also deserves full credit for getting his team within inches of winning that game. He didn’t give that ball away, it wasn’t an ugly floater drifting across the middle (a la Brady’s pick in the first half), it was a well thrown ball that was just a bit upfield of where it should have been that was only intercepted due to a phenomenal level of preparation and execution on the part of Butler. I’m a Pats fan, but I was really impressed with how well Wilson played in that game and I believe he has a bright future ahead of him (even if I doubt he will ever catch up to the Bradys and Montanas of NFL lore).

  7. Is ‘stupider’ and accepted word in today’s vernacular? If it is – The media that covers the NFL just gets stupider and stupider.

    If you were to believe most of the NFL media – there is always a smoking gun, there is always a conspiracy, no team or player just kicks your ass -there must be something scandalous behind it (apparently now you even have GM’s / Coaches who cannot accept getting their ass kicked and want to deflect blame from their own responsibilities)

  8. Wilson learns from his mistakes. Next time he is in that position he will look at the D and not make such a bad throw.

  9. So let me get this straight – God is responsible for your wins and you are responsible for your losses.. Sorry, Rusty, can’t have it both ways.

  10. I think the Seahawks lost because their “12th man” didn’t drink enough beer and consume enough hotdogs. We all know they have such an impact on the outcome.

  11. Bills fans claim Tom Brady, the QB with the highest winning percentage in league history, wouldn’t even start for another team. With talent evaluation skills like that it’s surprising they haven’t won a playoff game in 20 years.

  12. We heard you before. Shut up, get out your cameras, and take pictures of the Champions. It hurts so good.

  13. Russell is a stand up guy and seems very genuine. Sure, that video has PR spin written all over it, but (although far from a Seattle fan), I can say he’s clearly a good guy and an outstanding QB.

  14. Pats fan with nothing bad to say about RW.

    Now the Hawks and some of their fans showed poor sportsmanship (which will darken their image), but not RW.

    It’s too bad all the scamps have bad things to say about a better QB (admit it, the BEST QB of all time). But hey, Tom will gladly sport the rings regardless if the rest of the country shows lack of character.

  15. Killer instinct more properly applied here would have meant handing the ball to the nastiest cat on the field and have him pound it in the end zone for the kill shot. The Seahawks went cute, not killer. Worst decision ever made. It’s like saying an NBA team on a breakaway layup to win the title pulled up for a 3 pointer instead showed ‘killer instinct”. Worst decision ever, not even close.

  16. Wilson is riding the gravy train. The second Seattle’s defense falls off, he’ll turn into Geno Smith overnight.

  17. It made me physically sick to see the happy expression on Tom Brady’s face. Even Brady knew they were beat again. Give the ball to Lynch, game over, Brady loses yet again.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    yeah, but no…

  18. cashm says:
    Feb 20, 2015 8:42 AM
    Best draft pick EVER. Dude is SOLID GOLD. I am thankful that my 8 year old boy has Russ to look up to here in Seattle.

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    Russell Wilson thinks god is on his side, and made the Seahawks win over the packers.

    I guess we now know that God is really a pats fan and wanted the Seahawks to get their hearts ripped out on the last play.

    Explain that to your eight year old and maybe he will become a pats fan.

  19. There is no guarantee Lynch runs it in from the 1, granted its a higher probability that he does but we’ll never know.
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    on 2 or 3 tries right after he ripped the Pats for 3.5 from the 4 on 1st and 1….. for the Super bowl WIN?

    unless lightning struck the beast he was going in on one of the next 2 downs

  20. The “Legion of Boom” might want to explain how giving up 10 points to Brady in the final quarter was part of their game plan too

    … or admit that, had they done their job, Lynch never would have had to throw that ball in the first place

    But Wilson has my respect for doing what most Seattle players and fans won’t do – be a man and accept the loss

  21. There was no guarantee that Lynch would have scored. I thought the play call was a reasonable one given the defense the Pats put in and but for an incredible play by Butler could have ended in a TD for Seattle or at worst an incompletion with plenty of time left to try a couple of run plays or whatever.
    I’m a Patriots fan, but think Wilson is a really good quarterback and that the Seahawks played a great game, It was one of the best Super Bowls ever.

  22. The DB made a lucky play, 99 out of a 100 times if that ball isn’t completed it gets knocked down. It was still a stupid decision to not let Lynch smash it in, I blame the coaches.

