The Arizona Cardinals come to Seattle this weekend featuring one of the most aggressive defenses in the NFL when it comes to blitzing.
So what does Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson think about what could be a blitz-heavy look in Sunday’s home game at CenturyLink Field?
“The main thing is getting to the right call, making sure that you’re throwing the ball out on time and throwing to the right guy on time,” Wilson said. “The good thing about the blitz is there’s a lot of green grass behind it, so if we capitalize on that, we can make a lot of plays. So that’s what we look forward to. I don’t shy away from the blitz. I love it when they blitz, to be honest with you. It’s one of those things where we can make a lot of plays from it.”
Wilson has thrived this season handling pressure, according to ESPN NFL writer Mike Sando. He said on 710 KIRO this morning that Wilson has thrown 11 touchdown versus three interceptions against the blitz, featuring a quarterback rating of 114.
Call it strength versus strength, but there is more to Arizona’s defense, too, which has played a huge role in a recent 6-1 run to get in playoff contention. Outside of an aggressive pass rush, the Cardinals also feature the top-ranked run defense in the league, allowing 83.2 yards per game.
“They’ve been flying around all year,” Wilson said. “They’ve had a great year so far, so we’re going to have to play our best football. I think the main thing is getting protected, getting the ball out quick, getting the ball out on time, making great throws, making great catches, Marshawn (Lynch) running the ball and staying on schedule — those types of things are going to be crucial to us winning this football game.”
Here are some other highlights from Wilson’s weekly news conference:
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— On if he’s considered wearing a glove in cold-weather games: “I’ve practiced with wearing a glove every once in a while on my left hand. I wouldn’t need to wear one on my right hand, I don’t think. My hands are pretty big, so that kind of helps. I don’t plan on using a glove unless something is extreme, but yes, I have practiced with it once or twice. … Only on (my left hand).”
— On passing more to Lynch the last game: “Marshawn Lynch man, he could play receiver in the National Football League. If he didn’t play running back, he could easily play receiver. He runs great routes. He understands what to do. He understands timing. He’s got great hands. I think with Marshawn, the thing about him and the thing that me and him talked about all offseason is, ‘How can we elevate our game together?’ We want to be the best quarterback and running back tandem there is, so it’s the little things. It’s the practice. It’s the communication. It’s just trusting one another — at the end of the day, just trusting instincts and playing ball. Sometimes it doesn’t always happen how it’s drawn up, so that’s the thing that we’ve really excelled at so much this year.”
— On the prospects of clinching the division and homefield advantage with a win: “If we do win, obviously there are a lot of great things that happen after that, but you don’t really focus on that. You focus on the moment, you focus on the now, and that’s trying to prepare today first and then get to Sunday and play a great football game.”
— On if there is anything Zach Miller can’t do: “Man, I don’t know if he can sing.”
— On if there are any stories he can tell about his relationship with Golden Tate: “You guys got the Top Pot story already. I don’t know if I can beat that.”
— On the local team, Washington, and his college team, Wisconsin, being in the final four of the NCAA volleyball tournament: “That will be fun. I won’t be able to go watch. I wish I could go watch … but wishing both teams good luck. I’m a still a Badger, so I have to hope they win, obviously. On Wisconsin. I think Wisconsin is playing Texas tonight, so I’m sure that will be a good game, too.”