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November 13, 2014 at 4:56 PM

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson says “my confidence never wavers”

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is in the midst of an uncommon stretch when it comes to his passing, as the Giants game marked the third straight in which he had a rating of 78 or below.

Wilson had never before had anything more than two straight games in the 80s. The passing struggles have obviously been offset by some equally uncommon running — he has 173 yards rushing in the last three games, 107 against the Giants — to help allow Seattle to win three in a row.

But the passing game issues are something that’s obviously hard to ignore, especially now that the Seahawks are entering a particularly tough stretch of the schedule.

Wilson addressed the topic of the passing game during his weekly meeting with the media today.

Asked how he evaluates his play the last three games, he said: “Well I think my accuracy has been a little off for whatever reason. I keep believing in myself. I’m not going to doubt myself. I’ve played a lot of great football at times. I believe every time I get the ball in my hands, I’m going to make something happen. That’s never going to change. My confidence never waivers and sometimes you go through a downward slump but as long as you can find ways to win. That’s all I care about is finding ways to help our football win and then once I get back in my groove which hopefully it will happen this week, I think it’s going to be really hard to stop us because of how our defense is playing and how Marshawn [Lynch] is running the football and so there have been a lot of opportunities. That’s the good thing. There have been a lot of opportunities that we could have capitalized on and we haven’t. I think some of that’s on me and I look forward to those moments again, whenever they come back up, I believe that those game altering plays I’m going to make.”

Asked if he thinks footwork is the issue, as he has said in the past when he’s had similar issues, he said: “I think sometimes. I think some of the times it’s been footwork and sometimes maybe rushing a little bit too fast. I think that one of my strengths is being poised at certain times and I think that I have to always go back to that. Always being as calm as possible and being smooth as possible and making those throws and hitting it when it’s there.”

Wilson also revealed that he planned to wear shoes without cleats at practice Thursday to prepare for a possibly frozen field Sunday at Kansas City, saying:

“I’ve never had to wear non-spikes because usually the cold places that I’ve played have turf. So it’s a little bit different—the ground may be heated, but I’m getting ready for that just in case you ever have to wear non-spikes, just in case the ground is frozen and your cleats won’t go in the ground. So that’s probably what I’m going to be practicing in probably today most likely just to kind of get a feel for what it’s going to feel like, and get a feel for my balance, and moving around.”

You can watch some of what Wilson had to say today here:



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