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September 21, 2014 at 8:52 PM

Quotes from Seahawks Quarterback Russell Wilson

Here’s what Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson had to say after his team’s win over Denver Sunday:

(On the win…) “It was a tremendous game. If anybody loves football, or doesn’t like football, if you turn that game on, it was one for the ages. That’s what you want. You have a guy like Peyton Manning to go up against, it was a battle to the end. He did a great job of taking them down and finishing that drive there to take us into overtime. Tarvaris Jackson was able to win the call for us, and we get the ball, and we go 80 yards. And that’s how we have to play, we have to be able to make the clutch plays, we have to keep the attitude and continue to believe in what we do, and that’s what we were able to do today.”

(On distributing the receptions…) “That’s how we want to play offensive football. We want to spread the football around. I think every single person caught the ball today. From Percy Harvin, to Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Ricardo Lockette, to Zach Miller. I caught one today, too, that’s always good. Marshawn had a great game. Derrick Coleman caught the ball too, I think. Robert Turbin. I think the only person who didn’t unfortunately catch it was Cooper Helfet. We want to be able spread to spread the football around, and do a lot of great things and keep them guessing. We were able to do that. The only unfortunate play was the pick I threw, and the funny thing is that when I was at the line of scrimmage, I knew what coverage it was, I know it was Cover-6, and this is how I know I’m learning. This is the great part about it. I knew what the coverage was, I could see it happening. I was thinking that it probably wasn’t; because the route we had, it was Percy coming on a breaking out route, and I thought he probably isn’t going to be open here, and I dropped back and he beat his guy so good. He beat him so quick, so maybe I can get it in there. And they made a good play. Those are things that I learn as I continue to go through my career, and through the season, and all that. You play smart football. That wasn’t one of my smartest plays, but you learn from it, and you keep going, and the defense picked it up, and we picked it up on offense, we were able to get the ball in overtime and just put our will on them, and run the football well and throw the football well. I had to run and scamper around for a few plays to keep the drive alive, and then Marshawn is so physical and so quick and then gets into the end zone on the last play. ”

(On the feeling when you thought you probably had won, and then Peyton Manning drives the Broncos and ties the game… ) “You never know if you have a victory in hand until the last little play. That’s what I said in the Super Bowl. With 5 minutes left, you have Peyton Manning over there. I still believed, for whatever reason, that the game’s not over. That’s the attitude that we have to have. And it’s the same thing with us. That’s the thing I want to instill in our offense all the time, too. Even though they come back and make a great play, it was almost, and I don’t mean to say this in the wrong way, I was almost hoping it would happen. That we would get the ball. I believed our defense would make a stop, but if it did happen, and I couldn’t wait for those moments. Those big time moments where you have to go up and down the field and make plays and have guys continue to believe in what we do. That was a great experience tonight. It definitely felt like a Super Bowl matchup, that type of physical play and great teams going after on offense and defense and special teams. It came down to the wire, it came down to overtime. ”

(On the key to taking advantage of those moments…)   “The key to taking advantage of those moments is still playing smart football, but also playing with an edge. Playing to the edge, but not falling off the edge. Playing with great poise and great composure. It was like when I was little, and I used to watch great players play. I used to watch guys like Michael Jordan, and guys like Derek Jeter, and those type of players, and great teams play. They always find ways to win. You think of the San Antonio Spurs, great teams like that, they play to the end and they find ways to win. That’s what we had to do today. We really made a great effort. I thought the offensive line did a good job tonight. They fought. They have some very, very good defensive ends and a very good defensive line, and we were able to continue to keep the drives alive and be clutch when we needed to. That two-minute drive before the half was big for us, too, as well, especially when the Denver Broncos get the ball after halftime. To get that two-minute drive and score there was awesome. ”

(On the play of Ricardo Lockette… ) “I thought Ricardo Lockette was unbelievable today. That guy, he has so much ability, so much speed, so explosive. He does a great job on special teams. He strikes fear in the punt returners every time he runs down there, I think. On that drive, he did a great job, he broke up a pass. That was big. Also, going down against a very good corner, in Talib, who we have a lot of respect for. He runs by him and makes the tough catch in the corner of the end zone on the go ball. Those are the things he’s done all training camp, and all year. He continues to show up, he continues to work, he continues to have the right attitude, he continues to hustle every play in practice, and it shows up in the game. That’s what it really takes, and that’s what all of our receivers do, that’s what all of our tight ends and running backs do as well, and the rest of our team, and Coach Carroll does a great job of instilling that into our teammates, in that, when you practice like that, when you practice to the max, come gametime, it’s going to come natural to you.

