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January 16, 2015 at 4:42 PM

Quotes and video: Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson talked to the media today for one last time before Sunday’s NFC title game about the team’s readiness for the game, his relationship with Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, and more. Some video below and then some quotes:

(On the team’s demeanor) The demeanor is the same it’s always been – championship mindset and we’re looking forward to the opportunity. There’s one mission. There’s one mission – go 1-0 this week. We’ve done a phenomenal job this week. The guys have looked better than ever and they keep growing and keep building and we continue to get better. We’re excited about the opportunity. We’re going against a great football team – great quarterback, great defense, great offense so it will be a lot of fun.

(On if he thinks at all about his place in the hierarchy of the remaining quarterbacks) The only thing I care about is winning. A lot of people talk about who’s the best quarterback and all that kind of stuff. I really don’t pay attention to it. I just try to do my job and I try to do my job better than anybody else and I try to do my job better than the other guy on the other side of the field. Every game that’s the focus and try to find a way to win – the ultimate goal is to win and go 1-0.

(On if he talks to any other quarterbacks in the offseason) Yeah, I’ve definitely been able to do that in terms of picking the brains of some of the best guys in the National Football League. The guy I probably talk to the most and have tons of respect for is Drew Brees. We will text back and forth throughout the season – guy that’s a great family guy, guy that’s dedicated to the game and a guy that has done it better than most for a very long time now – guy that’s been “smaller” – one of those guys. So I love his demeanor when he’s out there – to pick his brain and learn from him. The best experience that I had was going to the Pro Bowl my rookie year and being around Drew and Eli Manning at the time and Peyton Manning and all the other guys. It was a great experience for me.

(On what is unique about the 12s) Well, the 12th man fans – there is nobody as loud, the energy around the city. I think about when we won the Super Bowl last year and being on that little bus, going throughout the city and there’s millions and millions of people out there. It’s like that if you go to the grocery store. It’s like that if you go to dinner. It’s like that obviously on game night. There’s a certain feeling when you step onto the field. Like I always say to you guys, if you haven’t been to a game here, you have to go. It’s one of those bucket list things. They’re going to be fired up. We’re going to need them. We’re going to need them to be loud and throwing their towels and acting crazy. It’s going to be a game that’s probably going to come down to the wire and that’s what you’re looking for.

(On if he ever watched Aaron Rodgers when he was playing at Wisconsin) Yeah, I watched Aaron a lot actually during the offseason. I usually cut up the guys that I like to watch during the season in terms of cutting up their film and watching what they do best and trying to get something from each guy. His rhythm, his timing, the balls that he throws – he makes some ridiculous throws so I have a lot of respect for him in his game and the guys he has around him. He’s a great leader too. He does the right thing. He does the right thing all the time. I really like watching Aaron Rodgers play.

(On the Packers defense) Well, the defensive backs do a great job. They’re quick. They make good decisions. They recognize a lot of things. They play great football. They’re experienced. They’ve been together for a while. They have some young guys but you think about the defensive line and d-ends and linebackers – they fly around, led by [Julius] Peppers and Clay Matthews. Those guys are all over the field. They play a lot of football. That’s why they’re there. That’s why they’re here in the NFC Championship game playing against us and we’re excited about that. It’s going to be a physical game. There are going to be guys flying around and bodies all over the place so it’s going to be an absolute battle.

(On if there are college quarterbacks coming to him to pick his brain) There have been some young guys that I talk to in terms of trying to pick my brain on things, especially during the offseason – I usually get an opportunity to talk to some guys. I try to learn from everybody. I don’t just want to be one-dimensional, a two-dimensional guy – I want to have the smarts like Manning. I want to be able to make the throws like Rodgers. I want to be able to be clutch like Drew Brees and accurate like Drew Brees and clutch like Tom Brady. Those guys – they all have something exceptional. I’m trying to get a little bit from each guy.

