Jan 30, 2014; Jersey City, NJ, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett (72) at a press conference at The Westin in advance of Super Bowl XLVIII. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks Michael Bennett Slights Rams Robert Quinn On The Herd


On Friday, “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” had a full array of guests, including getting Pittsburgh Steeler Ryan Clark’s take on the marijuana “debate” and a number of interviews with the post-Super Bowl winning Seattle Seahawks. One of those was Michael Bennett, their “star defensive end,” who has made headlines over the last couple days due to his pending free agency. With most around the league dissecting his “flip-flopping” rhetoric on re-signing with the team, they failed to latch on to a subtle jab that Michael Bennett appeared to take at Robert Quinn and the rest of the dominating defensive ends in the NFC West.

During the interview, Bennett was asked whether or not he thought Russell Wilson should be considered an “elite quarterback” after winning a Super Bowl in only his second season in the league. While responding, the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent tangentially suggested that all of the players on the Seattle Seahawks should be considered No.1 at their position, then took a shot a Peyton Manning’s 5000+ passing yard season. If that wasn’t enough, he went completely off topic and followed that statement with,

“…why does it matter if you have 20 sacks and you not in the playoffs, all those sacks don’t matter…”

Despite just winning the Super Bowl, Bennett appears to feel a little slighted at the accolades that Robert Quinn received for his performance this past season. To be fair, there were plenty: Pro Bowl, (first ever) Pro Bowl captain, 1st-Team All-Pro, and, to top it all off, being named as the Professional Football Writers of America’s Defensive Player of the Year.

However, Bennett’s rage might be best placed somewhere else, assuming that his ultimate goal is to receive a lucrative, long-term deal. Last year, Bennett made $4.8 million, a deal which he obviously believes was ill-fitting of a player of “his magnitude.” However, a quick look over at Robert Quinn’s bank account would reveal that the inarguable top 4-3 defensive end in the NFL made only $2.5 million last season, and is in-line to make only $3.0 million this year, barring some contract extension.

Regardless of the money situation, it is doubtful that many will buy into Michael Bennett’s line of thinking. His efforts might be better served comparing himself to a player that didn’t just come off of a historically dominant pass rushing season; a player who managed 10.5 more sacks, 26 more quarterback disruptions, 26 more combined tackles, six more forced fumbles, and 20 more defensive stops than Michael Bennett last season.

If you want to hear it for yourself, you can listen to the whole interview on ESPN Audio. Fast forward to the 39:20 mark for the start of his comments.

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  • Bernie Boegner

    Robert Quinn is better than you Michael Bennett. Deal with it!!!

  • upstatenyfan

    All he was saying is that he wouldn’t trade the Superbowl win for personal stats. He never degraded Quinn, the author is an A-hole and is trying to make it out to be something it is not…

    • Nathan Kearns

      …no, no he was not. He specifically referenced that both he (and the rest of his teammates) should be considered the best until another team wins the Super Bowl. Moreover, he was never asked about his own ranking, but choose to cite a specific example about a specific player in a (poor) attempt to make an argument for himself.

      Also, no one used the term “degraded,” which has a significantly more malicious and intentful connotation. I specifically used the term “slight,” which is an insult caused by a failure to show someone proper respect or attention. That is exactly what happened…

      ….thanks for the read, though. Enjoy your crusade of trolling through negative articles about the Seattle Seahawks and attempting to “defend” your players.

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  • Joe Domingo

    Gee, I don’t remember the ’99 Rams being that cocky after winning the SB. 19 sacks does matter because it counts towards his future contract negotiations. This is a business and any wise business person would rather take home a fat multi-million dollar contract than a SB ring. Sounds like Bennett is just jealous Quinn is a better player. Quinn’s 19 sacks and 7 forced fumbles to Bennett’s 8 and 1 says it all.

    • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

      In the end Robert Quinn’s contract will still be much lucrative than Michael Bennett.

  • Monzell Lamar Lewis

    No I wouldn’t say that teams play D different Seattle only rush 4 they rotate linemen and they don’t set up one player to get all the sakes if benett was on that D he may have 25 you must have not seen him play

    • Nathan Kearns

      …interesting! You literally just described exactly how the St. Louis Rams run their defense. In fact, they blitz less frequently and have just as much of a defensive line rotation as the Seattle Seahawks.

      Secondly, how do you “set up one player to get all the sakes [sic]“? Robert Quinn gets double- or triple-teamed on nearly every snap, and still managed to put together the best pass rushing performance in the NFL.

      Someone needs to take of their Seattle goggles and watch the rest of the league play. I would have thought you’d notice Quinn, seeing as how he has never played a game vs. Russell Wilson without registering at least one sack…

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  • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

    Keep telling yourself that Michael Bennett. We all know that Robert Quinn is an All Pro defensive end and a Defensive Player candidate (with some of those came at the expense of your quarterback). Robert Quinn manage to get those sacks behind a subpar secondary. Bennett on the other hand benefited from the presence of the Legion of Boom.