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August 23, 2014 at 12:18 AM

Quotes from Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson following preseason win over Bears

Here’s what Seattle QB Russell Wilson had to say after the win over the Bears Friday night:

(Opening…) “I thought the way we played tonight was exceptional. I thought on the offensive side of the ball we really clicked. The timing, the rhythm. I thought we were great on third downs, we were great in the red zone. We’re really starting to put things together. I felt all the guys looked really, really good tonight, so that was the exciting part about the offensive side of the ball. Defensively, watching those guys go out there and play against a very, very good offense and stop them the way they did, I thought that was pretty exciting.”

(On the play of the O line…) “It’s nice to have big Russ back in there at the left tackle position; a Pro Bowl left tackle. Then, have Max Unger, your Pro Bowl center. The communication was very, very good. I’m not sure we had any penalties until we got to the second group. Just, our focus, our laser focus, in terms of one play at a time, stay in the moment and just make the plays when we need it.”

(On whether the offense can stay this explosive… ) “I definitely believe that being explosive is what we want to do. We want to be able to get the ball in the right guy’s hand at the right time, make the right decisions and be on time with it and throw a great pass where they can get upfield and make a play. So, to get the ball into Percy’s hands, to get the ball into Doug Baldwin’s hands, and Jermaine Kearse; those are exciting players. They can do a lot of great things, and then we have so many other guys that can step up in terms of Zach Miller, Luke, and Cooper Helfet, too, and then you factor in the running backs, so it makes it kind of tough.”

(On the effectiveness of the return game…) “To watch Percy Harvin start off the game the right way, that’s what you want. That’s what you have him for, to be able to make plays like that. It looked like the Super Bowl all over again, almost. Then, to have Earl Thomas back there to catch punt returns and to be so agile and so quick and to be able to get all the way down to the 30 yard line. I’m surprised he got tackled actually, I think it was by the punter, so I’m going to pick on him tomorrow. He’s so talented; we have so many talented guys across the board on offense and defense and special teams. That makes it tough for teams to beat us.”

(On whether he has a better idea of what Harvin brings to the offense… ) “What Percy brings to the offense is grit, and a desire to get into the end zone, a desire to get the ball in his hands and make something happen. Every time he touches the football, he’s either going to run over you or run by you, one of the two. That’s what he brings to the table, his explosive mentality, but at the same time we had a lot of receivers that are like that already. Doug Baldwin is very much like that, very similar. Jermaine Kearse is a down the field guy who is a great possession receiver, and has great speed to, as well. He’s always right on time, too, when you need him. Jermaine Kearse is always in the right spot at the right time. You think about all of the other guys too. To add Percy to the mix, it makes our personnel so much tougher to defend. For me, the process of elimination to read coverages. I’m learning a lot more and understanding a lot more and just trying to get the ball out as quick as I possibly can. But also still look downfield. Then, our scramble game, too, helps, to have that many guys, too, that can really run that fast.”

(On whether he sees defenses adjust to Harvin’s pre-snap movements…) “It’s kind of hard to tell right now, it’s pre-season. I think that when they go man, it’s tough to defend all 3 or 4 receivers that we have in the game. When they play zone, the ball is to get the ball out, and get the ball to the right guy at the right time. They’re trying to adjust, but there’s only so much you can do when you have guys like Doug Baldwin on the other side and Jermaine Kearse on the other side, or all 3 of them on the same side. It’s hard to stop us defensively with the personnel.”

(On Jermaine Kearse’s growth as a wide receiver…) “Jermaine Kearse is a tremendous receiver, he can do it all. He goes down the field and can go up and get it. As you’ve seen for the past few years, he runs great routes, he’s always on time, gets his head around. Then, on third down, he makes a lot of big plays for us. You saw the first third down, I believe it was, I fit it in a tight window, he gets up field, and gets another 10 yards, and that’s how we need to be, that’s how we need to play all the time, and I believe we have the guys to do that.”

(On when the last time was that he was hit as hard as he was by Lance Briggs…) “I’m trying to remember when he hit me, to be honest with you. I haven’t been hit that hard, I guess, in a little bit, I guess, since playoff time. That wasn’t that big of a hit. I just try to get down and get as much as I could.”

(On the receiving ability of the running backs…) “That’s something we work on all the time, in terms of the running backs, and getting out for me. Getting to where they need to be, as quickly as possible. Marshawn does a great job of that. Robert Turbin does a great job of that as well, and Christine Michael is doing a really good job of that, too, and he’s continuing to try to learn. I’m really pushing that part of it, too, because that helps me a lot in terms of avoiding sacks, in terms of getting completions, and keeping the ball moving. Because when the defense drops back because they have to cover Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse and Paul Richardson and whoever else we have on the field, all the tight ends, when they drop back and get depth, then the back is wide open, too. So, the more I can get the ball to them, the more that pulls the defense up and the more shots we have behind them.

(On getting that field goal at the end of the first half…) “That was Coach Carroll’s decision, and I think it was a great decision because we need that work, we need that practice. If the game is tied or we’re playing a great team like the Chicago Bears in the regular season, we need to learn how to still be on the minus-40, or wherever we were, and still get into field goal range. That’s something we practice all the time, we called a pass play, I looked down field and it wasn’t there, so I just tried to run it and get as much as I could and get out of bounds, because I believe that left us with 6 seconds left, so then we tried to throw the ball toward the sideline and get out of bounds and then Steve Hauschka made that 59 yard field goal. Those are things that we work on all the time. You have to give credit to Coach Carroll, my quarterback coach, Coach Carl Smith and Coach Bevell do a tremendous job of that, too, of communicating. That way, I can communicate to the huddle and throughout practice, and so in those game situations, we’ve been there 100 times before. That’s one of the things that I’ve learned the most in my past two years.”

(On whether he feels bad for the punter….) “Jon Ryan is one of the best punters in the league, if not the best. I know that every time he’ll get in there, he’ll give us a good chance of allowing our defense of getting there and have tough field position there for their offense. ”

(On whether the defense was doing something to reduce the catches by the tight ends…) “No, I thought the tight ends did a great job tonight. We didn’t get them the ball as much as we wanted to, but the receivers got the ball a little bit more, tonight, and it’s one of those things. You have so many guys, you just have to go to the right guy at the right time. You can’t necessarily try to go to one guy. That’s the great thing for us, because that makes it tough on the defense.”


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