In case you missed it the other day, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson had some interesting thoughts on this year’s team compared to last season’s.
Here they are:
(On Seattle’s defense being better than last year) I think they were better than they were last year in my opinion. I think our defense is playing lights out football—we’re older, we more experience on offense and defense. I think we have a more focused team, if that’s even possible. So we’ll see what happens—I think everybody in our division and in the NFC is playing great football right now. In terms of us, I believe that we have the right mentality back in terms of—we don’t believe that we can be stopped and that’s just because of the way we practice, the way that we work every day, the way we study, and ultimately when it comes down to crunch time, we believe we’re going to make the plays.
(On how they got back to that mentality) Just communicating—I think that’s the biggest thing. We had a team meeting, a players only type deal and we just continued to talk, continued to focus on each other, not make it about us as individuals, but each other and, ‘How can I make this guy better and how can I be better for this guy on this day?’ So I think that’s where our focus has always been. I wouldn’t say that we got too far away from that, I just think we had to zone in even more because everyone was talking about us from everybody’s outside perspective, it can have an effect, but I think more than anything we squashed that and I think it’s more about what can we do for each other and we’re on the right page right now.
(On it being a different challenge than last year) I think it is a little bit of a different challenge—I don’t think it should be a different challenge but I think it is a different challenge. I think in terms of you not winning one yet, that’s sometimes the hardest thing to do, but when you’ve won one, ok now what do you do? The great thing is that now you have the formula to do it and you’re thinking, ‘Ok what did we do to get there?’ It was through our hard work, through playing great, and making some clutch plays—when you think about Richard Sherman’s pick in Houston, you think about Doug Baldwin’s catch in Houston. You think about some different plays throughout the season—Jermaine Kearse’s fourth and seven in the NFC Championship game, I mean those are the plays you have to make to win a Super Bowl and we were able to make those plays. This year I believe that we’ve made those plays too as well—we’ve hung in there and we’ve been clutch when we’ve needed too. To play a great Arizona team like we did last week and to play the style of game that we played—physical, explosive on offense, physical on defense, and lights out on defense—those are the things that you have to do, that’s the formula and ultimately it comes down to being together, playing for one another, not about being an individual, but being about the team and we’ve definitely been able to do that.