  23. Wilson is an outstanding QB and a true leader.

    Players and fans should tip their hats to the winner when the game is over, rather than assigning blame and making excuses.

    The call wasn’t that bad. the Patriots were in a goal line, run blitz defense. The replay shows a Patriot defender coming through every gap in the Seattle O-line. Lynch would definitely have been hit in the backfield. (I know, in his case that doesn’t necessarily mean he’d be brought down.)

    Butler made a great play. What’s equally impressive is that the Patriots 5th corner on the depth chart knew what play Russell Wilson was running better than Lockette did. It shows the level of detail to situational football that has made Belichick so great over the years.

  24. I remember Brady’s first two SBs he was ok, but it was the D that solidified those wins. I see the same in Wilson, currently he is a good QB but he is only in his third season so there will be improvement for sure. The Seahawks do resemble the early Pats rather closely. The main departure is in coaching and attitude. The Pats coaching is superior to the Hawks and the bragging attitude the Hawks bring to the field is classless, makes them real easy to dislike. Good luck Wilson from a Pats fan since they played in the Fens.

  25. Wilson would be wise to take a page out of Mr. Brady’s book and let your play on the field to the talking…This smacks of a PR stunt justification. We all know your very disciplined and intent on winning, thats a great trait. Talking to much to the media only gets you burned..goodluck Russell.

    Go Pats!

  26. Wilson is covering for Darrell Bevell. Just like Wilson had to cover for the OC’s simplistic passing “attack” all season. Wilson often works magic in the 4th qtr of games after Bevell’s called plays had failed to advavce the ball.
    How many times were the Hawks in 3rd and long because of Bevell’s stupid calls and then Wilson had to create something out of nothing?
    This is one special player.

  27. billswillnevermove says:
    Feb 20, 2015 9:03 AM
    It made me physically sick to see the happy expression on Tom Brady’s face. Even Brady knew they were beat again. Give the ball to Lynch, game over, Brady loses yet again.

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    That’s why unlike The Bills, the Patriots play a full 60 minutes. Moreover, Lynch would have fumbled anyway….they had to go with Wilson.

  28. whitetrash69 says: Feb 20, 2015 9:32 AM

    The DB made a lucky play, 99 out of a 100 times if that ball isn’t completed it gets knocked down.

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    It’s not luck when it’s the product of planning and preparation. Butler practiced against that play repeatedly before the game. When it came with the game on the line he stepped up and made it.

  29. He should take full responsibility for the bad throw, so good for him.

    A good throw in that situation is either a completion for no gain, or an incomplete pass. Malcolm made an unbelievable play no doubt about it. A tenth of a second different and the play doesn’t get made.

    Also, as good as Malcolm’s play was the Browner block was just as essential and amazing football knowledge to diagnose the play and break it up.

    With that said though, if that was Brady or Rodgers, it’s probably a TD or incomplete pass instead of an INT. I say TD because those two guys would have done enough pre-snap to fool the DBs.

  30. Wilson is a great QB, I’m not trying to bash him in any way, it’s just that play isn’t his strength (obviously)…he has many (better) other strengths.

  31. Butler made a great play. What’s equally impressive is that the Patriots 5th corner on the depth chart knew what play Russell Wilson was running better than Lockette did. It shows the level of detail to situational football that has made Belichick so great over the years.

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    You just hit the nail on the head to explain what happens when organizations that are prepared, from top to bottom, are capable of doing.

    In the NFL, so often it comes down to “the next guy” — the Patriots have been great under Belichick in the versatility and competence of “the next guy”. Butler is a supreme example.

  32. billswillnevermove says: Feb 20, 2015 9:03 AM

    It made me physically sick to see the happy expression on Tom Brady’s face. Even Brady knew they were beat again. Give the ball to Lynch, game over, Brady loses yet again.
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    Even in the Super Bowl losses, Brady had the Patriots ahead with less than 2 minutes remaining.

    The 2 losses in the Super Bowl equal the number of losses Brady has against the Bills, in ELEVEN years!

    Here’s a bucket.

  33. tylerhutchison2005 says: Feb 20, 2015 9:44 AM

    Brady and the Pats are turds, plain and simple.

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    So…all SB winning teams and QBs are now turds simply because you are upset your team didn’t win?

