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October 10, 2013 at 9:22 PM

What they said: Russell Wilson

Here’s some of what Russell Wilson had to say to the media today, with some video included, as well:

On how the Seahawks’ performance on the road last year compares to this year in terms of bouncing back from games: “Well I think our team is that much more competitive. I believe that we know who our guys are and who our leaders are and what we need to do to be successful. And, that’s through the way that we practice, that’s through our confidence and just in everyday, in terms of our preparation as well. I truly believe that the way prepare separates us and gets us ready for the games. So this game is going to be a huge game for us. Tennessee is a very very good football team. They’ve been playing some great football. When you watch them on film, when you watch their defense on film, they fly around and make a lot of plays. They look spectacular on film. So it’d be a great game.”

On what Russell Wilson has seen in the Titans’ defense in terms of their aggressiveness: “Yeah their defense is very aggressive. They kind of remind us of our defense a little bit just, in terms of how they love to play man, how they love to be in your face and make a lot of plays. So you know there’ll be a lot of one-on-one matchups, a lot of things that we’ll have to make the plays. At the end of the day, in the national football league, it comes down to making those plays and for us, on third downs, that’s our biggest focus this week is being great on third downs. We know we’ve done that before. It’s something that we just have to do right now. When the time calls in the game to be third down, be poised, be collected, and just go about our business and make the play, one play at a time at the end of the day.”

On the origins of Russell Wilson’s composure: “That’s a great question. I think the Lord kind of blessed me with that, first of all. But I truly believe that, you know just through experience. I played professional football and obviously and professional baseball and to have those two big things in my life. And then I think about all of things that I went through with my dad passing away and also trying to graduate early and having all of these things on me all at once, really prepared me for those situations. And at the same time, I’m a self-motivator. I want those moments. When I think about last week, with a minute and 55 seconds, I want the ball. There’s nothing I could ask for more, in that situation. And, you’re going to win some and you’re going to lose some. But at the end of the day, I never shy away from that moment. You know, that’s the thing that I want. So I think the biggest thing for me is just try to be a leader in the huddle, on and off the field. But being a leader in the huddle, help my other ten guys in the huddle play at a higher level and when the game is on the line, be clutch. I think that’s the biggest thing for me is just continue to have that mindset, continue to have that you know, ‘Let me have the ball when the game is on the line’ type mindset.”

On if there were times that Russell Wilson was flustered: “No. I don’t remember the last time I was ever flustered to be honest with you. It’s just… I think the biggest thing for me is just I stay composed. I know that I’m still really young. You know, it’s just one of those things that you know; it’s my second year in the league. I’m just starting. It’s just one of those things that I understand that there’s going to be a process to learn the whole thing. The game is not easy. Playing in the National Football League, everything is not going to be perfect. You have to understand, they got great players too. So we understand that, we understand that playing in the situation, playing in the moment, and being in those situations, you learn from them. You grow for them, whether it’s good or bad. It’s one of things that you use each situation, you try to understand it the best way that you can, and just relax and just trust what you’ve been practicing all week. Trust you visualization, trust your fundamentals. I think that’s the thing that I go to. You know there’s two things that I go to really, in terms of playing the game. I find a spot in the stadium; just to bring me back to zero, just to make me relax or whatever. If I ever feel like I’m doing really well or not doing so well, it’s like, ‘Hey. Just play the game. Even keel.’ And then the other thing I do is just focus on my fundamentals. Focus on the fundamentals of my footwork; focus on the fundamentals of the protections and all that. At the end of the day, that’s what it is because I know that I’ve prepared the right way. So I think that’s what helps me play and I think that that’s what helps me stay relaxed, in those moments.”

On where the spot in the stadium that Russell Wilson looks at is located: “Oh yeah. I can’t tell you where. Don’t ask.”

On if the spot that Russell Wilson looks at changes: “Maybe.”

On the third down issue being a focus this week: “Yeah. There’s a major focus on third downs. I mean, if you think about if we get our third downs going, I mean we have a great chance to being very very explosive. I believe that we are the second most explosive team in the National Football League or something like that. So if we could get our third downs going, which we will, I think that at the end of the day, it comes down to just executing the play. Just finding a way. At all costs, just finding a way to make the first down. So that’s what it comes down to and for us, if we can do that, with our defense,  with our offense being able to move the ball the way we do, we will have a great chance of being very very hard to stop.”

On what the source of the Seahawks’ third down issue is: “You know last week, I think that they just made a couple of good plays right when they needed to. You know, I think they made a couple of good defensive calls on a couple of plays. You know, it’s just one of those things that we could’ve made a throw here and there or could’ve made a catch here and there, whatever it was. I don’t think they did anything to really necessarily stop us. I think that we more so stop ourselves. I think the biggest thing is just try to hang in the pocket as long as I can, continue to do that. And if I have to use my legs, use them too. But, we’ll make those plays, find the guy. There’ll be a lot of one-to-one matchups most likely and we’ll have to find the right guy at the right time.”

On what opponent defenses are doing to prevent Sidney Rice from making plays: “No. Sidney [Rice] is doing a great job. When you think about the Jaguars game, he had two touchdowns. He did an excellent job in that game. And then Houston, we were trying to stop their defensive line from getting to us a little bit there. They had a great defensive line. So just time was the issue in that game. And then pass game; I thought he did a good job. It’s just one of those things where we’ll connect. He’s a great football, he’s done a great job for us, he’s a tremendous leader, you love him to death. So he can make all the plays for us.”

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