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November 14, 2013 at 4:56 PM

What they said: Russell Wilson (with video)

Here’s some of what Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson had to say today when he met the media, along with some video:

On if getting the win against the Vikings before the bye week will be gratifying: “Well you know I think our focus has to be playing a great football game this week. Minnesota Vikings, their record doesn’t show it, but their defense is tremendous. They do a lot of different things on the defensive side of the ball; they got all of the good players on that side of the ball. So we’re really going to have to play our best game. They played us really tough last year. It’s a new year obviously, like I always say, but that 1 and 0 mentality is huge for us and championship teams, they bring it every single week and so we need to make sure that we do that. Obviously going into the bye week would be huge for us; to get another win. That would make us 10 and 1 I believe. So that would be awesome for us but at the same time, we’ve got to make sure that we’re preparing the right way, like we do every single, and then hopefully get to relax during the bye week and kind of recover and then come back strong.”

On if how the Seahawks got the win against the Falcons boosted his confidence for the rest of the season:“Well I think that the past few weeks, especially offensively when I speak of the offense, I think we’ve done a really good job with stepping it up on third downs, we’ve done a great job in the red zone for the most part, and that’s how you got to play great offensive football and I think that we’re elevating our game. Obviously going back to Atlanta after the disappointment we had the year before and to win in that fashion was pretty exciting for our football team. It’s a new week; it’s a time to restart. I think the thing that we’re doing really well, every single week, is hitting the restart button. So we’re able to do that and then it kind of prepares our mind that, ‘Hey. This is the only game that matters.’ So I think for us this week, it’s the same attitude. We’re coming back home, playing in CenturyLink again. We love to do that, we get an extra fire from doing that just because we’re playing in front of our amazing fans and when we do go on the road, we have that poise, we have that composure, and plus we have our fans that have been traveling too. So that always helps.”

On the running game creating opportunities for the passing game: “Well the thing that we want to do first is always run the football. I think that with our offensive line and what they’re capable of doing and how athletic they are, we want to be able to run the football and be tough-nosed and just let Marshawn Lynch do his thing. He’s incredible man. He catches the ball extremely well, he runs the ball extremely well obviously, he’s so physical, he gets those extra yards like you can’t even imagine. And so that’s the best thing that we have in terms of being able to make some big plays just out of our running game and if we can make explosive running plays out of our running game and then also make explosive plays out of our passing game, it’s tough to beat us if we’re good on third down and good in the red zone.”

On the key to the success of the passing game: “I think our protection has just been a lot of better. You know just in the past several weeks, we got to remember, we had three of our starting offensive linemen out against Houston, one of the best defensive lines there is in the National Football League and then we played the Indianapolis Colts. So it’s one of those things that those guys are learning. We had Michael Bowie in there, a rookie who steps up and does a great job and has done a great job ever since. You have Lem [Lemuel Jean-Pierre] stepping in at center for Max Unger and then you got Paul McQuistan moving in at left tackle, which he did a really good job there too as well. So for us, I think the biggest thing is can we stay protected? Can we get the ball off in time and quick enough and then make the plays down field? And guys are making plays and that’s what it comes down to in the National Football League. There’s going to be guys covered every time. There’s no true wide open guy usually. So what we want to do is be explosive, make the easy play, but also make the clutch plays at the same time.”

On improvements to the offensive lines’ pass protection being the reason why there has been an improvement on third down conversions: “Yeah I think that’s why the third downs have been better. We’ve had a little bit more time, we’ve just gelled a little bit more with guys stepping in, which is crucial for our football team and the thing that I believed I said last week… But if I didn’t, the best thing about all this, you never want to have injuries, but the best part about it is we’ve had guys step in. Three guys stepped in and played crucial roes for us and you think about the center position, you got to make a lot of calls and communicate with me a lot. Lem [Lemuel Jean-Pierre] did a great of that. The right tackle has got to block a lot of defensive ends who have speed and the left tackle as well and so for down the road, when we’re playing hopefully in the playoffs or hopefully in a big game,  game 15, game 16, we have those guys that are able to step in and it’s no pressure. They’re very poised, they understand situations extremely well and so I think that’s going to play a huge benefit for us down the road.”

On the last touchdown against the Falcons when 10 out of the 11 plays were running plays: “Well you know I think the thing for us is we want to be able to run the football. We have one of the best, if not the best running back in the National Football League, in terms of Marshawn Lynch and we want to hand the ball off to him. That’s why we call him Beast Mode for a reason. He’s just a guy that can get first downs, he can get the tough yards, can make people miss, makes the right cuts, makes the right decision. It all starts with the offensive line. It all starts with the offensive line in terms of them fitting up on their blocks and moving their feet and keep their hands inside and open up gaps for Marshawn [Lynch] and he’s a great decision maker. And then you think about Robert Turbin, a guy who can step in. He’s a starting-type running back. He’s got all of the ability in the world, catches the ball extremely well, does a great job in protection as well and just runs the ball very, very tough and when he sees the hole, he hits it. So you have two running backs that are very, very special and then you got Christine Michael too who’s young, but he got in there at the end of the game too.”

On the offensive line loving to hit people: “Yeah I mean the offensive line loves hitting people and that’s our objective; is to be the hardest hitting team in the National Football League, offensively, defensively, and special teams-wise and we want to be physical. We want to be smart too at the same time. Making sure that we’re making the right decision and playing to the whistle, but not playing after the whistle and I think that’s one thing that we’ve been doing a good job of. Just over the past year-year and a half, we’ve really learned how to make the smart decision I believe and its helped our football team stay on schedule, keep our tempo up, and make the plays that we need to because when we hit that explosive play, we don’t want to bring it back. We want to keep moving forward and keep having those big drives and those big touchdowns.”

On how he feels about the balance between the run game and the passing game: “I love having the balance that we have. You know I’ll do whatever it takes win though. If its throwing it i60 times or throwing it 10 times, at the end of the day, I want to facilitate the ball to the right guy at the right time, get our offense in the right position whether if it’s a run check, whether it’s a pass check, a protection check, I want to make sure that we’re in the right situation at the right time and my goal is to win the game. Like I always say and I mean it, ‘Our goal is to go 1 and 0’ and at the end of the day, that’s all that matters.”

On taking time off during the bye week: “Will I take time off in the bye week? I was thinking about that today. Probably a little bit of time but not too much. I’ll probably take the first few days off just to relax and let my body recover because we’ll have a five game stretch of regular season games and then hopefully playoffs. But you know my mind, it kind of never relaxes. That’s one of the things that I’m always in to it, I’m always trying to study as much as I can and get prepared for the next opportunity.”

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