After the circus that is Super Bowl Media Day on Tuesday, the Seahawks got back into their regular routine Wednesday.
Coaches and players again had some mandatory media time. But today it was in their hotel, and for a period of time similar to that of a Wednesday during the regular season. Afterward, as is also the team’s usual routine, the Seahawks then practiced. And the theme, also as usual, was Competition Wednesday.
Quarterback Russell Wilson said he thinks that despite the uniqueness that is Super Bowl week that the Seahawks are “doing a great job” keeping to their usual routine — but just in case, he helped out today by bringing in donuts, as he always does on Wednesday.
“I got probably 85 to 90 percent of all the film watching done last week and really getting prepared for that,” Wilson said when he met the media today. “Now I’m kind of reviewing everything. To be honest with you, Coach (Pete) Carroll is doing a tremendous job. Our Offensive Coordinator, Coach (Darrell) Bevell, and my Quarterback Coach, Carl Smith, has done a great job with keeping us in routine, not changing much at all. For example – something small – but normally on Wednesday mornings I always bring in donuts, something small like that, but I made sure I did that today. It’s one of those things that we do just trying to keep it as normal as possible, not changing much. We’re going to be prepared, we’re going to be ready to go, so we’re excited about that moment.”
Here is more of what Wilson had to say to the media today:
(on Seattle HC Pete Carroll putting together a talented team) “Competition (is) number one and the positive synergy that he brings to our football team. Our whole coaching staff, to be honest with you, we believe in each other. We believe in our coaching staff. We believe in what we do on a daily basis. I think that’s the second biggest thing. The other thing is John Schneider, our GM, and Coach Carroll, Paul Allen, bringing the right guys in, guys that some people call underdogs. Whatever you want to call them, they’re guys that want to work every single day, guys that practice at 100 percent, guys that have a strong mind and guys that really want to win and do everything they can to help our football team win.”
(on faith, family and football) “I think the biggest thing in my life is definitely my faith and being where I am today. God has me here for a particular reason. I remember playing pro baseball and playing pro football, trying to figure out what should I do and that type of thing. Having to leave NC State, and asking, ‘Where do I go to next?’ Everybody was telling me I was going to be a big league second baseman. I was the prototypical 5’11, 205 lbs second baseman. I could run, I could hit, I could steal bases. I could do all those things. I had this itch to play the game of football. I believed that I could go to the Super Bowl and win multiple Super Bowls and do all of those things. I believed in that every day. I put the work in and time. I wasn’t going to give up on that. I wasn’t going to give up on football just because some people told me I shouldn’t play. I remember praying about the whole process and praying about if I should play for baseball, or do I try to go for football. I remember waking up one morning, maybe June 28th or something like that, I remember waking up and hearing in my ear, ‘Go against the odds.’ For me, that’s kind of how I’ve always been. If someone tells me, ‘No,’ I’m going to try to do the best I can to prove them wrong and more for myself than anyone else. I’m a self-motivator. I believe that God has given me a sense of leadership to be able to motivate other people, but also myself. I want to be the best one day, and I’m not going to shy away from that. I’ve got a long ways to go, but I think, to be honest with you, God has put me here for a particular reason.”
(on being prepared to play in the Super Bowl) “I’ve talked to Terry Bradshaw. I’ve talked to Drew Brees, those two people. Talking to those guys, you know it’s no different. Just try to be as normal as possible. I think the biggest thing is to be poised. That is one of my strengths, but when you have a game like this and all the cameras are going on, and all the excitement that you’ve been working your whole life to get there. Your nerves will be up a little bit; just turn them down a little bit. As I’ve told before this past season, I find a place in the stadium. I find a place to calm me down and bring me back to zero. I think the other thing is last year, in anticipation of this moment, hopefully, I went to the Super Bowl last year. I was there early doing some broadcasting, but I was also there to watch. I watched pregame warm ups and halftime. I watched all the things that it takes throughout a game to get ready, just noticing how long the day is. It’s really a five-hour day. I get there on a normal basis three hours before the game. I go out two hours before the game and loosen up, visualize. Then, I go out about an hour before the game and throw with the receivers. You’ve got to understand that your emotions, your energy, your adrenalin, all of those things will be running wild, so you’ve got to make sure that you calm that down and make sure that you time it up right. Just be relaxed. It’s still going to be first, second and third down. It’s still going to be red zone. It’s still going to come down to a two-minute drive before the half and at the end of the game. Hopefully, I pull through and win the game for us.”
