Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, who said after the 30-23 loss to Dallas Sunday that he could have played better, met the media today and said he has no doubts the Seahawks will get back on track.
Here’s what Wilson had to say today, with some video below:
(On the biggest thing he takes from last week’s performance) I think just moving on—just moving forward to the next opportunity. We have a tough game coming up this week against the St. Louis Rams and they have a fiery defense that makes a lot of plays. So we’ll have to win our one on one matchups, I’m going to have to complete some throws there, and make something happen. So that’s what it really comes down too; just playing better as a collective group, which I know we will. I know that we’ll make sure our minds and bodies are ready to go and we’re excited about the opportunity.
(On how much can he avoid being sacked by St. Louis) Well when you look at their defense, they have first round picks everywhere pretty much; they make a lot of plays. Obviously Robert Quinn is a guy that, I believe, led the league in sacks last year—or definitely was up there first or second. I know they haven’t gotten as many sacks this year, but they’re right by the quarterback every time. So we’re going to have to do a great job of protecting and getting the ball out on time and finding guys down field and just being tough; we have to make plays and we have to battle the whole game. It’s going to be a battle for the whole entire the game through four quarters.
(On if the offense has found the best way to use Percy Harvin) We’re always trying to figure out ways to utilize guys. Obviously, Percy Harvin is a guy that’s so electric and makes so many different plays for us so we’re excited about that—we haven’t really hit our groove quite yet; we have a few games, and a few games we haven’t. It’s just playing one game at a time and finding ways to make plays and we’re going to do that.
(On how close the offense is from where it should be) I think we’ve kind of prevented ourselves from being where we could be—we have a great talent, we have the right players, we have the right coaching staff. You think about the one game that we lost in San Diego that was a tough game against a very good football team; they’re playing really well right now. It came down to the last minute and we only had thirty-six plays—so that eliminates a lot of explosive plays for us. Then, think about this past game, we just didn’t make the plays and that’s on us. So I think more than anything else, we have to continue to just play in the moment and not worry about what’s happened: good, bad, or indifferent—just one play at a time.
(On communication from the offensive line being better this week) Well [Steve] Schilling did a real good job of being able to step in and it wasn’t an easy game to just step in and he did a great job of that. I’m excited about this week to have him out there again and he’ll do a great job for us. He’s a great football player; can really move extremely well and makes great decisions.
(On Justin Britt) Well Britt’s one of those guys — to have J.R. Sweezy right next to him — that’s a big thing. J.R is a guy that’s going to work his tail off every day, every morning, and every night. So to have a leadership role playing left guard right next to him, that’s a great thing for Justin Britt—plus Justin is a guy that’s so dedicated to his craft and so dedicated to protecting the quarterback and making plays and being big time for us. He’s done a great job and he keeps improving from week to week.
(On the defense dictating how fast he gets the ball out) I think we dictate the tempo—we have to protect, obviously. When I say get the ball out on time—sometimes against a team like this, it’s a little tougher to move around just because they’re so fast and quick and they can get to the quarterback and they’re so quick and they’re right there all the time. So you have to kind of really just be on time and you can’t be late. I’m excited about that opportunity.
(On Doug Baldwin getting fired up on the sideline) Well Doug Baldwin wasn’t yelling at me, more than anything, he’s a fiery guy—that’s why we call him angry Doug Baldwin. He’s just a guy that’s just so passionate about the game and I am too—I kind of hold it in a little bit more or whatever but he just wanted us to win ultimately and he was just telling me and telling everybody through me basically, ‘let’s go.’ I love that about him—that’s what makes him Doug; that’s what makes him so special on game day, throughout the week, and he’s going to have a great career because of that fiery nature that he has.
(On how he took that message from Doug) Well I think, obviously Doug and I have a great relationship. We’re really close and just talking about how we can be better, what can we do, whatever it takes; that type of mentality and that’s where we are—we believe that we’ll do whatever it takes whether it’s study extra, if it’s throw some extra footballs or whatever. We’re fine though, we just had one bad game. When you really think about it, everybody was talking about us as the best team in football before that last game so we just had a bad game and it’s going to happen every once and a while—hopefully never again, but our goal is to just play one game at a time and to have a championship week this week.
(On moving forward) Well you think about the three plays that we had against the Redskins, which I can’t even remember all those plays, but you think about the plays that we did have, we made some big time plays and they got called back. So it’s really, we have to be organized—especially on the road; going to a tough place like St. Louis where we have to play great football. We have to be on time, we have to be on schedule, we can’t get penalties, and that’s what kind of happens to us in the Redskins game. So obviously, the goal is to win the game though, I don’t care how we win it. I don’t care if we throw for four hundred/ five hundred yards, or if we run for five hundred yards, or if we block six punts—it doesn’t matter. At the end of the day, it comes down to us winning that game.
(On why he was off throwing the ball) I was just off by little bit—an inch there or an inch there. I’m not worried about it; I trust my fundamentals, I trust in my accuracy and what I can do. I’ve been able to do that before. I’m going to get back to it. I can’t wait for another opportunity to play the game; that’s what I’m grateful for.
(On would he like to get Percy Harvin the ball down field) Yes, we definitely want to get the ball down the field to Percy and to the rest of the guys as well. In terms of Percy though, he’s obviously great at the quick game and making things happen. As you guys saw against the Redskins, he was able to catch that little screen and take it to the house or take the sweep to the house—then you also saw the deep ball that he caught for the touchdown. So all those things, he can do and the rest of our guys can do as well. So we have no limit—this isn’t a thing where our mindset is that we have a limit on us. I truly believe that we have all of the talent in the world and we’re going to take care of it.
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