SANTA CLARA — Kyle Shanahan has trouble praising Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. This was apparent during Shanahan’s press conference in the 49ers auditorium Wednesday afternoon.
This Sunday, the 49ers will face Wilson and the Seahawks, who’ve had a rebirth this season. They no longer have the core of their Super Bowl defense, “The Legion of Boom” — Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas.
But the Seahawks’ record is 6-5, they’ve won two games in a row, they’re in second place in the NFC West, they’re competing for a wild-card spot and Wilson is having the best season of his career.
On Wednesday, a reporter asked Shanahan if the Seahawks’ season has surprised him.
“It doesn’t surprise me,” Shanahan said. Then he explained why: “(The Seahawks) have a sound defense, (they) commit to the running game and have a quarterback who makes some plays.”
Not a great quarterback. Not a good quarterback. Maybe not even an authentic quarterback. Just a quarterback who makes some plays, scrambles around and turns the game into backyard football. That’s apparently what Shanahan meant.
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