(On why he plays so well during two minute situations…) “Hopefully, I try to play my best football in those two minute situations, and you have to score. We work it a lot. We work on situational football. One of the greatest things I’ve learned is situational football, and I continue to learn. You never know enough. I watch a lot of live games. My quarterback coach, Coach Smith, I watch a lot of stuff with Coach Bevell too, and Coach Carroll and I talk a lot about those situations, and it gets me prepared for those. I try to live for those moments, and our team does too, as well. We look forward to those moments where you have to go down, and you have to make a play, and that’s what we were able to do.   ”

(On what defensive situations caused him to decide to run so often in the overtime drive…) “A few times, we came up with some big first downs passing the ball, especially in the overtime near the end. Also, when it wasn’t there, I knew that I had to fight for it. Sometimes in a game, you have to pick and choose, when to stay in there a little bit longer, when to throw it, and when to slide. And that’s not one of those times, I don’t believe. I’m usually pretty smart on getting down and running out of bounds or whatever, but when the game’s on the line and you have Peyton Manning over there on the other side, you know you have to make some plays. Our guys continue to catch the football well, Marshawn ran the ball extremely hard, same with Robert Turbin, too. We were able to make plays and continue to get the first downs, and that’s what we talked about going into this game, we have to be great on third down. We didn’t really start that great; we didn’t. That’s something that we’re going to continue to improve on, and then in overtime, we were great on third downs, and that’s when you need it. When the game’s on the line, that’s all you can ask for. We just want to win by one point. It doesn’t matter what the score is. ”

(On whether the defense practiced differently this week, after last week’s game…) “Our defense is the same every day. They don’t really change much, and that’s what makes them the best defense, I believe, in the National Football League. They believe in themselves. You think about the week before, Philip Rivers made some great plays, and he’s a great quarterback, and I have a lot of respect for him. He gave us a tough challenge this past week, and obviously going against Peyton Manning, that’s another tough challenge. It doesn’t get much tougher than that. I thought they did a tremendous job of stopping Peyton for most of the game, then that last little drive there, he made some plays. That’s what makes him Peyton Manning, that’s what makes him one of the best quarterbacks ever to play the game. To be able to still win that game, and still believe in each other, and believe in the fact that we were going to win the coin toss and get the ball and go 80 yards and score, just like we in Chicago 2 years ago. Those are the type of plays and type of things that we have to continue to focus on. ”

(On the sack near the goal line…) “The guy made a nice play, I think it was DeMarcus Ware hit me, I’m not sure. He got around the edge, he hit me pretty good there, and knocked the ball out, and then there was a little scuffle on the bottom of the pile. Me and him were going at it, I wasn’t going to let him have it. I kept telling him, you’re not going to get this ball. He said, I’ll wait all night, and I said I’ll wait all night, too. We were fighting for it for a while. The ref said we gotta go, Russell’s got it, and [Ware said] no, I got it, I got it. We were going back and forth, and I said, DeMarcus, I’m not letting you have this. I just kept squeezing as hard as I could, and finally I turned and got him off me, and he’s a big dude, so I was going 100% strength, maybe 110% strength. I did everything I could to make sure that he didn’t get that one.”

On the last time he caught a pass, and his evaluation of Kearse’s throw…) “The last time I caught a pass was probably at University of Wisconsin, I think I caught a touchdown pass. Kearse’s throw, I thought it was on the money, he threw it on the money, I got hit pretty good, but I can take a few hits. I’m used to taking some hits every once in a while. I thought he did a really good job on the throw.”




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