Josh Wilson defensive player of the week

Published on December 24, 2008 by     Seahawk Fanatic

With the Seattle Seahawks enjoying their 13-3 victory over the New York Jets, cornerback Josh Wilson’s teammates had not seen him since he had the best game of his young career Sunday – two interceptions and a sack of Brett Favre.

So when Wilson arrived in the meeting room Tuesday morning for film study, defensive backs coach Jim Mora and Wilson’s colleagues in the secondary were giving him grief.

“They are just coaching, and they are going to make comments to make sure that I am not getting too much of a big head by any success,” Wilson said. “Use your wildest imagination to figure out what they said.”

And that was before anybody had learned that Wilson will be named the NFL’s defensive player of the week for his exploits against New York.

Just wait until he gets into the office today.

Wilson’s teammates shouldn’t spend too much time getting on his case, though, because at some point they will have to concentrate on the Arizona Cardinals’ wide receivers, Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin, who between them have 180 receptions and 2,339 yards.

To put that in perspective, that is only 242 fewer receiving yards than Seattle’s offense has totaled this season.

“Give them credit, they are good players, you can’t take nothing from them,” safety Deon Grant said.

Fitzgerald leads the NFC in receptions with 91. Boldin is second with 89. Both are going to the Pro Bowl.

The last time the teams met, a 26-20 Cardinals victory on Nov. 16, Fitzgerald and Boldin combined for 23 receptions and 337 yards.

“That was terrible,” Grant said. “Terrible.”

Indeed, Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner, at the time a candidate for the league’s MVP award, was so successful early in the game that coach Ken Whisenhunt called for a pass on 21 of the first 26 plays.

A lot of those throws came against Wilson.

But the Seahawks say it wasn’t all Wilson’s fault. The defensive plan called for a zone, which allowed Arizona’s dynamic duo, as well as third receiver Steve Breaston, to find and exploit holes in the secondary.

Warner started out completing his first seven passes, 15 of his first 16, and 17 of his first 19, with Arizona scoring on its first three possessions to take a 13-0 lead.

“You got to make sure you deliver the punch first and throw them off timing. Kurt is all about timing,” Grant said.

Once the Cardinals took the lead, the Seahawks began playing man-to-man defense and blitzed Warner more often. After his hot start, he was a more pedestrian 15 of 25.

“You see what (the pressure) did to Brett (Favre on Sunday), just getting somebody in his face and not letting him pick us apart,” Grant said. “That is the main thing. If it is a two-man rush, a four-man rush or the blitz package, we have to get somebody in Kurt’s face and not let him get in a rhythm.”

One of the unanswered questions regarding this game is just how seriously the Cardinals will be taking it.

On the one hand, they already have clinched the division, and they certainly don’t want to get anybody injured.

On the other hand, they have lost four of their past five, have dropped their past two by a combined score of 82-21, and they need to get some semblance of continuity back before they head into their first postseason game since 1998, their first home playoff game since 1947.

Regardless, Fitzgerald and Boldin are going to start, which means cornerbacks Kelly Jennings, Marcus Trufant and Wilson will have to be prepared for their size.

Mora said both teams have changed some since their Week 11 encounter, and Jennings and Wilson are playing far better now than they were in that important loss, which essentially cost the Seahawks the division title.

Wilson was not the only player to play well against the Jets. Jennings broke up a deep fourth-quarter, fourth-down pass by Favre that led to Seattle’s game-clinching field goal, which was followed by Wilson’s team-leading fourth interception. Wilson also intercepted Favre in the first half.

“They are looking forward to the challenge, because (Fitzgerald and Boldin) are great players and they took it to us pretty good the first time we played,” Mora said.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Fair Use Notice This website may at times present copyrighted material, the use of which might not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. Such material is made available in an effort to advance understandings of democratic, economic, environmental, human rights, political, scientific, and social justice issues, among others. The author believes that this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the U. S. Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the articles published on this website are distributed without profit for research and informational purposes. In most instances a link is placed to originator of Article and it is never expressly mentioned as written by, we use published by certain entities who write or publish for this said Blog..

Tell Us What's On Your Mind (0)




WP-SpamFree by Pole Position Marketing

REMEMBERING A LEGEND!

LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS

wilson-entourage

Russell Wilson isn’t “Black Enough,” Seahawks Players Allegedly Say

After Percy Harvin was traded to the Jets, the leaks began almost immediately. Harvin physically fought teammates. Harvin ...
hi-res-c36ccb423dec27409ba5c600d9a89b53_crop_exact

Seahawks say they are far from buried

Here’s something to help the morning coffee go down more smoothly: Sure, these aren’t the same Seahawks who blew ...
Oct 19, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) runs the ball for a touchdown during the second half of a football game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome. The Rams won 28-26.  Mandatory Credit: Scott Kane-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson is first player in NFL history to have 300/100 game

Peyton Manning wasn't the only NFL quarterback who made history in Week 7, so did Russell Wilson.In the ...
505963447TW00040_Seattle_Se

Percy Harvin gave Golden Tate black eye before Super Bowl

The Seahawks stunned the NFL world on Friday night by trading Percy Harvin to the Jets, less than ...
o-MARSHAWN-LYNCH-facebook

Darrell Bevell: I must get Marshawn Lynch the ball

Darrell Bevell has heard you, Seattle Seahawks fans. The offensive coordinator heard the rampant consternation and deep-throated queries wondering ...
goywh.AuSt.5

Seahawks trade WR Percy Harvin to Jets for draft choice

Well, that’s the end of that problem of getting Percy Harvin the ball down field more, or too ...
131230bennett6vgdfgdgdfg60

Less dancing, more tackling from Seahawks, please

As the Dallas Cowboys were giving them a beating last Sunday, the Seattle Seahawks defense provided a CenturyLink ...
17YsDE.AuSt.5

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll: “Whenever we’re running the ball, we’re fine”

Marshawn Lynch sprinted down the right sideline untouched, into and out of the end zone. But he wasn’t carrying ...

Shop for 2014 Seahawks Gameday Gear at NFLShop.com

Shop for 2014 Seahawks Gameday Gear at NFLShop.com
 

lat-noise-wre0011368363-20130915

WELCOME TO THE SEAHAWKS 12TH MAN ARMY.

WE TAKE PRIDE IN GIVING SEAHAWKS FANS AROUND THE CLOCK UPDATES,  ALL SEAHAWKS ALL THE TIME. SO IF YOU WANT THE LATEST SEAHAWKS NEWS DELIVERED FOR FREE RIGHT TO YOUR EMAIL BOX ONCE A WEEK, SIGN UP AND ENJOY!

WE HAVE BEEN PROUDLY SERVING DIEHARD SEAHAWKS FANS SINCE 2004.

Enter your Email

Preview | Powered by FeedBlitz