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January 28, 2014 at 3:01 PM

John Schneider: “I prayed about it a bunch”

Seahawks general manager John Schneider talked to the media today about drafting Russell Wilson, his relationship with Pete Carroll, and more:

(on QB Russell Wilson slipping to Seattle in the Draft) “To a certain extent, quite honestly I prayed about it a bunch. We try not to panic in our room. We listen to Reggae music and we don’t have the TVs on. When we have the TVs on, we have the volume turned down. We try to keep a very calm atmosphere where if we need to have discussions, we can talk about it. When he started coming closer to us, there was a group of quarterbacks taken higher and then there was a second group that was going to start going in there. I didn’t know if he was going to be the first one or not, but I knew we weren’t going to go by him again.”

(on how Wilson compensates for not being as tall as other starting quarterbacks) “He’s never seen a different way. Beyond that, he’s able to find passing lanes naturally. He moves a lot. He’s very similar to Drew Brees in the pocket. You can watch the way he moves and slides and finds lanes. He’s very smart with the ball. You saw his numbers come down a little bit towards the end of the season. We played a lot of very good defenses. That was a little bit more of a result of him really protecting the ball. A lot of throw-aways. He doesn’t care about his passer rating. He’ll take a sack. He’ll throw the ball away and move on to the next play. He really has a lot of that cornerback mentality to him too. If he makes a mistake, he can put it out of his mind right away and move on to the next play.”

(on how Wilson plays under pressure) “He’s been the same. At NC State and at Wisconsin. He has a certain feel. He knows where he wants to go and what he wants to do. He has really quick eyes. That’s why you see him adjust things on the fly and move around.”

(on the team’s production without WR Percy Harvin) “The way the team played, and the way our receivers played, it made it that much easier. We obviously felt bad for him. He was missing out on a pretty special thing we had going in that locker room. I’m sure he wanted to be much more involved. If anything, you felt bad for him.”

(on Harvin’s rehab) “Our trainers did a phenomenal job day-in and day-out with him, just trying to keep him up beat and keep working – that there was a goal in mind. We’re just blessed that we’re in a situation now that he’s going to be able to play in this game.”

(on working well with Head Coach Pete Carroll) “We’re both real guys – no ego. (We) want to be very successful and do whatever we can to be competitive in anything we do. Whether it’s Pete throwing the ball 50 yards in the pregame or us competing in cornhole, when we first met. We were the only two people in the building. Just competing in everything we do and knowing that as long as you’re pushing every single day, in every area, whether it be in our video department, in the cafeteria, whatever we’re doing, nutrition, sleep for the players, all that; obviously, with the coaches, the teaching and the game preparation. As long as we’re doing that, it doesn’t matter.”

(on whether he knew Carroll prior to becoming general manager) “I give him crud because I had been to the school (University of Southern California) a couple of times, but (I didn’t know him on a personal level). I shook his hand, ‘How ya doin?’ And talked to him about a couple of players.”

(on when he noticed the goofy side of Carroll ) “Right away. Our families weren’t there so we spent the first four months just together the whole time. To his credit, he had worked for a number of different people. He really wanted to make it a special relationship. It just worked out great. We just spent so much time together. Listening to music and studying. Getting to know who he was as a person, first and foremost, and his philosophies: his scheme, how he wanted to play and how we wanted the team to look.”


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