DK Metcalf: I’m not going to back down from anything

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Seahawks receiver DK Metcalf experienced a garbage-time ejection on Sunday at Green Bay. On Thursday, Metcalf addressed whether he’ll avoid similar outcomes in the future.

Put simply, he may not.

“Me and Pete [Carroll] have talked like three times, I think I have had an outburst three times this year, so we have talked three times and the conversation has always gotten better,” Metcalf told reporters. “I’m a passionate player and I’m never going to back down from anything. He understands that but at the same time, I’m starting to become a leader on this team. I have to grow up and continue to get better. I know that I’m still a work in progress. I don’t like to use my age as an excuse, but sometimes I forget that I’m 23 years old. I have to continue to grow each day and the mistakes are going to get fixed.”

Metcalf said he has talked to linebacker Bobby Wagner, who told Metcalf “you’re not the first person to do this on multiple occasions.” Reiterated Metcalf: “I have to grow up, assume my role as a leader on this team, and look at myself in that aspect.”

On whether the tension was building throughout the game, Metcalf was blunt: “I wouldn’t say building, but I’m not going to back down from anything. I felt I was being challenged and growing up is realizing that challenge and making the best decision for the team, not myself. Yes, it was brewing throughout the game, but some other factors led into that. . . . I’ve been doing it, but I’m just under a tighter microscope right now. Everybody is watching me to see what I do and how I would react. I’m taking that into account every time I’m going into a game or preparing for a week where I’m being looked at. It’s just another challenge that I have to overcome.”

The reality is that, if defenders think there’s a chance they can bait Metcalf into reacting, they’ll keep trying. Quarterback Russell Wilson realizes this.

“I think as he continues to play the game, everybody is going to challenge him because he’s DK, and that’s just how it is,” Wilson told reporters on Thursday. “He’s a star. I think that as you go throughout every day, every week, knowing that’s going to be team’s approaches. We have great confidence in who he is, the person that he is. There’s nobody better than DK in terms of his work ethic. There’s nobody better in terms of a great teammate. He’s so focused on others, and he works his butt off in the weight room, he works his butt off in the film room. He’s there early, he leaves late. I have no doubt about DK Metcalf. I have all the belief in the world of who he is and where he’s going to go throughout his career.”

Wilson’s right in his assessment of Metcalf, but the next challenge clearly becomes to mature to the point where the little things that defensive backs will say and do to get under his skin simply won’t register.

18 responses to “DK Metcalf: I’m not going to back down from anything

  1. He sounds like another OBJ in the making. A receiver who gets rattled by trash talk too easy.

  2. Earlier in the game, Carlos Dunlap threw one of the Packers’ linemen shoes about 20 yards downfield.
    That had to be one of the easiest ways to pick up 15 yards for an offense.
    I sense an overall discipline problem on that team.
    And it starts with coaching.

  3. Tick tok….. tick tok
    Only a matter of time till the counter runs out and DK goes boom. Again.

  4. Top defensive backs who love to trash talk are gonna love this. Sounds like it’s not too difficult to get under the skin of Metcalf, make him lose his cool, and be undisciplined and get penalized or ejected.. again.

  5. I’m all for the tough guy routine but what he can’t do is hurt his team on the field. Jaw jacking is one thing, grabbing facemasks and getting tossed from a game is another. Trust me this doesn’t make you look like a man. He looked like a fool out there. I’d say he’s about a year away from going full blown diva unless he matures a bit.

  6. Meh. There’s 31 other teams that would fall all over themselves to have DK Metcalf on their team. .

    Keep ballin’, DK.

  7. I mean yeah if the NFL wasnt overtly against the saints he may have been tossed

  8. Great talent will end up going to waste. Dude is gonna run his mouth right out of the league. Oh well.

  9. You can be a very tough receiver and gain respect from other players without throwing punches, he’s just using this as an excuse to do it again

  10. Metcalf would demolish these guys off the field, which is why they instigate him on the field. It’s on him for taking the bait.

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