Wilson: My height is not a factor


Wilson: My height is not a factor

FOXBORO -- Whether or not the Patriots are taking Russell Wilson's height into consideration as they prepare for Sunday's game against Seattle, the Seahawks quarterback believes his 5-foot-11 stature is a "non-factor" in his preparation.
"I'm 5-11, but I believe that my height doesn't define my skill set," said Wilson in a conference call on Wednesday. "And I have all the confidence in the world in my ability. I've worked at my craft. I've worked on having a high, quick release and throwing the ball on time, with rhythm, and just delivering an accurate football. And I think that's what it really comes down to."
Wilson said he's looked up to other shorter quarterbacks around the NFL before his rookie season this year. But not just because of their height. He pointed out the 6-foot Drew Brees for his leadership qualities.
"You've got to have great leadership, first of all," said Wilson. "You've got to have great attention to detail. And your competitive nature has to be relentless. And I think that's something that I try to bring to the table every single Sunday."
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is happy with what he sees from Wilson under center in his rookie season, regardless of height.
"There's so much scrutiny on the quarterback, to be a young guy and deal with it, he just doesn't seem like he's a young guy dealing with it," said Carroll. "He's well beyond his years. And for whatever reason, he's just got this great character about him that gives him great resolve. So that adds with a guy that's really quick, that has a great arm, that's really accurate, that has great savvy for the game. So we're watching him grow right before our eyes."

Ravens safety Weddle was interested in joining Patriots before landing in Baltimore

Ravens safety Weddle was interested in joining Patriots before landing in Baltimore

FOXBORO – Back in March, Eric Weddle batted his eyes longingly at the Patriots. The two-time All-Pro safety’s time was done with the Chargers and he wanted to spend his NFL autumn with a team that had a chance to win it all. 

He didn’t land in New England, but he didn’t too badly, winding up with the usually competitive Ravens.  

On a Thursday conference call with New England media, Weddle confirmed that there was mutual interest expressed. 

“Obviously, I was interested,” he acknowledged. “I have nothing but high regard, respect and admiration – and envy, quite honestly – of the success of the New England Patriots over the years. Obviously, battling them in my career, it’s always been a great game. I love the way they play, love the foundation, love everything about it. It was definitely on my radar. There were talks both ways, it just didn’t end up [working out].”

The numbers massed at the position with Patrick Chung, Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon played a role in the two sides not being able to reach accord, according to Weddle. 

“I’m good buddies with Patrick Chung,” he said. “I grew up playing with him and Devin [McCourty] is one of the best to play, so I don’t know if it would have worked out personnel-wise. But obviously, I could have seen myself fitting in there seamlessly.”

Weddle’s New England attraction apparently wasn’t love that bloomed late in his career. Toward the end of his conference call, Weddle said, “I’m still wondering why they just didn’t draft me in ’07; I could have been still playing there now.”

As reporters puzzled for a moment trying to recall the 2007 first-rounder, Weddle chipped in with the answer: “[They took] Brandon Meriweather.”

Raiders' loss to Chiefs puts Patriots in AFC driver's seat

Raiders' loss to Chiefs puts Patriots in AFC driver's seat

FOXBORO - The Patriots got a desired outcome Thursday night when the Chiefs handed the Raiders their third loss of the season. 

The 21-13 loss dropped Oakland and KC into a tie atop the AFC West at 10-3 but the Chiefs, by virtue of beating Oakland twice this season, have the divisional tiebreaker. Oakland went from the top seed in the AFC to the fifth spot.

More importantly around here, the Patriots now are in position to win out and claim the AFC’s No. 1 seed. 

Prior to the Raiders loss, Oakland would have been the top seed if both they and the Patriots won out.  Now, the 10-2 Patriots have a leg up on the rest of the conference. The Raiders’ road stays tough. They are at San Diego and Denver and host the Colts. 

The Chiefs have a more favorable close to the season with home games against Tennessee and Denver before their season finale at San Diego. 

The Patriots’ road over the final four is no picnic though, beginning with the Ravens and at Denver before the last two hosting the Jets and traveling to Miami.