  34. I am tired of hearing the other 30 teams rant on… None of you even made it to the superbowl and Seattle is the first team in 10 years to even go back to a superbowl let alone win in the playoffs…

    They will just be right back again next season…

    Besides that, what lost Seattle that game was not just this play.. It was mostly the loss of Avril and Lane that lost the game.

    Once lane went out Simon came out and put on the worst corner performance I think I have ever seen. However the Hawks were able to curb that with the pressure they gave Brady.

    Thats where the trouble began once Avril got hurt late in the game they could no longer get good pressure on brady giving him time to slice Simon a new one…

    All in all if the Hawks had stayed Healthy in that game the Patriots lose big.

  35. billswillnevermove says:
    Feb 20, 2015 9:03 AM
    It made me physically sick to see the happy expression on Tom Brady’s face. Even Brady knew they were beat again. Give the ball to Lynch, game over, Brady loses yet again.

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    I love all the people who just assume that Lynch gets in for a TD. DID YOU EVEN WATCH THE GAME? The Pats had already stopped Lynch THREE TIMES in the game with short to go including an ESSENTIAL 3rd and less than one yard to go in which LYNCH FAILED TO GET THE YARD!!!

  36. tylerhutchison2005 says: Feb 20, 2015 9:44 AM

    Brady and the Pats are turds, plain and simple.

    Damn your tears are tasty! I can taste a hint of cinnamon with a dash of vanilla…they’re going well with my morning coffee, thanks.

    Go Pats!

  37. hawk944 says:
    Feb 20, 2015 9:34 AM
    I remember Brady’s first two SBs he was ok, but it was the D that solidified those wins. I see the same in Wilson, currently he is a good QB but he is only in his third season so there will be improvement for sure. The Seahawks do resemble the early Pats rather closely. The main departure is in coaching and attitude. The Pats coaching is superior to the Hawks and the bragging attitude the Hawks bring to the field is classless, makes them real easy to dislike. Good luck Wilson from a Pats fan since they played in the Fens.

    That’s actually note true at all. Maybe for the first SB except for the final drive.
    But in his second SB there was absolutely no D played by either team after the first Q.
    Brady threw for 353 yards 3TD and at the time set a SB record for most completions

  38. @wikidpissah
    It was extremely lucky, do you understand the play design? Its not like no other team doesn’t practice defending those rub plays. Like I said, 99% of the time if the DB makes a play on the ball it gets knocked down. The kid made a great play but it was a lucky one.

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    billswillnevermove says:
    Feb 20, 2015 9:03 AM
    It made me physically sick to see the happy expression on Tom Brady’s face. Even Brady knew they were beat again. Give the ball to Lynch, game over, Brady loses yet again.

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    I love all the people who just assume that Lynch gets in for a TD. DID YOU EVEN WATCH THE GAME? The Pats had already stopped Lynch THREE TIMES in the game with short to go including an ESSENTIAL 3rd and less than one yard to go in which LYNCH FAILED TO GET THE YARD!!!
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    Better point is…did you watch the game? Lynch just ripped off a 5 or 6 yard run to the one yard line. He would of scored. Fact.

  40. Easy to say he should have audibled out of the play knowing the result. If Kearse drives Browner back 1-2 yards to impede Butler’s path to the ball, then Lockette makes the catch & Seahawks likely win (OT was still possible even with 20 seconds the way Brady was carving up the Seahawks’ depleted secondary).
    At worst, you expect an incompletion there and the clock stops. You now have 2 downs and 1 timeout to feed the Beast twice if necessary. Twice would be ideal to leave no time.
    4th down, 2-3 seconds left and Seahawks win or lose depending on whether or not Marshawn Lynch can pick up one yard. Trust me, Seahawk players, coaches and fans will wonder what could have been for the rest of our lives.
    Russell taking full responsibility is indicative of his leadership, but it was a very catchable ball. The loss boils down to bad coaching by Seattle, great coaching/preparation by N.E., the Seahawks inexplicably forgetting how strong Browner is, and Butler making the play of his life.

  41. Okay, I get the fact that you need to have an “attitude” if you hope to keep going back to the SB. But as we’ve often heard, it’s not that easy. I can only assume that Seattle will be less dominant next year as they were less dominant this year – teams figure out what you do. So good luck getting back to the finals.

