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Tom Talks


Russell Wilson, point guard quarterback

Russell Wilson plays quarterback as if he’s a point guard. All afternoon he worked under a heavy rush and was sacked only twice. He moves as if he leads a fast break, looking for open teammates. Some of the completions were near miraculous. Wilson, the former Wisconsin and N.C. State quarterback, completed 25 of 33 passes for 320 yards and a touchdown. He reminds me of Chris Paul in that, when Seattle has the ball, he controls the pace.

•  Several Seattle players sought Carolina receiver Steve Smith after the game. Cornerback Richard Sherman, the talker and big hitter, did. Receiver Golden Tate, Jimmy Clausen’s former running mate at Notre Dame, swung by. So did free safety Earl Thomas and linebacker Bobby Wagner out of Utah State.

During the game, Smith huddled with his teammates. When Armond Smith was twice penalized for running out of bounds on punt coverage, Steve Smith addressed him as if Armond was the trouble-making student and Steve was the stern but fair assistant principal. The Panthers needed to get Armond off the field. But that was the problem. He was off the field when the rules said he had to be on it.

Smith also talked to defensive end Frank Alexander after, right in front of an official. Alexander reacted to a couple late pushes by throwing a quick slap. Seattle’s drive was sustained and Alexander was booted.

•  I’m trying to remember the last time Carolina’s front seven was so sound, so smart and so good. Rookie Star Lotulelei played a strong game and Thomas Davis made two impressive open-field tackles, including one that stopped Wilson from scrambling for a first down.

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