Seattle Seahawks DK Metcalf has acknowledged that he has got to do a better job of controlling himself on the field. This past Sunday, Metcalf got ejected from the Green Bay Packers game after he grabbed Henry Black's facemask and shoving cornerback Rasul Douglas.
Metcalf has had issues with outbursts this season and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll once again sat down with Metcalf and this time it appears that Metcalf got the message. "I think I've had an outburst three times this year, so we've talked three times," Metcalf said.
"The conversation has always gotten better. I'm a passionate player. I'm never going to back down from anything. He understands that, but at the same time, I'm starting to become a leader on this team and I've got to grow up and continue to get better.
I know I'm still a work in progress. I don't like to use my age as an excuse, but I sometimes forget that I'm just 23 years old. So continue just to grow each day, and mistakes are going to get fixed."
Metcalf felt he was 'challenged'
"I'm not going to back down from anything," Metcalf said.
"I felt I was being challenged. Growing up is ... realizing that challenge, and making the best decision for the team and not myself. Yes, it was brewing throughout the whole game. Some other factors led into that." Coach Carroll insists Metcalf wants to change and to do a better job of controlling himself.
"The last thing he wants is for this to continue," Carroll said. "He's been really good for five or six weeks now. He's just been playing ball and digging in. He wants to make sure that's what his work stands for, so I'm anxious to see him come back out this week and get going."
Metcalf knows that he is now in the centre of attention and that he has stay calm and collected. "I was doing the same thing last year -- Stephon Gilmore, Jalen Ramsey," Metcalf said, referring to two of the more physical matchups he had in 2020.
"I've been doing it, I'm just under a tighter microscope right now. So everybody is watching me to see what I do and how I react, so taking that into account every time I go into a game or prepare for a week that I'm being looked at. So it's just another challenge that I've got to overcome."