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September 4, 2014 at 11:35 PM

Quotes from Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson

Here’s what Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had to say after the team’s 36-16 win over the Packers Thursday night:

(On starting the season with a win…) “We played a great game. Defensively, we were lights out. Offensively, we were so physical, made a lot of plays. So many guys got the football. Our physical running game definitely showed up tonight. We did a good job in the passing game, especially in the first half, that third quarter we kind of slowed down a bit for whatever reason. But, we finished the game really strong. The best part of the game was that 6-7 minute drive to end the game pretty much. That’s how we have to play great football.”

(On passing for more yards than Aaron Rodgers…) “We want to mix it up, we want to have a balanced attack and we want to be able to do a lot of different things, so we want to hand the ball off to Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin and then be very, very effective in the passing game as well. Our goal is to have that balance, that 50/50, and we definitely did that tonight.”

(On the offensive line… ) “The offensive line played exceptionally well. They’re going against a very, very tough defense. You have Julius Peppers on one end, you have Clay Matthews on the other end. I think that we’re getting so much better. If you look at the offensive line, those are the same guys that started the Super Bowl, except you added Justin Britt. We’re just getting better, and that’s what I told the guys on the sideline. Man, we just keep getting better. That’s the goal. Our goal is to continue to improve, continue to communicate, continue to be engaged, every opportunity, not just in the game but in practice, too.”

(On the impact of Percy Harvin stretching the defense…) “Percy Harvin is so explosive and he can do so many different things. He catches the ball extremely well. You see him run around the edge so quickly. Then, you also have the other receivers. It makes it challenging on defense because you don’t really know who’s going to get the ball, so there’s only so many things you can try to do. You think that Percy really didn’t play last year; to add his explosive mentality and how really good he is. He’s a very, very good football player. To add that to Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, to Ricardo Lockette, you also have Paul Richardson, who you guys really haven’t even seen yet. With the tight ends and running backs, it makes it really tough.”

(On the Lockette touchdown… ) “We were running the football. The guy kind of blitzed off the edge, and we were able to get Ricardo Lockette. One of the things that Lockette has done an exceptional job of this off season is that every time he gets the football, whether it’s a slant or a post or whatever, he always catching it and extends the run, he always tries to get to the end zone. As you see him break that tackle, that’s a pretty awesome play. That shows up in the way you practice, the way that you’re so determined on the little details, it gives you a chance to make those type of plays.”

(On whether that was a blitz, or going for the playfake…) “It wasn’t necessarily a blitz, it was more to the fake. The guy came off the edge a little bit, trying to make a play on the run, and Ricardo Lockette got behind him and I was able to get it to him quickly. ”

(On the most magical moment of the day…) “I think the most important moment, and the way we always want to finish the game, was the last 6 or 7 minutes, like I said. How physically we played, how we just keep getting first downs. We just played great football at the end of the game; that’s what we want to do.”

(On the offensive line…) “To have the offensive line to protect me, to give me enough time to make the throws and the running attack that we have, we’re so physical. They work so hard, Coach Cable does a great job of getting those guys ready to go. At the end of the day, blocking is your mindset, and how physical you’re going to be, and how you’re not going to let anybody get to the quarterback, or how you’re going to keep driving your feet in the running game. Then, we have a guy like Marshawn Lynch or Robert Turbin, running the ball so hard. It’s so tough to tackle that guy, both of those guys. It makes it very tough on a defense.”

(On recent installations in the offense…) “We have a lot of things we’ve installed in the offense. We have a very expansive offense. It makes it really tough. We can do so many different things. There’s nothing I would scratch out. I want it all. It’s one of those things, mentally, we’ve always continued to grow offensively. We’re trying to get better. It’s just one game. We have a lot more to do. We have a big game next week, and we’re looking forward to going on the road and playing that game and seeing what we can do on the road. ”

(On what is missing on this team…) “You can’t look too far down the road. It’s just one game at a time. I think that’s the mindset that you have to have. To be that great, to be consistent every game, you have to stay focused on the moment. If we look too far ahead, we’ll miss something. That’s what we’re not doing right now, we’re not looking too far ahead, we’re just in it. We don’t want to get out of it. We want to be one game at a time. ”

(On the Derrick Coleman touchdown….) “They brought a little blitz off the edge, we were able to get Derrick Coleman out in the flat. He does such a good job of catching the football and running. He was a running back in college, a halfback. He’s so explosive once he catches the football. You see his speed getting upfield. He had had a great game all night, really. He was really stoning those linebackers. He’s just so physical. He’s going to be a great football player for a very very long time. ”

(On taking it one game at a time…) “I think the thing that we do so well here, for the Seattle Seahawks, is we don’t get too high, we don’t get too low. We have a lot of fun while we’re doing it. We just try to stay consistent. We try to keep that even keel mentality. I think it all starts with Coach Carroll. Offensively, I try to bring that, too. I think that Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas really bring that for the defense, same thing with Richard Sherman. We have so many great leaders on this team, from all over, in terms of every position. Obviously, we have a lot of talent, too. We just believe in every game is a championship game, and if we continue to do that, we’ll give ourselves a chance every week.”

(On the lack of a Super Bowl hangover…) “I think you always want to pick up where you left off. Our last big game was the Super Bowl and we played very, very well in that game. I think our mindset is if we can continue to progress from week to week, that’s what it’s been since I’ve been here the past two years. Going into my third year, that’s our mindset. We don’t believe in the whole Super Bowl hangover thing, we’re just trying to play and enjoy the game for what it is. Every time you get to lace up your cleats and strap up and go out there and play, it’s a blessing, it’s an opportunity. We’re not letting that get by us. That’s why we have so much fun. By the way we practice, it stamps that idea for us.


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