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October 9, 2014 at 2:12 PM

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson: “We can play so much better”

So you might think a game in which Russell Wilson set an all-time record for rushing yards by a quarterback on Monday Night Football with 122, while also throwing for 201 yards and two touchdowns, would rank pretty high on his personal rating scale.

Wilson today, though, said that while he thinks he played well, he wouldn’t call it his best game.

“No, I don’t think so,” he said.  “There were some things that I missed.”

Specifically, he recalled missing an open Jermaine Kearse for a potential touchdown on the first series on a play in which he instead ran for a sizeable gain. Wilson said he didn’t see Kearse until he was already past the line of scrimmage.

It was an example, he said, of how the offense can be even more efficient than it has been.,

“We can play so much better,” he said.

One area for improvement, Wilson said, is third downs — Seattle has converted just 19 of 50, 38 percent. Seattle’s opponent Sunday, Dallas, is at an NFL-high 55.6 percent, 35-63.

“Just one or two more a game would make a big difference,” Wilson said.

You can watch more of what Wilson had to say in the video below:

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Here’s all of what Wilson had to say today:

(On if he had any idea where the line of scrimmage was on the play in the game against Washington when he came really close to it) I kind of knew I was right near the line of scrimmage in terms of last week’s play in the Monday night football game. I knew it was right at the borderline. Then when I saw it on the big screen, I knew that we would get the call our way because half my body was still behind the line of scrimmage. So my instincts usually help me know. I usually can tell if I’m past it or not.

(On if he turned around to look at the sticks during the play to make sure of where he was) Yeah, I peeked at the sticks to see if I was past it or not which I didn’t think I was. I knew I was right at the line of scrimmage but I didn’t think I was past it.

(On if he thought there should have been a penalty on the one hard hit he took where the player came at his head a little bit) I’m not looking for penalties. I’m not the type to look for penalties. So for me, I’m never hoping for that or anything like that.

(On what he sees with Dallas’ defense) The Dallas defense, they’re playing really well right now. They’re making a lot of plays. They’re doing a good job on third downs and they’re stopping teams from getting the big play. So for us, we’re going to have to capitalize. They have a very good defensive line, guys that rotate in and out so we’re going to have to play our best football.

(On how comfortable he would be if Stephen Schilling has to start instead of Max Unger) I’m definitely comfortable with Schilling. He’s definitely done a great job all preseason and the first few games in terms of getting reps with him. I’m not sure if Max is going to play or not but obviously being with Max is great because I’ve played with him so much. But Schilling is a guy that steps up and he stepped up the other night in a big moment. We were down there in the red zone at the five-yard line and he steps into the game right there and makes some big plays for us. So I’m definitely comfortable with him. He will do a great job.

(On Marshawn Lynch’s catches and how important it is to keep his eyes down the field and to keep the play going by finding a secondary receiver) I think it’s huge in terms of our scramble game. I always want to keep my eyes downfield. I’m never really trying to run the ball. I’m trying to find guys. I missed one the other night, I think. The very first one, I could have had [Jermaine] Kearse but I had already passed the line of scrimmage. But I think that for me, I try to keep my eyes downfield and then having guys like Marshawn [Lynch] and the play that Luke Willson made on that second down. Those are big plays for us and those are real plays that are going to happen often and we want to be great at those plays. We want to be best in the National Football League at that.

(On if he thinks he can survive the season at the rate he’s scrambling around back there or if that has to change) I don’t think I’ve been scrambling that much. I think that the last game I did but it was one of those things that was there. It was one of those things. We were able to run the ball well and do some things. I’ve survived the past two seasons. I don’t usually get hit hard. I usually get down. I’ve only been hit hard once this season and that was probably last week. I usually try to stay away from those big hits.

(On if that big hit was the defensive lineman coming behind him) Yeah, it wasn’t really the guy in front of me. It was the guy coming from behind. He kind of propelled me into the guy in front of me so that’s going to happen sometimes. That’s why I work out. Hopefully I can be strong enough to take a few hits.

(On if he gives himself a negative grade when he watches himself scramble for 20 yards on the run where Jermaine Kearse was open down the middle but he missed him Monday night and how he balances that) On that type of play, I don’t think it’s a negative grade. It’s one of those things that you drop back, you step up and you’re just past it. I even saw it just as I passed the line of scrimmage and I said to myself ‘Ah, I just passed it.’ So if I hadn’t have, I would have thrown it for sure. I don’t think it was a negative play. It’s a huge play. It’s an explosive play that we want. Obviously, we want those touchdown passes because that’s a big touchdown that we could have had instead of a 25-yard gain but it’s part of the game too as well.