  42. Feb 20, 2015 9:52 AM
    I am tired of hearing the other 30 teams rant on… None of you even made it to the superbowl and Seattle is the first team in 10 years to even go back to a superbowl let alone win in the playoffs…

    They will just be right back again next season…

    Besides that, what lost Seattle that game was not just this play.. It was mostly the loss of Avril and Lane that lost the game.

    Once lane went out Simon came out and put on the worst corner performance I think I have ever seen. However the Hawks were able to curb that with the pressure they gave Brady.

    Thats where the trouble began once Avril got hurt late in the game they could no longer get good pressure on brady giving him time to slice Simon a new one…

    All in all if the Hawks had stayed Healthy in that game the Patriots lose big.

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    Yeah….because losing Lane and Avril were the reason that Wilson didn’t complete a pass until almost the end of the 1st half. Take away a couple of fluke plays and the Seahawks are blown out of the game. Seahawks fans seem to want it both ways…. Their team benefits from a fluke play and it’s all part of the game…..the other team steps up and makes a play…..it’s a fluke and the other team was lucky.

    Here’s the bottom line. The Seahawks were out played for 3/4 of the game…..and out-coached for the entire game…..right up until the end when BB refused to call a timeout and forced the Seahawks to act quickly…..and run a play for which BB for which BB had personally prepared Malcom Butler.

    Seahawks have peaked…..they won’t even be the best team in the division next season.

  43. Maybe if he says “I will” a few more times, g-d will let him know that losing the super bowl in dramatic fashion was just all part of the plan. So silly, in the words of Rodgers “g-d doesn’t have any affect on football” just silly.

  44. Explain the luck. The Patriots were prepared for that exact play, not a generic rub play. Browner recognized it and took out his receiver so the pick couldn’t be made, and Butler stepped up to where the ball was going. Look at the replay, he acted before the ball was thrown.

    “Like I said, 99% of the time if the DB makes a play on the ball it gets knocked down.” So Butler makes a play that you say doesn’t get made 99% of the time, and you attribute it to luck?

  45. billswillnevermove says: Feb 20, 2015 10:07 AM

    Better point is…did you watch the game? Lynch just ripped off a 5 or 6 yard run to the one yard line. He would of scored. Fact.

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    There is no such thing as a hypothetical fact.

  46. There is a fine line between insanity & brilliance and sometimes it is only defined by your own perspective!

  47. Game managers don’t lead the NFL in game-winning drives over the first three years of their career. Get a CLUE, kids.

    – Titans Fan

  48. pure and simple ……. football gods saw the behaviour of that seattle team…… in no way were the football gods goinmg to allow that pompus seahawks team a victory…..the football gods made sure the right team won that super bowl game….no if …and ….or buts….

  49. While there is plenty of blame to go around on a screw-up this cataclysmic, the primary fault is Darrell Bevell’s.

    When the defense knows EXACTLY what play is coming, it is because the offensive coordinator got caught going to the same well once too often.

    Bevell forgot that one of the CBs on the field at the time lined up against his goal-line drills in practice every week for three years. There was zero hesitation from Butler because he knew exactly where the ball was going to be.

  50. Its luck because every team practices defending rub plays, its not like its some genius coaching strategy, it is fundamental football. Also, its a timing play on the 1yard line, the angles and spacing were limited. So making an INT in that scenario is highly unlikely, throw in the timing aspect of it and that’s why it was lucky. Most if not every elite corner in the NFL doesn’t make that play because of the factors I mentioned in the previous sentence. He made a spectacular play but in the end it was more luck than skill.

  51. The whole thing about the Hawks secondary being injured is a bit disingenious. They are called the “Legion of Boom”. They are big, physical, receivers fear them. Live by the sword, die by the sword. Play that way and you will get hurt. Also did you notice (I did) that the Pats receivers were running out of bounds and/or dropping to the ground to prevent getting lit up after their catches. That my friend is better coaching.

  52. I have never seen anyone mention the 2 time outs which were called just prior to the play.

    Wilson wasted 2 time outs for no reason.

    Go back and look at the game. If he gets his team to the line after the Kearse catch he has 2 time outs and Seahawks probably win.

    But because Wilson sucks as a qb. And Caroll is an idiot of a coach they wasted 2 time outs And lost the game.

    Enjoy your off season

  53. Two very good teams in a great game that came down to the wire. Perfect for selling soap.

    You’re welcome America.

  54. Wilson put together a fantastic performance. Putting up 80 yards and a TD in the final 30 seconds of the first half is what put Seattle back in the game and allowed them to take the lead.