(on Percy Harvin) “The rapport that I have with Percy is great. He’s been electrifying every time he’s been in the game. He’s been able to practice the last several weeks a good amount. He looks excellent, to be honest with you. He’s electrifying. He’s lightning fast. He can catch the ball extremely well. He understands the game. He’s extremely tough, too. You notice that. The few plays that he’s played this season, he goes in there and blocks them. He understands the game. He understands how to make plays. I think the biggest thing is getting the ball in his hands. Don’t force it to him, but just get the ball in his hands and just trust that he can make the plays. You know he will. He’ll be ready. He’s been itching to play all the time. Percy Harvin, you think about the past four years that he’s played, he was arguably the best player in the National Football League before he got hurt. We’re looking forward to having him out there. He’s a talent. He’s a threat when he gets on the field. He’s done a lot of great things for us.”
(on his dad) “My dad went to Dartmouth College, played football and baseball there, then went to UVA law school. Then, he went to play for the (San Diego) Chargers. He might have been 28, somewhere around there, 29 years-old when he went to go play for the Chargers. I remember Kellen Winslow used to call him ‘The Professor’ because he used to have those big, old school glasses. I just remember my dad talking about Dan Fouts and Kellen Winslow and those guys, how talented they were and how much work they put in all the time, how their mind was never going to settle, no matter how good they were doing or how bad they were doing. The other thing that I learned from my dad is that you always have to persevere, have a great purpose in your life and understand where you’re trying to go, have a great perspective. Those three things – those three ‘Ps’ – that he used to always tell me, were so real and they still stick with me today. It’s the same thing going throughout this week with all the talk. I’m as calm as I can be to be honest with you.”
(on Marshawn Lynch’s media attention being a distraction) “It’s not a distraction for us at all. We don’t worry about it. He’s a great football player. He brings his A-game every time he ties his cleats up and hits the practice field, hits the game field. It’s not a distraction for us at all. We know that he’s an excellent football player. He wants to get ready to play. That’s all he thinks about.”
(on confidence in calling plays in a no-huddle offense) “Most of the time during the two-minute situation, I’m usually calling the no huddle plays. In terms of if Coach Bevell wants us to hop in a two-minute situation or hop in a no huddle, I’ll call those plays as well. I’ve done that several times this year, multiple times during multiple games. I have complete freedom to do that. Our style of play is to be physical and play action and run the ball. We have an amazing running back in Marshawn Lynch, so we want to hand him the football and also play action, as well. In terms of our no huddle game, we can do that. I think that’s something that you continue to grow. You think about Peyton Manning, he’s played for 15-plus years. You think about (Aaron) Rodgers, almost 10 (years). You think about (Drew) Brees and all those guys. It’s something that you’re constantly working on understanding. I’m definitely ready to do that. I’ve done that in games this year where the head system won’t work, and you’re just calling plays. I kind of like that, to be honest with you.”
(on his legacy) “I think that a legacy kind of talks about what you stand for. I think the first thing is my faith, but also my work ethic, my attention to detail, just winning football games and finding ways to win. It’s not going to always be pretty. Sometimes it’s going to be one of those games where you have to hand it off most of the time because of what the strength of your offensive line is. With the weakness of the defense, sometimes you have to throw over 400 yards. I think that for my legacy, I take one day at a time. I think that’s my biggest focus. Hopefully I play for 20 years. Hopefully I can look back and say, ‘Man, that was a great career.’ Obviously, I want to win this football game because it’s the next one that I have. Ironically, it’s Super Bowl 48. It doesn’t get any better than that.”