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October 31, 2014 at 8:01 AM

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson quotes and video

Here is some video and the quotes of what Seattle QB Russell Wilson had to say to the media Thursday:

(On the Oakland Raiders defense) Well their defense is making a lot of plays and they’re a very physical defense. Their front seven tremendous and their back end is very experienced as well. They’re making a lot of plays so that’s one of the things you notice about their defense. A lot of their games are really close so their record doesn’t show how good they really are and so we’re going to have to play great football, play physical, and be strong.

(On Khalil Mack) He’s playing like one of the rookies of the year. He’s a special football player—he doesn’t look like a rookie at all. He looks like a guy that’s been there for ten years. It’s going to be exciting to go against him, he’s playing great football, he’s very physical, and can run around, he’s a very aggressive football player so I have a lot of respect for his game.

(On him trusting his new targets this year) Well to be able to go to Cooper Helfet, Luke Willson, [Kevin] Norwood, Paul Richardson—so many different guys when the game is on the line like last week, and then to capitalize—I have complete trust in those guys. They work so hard during the week and they do a tremendous job of just continuing to make plays throughout practice, throughout the week, and obviously on game day. So I have all the confidence in the world in those guys—that’s the great thing about our team I believe; when somebody has to step up they step up every time and that’s what we needed—they continue to show up and continue to do a great job so you got to love having those guys out there on the field with you.

(On is there room to build trust or getting a feel for his new throwing targets) I don’t think there’s any room as far as building trust—I think we completely trust each other in what we’re doing. I think there is always room for all of us to improve—definitely me. That’s something you look forward too, but other than that, in terms of the trust factor, I completely trust those guys: I knew Kevin [Norwood] was going to make that catch, I knew Paul Richardson was going to make a big catch, I knew Cooper Helfet was going to show up, I knew Luke Willson was going to make that catch down the seam—It’s just that I have confidence in those guys.

(On how they matured during the two minute offense) Really—ever sense I’ve been here, I feel like we’ve been pretty good at two minute. It’s something that we thrive on, it’s something that I look forward to at least—I know the rest of our offense does as well. So we keep getting in those situations; Coach Carroll puts us in those situations throughout the week. I remember my rookie year; we had to have at least 1500 snaps of two minute situations from training camp all the way until the end of the season in terms of practicing. So we get in those situations and we feel comfortable in those situations. I look forward to those situations because it puts pressure on the defense but it also puts the ball in our court and hopefully we can make a play.

(On does he feel the offense is better when they speed up the tempo) I think our offense is better when we’re on schedule. When we speed up the tempo—it’s a great thing because it makes it tough on a defense for sure and I definitely like doing that but also, there’s a certain pace to the game that you want to be in rhythm with. When we can run the ball, be physical, and obviously hand the ball off to Marshawn Lynch, it makes a difference too. Especially when you have a great defense that can make a lot of plays for you—you want to make it harder on the other team to get the ball back. So I’m glad we’re versatile—we can do a lot of things. We have to keep getting better that’s for sure but that’s a thing that we pride ourselves on is being able to hop into the two minute and make plays.

(On how much he ran two minute at NC State) Yes—at NC State I did it all the time. We were a wide open offense—west coast style of offense where the games were high scoring all the time. So we always had to kind of either come from behind or just try to separate by being in two minute situations. I liked being in those situations also at Wisconsin—Wisconsin was similar to kind of what we do here. We’re a physical running game, we attack you with play action down the field—one of the things I always remembered at the University of Wisconsin was that we would always capitalized right before the half or right at the end of the game in those two minute situations because we practice it so much. So it’s something that you pride yourself on here—Coach Carroll, like I said, does a great job of putting us in those situations.

(On Will Tukuafu) Yeah—to have a 285 pound fullback line up behind me that definitely helps. I think Marshawn’s [Lynch] excited about that to have a guy step up for him at fullback. Robert Turbin did a great job in the meantime, but Robert’s a star running back—you want him to have the football in his hands too as well. That’s an exciting thing to have—he definitely hit a few people yesterday.

(On how he’s able to trust his new receiving targets) I just try to facilitate the ball to the right guy at the right time and I just believe they’re just going to make the play. In terms of the trust, I think I try to work with all the guys in terms of communicating in the meetings, in terms of getting out there early and after practice, or just in the locker room trying to talk about what I’m seeing and what they’re see and just be on the same page—there’s no fear in those situations. There’s no fear when the game is on the line—if anything, I look forward to those situations and I think the rest of my teammates do as well.

(On what lesson did the team learn last year against Tampa Bay) In terms of last year, the lesson that we learned from the Tampa Bay game last year is that it’s the National Football League—everybody is good. We know that the Raiders are good—we played them in preseason and we’ve played them the past few years in preseason. We know the talent that they have—they have some great leadership too as well, some guys that they have acquired over the past year and some of the players that they have are great football players and play for a long time. You think about Charles Woodson, this is his seventeenth year. You think about others guys, some of their D-lineman and the way that Khalil Mack’s playing as a rookie. Their quarterback is playing well too—[Derek] Carr. It’s just one of those things that you have to get ready to go. We know that it’s going to be a battle. They’ve lost some close games and they played the Chargers really well, they played so many other teams really well, they played the Patriots well—it’s going to be a good game.

(On how Pete Carroll said that he is almost like a point guard in the hurry up situations and if he feels like that more in those situations then when he’s huddling) Do I feel like a point guard more in those situations? Hopefully I feel like a point guard all the time—that’s my goal. Like I’ve told you guys, I want to be like Tony Parker—dishing the ball to the right guy at the right time. In those situations, I think it’s playing smart but playing aggressive. There’s a certain tempo that you want to have. There’s a certain understanding of the situations mentally and Coach Carl Smith, my quarterback coach, he does a great job—we watch tons of live tape and we watch tons of situational football from this year, to years in the past that we’ve played and then all the way back to other teams as well. So I thrive off of those situations and I think our team does for sure too as well because we are in them all the time. My job is to get the ball to the right guy and hopefully capitalize when we need to.

(On in the hurry up offense how much of the play calling does he do) In the hurry up, I usually call all the plays. Coach Bevell and I are on the same page though. We know what we want to call and what we want to do. So it’s definitely something that’s effective for us because of that relationship that Coach Bevell and I have is the same. We talk about it all the time, what we want to run and how we want to do it so it’s a good thing.

(On if there’s a point when the team can become too relaxed in those two minute situations) I mean I hope not—I hope I’m never too relaxed in those situations. I do want to be as poised as possible. There’s a sense of urgency that you want to have. I think it’s John Wooden that used to say, ’move quick but don’t hurry,’ something like that. It’s something that you want to have that sense of urgency, you want to be able to push the ball down the field, but you also don’t want to rush and make bad decisions as well. You want to give guys a chance but also live for another down—some of those times too, it’s four down territory and so you know that it’s not there then just throw it away or get something positive by running it—that’s the way I look at it.

(On benefits of keeping defenses on the field) From the quarterback’s perceptive, it slows down the defensive line a lot because when you’re on the field so long, those guys are rushing trying to get past our o-lineman and trying to get to me. So it kind of slows down the pressure a little bit—it also allows the offense their rhythm. So it’s a certain pace, sometimes you want to slow it down a little bit sometimes you want to speed it up—just like playing basketball. When you get a break away, sometimes you want to go full speed but sometimes you have to slow it down and pull it back out and make sure you get a good play on it. So those are the things that you want to do.


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