Seahawks fans have been touting the supposed moral superiority of their quarterback for a long time.
Man, the nerve of that guy. What kind of quarterback doesn’t eat his vegetables? And look at Kyle Williams, with his hat turned backwards. A thug if one ever existed. Russell Wilson rarely wears hats, but when he does the brim is straight ahead and curved nicely. THE WAY GOD INTENDED.
It’s also interesting how Wilson’s wearing that hat next to some blond white girl … which in this “side-by-side comparison” is set right next to a photo of Kaepernick with someone who is neither blond, white nor a girl. Not sure what point the creator of this graphic was trying to make …
This is clearly not a scientific comparison, nor is it relevant on the field. But now the media is getting into the act. CSN Bay Area* ran their own side-by-side comparison, this time of Wilson’s and Kaepernick’s answers to the same three questions. If we’re counting words, Wilson’s responses won in a landslide: 328-33.
*CSNBA has a policy not to link to anything outside their own site in their news stories, so from now on we’ll be doing the same. No hard feelings!
I really hope this isn’t going to become a twice-yearly thing, this talky/no-talky comparison between Wilson and Kaepernick. It has already grown tiresome, and both quarterbacks’ careers are just getting started.
It’s not that Kaepernick is getting unfairly criticized for how he deals with the media during the midweek pressers (which he does in the 49ers’ locker room, never in front of the same player’s locker). His answers rarely go beyond one sentence, he looks about as happy as a kid in detention, and sometimes he goes out of his way to give responses that provide nothing in the way of useful or even honest information (the hangnail comments, for instance).
“I signed a contract to play football,” Kaepernick said today. “The media is an obligation that I have to do.”
Despite getting a little redundant there at the end, there’s nothing wrong with what Kaepernick said. The quote doesn’t read all that nicely, but at least he’s being honest. He genuinely doesn’t like having a bunch of people crowd around and ask him questions about his job.
That wouldn’t be as much of a concern during SEAHAWKS WEEK if the other guy wasn’t so gosh-darned pleasant, or playing a hell of a lot better than Kaepernick this year.
After last season, the “if you could start your team with one of the two” question was a tough one to answer, and one would’ve been hard-pressed to find a fan on either side who’d take the opposing team’s quarterback. This year, Wilson has stepped ahead of Kaepernick in every statistical category. He has won more games, including an annihilation of Kaepernick’s 49ers back in September. Seattle has the best record in the NFL, while San Francisco is fighting for the last NFC’s final playoff spot.
If things were switched around, and Kaepernick was clearly having the superior season, his press conference demeanor would be talked about what — 20% as much?
If Wilson throws three picks and the Seahawks bow out in the divisional round of the playoffs, there will probably be questions that follow about whether he’s too nice, or even fake. Maybe he’s too worried about being liked to truly be great!
Sounds stupid, right?
Because Kaepernick faced the same kind of questions about his commitment after an offseason where he wore sunglasses to the ESPY’s, the wrong team’s hat in a photo, and nothing at all in a magazine spread.
Wilson’s going to get the benefit of the doubt more often than Kaepernick, because he makes the job of being a reporter far easier. The only thing easy about dealing with Kaepernick is transcribing his interviews, because they’re so short. Mining quotes afterward is next to impossible.
But how much these guys talk is a complete non-story, unless we’re trying to predict who’ll land the cushier analyst gig after they retire. Wilson talks a lot, and Kaepernick doesn’t say much. That’s not going to change, because Kaepernick is headstrong and resolute in his refusal to give the press anything … a lot like his head coach. The only thing that matters for both quarterbacks is how they fare against each other on the field, not in the locker room or on conference calls.