    And to the yapping patriots fans, Brady didn’t even make the playoffs in his third season after winning the superbowl in his second. Russell Wilson has more wins, including the postseason, than Brady had at this point in his career. Enjoy watching your team go back to irrelevance when Brady retires. Seahawks fans will spend the next 15 enjoying watching our “game manager” take us to superbowl after superbowl.

  55. @nhpats

    Dont get mad because you know I am right and you dont know jack about this game….

    Also who is going to stop the Hawks next year? The 49ers Yeah right… The cards? Please they were in the best shape they have been in in years last season and the Hawks ran over them… The Rams? They need to fix their O before they give anyone in the division a serious run.

    The NFC will continue to be owned by the Seahawks for at least 2 to 3 more seasons.. Cry rant try and make excuses but bottom line that is the truth… The Seahawks had 14 guys on IR and took a bunch of no names and went the Superbowl, wait until they are healthy and see what happens.

    P.S.
    The Cheating Pats shouldnt have even been in that game Krafts wallet deserves the Lombardi more than the team does.

  56. OK, let’s cut through the troll’s nonsense and get right down to it.

    The play call by Bevel lost this game for the Seahawks. nothing else.

    Brady did not “tear up” the LOB, unless you think the LOB is our #6 & #7 DB’s. He saw an advantage when Lane went out, he took advantage of it like all good QB’s would. That’s why he wins.

    Lynch would have scored. The Seahawks always get stopped early in games, but they beat you down and wear you down with the run game by the 4th quarter. The Pats DL was gassed. With 3 plays to score they would have run it in easily. Stop deluding yourself.

    Wilson did not have the option to check out of that play, according to Seahawks coaches.

    Wilson did nothing wrong on that play. He executed it exactly as he’s supposed to. He put the ball right where it was supposed to be. Maybe the flaw in the play was that it was designed to be thrown to the gunner on your special teams. Or maybe the flaw was in calling a play that had been run once before right before the half in KC and was intercepted on deflection then too.

    The kid made a great play. Yes, 99 times out of 100, the Seahawks score on that play or a subsequent one to win the game, but they didn’t. This was that 1 out of 100 play.

    If you don’t think Russell Wilson is a great player, you are deluding yourself. He is one of only 3 players to have 50 TD passes in his 1st 2 years. The other 2 are Dan Marino and Peyton Manning. He has 84 TD passes his first 3 years, more than Tom Brady. Out of those 84 TD passes, how many did Marshawn Lynch of the defense throw?

    The Seahawks will be Super Bowl contenders for the next 4 years, at least. They have one of the youngest rosters in the NFL and 19 guys coming off IR. Get used to seeing Wilson and the Seahawks in the Super Bowl.

  57. It was beautiful to watch this young mans subtle arrogance be squashed. Russell is by all means a class act.

    But he got ahead of himself.

    The whole season, he was bragging to the world how he thrives on big moment situations, how he wishes for them. He said he wants 4 rings, and to be consiered the best.

    Bill Belichick and Tom Brady served him some humble pie.

  58. Okay folks, let’s get this clear

    If you think fot a second, that Russell Wilson is in the same category as Tom Brady, you are an absolute fool spewing biased nonsense.

    Tom Brady has a higher winning % than Russell Wilson, and he’s played 15 seasons. 181-55. End of discussion. Let’s not even get into statistics, as you would be an utter fool to think Russell Wilsons stats hold a candle to Toms.

    You Seattle fans should have known the rest lf the

  59. Enough with the 19 guys on IR crap. The Ravens tried to use the same excuse. The Pats had their starting RB and Pro-Bowl defensive captin on IR. Hightower played with the same injury as Thomas The only guy of any real consequence was Meebane. The rest of them were depth guys and JAGS(don’t give me Miller, they got the same production out of Willson).

    As for dominating the NFC for the next few yrs, Seahawks fans have short memories. It took a miracle givaway by GBay for Seattle to even get there. Dallas is no slouch either, if they redign Bryant and Murray. As for the division, the Cards won 11 gms with no QB half the year. I wouldn’t sleep on them either.

    Russell didn’t put the ball in the right place on that throw. If you want to see a proper goal line slant, watch Brady to LaFell. That’s where that ball needs to be, where nobody else can touch it.

