Here’s all that Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson had to say to the media today:
(On why he was off in the Raiders game) Usually it pertains to my footwork—the timing of it is good, just have to work on a couple things. I was quick on a couple throws and I don’t know it’s anything that I really have to be worried about—I made a lot of throws and I can just hang in there a little bit longer and just complete the ball and it’s just playing pitch and catch that’s all.
(On when his footwork is off, the ball begins to sail) That’s usually the case with any quarterback or anybody that’s throwing anything. So I think that just having great balance and having great footwork all the time—that’s what I work on, that’s what I try to focus on every day so I’m looking forward to that.
(On what’s the key to being consistent) Just keep practicing, keep doing what I’m doing—keep learning and keep studying as much as I can.
(On it being easier to have Max Unger in the lineup) Well to have a Pro Bowl center in there, Max Unger, he makes a difference. He’s a great football player—one of the best centers in the National Football League. He does a great job, he communicates extremely well, and he’s phenomenal. I think the other guys have really done a great job of stepping up though—you think about [Patrick] Lewis, you think about [Steve] Schilling; the things that they’ve had to do to step into our offense and make some calls, make sure we’re in the right spot, me adjusting calls and making sure that everything is in order—I think they’ve done a tremendous job and they’ve played some great football for us. That’s going to be huge for us down the road too—to have guys, in terms, like Lewis and guys like Schilling to be able to step into the game and have no hesitation and no fear—that’s big for us.
(On how big is it that he and Max Unger see the same thing) It’s huge that the quarterback and the center see the same thing. Max and I definitely have that relationship—same with [Steve] Schilling and [Patrick] Lewis too as well. We all meet together on Fridays and during the week too—on Wednesdays and Thursday mornings, but Friday is kind of our alone time where we just study as much as we can and go through each clip. So we’ll be ready to go and I’m excited about it.
(On does he watch film of Giants last year) Well I always try to look back in terms of trying to figure out what kind of calls they were making, what we did well, what didn’t work so well, where we could have been better. So yeah—of course I watch the game. I watched last year’s game and the previous two years before. Then, getting ready for this game, you just have to study as much as you can: you watch all the third downs, you watch all the red zone, you watch all of their blitz packages and just study as much as you can so that when you see them bringing pressure from the right or from the left, you know what it looks like.
(On recent games being more significant) Well I always think the most recent game that you play—it shows what you guys can do and what you can’t do sometimes, but it doesn’t show everything. Us—for example on offense, we didn’t have our best game, but we’ve had a lot of great games. So I think that they’re a great football team, they have a lot of great players on that side of the ball—you think about their leader in the secondary in terms of [Antrel] Rolle, [Dominique] Rodgers-Cromartie is a good football player too as well, and he’s made a lot of plays when we played him in the Super Bowl—he’s got a lot of speed. You think about their front seven—they have a lot of athletic guys on the d-line. So for us, we’re going to have to be on our stuff and make sure we’re executing and that our attention to detail is going to have to be on point. More than anything, in terms of our offense, the tempo is really important for us—staying on schedule, getting everybody moving, making sure we’re not getting penalties because a lot of times we’ll get a big play and we’ll have to bring it back for whatever reason. So we have to make sure that we eliminate that and keep doing what we do best.
(On Giants safety Antrel Rolle) Well he’s so physical, he flies around, he has great hands—I mean he can do it all. He’s a guy that has played a lot of football and played at very high level. So his intelligence definitely shows up on film. His ability to catch the football, run around, and makes plays, get to the football, and tackle guys—he shows up everywhere.
(On Marshawn Lynch as a pass catcher) Marshawn is a guy that can do it all too—he’s a guy that can run the football so physically and he catches the ball extremely well. He’s like a wideout out there. So what he can do—coming out of the backfield, catching the football, and once he makes a guy miss—you never know what may happen. You want to have those weapons, in terms of the running back position, and to have a guy like Marshawn Lynch—a star player in the National Football League, catching the football for you and running the football for you is huge. Then you have a guy like Robert Turbin who can step up and do the exact same thing and Christine Michael is pretty spectacular at that too.
(On how much pride he takes in getting the offense in rhythm) I take a lot of pride in it. I take so much pride in our offense and what we do, and what we’re capable of. I always think we can play better, whether we throw for 400 yards or run for 400 yards or whatever the circumstances are. The ultimate goal for me is to win the football game—I’m the last person to care about stats, I’m the last person to care about all that—I want to play at a high level for sure and I think the more I play at a high level, the better our chances are of winning. So we’re right there—that’s what we’ve been talking about in our room with the receivers, tight ends, and the running backs, and the offensive line. ‘We’re right there.’ We’re missing a few guys—we’ll have a few guys come back here soon will be big for us too I think and we just have to keep hammering away. We just have to keep practicing hard at a high level—we’re in a very good situation.
