Jimmy Graham says he’s not frustrated

Getty Images

Is Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham frustrated?

“I’ve been reading the same thing,” Graham told reporters on Friday. “It’s a surprise to me. I’m not really sure where that came from.”

We know where it came from. Earlier this week, a reporter asked coach Pete Carroll whether Graham is frustrated.

I think he is,” Carroll said. “I think he’s a competitor. He wants the ball. He wants to help us win, I don’t think there’s any question about that.”

It also came from Graham’s refusal to answer questions after Sunday night’s loss to the Packers.

For now, Graham sounds as if he’s trying to be patient.

“I’m doing what’s asked of me,” Graham said. “I know my opportunities are going to come. I know my moments are going to come. I know I’ll be ready when they do come my way. . . .  This team runs the ball, simple as that. We’re not slinging the ball 60 times a game. If we are, it means that we’re in trouble. I’m just going to keep doing what’s asked of me.”

Part of the problem is the adjustment to a new quarterback.

“[O]bviously Drew [Brees] wasn’t running the read options,” Graham said. “If he’s in trouble, he was going to read me, and I was the option.”

Graham seems to hope Wilson eventually views his tight end as an option, even if it appears Graham is covered.

“I tell Russ every day, it don’t matter and sometimes just throw it because sometimes it just doesn’t matter,” Graham said. “That’s just chemistry and something that we’ve got to get comfortable with. Sometimes a guy, maybe some guys, are there and sometimes I’m going to make it happen.”

It’s clear that it’s not happening the way anyone envisioned, at least not yet. In time, it could. Or maybe it simply won’t happen because maybe Graham was never going to be a fit with what the Seahawks do.

47 responses to “Jimmy Graham says he’s not frustrated

  1. It’s been 2 games calm down lol. With his talent he doesn’t need an elite arm throwing his way. Having said that Russell Wilson is not the caliber Brees is (or was over the years) and not even close. He can’t expect same results with Wilson

  2. Warren Moon talked about it today and he said that for 3 seasons Russell Wilson has been taught to focus on ball security by taking care of the football and only taking what’s given to him. Now with Jimmy Graham he has to learn how to throw to Jimmy Graham and it’s a completely different game. He will have to force it sometimes learn to throw Graham open. Warren said he went through the same thing when he went to Minnesota and had to learn to throw to Chris Carter. He said it took several games and a lot of communication and practice to start to get it figured out. He says it will be the same for Wilson and Graham. It might take a while but they will get it figured out and they will both be better for it.

  3. Once Lockett and Kearse develop as true receiving options, graham should have an easier time finding space.. Teams stop the run and watch Jimmy. Single coverage on the receivers and they’re fine. Jimmy was never fit for the Hawks offensive scheme.

  4. I love JG and he don’t even play for the Saints anymore he is a fierce competitor and he is the kind of person where you know he cares.

    That said the avoiding the media thing when things don’t go his way is a major flaw. Last season he lost the Saints a game vs. the Falcons he had a couple of key drops and got the ball ripped from him at the goal line which led to a challenge and a key call that went against the Saints.

    JG had a major impact on the game reporters wanted to talk to him obviously because he was a major factor in the results. He did the same thing he stormed out and never talked. Drew Brees and other teammates had to face the music for plays he failed to make.

    I am sure he left because he was angry with himself and was annoyed at loosing, but part of being a pro is facing the music when things don’t go your way.

    I miss JG and will always pull for him but he needs to be a better pro if not for himself for the guys he plays with.

  5. Pretty sure most of us saw this coming. Either use him or trade him, he’s too dang good to waste away in Seattle.

    Speaking of Seattle, it’s only a matter of time before they go back to what they’ve always been – doormats with 5 fans and ugly jerseys. “The 12s” won’t even be a group of 12.

  6. yeah… don’t bank on DangRuss to find you in a pinch… he’d rather let himself look good running for a first or let god make him throw an interception or 4. Enjoy blocking for Marshawn, Jimmy.

  7. The seahawks decide to trade for the second best Tight End and then don’t have a plan in their offense of how to use him? They need to trade him to a team that knows how to use his talents.

  8. His new team is 0 and 2.

    They want him to block and he apparently doesn’t.

    He thrives on catches and they are not throwing it his way very often.

    Of course he isn’t frustrated, everything is beautiful…things couldn’t be going better…

  9. When Wilson runs out of reads, he runs. Usually that means if you are not running the 1st or 2nd route in the play, you won’t see the ball much. The trade was a head scratcher.

  10. Bottom line is this! A supreme talent like graham should post Gronk-like #’s….. If Graham doesn’t have 1OO yards and a score weekly, it is a failure! That is solely on Russel Wilson. I have been a Russel fan since Wisconsin, but it is becoming obvious, as the Running Game becomes less potent(in Seattle this season) Wilson is looking more pedestrian. It goes to show , there is Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Bree’s, Manning 13′ and everyone else, I would argue Rivers, Big Ben as elite then fringe QB’s that are Elite @ times Luck, Matty Ice, Romo, flacco, Manning Jr. & the future stars Teddy B. Carr, Bortles….. Maybe, in all this new talent , we could be blessed with another Stud like the above mentioned ….

  11. Majority of Seahawk fans are frustrated with Darrell Bevell’s play calling and have been his whole time in Seattle. He had two targets all game and his play designs are predictable.

    Against a inferior opponent, the team will put up points and Bevell is back off the hot seat. Against a top tier defense – you will see multiple 3 and outs and rely on Russell Wilson improving and Beast Mode breaking tackles and the defense to get a few turnovers to get victory.

    I believe his bad calls have finally got press since the Super Bowl and the start of this year and hopefully Pete Carroll has addressed this with the team and the OC makes adjustments. The team has legit pass catching talent at WR/TE spot if you don’t believe just look at what happened with Golden Tate. Go Hawks

  12. The Seahawks have cynical fans. They loved Darrell Bevell when they were going to the playoffs with him.

    Simple thing here, Bevell is running the same offense, but now the quarterback has gone loopy, the running back is getting old and has attitude, the offensive line sucks after trading away their best player, and the defense is in disarray with all the Ego’s that need to be fed 5X a day. Can anyone name their WR’s?

    Jimmy Graham is a product of a precise route and timing offense. He had a quarterback that could hit him in stride and was a perfect fit and thrived in that scheme.

    The only time Wilson throws the ball is when he is on a mad scramble trying to find a lane that a 5’10” quarterback can see through.

    They are asking him to be a blocker, which he is not. He does not do well if the route is not timed and precise.

    And why do all Seattle fans keep saying “Go Hawks”? Are they embarrassed that they are really the “Seahawks”?

  13. The Jimmy Graham is frustrated came from a reporter talking about his body language after the loss in. Jimmy Graham in his press conference says he is frustrated due to the fact the team is 0-2.

    But I guess you would have to watch the video to know that is exactly what he said because it is not posted here.

  14. “- thebirdofprey2 says:
    Sep 26, 2015 8:40 AM

    Majority of Seahawk fans are frustrated with Darrell Bevell’s play calling and have been his whole time in Seattle. He had two targets all game and his play designs are predictable.

    Against a inferior opponent, the team will put up points and Bevell is back off the hot seat. Against a top tier defense – you will see multiple 3 and outs and rely on Russell Wilson improving and Beast Mode breaking tackles and the defense to get a few turnovers to get victory.

    I believe his bad calls have finally got press since the Super Bowl and the start of this year and hopefully Pete Carroll has addressed this with the team and the OC makes adjustments. The team has legit pass catching talent at WR/TE spot if you don’t believe just look at what happened with Golden Tate. Go Hawks. -”
    ________________________

    As a Vikings Fan, You just hit the nail PERFECTLY here with Bevell. We watched this happen when he was our OC for a while when Brad Childress brought him in after coaching him in college in AZ. He is constantly in SafeMode always just playing not to lose (lol, if that makes sense).

    He’s a good Quarterbacks Coach. But as an OC you’ll beat the teams you’re SUPPOSED to beat but any of the teams you NEED to beat will have his # and game plan figured out by the end of the first drive. I mean even the players on the Offenses he’s coordinating look bored!

  15. Why are you other fans so worried about the Hawks?

    Seems like the way we’ve dominated the NFL since Russ arrived, you’d be happy we’re 0-2.

    But then again, you’re afraid aren’t you? And for good reason.

    Hawks lost to the Rams in St Louis and went to the SB. This year lost in OT despite three new, and young, offensive linemen, still trying to mesh JG, three new DBs in the nickel and no Bam Bam.

    At the vaunted Packers led in the fourth quarter despite the same.

    Now Bam Bam’s back and everyone’s gaining experience.

    Our upside is much greater than any of the contenders due to so many new parts.

    Yes you should be afraid.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!