Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson met the media after practice today, and one of the first topics was the meeting the team had with Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who met with coaches and players beforehand and then watched practice.
“Just having him here in front of the team, just having him in meetings with us, and having him at practice with us is an unbelievable experience for everybody,” Wilson said of the coach who has led the Heat to the last two NBA titles (. “For him to talk about his basketball team was successful and they went about their business in terms of sacrificing, basically what he said. The whole idea of sacrificing everything, the players Lebron [James] coming to Miami and Dwayne Wade sacrificing all of that. That sacrifice that it takes to be great and to be great so often is kind of what he was talking about for the most part and having that discipline too as well is something that he also talked about. Just working hard, continuing to work hard, continuing to believe in yourselves, and ignoring the noise and that kind of stuff. That’s the main message he gave and it clicked with us.”
That led to Wilson also talking about having met James and Wade at the ESPY Awards earlier this year.
“Yeah I tried to learn as much as I could from LeBron (James), Dwyane Wade, and Ray Allen,” he said. “I just asked them questions about what it’s like to be at the top. I asked them how you continue to stay there, and what they basically said was that it comes down to hard work and discipline, but also the camaraderie that they had was unbelievable. They had at least four or five superstars who were some of the top 15 basketball players in the game. That’s not easy to do, and the leadership and bond that they have is something that we’re trying to continue to do here for the Seattle Seahawks. Spending time with coach Spoelstra and listening to his thoughts about his players was really awesome for us because we can gain that knowledge and use it for the best.”
Wilson also reviewed his play against Green Bay and the two interceptions he threw in the first half.
“One just got tipped, a freak play that’s going to happen every once in a while, and the other one I just probably waited a little too long,” he said. “I thought I played well other than that. Those are the things that I have to eliminate, and just capitalize on those situations when we can, and I’ll definitely be ready for that.”
He also said the interception at the end of the first half was the kind of decision he can’tmake.
“I think that in that situation and it’s before half, then don’t do it,” he said. “If it’s the third quarter then I may have to. Those are the types of things that you have to understand, and so you take notes on it you learn from it and you grow from that.”
As for his assessment of his overall play this preseason, here’s what he said:
“I thought that I’ve done a good job. I’m a lot further along than I was last year. Even though I played a lot more last year I’ve come a lot further. My knowledge of the game and my knowledge of the situations are farther along. The only negative really was the interception and the second interception more than anything. I just held onto the ball too long. But you learn from things like that, and that’s what I’m excited about. I know that I took notes on it, and hopefully I won’t do that again.”
You can see some of Wilson’s session with the media below: