Last night, Jason Cole of Bleacher Report wrote an article claiming that there is growing resentment in the Seahawks locker room towards Franchise quarterback Russell Wilson. While I do not doubt Cole, this is also a non-issue for the Seahawks and its fans.
Let’s begin by being honest: we all knew a lot of the Seahawks don’t like Russell Wilson. The writing has been on the wall for any fan who cared enough to see it. But what happens to the team from here?
It is not hard to fathom why Wilson would be viewed as unpopular in a work environment. Consider your own office. Nobody likes the guy who is closer to his managers than his fellow co-workers. You know the type. The one who gets there first and is the last to leave? The one who gets more chances than most after they screw up?
This perfectly describes Russell Wilson. Adding to all of that, he is the highest paid employee in the building. Starting to see where the resentment comes from? Let’s not forget that the locker room is full of alpha-male types like Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin, and Kam Chancellor. But Russell is automatically the “Chief” and the rest are the “Indians”.
The simple truth is this: NFL teams do not need to like their leaders. They simply need to respect them. Wilson is not the first QB to have trouble relating to his teammates. Even the all time greats struggle. Peyton Manning was widely disliked by teammates in Indianapolis and Denver (click here to read more).
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While I am not in the locker room, we can reasonably assume that most of this feeling comes from the defense. After all, it was the defense who won Seattle its first Super Bowl (according to the national media) and Wilson was along for the ride. Now, the defense is an afterthought to most. Such is the way of the NFL.
Wilson has more than earned the “elite” title many have bestowed upon him. Even his teammates who harbor some resentment know the team cannot win without him. The NFL is a complex game with a very simple requirement: have a QB or wallow in mediocrity.
The Seattle Seahawks have their QB. They have a great defense, and should have an improved run game. The rest is just window dressing. A way for reporters to fill column inches. But do not blame the messengers for delivering the obvious. In today’s 24-hour news cycle, the demands for content are higher than ever.
So instead of getting upset over the report or the players just remember: No NFL locker room has 53 guys who all get along. Welcome to the NFL. It is a game of chaos and massive personalities clashing together. Do not fear it. Instead, embrace it, and be happy. After all, you have something that 25 other cities want. You have Russell Wilson.