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September 18, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson on prehabbing, and more

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson  met the media today. And when he did, I asked him about a statement he makes the video below, which is a promotional video for his recent Men’s Health cover.

In it, Wilson talks about doing rehab on his shoulder. It’s a line that’s easy to overlook unless you remember that there was lots of conjecture last year that Wilson hurt his left shoulder at mid-season of last year and played through it the rest of the season. Wilson never really talked about it when asked, and he was never listed on an injury report. But the statement in the interview seems to indicate he at least is paying more attention to his shoulders this season.

When asked about his shoulders today, here’s what he said:

“I always try to strengthen my arm. I try to strengthen my back, my arm, and I want to play the game for twenty years if I can so to do that, I have to take care of myself. I don’t call it rehab, I call it prehab. So for me, I’m trying to strengthen my body and make sure my backs’ strong, my arms are strong so that way I can keep throwing the ball with a little bit of velocity.”

That may be about what you’ll ever get from Wilson and his shoulder.

Here’s some more of what he had to say today:

(On what the biggest difference in the Denver defense is since the last time he saw them) Obviously, they’re a great football team all across the board – from their offense and their defense as well and their special teams. It’s going to be a tough battle. They have DeMarcus Ware now, Von Miller’s out there and they have some other players too like T.J. Ward that they signed and [Aqib] Talib. They’re great football players. It will be a battle all the way to the end we believe, and we’re looking forward to the opportunity. We have to play our best football.

(On what he’s seen from Broncos DE DeMarcus Ware and what he brings) Well he’s playing some of his best football and that’s a good thing to say about him because he’s played a lot of great football over time. DeMarcus Ware, he’s gets to the quarterback. He causes havoc. He’s a leader on their defense. You can definitely tell just by watching film and that’s sometimes hard to do, to be able to just tell that but his energy and his passion for the game is definitely there.

(On how the Broncos secondary looks different) Well their secondary is experienced. [Aqib] Talib has played a lot of great football, same with [Chris] Harris [Jr.] too and T.J. Ward. He’s a great football player. He has a knack for getting to the football. He’s a very physical guy. He comes down into the box and makes a lot of tackles as well.

(On what the key is getting back on schedule and finding the rhythm that the team never found in San Diego) In San Diego, we didn’t have too many plays. We did find our rhythm a little bit though, in terms of being able to score. We didn’t have that many drives. We only had like 36 or 40 plays but we still were able to put some points on the board. I think for us, we’re playing great football. We just have to play a little bit better. To beat a team like the Chargers or to beat a team especially like the Denver Broncos, you really have to play championship football every play, every down and be great on third down as well on both sides of the ball and keep the drives alive.

(On if not being able to control the clock on a couple possessions in San Diego ended up hurting the team in the long run) Well you always want to be able to control the clock and have great possession and keep the drives alive. Offensively, we scored pretty quickly. We scored on the pitch to Percy Harvin. He did a great job of running around the edge. Doug Baldwin made a great block as well so that was a quick drive. Then the two-minute drive we scored really quickly and then we scored another one so in terms of our defense, they were already out there for a while plus we were scoring so fast. It kind of unbalanced the game a little bit. You want to have the football for a while but also you want the ability to score quickly. We had a shot to win it and we came up just a little bit short for whatever reason. We have another opportunity this week that it may come up again and those opportunities we look forward to.

(On what is the biggest difference in the quarterback he is today vs. the quarterback he was playing in the Super Bowl) The experience that you have, the big match ups that you play in. Playing in a game like the Super Bowl, where all the lights are there and all the cameras and everybody is around. Can you control your emotions? Can you control your focus and your poise and play great football and stay focused on the fundamentals? Over time, I’ve been able to learn that more and more and get better at that so hopefully I’m a better football player. Hopefully my game has improved. I still have a lot more to do. That’s where my focus is. How can I help my football team play our best football? How can I help the other ten guys in the huddle really believe that every play is going to work and we’re going to keep those drives alive and score a lot of touchdowns?

(On if he sensed any frustration in Marshawn Lynch Sunday) No, not at all. I thought he did a good job of running the football. We always want to get him the football though. He is one of the best backs, if not the best back [Running back], in the league so the more we can get him the football, the better. We just didn’t have many opportunities really, to be honest last week.

(On if he thinks it is part of his job is to make sure Marshawn Lynch, Percy Harvin and everybody else is happy with how the offense is and that nobody is feeling that they’re not getting the ball) Yeah, I think you have to take on a little bit of that role but at the same time you can’t get distracted by outside stuff. You have to do what you’re reads are. You have to hand the ball off at the right time. You have to throw the ball at the right guy at the right time. That’s really my job. The rest will work itself out. I’m one of those guys that wants to spread the ball around as much as I can but also get it in our true playmakers hands and let them do their work.

(On the pass protection communication and identification issues that Pete Carroll and Darrell Bevell spoke of) We had one missed call the other day, that’s probably my fault but other than that we were pretty strong. That was early in the game, if we fix that, we’re good to go.

(On if that was the play where Chargers ILB Donald Butler came up the middle) Yeah, that was on the one [Donald] Butler came up the middle. We should have had that. We practiced that all week and we missed it for whatever reason.

 

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