Seahawks linebacker K. J. Wright has respect for his team's final opponent of the regular season, despite what the Arizona Cardinals' head coach might have said ahead of the matchup.
“I saw what their coach [Bruce Arians] said, it's kind of funny, but it's going to be a good game I'm sure,” Wright said during his Wednesday press conference. “They put up a shutout against New York, which is not easy to do in this league, so it's not going to be easy, even though they are out of the playoffs. They still want to come in here and try to get a win, so it's going to be a battle.”
Cardinals coach Bruce Arians had some interesting things to say this week, most importantly in reference to Seattle's CenturyLink Field.
“We've got a big one next week, we know that's our home field,” Arians said Sunday. “We're going up there and kicking their (expletive).”
Wright said the Seahawks players are well aware of Arians' comments but aren't going to let that phase them come Sunday.
“That's very small; it's something that we don't pay much attention to, and like I said, we always focus on ourselves,” Wright continued. “If that's what it takes to get his team fired up, then that's cool, but we know who we are and we know that we have business to take care of.”
Week 17 poses a must-win game for the Seahawks, whose only hope to make the playoffs includes a victory over the Cardinals. Arizona, it seems, is more than happy to play the spoiler.