  60. Throwing a slant into the teeth of a ANY defense while bunched up to the goal is asinine ; its Bevel’s fault pure and simple . A slant mind you , not a back shoulder post route to the corner of the end zone – a 1 yard slant to the middle of a defense with 8 in the box . While you had a time out still in your pocket .

    In Pop Warner you learn that on 2nd and goal from the 1 yard line you , you hand the ball to the biggest snot-nosed kid on the team and tell him to run forward . This is Football 101 fer gawd’s sakes !

    Kudos to the Patriots , no disrespect to them intended – they won the game and their corner made a great play . That doesn’t change the fact Darrell Bevel made an asinine play call at the end of the game that cost us a Superbowl . If Marshawn Lynch played for the Pats and the situation had been reversed , do you think they would’ve thrown a slant or handed off ?

  61. Also, it wasn’t all about the #4 CB. Butler is the Pats #6, and did OK. Chancellor, Wagner and Wright couldn’t cover Gronk and Vereen. They’re in the LOB, right?

  62. Russell Wilson is a great QB but he fell into the perfect situation in Seattle. With their great defense and Beast Mode as the running back. I can’t imagine him doing nearly as well if he got drafted by any one of the other 31 teams in the NFL. But it is what it is.

    I just wonder how many millions of dollars that INT at the end of the Super Bowl is going to cost him.

  63. So Wilson is a great qb……

    The same Wilson who the %50 competition and 100 yards in a playoff game against the saints.

    The same Wilson who put up a complete dud of a 2nd half in the playoffs against the niners

    The same Wilson who threw 4 picks in the playoffs against the packers.

    The same Wilson who didn’t complete a pass until 5 minutes left of the second qtr of a sb game against the pats.

    Wilson did enough to lose all those games, if not for his defense bailing him out, he would be looking for a new team next season.

  64. YIKES!!!! How depressing…Gloom and doom.
    I remember when the patriots lost the Superbowl, I was so depressed, but then I saw Tom Brady press conference the next day, and although Brady took responsibility for the loss, he gave it a very positive spin that actually made me feel better as a fan.

    I’m sure Wilson is trying to do the same thing, but he failed miserably. He comes across so depressing.

    For heaven sakes, no one died, the sun still shines and life goes on….deal with it without dragging down all the fans with you.

  65. Fluky plays are a part of football. The Patriots blew a chance at a perfect season in 2007 because of David Tyree’s unbelievable 4th down catch. The Packers threw away the 2014 NFC Championship game and the Seahawks threw away the Super Bowl. At least all of those teams have won Super Bowls. It would be more painful if you never got to see your team win. All the Russell Wilson haters act like his career is now over after three years. He may have made a bad decision, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be a great player. Oh and he does have a Super Bowl ring so its not like he hasn’t won anything.

  66. For a guy everyone is ready to make the next Tom Brady, he sure does seem to come up short in the biggest of games. So he lost the Rose Bowl at WI, rode his defense and the Bronco’s poor play to one SB win and then couldn’t have played worse in this year’s SB. Seems like he may get a little “cough” in the biggest games. Frankly, he was terrible against Green Bay in the NFC championship game until the last few minutes, but to his credit, did make some big throws at the end of that game. I just think everyone is way to quick to jump on this dudes fake persona bandwagon. Let’s see what he does without Lynch and a few others that they won’t be able to pay once they overpay him. JMO

  67. It’s nice of Russell to take responsibility, but the more I think about the play, I assign him hardly any blame. The throw was exactly where it was supposed to be. The read was great. I saw a picture that was snapped right before Wilson threw- it looked wide open. The Butler play would have never happened if Kearse would have run his route inside and deep like he was supposed to, impeding Butler from breaking to the ball. Unfortunately, Kearse was badly jammed by the 6’4″, 220 lb Brandon Browner. That was the flaw in the play call right there, although Kearse should have run the route more to Browner’s inside, so he could either complete his assignment or force Browner into an obvious hold.

    Kearse had a few great catches in the playoffs, but virtually disappeared for large stretches of those games (a problem with most of the undrafted guys Seattle plays at WR). He had a perfect deep pass go through his fingertips that could have put the game away when the Seahawks were already up 10 in the Super Bowl.

    I blame the call, though. Instead of calling a pass into traffic that can get blown up and cause a turnover, why not call a rollout so that Wilson can clearly see if the route has been executed and throw it away if it wasn’t.

