Here’s some of what Seattle QB Russell Wilson had to say to the media following the win tonight over the Saints:
On the win: To come out on Monday Night, against a great football team, the New Orleans Saints have a great defense. They have an unbelievable offense, and for us to come out in that fashion and win that game the way we did was pretty awesome. The fact that we were clicking on all cylinders, offensively, defensively, special teams. Our crowd was unbelievable tonight, they broke the world record again. The energy in the stadium, you can literally feel the ground shaking. It makes a huge difference. The way we prepared this week, I texted Coach Carroll yesterday and I said the way we practiced this week was the best week we’ve ever had. That preparation was big. I really think it showed up tonight.
On making big plays against Cover Zero: We wanted to be great against the blitz. We knew that their defensive coordinator is a great defensive coordinator. We knew that they were going to bring some pressure. We like the sense of pressure, because there is a lot of green grass behind it, so if we can capitalize on those plays; Doug Baldwin came down with a huge catch; I’m not sure what the gain was, probably 50 or 60 yards, but that was a great play by him. Jermaine Kearse catching the football. Doug Baldwin catching the touchdown pass in the back corner of the end zone. We had so many great plays tonight. The offensive line is truly doing a great job of protecting me right now. To have all of those guys back; to have Russell Okung back, our Pro Bowl left tackle; to have Max Unger back, or Pro Bowl center; to have Breno back too, to protect my right side, is a huge difference maker for us.
On the long pass to Zach Miller: It was Third and One I believe, Third and Two. We had a nice little motion going on, and I was able to look at Marshawn in the flat, and Zach Miller did a great job of breaking off his route and running to the corner. He made a great catch and took it all the way down to like the 5 yard line. His ability to be elusive. Zach’s a true playmaker for us, he’s so consistent, he has great knowledge of the game, he really understands what he’s trying to do. We need those plays from him.
On whether he taught him the spin move: I didn’t get to see the spin move. I heard it was pretty good.
On thinking about home field advantage throughout the playoffs: We’re just thinking about going 1 and 0. We know we have a tough challenge in front of us this week. To be able to clinch a playoff spot that’s good for us, but that’s not our ultimate goal. Our ultimate goal that we’re trying to focus on; to get there, you have to go 1 and 0 every week. That’s our plan, that’s our mindset. That’s why we’ve done a great job so far this year, and we want to continue that. We’re playing a great 49ers team that have an unbelievable defense, Colin Kaepernick is a great football player, so we know it’s going to be a tough environment, so we’re going to have to bring our A game.
On whether he was looking to run early on: I’m never really looking to run. It’s one of those things that naturally happens, I guess. I go through my progressions, I trust my reads, I trust my instincts, and just try to play. We made some big plays in the scramble game. We made some on-time throws, guys made some big time catches. The factor of me being able to run the football is a good thing for us. It makes it tough on their defense, and we were able to keep the chains moving that way.
On the game has perhaps slowed down for him after nearly 2 years in the NFL: That’s the biggest thing that I’ve tried to focus on. How can I slow down the game, and how can I make sure that I’m prepared in the best way possible. I think about my first year, coming in to my second year and I was able to learn how to study and what to look at and what to prepare for, all the situations, third down situations, third and 3 to 6, third and 7 to 10, 11+ whatever. To go into the red zone situations, understand my footwork and the timing of everything that I do, there’s a purpose to my training. I think that also there’s a purpose to my film study. I believe that’s really prepared me, and I’ve taken a huge leadership role in that fashion. That’s what I believe I need to do. The guys just respond; it’s not all me. It’s my offensive coordinator, Coach Bevell does a tremendous job of preparing us, getting us ready, making it tough on the defense. I’m seeing things with my quarterback coach, Coach Carl Smith; he really gets me prepared, he keeps me relaxed. I’m the type that is really tense, really focused all week, making sure I’m looking at everything. Come gameday, there’s no better day, so I trust my preparation, I trust my instincts, I trust what I do. The game has slowed down a lot, and there’s still a lot more learning to do; I’m on that constant quest for knowledge. I want to be the best one day, but to get there is a long ways to go. I have a long ways to go. It’s a journey, and I respect the process of learning. I respect the process of the game of football.
On the touchdown to Coleman: We didn’t work on that tipped pass during the week. Derrick Coleman made a great catch in there to stay in bounds, the footwork. When you think about Derrick Coleman, he’s a guy that’s a hybrid guy for us. He plays fullback, he plays running back, he does a great job on special teams, he’s got a lot of ability. Obviously, Michael Robinson is huge for us too, he has so much leadership. He’s been in the big games. To have those two guys to be able to make the plays that they make in, week in and week out, is a huge factor for us. Derrick Coleman’s catch was pretty awesome. I get a little nervous when that ball bounces up in the air like that, those are never good. To make that catch and dive into the end zone, was big time.
On whether Darrell Bevell is opening up more things with the play calling: No, I think that Coach Bevell has always kept it open for the most part. Starting off last year, it was little bit by little bit and once we really kind of opened it up, we have that attack mentality. We want to be the most explosive team in the National Football League, whether if it’s running the football or throwing the football, and we’ve really done that this year. Our mentality is to stay in that attack mode. We have a great defense, we trust our defense to make plays for us. I have to be smart with my decisions and make sure that I’m making the right decisions, and trusting my reads. Every time I go up to the line of scrimmage I understand what my progression is and I go through my checklist and snap the ball and drop back and hopefully deliver an accurate football and facilitate the ball to the right guy at the right time. Coach Bevell has made it really hard on defense. You have to love what he does. He prepares the right way, he gets everybody ready. He’s so poised out there; you like that a lot about him.
On studying Drew Brees and whether he talked to him at all: Drew Brees is a guy that I’ve watched over the past five or six years. I’ve really studied him, I’ve watched him a lot. I watch a lot of quarterbacks. I love the game of football. I watch guys from Tom Brady to Peyton Manning to Drew Brees, for a lot of different reasons. Drew’s been the guy that I’ve really studied. He’s a great leader, he’s a great competitor. He seems to always be clutch. He’s going to be a Hall of Famer, no doubt about it. At the Pro Bowl was the time I really met him for the first time and I remember meeting Drew. I don’t normally get nervous, but meeting him for the first time was kind of an interesting moment for me. Just to be around him and kind of pick his brain, that’s what I’ve been waiting for. Hey, what do you think on this play, what do you think on that, what are you trying to do with your footwork. One of the things that he always talked about was having a purpose to your preparation. That’s something I’ve always believed in, but just hearing it from a guy that’s done it for so long and done it in a great fashion and a great way, so you respect that about him. The other thing we talked about was working on your footwork, always having a purpose to your footwork and understand what you’re trying to do and put your guys in the right position at the right time. Before the game I talked to Drew, and after the game, so just told him I’m praying for him and all that, and hope to see him down the road. I’m sure we’ll face them again, most likely, I believe. They’re a great football team, they do a lot of great things. Our defense really stepped up tonight and made a lot of great plays against them, which is hard to do. Drew is one of the best quarterbacks, if not the best, in the league right now. You understand what our defense did tonight, to be able to stop their offense, was a great effort.