(On when he hit Cooper Helfet on the long throw when he was rolling left and his success at throwing that direction and what is the key to those plays) In terms of going left, being able to play baseball has helped me a lot, just making different throws. Playing second base, you have to go in the second base hole and still throw it to first base and make those types of throws. A lot of it is getting your shoulders around and anticipating where the guy is going to be and giving them a shot. Cooper Helfet did an unbelievable job of breaking away from the backside of the field and coming all the way across the field and made a great catch, got both feet inbounds. I’m not sure how far the gain was but it was probably a 30-yard gain.

(On if he thinks that was his best overall game since he’s been here) No, I don’t think so. There were some things in there that I missed that I wish I had back. But it’s a huge win. In terms of the competitive side, I always want to bring that to the table. I always want to keep fighting for my teammates and my teammates do the same thing for me. We keep battling. We can play so much better though and that’s the good thing about it. I know that I can play a lot better and that’s what we’re looking forward to. We’re trying to hit our best every week. Until we do that every time, we’re never going to be satisfied.

(On if there is something specifically he thinks that the offense as a whole could be doing better at right now) I think the only thing that hurt us last week was the penalties. We kind of got out of sync there with the penalties that we had and we normally don’t have those types of penalties. When we get in the red zone, we definitely can’t have those.We already have three points; we already have a great situation for us. Percy Harvin had an unbelievable game, scored three touchdowns. One big time catch down the middle of the field. Then you think about the way he scampers around the edge there on that first touchdown run then the next play, he has another one. So those are the type of explosive plays we need to have and we can’t miss on those opportunities. They don’t come all that often.

(On how did Percy Harvin react when he came back from that long touchdown catch that got called back) He was pretty funny on the sidelines. I’m not sure what we did after that drive. Coming back to the sideline, he was kind of joking around, ‘Man, they don’t like me in Virginia anymore,’ because we’re both from Virginia. He has a great attitude, Percy does. He’s done an unbelievable job for us. The rest of the guys too as well but in terms of Percy, he’s done a great job for us. He keeps battling, keeps making plays and he will continue to do the same thing. We’re just kind of getting started. I feel like we’re just starting to get into our groove. We’re right there. There are some things that we can always fix and get better at. We’re still winning a lot of games. Our goal is to go 1-0 every week. If we can put the things together like we could have against the Redskins, we have a really good shot.

(On how he thinks the team has done on third downs this year) I think we can definitely be better. There are some areas that I can get better. There are completions in there that I’m hoping to get and if we get one of two more, it makes a huge difference. It’s just one more third down. Like I said, I think two years ago, it’s just really getting one more third down, then getting another one and keeping those drives alive. Like I said earlier too, a lot of that comes down to putting ourselves in a bad position, in term of penalties, which we haven’t really done that that much this year. Last game we did though.

(On how he would summarize the first quarter of the season) I thought we’ve played very, very good football. We’ve played a tough schedule so far. You think about playing against the Green Bay Packers to open up then you go down to San Diego. A very, very hot game and a battle to the very end against a great quarterback and a great team, the Chargers, and lose that game, unfortunately. Then we come back home and we won a big game then go on the road. The environments and the situations that we’ve played in have been very tough but we’ve excelled. I think that we’ve played some great football and I think that we can get a lot better. I know our potential. I know the things that we have on the football field. The 10 guys that we have on the football field are some great players and so we want to play our best football on every play.

(On how surprised he is that the defense only has three turnovers) Our defense, like I kind of said about our offense too, they’re right there. They’ve gotten the ball out, I’m not sure how many times, had so many tipped balls and so many opportunities to get picks or recover those. Those are going to turn our way. I believe that’s going to happen for us and I believe that we’re going to get those turnovers and we’re not turning the ball over on offense which is crucial. Hopefully once our defense gets those balls, in terms of picking up the fumbles or interceptions, it really gives us a great turn around. It gives us great field position like they’ve been doing all year.

(On how being a black quarterback has been scrutinized in the past and how much he is asked about that and how much he feels his race is still part of the discussion) I don’t think my race, in terms of being African American, has really been asked that much towards me in a long time. I think for me, after winning the Super Bowl that kind of discussion was around. I think times are changing. I think it’s showing our culture is changing in a positive way – that everybody is getting a chance which is a great thing. It really comes down to, can you lead? Can you be a great competitor? Can you make the plays when you need to make the plays? It doesn’t matter what you look like. It doesn’t matter if you’re 6’4 or 5’11. It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white. I think that having a great opportunity and taking advantage of your opportunities what really matters.




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