  68. “I’m a Pats fan, and I think Wilson is one of the best QBs in the league. His throw was quick and on target, it’s just that Butler made an insane play on the ball, while the Seahawks WR had no idea he was coming and didn’t try to get in front of him. Wilson’s poise in big moments, touch on the ball, and general good luck (let’s be honest, a key feature of any top QB) will keep him at the top of the league for a long time, and god help us all if he gets real WRs”

    appreciate the posts like the above one from a few of the Pats fans. and it does seem like the most negative ones are coming from other places. Of course Wilson hasn’t earned Brady/Manning comparisons, but the dude has 36 regular season wins, 2 SB appearances, and a SB win in his first 3 years. with respect to the only stats that matter, it’s as good a start to a QB career as anyone has had.

    and anyone who watches the team over the course of the year knows that it’s not all about the defense and lynch. Wilson makes plays, esp in the clutch. the DB in super bowl made an amazing play at the most important possible time. so it goes.

  69. All I can think of is if Donovan McNabb had a killer instinct my Eagles may have one tutor for Super Bowl’s before he left Philly.

    Russell Wilson made a mistake. Oh well. At least you got to the Super Bowl two straight years and has one ring. Sounds pretty good to me.

  70. Nothing but Pats fans on every Hawk article I read. Even the main focus of your parade was the Seahawks instead of your own team. I’m glad mother nature has express her opinion of your area and buried your whole classless town.

  71. scmems07 says:
    Feb 20, 2015 12:28 PM

    The same Wilson who put up a complete dud of a 2nd half in the playoffs against the niners
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    Yeah, that “complete dud” of a game where he only threw the decisive TD pass on a perfect strike deep pass to Jermaine Kearse on fourth down and seven. That guy.

    You still mad, bro?

  72. Wilson is just being a leader and putting it on his shoulders.

    that was a quick hit timing play.There was nothing wrong with the throw, it was right where it should have been.

    Two things went wrong:
    1. The Pats were ready for it and executed perfectly on multiple aspects of the play. Browner jammed his guy and prevented the pick play and Butler made and incredible play to get tot the ball
    2. Lockette was weak in his pattern. He let the ball come to his body when his hand needed to be reaching out for the ball. If he does that the ball likely falls incomplete at worst.

    While I don’t agree with Seattle’s OC calling Lockette out on this after the game I do agree with his assessment.

    There were roughly 70 pass plays from the 1 yard line this season and that one was the only one of them was intercepted. It was a high percentage play call with a solid throw from Wilson but a low percentage effort from Lockette.

  73. To lead with that malarkey (“some players think the final play call…emerged from a desire…to make (QB) Wilson and not (RB) Lynch the MVP”) sets the press standard just that much lower.
    Pete Carroll’s a football genius, and we’re just so much commonalty cryin’ in our coffee.

  74. Wow, a lot of hand wringing over one play. He should walk hot coals and repeat his deep thoughts. We and he need to move on…

    Hawks were darn lucky to be there at the one yard line, but that is how they play. They play for the explosive play, for the unexpected, for the championship play. It got them there and it sunk them. A throw was called for on that play. Hawks had three receivers on field. Pats had run defense on field. Like I’ve said in the past, that quick slant is not for him. Not because he can’t throw it, but because he is too short. Sucks, I know, but he had to be far enough back to see and throw over the line, which in this case, had big guys stacked up there. Being farther back takes too long, giving Butler time to undercut it. Ever see Brady do that play? Much quicker…CB has no time to do anything but tackle. Wilson’s strength is long ball, especially out of pocket, where he can see easily. His arm is stronger and more accurate than Brady in that regard. Brady excels at short ball, because he can see over the line. Next year, give Wilson plays that compliment his strengths…while that play was called, it should have never been in hawks playbook.

  75. whitetrash69 says:
    Feb 20, 2015 10:38 AM

    Its luck because every team practices defending rub plays, its not like its some genius coaching strategy, it is fundamental football. Also, its a timing play on the 1yard line, the angles and spacing were limited. So making an INT in that scenario is highly unlikely, throw in the timing aspect of it and that’s why it was lucky. Most if not every elite corner in the NFL doesn’t make that play because of the factors I mentioned in the previous sentence. He made a spectacular play but in the end it was more luck than skill.
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    Maybe you go go back and listen/read what has been put out there about this. They ran that exact play – not generic rub plays and Josh Boyce was beating Butler on it. Browner and Butler recognized it when Seattle lined up for the play. Butler made a perfect break on the ball and Browner prevented Kearse from getting the rub. That is the result of practice and hard work. Exactly the opposite of luck.

