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October 26, 2014 at 6:13 PM

Post-game quotes: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson

Here’s what Russell Wilson had to say following today’s 13-9 win at Carolina:

RE: Winning by a late touchdown the past three times

The past three years we’ve come here, it’s been a tough game. They are a very good football team. Their defense makes a lot of plays. They did a lot of great things tonight. To be able to come up with that huge drive – that 80-yard drive or whatever it was – and come up with a huge win was big for us. We needed that. I thought the defense was relentless today. I thought they made so many plays over and over for us, stopped a good offense with Cam Newton. Offensively, we were relentless as well. That’s what we talked about last night: just being together, just being relentless and just playing one play at a time. We knew it was going to be a battle. We talked about it all week, about how every time we come here it’s tough. It comes down to the wire, comes down to the last minute or so. We have to make those plays.

RE: What he said in huddle on the last drive

When I went into the huddle, I kinda laughed and smiled. I told them, “Hey man, we’ve been here for two years in a row. Just like this. Let’s go do it. One play at a time. Let’s be in the moment and let’s go win the game.” And so everybody took that upon themselves and just played one play at a time, and we made the big plays, one play after another. And we even got a penalty, still overcame that and kept going. And Luke Willson makes a great catch to get into the end zone. He fights to get into the end zone. And those are the type of plays we need to make, and Luke Willson made that for us.

RE: The difference early and late in the game

Well I think some of the issues going on earlier were on me. I had that one where I came out and threw left and I had Cooper (Helfet) open and I just fumbled the ball a little bit, trying to get it out quick. So that’s on me. It’s one of those things I can practice on Monday. I think that we are right there. And like I said, their defense is one of the best defenses in the National Football League for the past couple years. And so, we were able to make plays, we were able to sustain the drives and just keep believing in our guys, and our defense kept showing up time and time again. Coach Carroll believed in us and Coach Bevell made a great call there at the end and we were able to get into the end zone.

RE: The younger players stepping up

To be able to go to the young guys… to Paul Richardson there… To go to (Kevin) Norwood with an unbelievable catch. I threw it behind him, and to make that catch… I don’t even think he saw the ball. I think at the last second he just stuck his hand out. He’s such a great catcher and he made an unbelievable catch there. To be able to go to so many different guys – Luke Willson and obviously Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse have played a lot of football with us and even Ricardo (Lockette), but to go to those guys who are stepping it up time and time again. You also have to think about guys that stepped in to play offensive line for us. J.R. (Sweezy) went down for a second there and Alvin (Bailey) had to come in, also (Gary) Gilliam had to come in and make plays for us against a very good defensive line and very good front seven, and we were able to sustain those drives. And that’s what championship teams do, and we believe we are still a championship team. We believe that we are just trying to go 1-0, and like I said to you guys earlier in the week, we are looking at it as we are technically 3-3, but 0-0 and we have 10 games left, and we won the first one and hopefully we can go home and come out with a good win next week, too.

RE: Playing in North Carolina

Well, obviously, to come to the state of North Carolina, just the Carolinas in general, means a lot to me. I graduated from North Carolina State University in three years. I got to play football and baseball there. I had an awesome time there and played with some great football players. Just our team in general — we have J.R. Sweezy and Steve Hauschka — and just to have those guys be on your team and to be here, I love coming back to Carolina and just to see so many people, so many fans, so many NC State fans that I really respect, but just to be in this state, it means a lot to me to come here to see so many great people, so many memories I have here, so many positive ones. It means the world to me.

RE: The temperature at the half after the Panthers’ stop

Yeah, it gave us some great confidence. They made a great play there on third down and we thought we were going to have a touchdown. I’m not sure if I threw the ball a little high. I don’t know. I’ll have to watch it on film. But they made a great play and I think Josh Norman picked it off. But we were able to come back in the second half and just keep going. Just not let it get to us. Just keep playing one play at a time, and when the score is 9-6, we believe that we are going to go down the field and make the plays and score a touchdown and win the game.

