Good morning 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Thursday, October 1 — about your Seattle Seahawks.
Ben Burr-Kirven Joins 710 ESPN Seattle's "Bob, Dave & Moore" Show
Seahawks second-year linebacker and special teams gunner Ben Burr-Kirven joined 710 ESPN Seattle's Bob, Dave & Moore show on Wednesday. Burr-Kirven reflected on his rookie season in the interview, as well as the current state of the Seahawks defense and how they're preparing for this Sunday's matchup with the Miami Dolphins.
You can listen to the full interview here — some highlights are below.
On what it's like being on the punt coverage team for a punter like Michael Dickson:
"With Mike, we know that almost anywhere we are on the field I kind of expect the ball to end up inside the 20 at the end of the play. He's amazing at what he does — last week I think he had three inside the 20 and then we had two that were almost on the one-yard line that just got a little bit of a bad roll. But it seems like everytime he hits the ball it goes where he wants it to go and where it's supposed to go, and it makes it a whole lot easier for us to cover kicks when we have a guy like that kicking the ball."
On the defense's performance through the first three games of the season:
"I think we're stopping the run at a really, really high level which is making these games turn into shootouts, especially with the way Russ and the offense have been scoring. So I think that inflates the stats some. Obviously when you see all of a sudden quarterbacks throwing the ball, you know, 55 times a game instead of 30. But there's definitely just details here and there that we need to clean up and we've got to understand that this is the way that games are going to go with the way our offense is playing right now. Teams are going to have to throw the ball and we have to be able to react and stop that."
On the idea of "trap games" and whether the upcoming Dolphins matchup could count as one:
"I think they only exist if you let them exist, and I think it kind of comes down to the philosophy and the culture of the team. The way we look at things here and the way that we approach each game makes it hard for a trap game to be a thing because each game we look at as its own thing, there's no overarching, 'Well, we've got to look down the road to bigger games' or anything like that. Every single game is a championship week for us. So the preparation is no different playing them as it would be any other team."
"Good Morning Football" Crew Names Russell Wilson's Performance Versus Cowboys 'Defining Image' Of Week Three
"It's not a matter of opinion — no quarterback has ever been more explosive, more productive, he's doing it to America's Team, he could do it to Team USA if they put together an Olympic team of football players."
That's what Good Morning Football co-host Kyle Brandt had to say about Wilson in naming him a "Hall of Framer" in the show's Defining Image segment.
As you've certainly heard by now, Wilson is off to an absurd start to the season and is firmly in the MVP race, pacing the league with 14 touchdown passes through just three games. He was key in the comeback win against Dallas on Sunday, throwing five touchdowns for the second straight week and leading a clutch drive for a game-winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
Wilson's performance was enough to earn him the Defining Image of the Week from the Good Morning Football crew over the likes of Packers QB Aaron Rodgers and Titans RB Derrick Henry.
Social Post Of The Day
The NBA Finals got started on Wednesday night with the Los Angeles Lakers taking game one against the Miami Heat. In honor of the occasion, Russell Wilson gives his Seahawks starting five, and it sounds like it would be a pretty formidable lineup:
More From Around The Web
Seahawks.com reporter John Boyle on Russell Wilson being named NFC Offensive Player of the Month for September.
Also at Seahawks.com, Boyle reports on LB Shaquem Griffin making the most of his promotion to the active roster.
710 ESPN Seattle's Brent Stecker on the role the offensive line has played in Russell Wilson’s hot start to the season.
Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times writes about how injuries have played a part in the Hawks’ lackluster pass defense this season.
NBC Sports' Joe Fann gives his MVP watchlist, led by — you guessed it — Russell Wilson.