Seattle Seahawks

49ers coach accuses Seahawks’ Russell Wilson of gaining an advantage ... by tossing a foe’s shoe

So Russell Wilson is as treacherous while competing as anyone else?

It’s more than a little off Wilson’s altruistic brand: San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan accusing the Seahawks’ quarterback of not only not helping a foe who lost his shoe between plays — but throwing it further up the field then racing to the line of scrimmage to snap the ball to create an offside penalty on the 49ers.

Shanahan had that odd explanation in a press conference Monday for why he got a 15-yard unsportsmanlike foul in the third quarter of Seattle’s 43-16 victory Sunday at CenturyLink Field. It was for yelling an expletive (or two) into the face of an official on the 49ers’ sideline.

Shanahan said he was yelling at the officials for not allowing San Francisco linebacker Fred Wagner time to retrieve the shoe. He lost that on the previous play, up the field behind where Wilson was about to take the next Seahawks snap.

Why was Wagner’s shoe way up the field behind the line of scrimmage?

“When he went to go pick it up, Russell grabbed it and threw it,” Shanahan told reporters at 49ers headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif.

“And so he (Warner) had to go about 8 more yards to pick it up, and that’s what he was doing when they went hurry-up offense.

“So, we had a guy 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage trying to get his shoe that was thrown out of the way. They were at the line, Fred was going to be offsides because he was picking up his shoe that was thrown.”

When he saw his teammate hobbling up the field for his shoe, 49er Elijah Lee ran off the sideline into the defensive formation, so Warner could scramble off the field wearing only one shoe. Officials saw San Francisco with 12 men on the field, so they flagged Lee for a penalty.

Shanahan wanted to know if officials could or should reset the play clock, to give Warner the time to retrieve his shoe or at least get off the field. They didn’t.

The coach erupted. He could be seen shouting a two-word expletive to the linesman on his sideline.

“That’s what I was trying to figure out. Especially when another guy on the opposing team threw it,” Shanahan said of asking officials for time and clarification.

“I’m not saying that he (Wilson) did that maliciously or anything, who knows? But it was an unusual situation, and it was my tipping point.”

Wilson hasn’t responded to Shanahan’s version of Shoe Toss 2018. As with all NFL teams, the starting quarterback’s public comments are closely controlled. He is scheduled to next speak to the media on Friday.

Just about everything Wilson threw on Sunday against the 49ers worked.

Wilson, who incidentally spoke in his press conference behind shoes (his own he wore in the game for the NFL’s My Cleats My Cause day, to benefit children), passed for three touchdowns on his first six throws. He threw for four TDs in all on just 17 attempts as the Seahawks (7-5) won their third straight game to stay on an inside track back to next month’s playoffs.

The 49ers (2-10) lost a shoe and another game.

These teams play again in two weeks, in Santa Clara. The 49ers may be tying their shoes more tightly.

Especially around the allegedly tricky Wilson.

“Color rush” nuclear green returns

Wear your shades. Or a welder’s mask.

The Seahawks announced Tuesday they will be wearing their “color rush,” nuclear-green uniforms—jerseys and pants—for Monday night’s game against the Vikings.

The team is 2-0 in the (hideous) uniforms. Yet less than fantastic things have happened to Seattle in those two games.

Richard Sherman berated offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and coach Pete Carroll on the sidelines for calling a pass near the goal line the first time the Seahawks wore the nuclear green, Dec. 15, 2016, during a Thursday-night home game against the Rams.

On Nov. 9, 2017, the Seahawks went with The Great Gazoo look again for their primetime game at Arizona. Sherman tore his Achilles tendon and iconic safety Kam Chancellor sustained a career-ending neck injury in that win. Seattle lost two-thirds of its remaining members of the “Legion of Boom” forever that night.

But, hey, whatever sells more jerseys, eh?

Roster move

The NFL’s official transactions for Tuesday showed backup linebacker Emmanuel Ellerbee cleared league waivers today.

Seahawks waived Ellerbee as a prelude to adding linebacker Mychal Kendricks off being suspended to the active roster, so Kendricks can play as he’s eligible to Monday night against Minnesota.

Gregg Bell is the Seahawks and NFL writer for The News Tribune. In January 2019 he was named the Washington state sportswriter of the year by the National Sports Media Association. He started covering the NFL in 2002 as the Oakland Raiders beat writer for The Sacramento Bee. The Ohio native began covering the Seahawks in their first Super Bowl season of 2005. In a prior life he graduated from West Point and served as a tactical intelligence officer in the U.S. Army, so he may ask you to drop and give him 10.
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