(On Tony Moeaki) He’s a great football player too—he catches the ball extremely well. We were just talking about that in walk thru. I was trying to figure out how to say his name and my quarterback coach was saying that, ‘It’s like teriyaki but with a Moe in front of it.’ He’s played a lot of football too—he’s played for the Chiefs, I think he caught like 55 balls for the Chiefs in 2010, in 2012 he caught like 35 or 33. He’s caught a lot of footballs and to have him out here on the first day, to see him adjust, and to see him play at the level that he played at yesterday in practice was pretty cool to watch.
(On playing with new guys) Well when you have guys that you haven’t really played a bunch with, you just have to believe that they’ll make the plays and they do. I trust those guys—completely. The more experience they get the better—I think about [J.R] Sweezy and I, our first game, we played the Arizona Cardinals away and we had a lot of tough battles in that game. We had a lot of things happen in that game but you learn a lot from your experiences, you keep growing, and you keep building, and that’s not just the great part about sports in general but game of football. When it’s the best team sport in the world, you lean on other guys, you lean on each other, you trust each other, and that’s how you win football games—that’s what we’ve been able to do and that’s what we’re going to keep doing.
(On it being weird seeing different line combinations) Well Coach [Tom] Cable does a good job of changing guys in and out throughout practice and throughout training camp so I’m used to those guys and our communication is great and we have tons of meetings and we meet in here and communicate and talk so when I look in a guy in the huddle I don’t think about who it is necessarily. I’m just excited that they’re in a Seahawks jersey and let’s just go—that’s the way that I look at it.
(On how to cut down on pre-snap penalties) I think just always communicating a little bit better if I have too and making sure that I really engage in the huddle and do everything that I can to make sure that I grab everybody’s attention and say, ‘Hey this is important, this is the situation here.’ I usually try to make sure that I do that, but maybe a little bit more—whatever it takes, what it takes to be successful I’m willing to do it.
(On playing a team on a short schedule) No—I never really pay attention to that stuff. The only time I pay attention is when this last week; the Giants had to play Monday Night, the only thing that helps me is that I get to watch the game. So that’s kind of how I get to use that as an advantage. Other than that, everybody’s schedule is kind of different. Everybody’s schedule in terms of different teams, you play so many tough teams every week—that’s what makes the National Football League the best league in all of professional sports.
(On the New York Giants defensive ends) We definitely have to slow down their ends [Jason] Pierre-Paul and [Robert] Ayers—they show up on film and they’re electric coming off the football. So we’re going to have to do a great job of slowing them down and I know our guys are excited about it. It should be a good game and we play a lot of great players and those two guys are their top caliber players.
(On assessing where the team is now) I think we can be much better and that’s the exciting part—I think we’re right were we need to be. We’re about to hit this curve right here where we have eight more games left. Going into it, you just worry about one game at a time. We’re getting guys back, guys are starting to heal up, and we’re really figuring out our identity and what we can do. We have a lot of young guys too and that’s a good thing though because a lot of these guys are getting experience. You think about Paul Richardson, you think about Kevin Norwood, and even Luke Willson—a guy who has played a lot more football now because Zach Miller has been out and Cooper Helfet—those guys are playing tons of football. Christine Michael, Robert Turbin, and Marshawn Lynch—those guys have played tons of football already but you think about those guys having to step up and get in the game and making plays and that’s what we’re going with. We trust them—we know they can make all those plays. They’re doing a great job of learning—everybody always stays here after hours and make sure that we watch film and study as much as we can. We’re right in the right spot and I know we’re going to keep pushing and keep moving forward—there’s no hesitation for us.
(On Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood) Well those two guys, Kevin Norwood and Paul Richardson, they’ve played a lot of football already in their careers. Obviously, Kevin playing at Alabama, it’s a lot of big time football in front of a lot of people. Then you think about Paul Richardson, a superstar wide receiver in the college football ranks, and then to be able to go against our guys and they just learn so much. Their quest for knowledge is unbelievable—they ask so many questions, they want to know how to get better, they’re very accountable, they want to be great football players, and they want to catch the ball so well. So they don’t really have any flaws. I think if they had any flaws, it’d just be experience and experience is necessary for those who aren’t qualified and they’re definitely qualified for what they can do. So they’re terrific football players.
(On off the field recognition) In terms of the Man of the Year award, it’s a tremendous honor just to be associated with this organization and to be with so many great football players on our football teams—there’s not just one. There’s so many guys—I know there’s 53 plus guys in there that should be man of the year. So just to have this honor, it’s a blessing. God is so amazing in my life and I’m truly grateful just to the opportunities that I get to have, with the people that I get to interact with, the kids that I get to meet, and the game I get to play every Sunday. I’m truly grateful for the people that I get to be around.