RE: His accuracy and rhythm

I think we were a little off. Like I said, I could have played a lot better. That’s the thing I look forward to, though. When I don’t play my best, I look forward to the next opportunity I have. And that’s every week. So those are the things I can continue to work on. You know, I’m still young. I’m still learning, still trying to work on a couple things here and there. But I’m looking forward to it with the guys we have. We have some great guys. Like I said earlier, to have Norwood step up, to have Paul Richardson step up, Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Cooper Helfet, Luke Willson, and obviously Robert Turbin to come into the game and make some plays for us. And Marshawn Lynch always. Just so many different guys. (Ricardo) Lockette had a good game, and to have Christine Michael to come in and make some plays. There were so many different guys. We believe that we can be a great football team and we are working that way one play at a time.

RE: The pass play to Doug Baldwin

Well, I had a guy out to the right and I also had a guy running down the seam and you know, I kind peeked the guy to the right and he was going to be covered so I threw it to Doug and I knew – I played Luke Kuechly so many times, I know how good he is and his instincts and I saw him flash in front of my face and I just kind of threw it in front of him at his feet so that way he couldn’t pick it off because I didn’t know what he was trying to do there. I think maybe I’ve played him too many times.

RE: Was it a bad snap?

I don’t know. It’s probably on me. I’ll have to look at it. We’ll see what happened.

RE: Improv pitch to Turbin

Yeah, I had some pressure there. I stepped up on a third down and Turbin kind of slipped out in front of me. He made a great play. He cut in front of my face and last thing right before I got sacked, I just kind of flipped it to him… a little second-base flip to the shortstop, and he made a great catch and got a huge gain for us and that was a big third down.

RE: What this game means

Well, first of all, with all of the people trying to distract us saying we are not together or whatever that meant, I don’t even know. We are probably the closest that we have ever been. We are completely together. We have guys that love to play the game. We’ve lost some tough games. We’ve lost games that we feel like we could have won against some good football teams, but we feel like we could be 6-0. We are excited about playing one week at a time. We are the type of team that when our back is against the wall we are going to keep working, we are going to keep fighting, keep playing and that’s all thanks to Coach Carroll. I’m looking forward to the next opportunity we have to practice and to the next opportunity we get together and just be together and play the game.

RE: The mood in the locker room

It’s a huge win because of the fashion that we won it. There’s nothing better than when the game is on the line with four minutes left, two minutes left, one minute left — that’s all I could ever ask for. That’s all our team could ask for. And our defense was unstoppable. They just made play after play and just to make those plays today, to be able to come up big was pretty special and our locker room was fired up about that.

RE: Whether they tried not to leave Carolina time

In terms of trying to score and see if we can give them time or not, we are not really thinking about that. It’s hard enough to score. It’s hard enough to score against a very good defense that can make a lot of plays and so we were just one play at time and let the game happen. We weren’t going to play fearful; we weren’t going to play back on our heels either. And then Coach Bevell made that call and we went in attack mode and no huddle and hit Luke Willson for a touchdown, and those are the things we can do on offense. And, like I said, I could have played a lot better. We could have shown up and done a lot more things, too.

RE: Not getting frustrated after all field goals

For me, I never get frustrated. As the quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, the goal is to be the calm in the storm. The goal is to make everyone believe and make sure they understand, ‘Hey, we are going to be OK. We are trusting our defense. They are going to make the plays. We are trusting our offense. When the game is on the line, we are going to make the plays.’ Trusting that Paul Richardson is going to make the catch… Norwood, the rest of the guys. We just trust those guys to make the play. And there’s no doubt, and that’s what I was telling the guys in the huddle. There is no doubt, and so that’s kind of where we were there.

RE: The adversity and the things being said about this team, particularly you

Yeah. I think for us, there were no distractions at all. I think it was people trying to find ways to knock us down, but we just keep swinging and keep believing in each other. We keep believing in the people that we have in the room, and we keep believing in the coaching staff. We keep believing in our fans, we keep believing in each other and there is no doubt that we are together. There is no doubt that we are more together than ever before. And so, in terms of me, (the) “not black enough” thing I think you are talking about, I don’t even know what that means. I don’t know. I believe that I am an educated young male that is not perfect, that tries to do things right, that just tries to lead and tries to help others and tries to win games for this football team, for this franchise. And that’s all I focus on. I don’t even know. For me, though, and for this football team, we are excited about the next opportunity we have, and that’s all I know.


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