Stephen A. Smith Gives His Two Cents on Russell Wilson and the Seahawks

Published 01/11/2021, 2:37 PM EST
Jan 9, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks to pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the first quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports


Sean McVay’s Los Angeles Rams sealed the first upset of this year’s NFL Playoffs with a 20-30 win over the Russell Wilson-led Seattle Seahawks on Saturday.

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Playing at the CenturyLink Field without first-choice QB Jared Goff, the Rams put on a strong all-round performance to beat their NFC West counterparts.

A strong display from RB Cam Akers and defensive dominance from the likes of Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey meant the Rams confirmed a spot in this year’s Divisional Playoffs. But Russell Wilson and the rest of the Seahawks will feel like they’ve missed an opportunity.

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Dec 27, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Seahawks tight end Jacob Hollister (86) celebrates with quarterback Russell Wilson (3) after catching a touchdown pass against the Los Angeles Rams during the fourth quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The veteran QB was having a fine season up until Saturday, he was in the NFL MVP race behind Aaron Rodgers and Patrick Mahomes. But Wilson put forth a sub-par display against the Rams on the weekend. He went 11 of 27, throwing for 174 yards with two passing TDs against 1 interception.

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The Russell Wilson-led Seattle Seahawks suffered a shock defeat on Saturday

Popular American sports analyst Stephen A. Smith is known for his outspoken rants on social media. The TV personality made an appearance on the latest segment of ESPN’s First Take.

Smith was the latest to comment on Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson and his role in the team’s dynamic moving forward. He said, “In the end when I think about Seattle, the point that I want to get to is that they went to two Super Bowls and won a title.

“Because primarily It was about the Legion of Boom, the Super Bowl that they lost was when they decided to put the ball in the hands of Russell Wilson and throw a pass instead that got intercepted.”

Jan 3, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

“So I look at it from the standpoint that the mystique of the Seattle Seahawks has been lost along the way over the last few years. He (Russell Wilson) is great.

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“Sure, but in the end, it’s about defense. Let the defense lead the way, and since they’ve prioritized Russell Wilson, that hasn’t been the case. We know he’s great. But the team hasn’t been great because of it,” Smith added.

At 32, the veteran shot-caller has shown he still has lots to offer if given the right motivation and support. Coach Carroll is not one to shy away from a challenge, and this is exactly that. We’re keen to see how Russell Wilson and Co. bounce back in 2021.

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