  76. cashm says:
    Feb 20, 2015 8:42 AM
    Best draft pick EVER. Dude is SOLID GOLD. I am thankful that my 8 year old boy has Russ to look up to here in Seattle.

    Tom Brady in the sixth round begs to differ

  77. No team within chip shot range of a last-minute game-tying or game-winning field goal would ever even consider throwing the ball. So why would a team well within chip run (so to speak) range of a last-half-minute Super Bowl-winning touchdown, with Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson in the backfield, ever even consider throwing the ball on second or third down? It just does not, will never and should never make sense. It was just the wrong call, plain and simple.

  78. expressionbusiness says:
    Feb 22, 2015 6:23 AM

    No team within chip shot range of a last-minute game-tying or game-winning field goal would ever even consider throwing the ball. So why would a team well within chip run (so to speak) range of a last-half-minute Super Bowl-winning touchdown, with Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson in the backfield, ever even consider throwing the ball on second or third down? It just does not, will never and should never make sense. It was just the wrong call, plain and simple.
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    And this is why you’re not coaching in the NFL. You can’t judge the call solely from the result. The call failed because of an unbelievable break on the ball and a missed rub on the defender along with a If any of those things were slightly different everyone calls Carroll a genius for going pass when the world thought run.

  79. Of course it’s on him. A better pass can’t be intercepted.

    Seattle should have ran because they can’t execute a simple 1 yard TD pass without giving the game away?

    Don’t blame Carrol, call it what it is: Wilson choked. That’s what they call it in the old school.

  80. “And this is why you’re not coaching in the NFL. You can’t judge the call solely from the result.”

    If you can’t learn from and correct your failures, and you are unwilling or unable to handle scrutiny and criticism of your failures, then you definitely can’t and shouldn’t be an NFL coach.

    “If any of those things were slightly different everyone calls Carroll a genius for going pass when the world thought run.”

    If the world thinks you should run, it’s probably a good idea to at least give that a try first before trying to look like a cute, clever genius.

  81. “Seattle should have ran because they can’t execute a simple 1 yard TD pass without giving the game away?”

    Seattle should have ran because they could have ran instead of throwing the ball right down the throat of New England’s defense.

  82. I don’t understand why Wilson gets so much hype. Seattle, thanks to their ability and the aid of “chemistry” field the best defense in the league. Seattle also has the most dominant RB in the game (mainly due to suspensions and injuries to other team’s backs). Those two reasons are why Seattle is dominant; that and being the only team in the league to design a stadium for acoustics better than the Sydney Opera House with the intent to make it appear as if their fans are louder than others. So, take away those advantages and you’ll be left with Troy Smith. You ever notice the great QBs don’t make miraculous plays? That’s because their plays are designed to be executed with intelligence and precision. Wilson is very exciting, that’s not a good thing.

  83. The Seahawks made it to the Super Bowl by the skin of their teeth. I very much doubt the Seahawks will go back next year. So many things had to fall into place for them this past year; Cardinals, Cowboys, Packers, Rams all with injured QBs. Packers with horrific play calling in the NFC Championship game. That’s not happening again next year.

  84. Wilson mentioned god when the Sea Squawks beat the Packers, implying that god liked the Sea Squawks and helped them win. Funny he does not mention god at all when the Sea Squawks lost, because that would mean that god likes the Pats better than the Squawks. Wilson may think that he will be back to the Super Bowl soon, but he does not realize that it took a series of miracles for the Squawks to be in the Super Bowl. The collapse of the Niners, the injury to Arizona’s Stanton and Palmer, and the onside kick recovery are some of the lucky events that allowed them to get back to the Super Bowl. But then their luck finally ran out when he threw the interception. Actually their luck had run out when Jeremy Lane broke his arm and Cliff Avril got a concussion. The Sea Squawk’s luck will continue to run out as they lose Byron Maxwell to free agency or if they have to overspend to re-sign him.

  85. Pete Carroll is the reason they lost the game…he called the play…he left the best back in the league in the backfield after just gaining 9 yards on the first down. Wilson is taking the high road, as he usually does but…Carroll is the one mired by the dumbest play call in super bowl history!

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