(On if moments like these prove that he can be a great quarterback despite his size) It’s kind of a story. It goes week-to-week – you have to prove yourself. This game is very humbling so when you step out on to the field – you do all the preparation so when you go out there, you’re never nervous and you’re prepared and you’re excited for the moment. You live there. So when the lights come on – it’s a moment that I cherish. I don’t let it go. I try to be in it every second that I get and be engaged and be engaged with my teammates and be alert and play the game the way it’s supposed to be played. I’ve always been told – one of my coaches at Wisconsin – Paul Chryst – he’s now the head coach at the University of Wisconsin – he used to always say, “Put it on film, put it on film.” So when I step out on the field, I don’t worry about what anyone has to say, I just try to put in on film and try to find ways to win games and make the right decision and be clutch and like I said, go 1-0.

(On if he has talked to Paul Chryst recently) I talked to Chryst to congratulate him. I’m not sure exactly when it was, maybe three weeks ago, whenever he got the job at the University of Wisconsin – great friend, great coach. We spent a lot of hours together. He’s a Wisconsin guy so we truly enjoy it. I haven’t been getting too many texts from Wisconsin people this week though but it’s been a lot of fun to go to that school and to go to NC State too – both great schools. I learned a lot in college. But to have an opportunity to play in the National Football League, to have an opportunity to play in this game and to go against a great quarterback like Aaron Rodgers and their defense and the Green Bay Packers – it’s a dream come true every week. To have the opportunity to the play the great game of football – I’m so grateful. More grateful to play with the teammates that I have – Jermaine Kearse and Doug Baldwin – having those guys around me and all the tight ends and running backs, Marshawn Lynch and the backfield, the offensive line and our defense – just watching those guys and going up against them every day – I couldn’t ask for anything more.

(On his trust and bond with Jermaine Kearse) Well, the trust and bond that Jermaine and I have developed has been huge. We came in together – he was an undrafted free agent – we came in together as rookies. You think about all the footballs we threw together in the offseason, during rookie mini-camp and all the ups and downs that you have as a rookie and second year and third year and all the clutch plays that he’s made for us in this organization. I love him to death. He does a phenomenal job for us – the rest of the guys too. I think about my rookie class, the 2012 class, everybody doubted us. Everybody said that we weren’t going to be any good and we kind of took that as a challenge. We looked forward to that opportunity. We had a meeting my rookie year – I remember talking to the guys and saying lets be a difference maker. You think about Bruce Irvin, you think about Bobby Wagner, you think about J.R. Sweezy. You think about Robert Turbin and Jeremy Lane and Jermaine Kearse and all the other guys, Cooper Helfet. There are so many guys I could mention. We took it as a challenge to live up to it. We look forward to those opportunities to play on the field.

(On how he has gotten better as a runner) As a runner – I try to get down. I try to get as much as I can get and these guys, man, are flying around and I try to get down. I try to get as much as I can get – when you have a guy like Marshawn Lynch, the best running back in the National Football League – you can hand the football off to him and if they cover him then I can scamper out and get a couple yards here or there. I try to continue to protect myself and continue to try to get as much as I can get and get first downs. If I can get to the end zone, I’ll do that but the wide receivers and tight ends do a great job of blocking for me and giving me an opportunity to make some plays. That’s part of our game. That’s something that we work on – the scramble drills and the running and doing something that makes it tough on the defense to cover everything.

(On the importance of “Turnover Thursdays”) Well, I think both of those correlate in terms of accuracy and decision-making of when you throw the football. I think there is also a factor of risk taking too. You have to know your guys; you have to know what they do, you have to know what they excel at. Does the guy like to go up before the football? Is he one of those guys that you put the ball out in front of him? All those things work together and trusting those guys and developing that relationship with them and communicating with them in the offseason and throughout the season and throughout the game too – adjusting. Also, knowing their guys too and knowing their defense and what they can do really well in the film study. I think too, when you have a great defense, you trust those guys that you’re going to make a play. You give them a lot of credit. It’s not always a bad thing to end with a punt. We have the best punter in the league. He puts the ball on the 2-yard line almost every time. When you have a guy like that, you can trust that he’s going to make a good play for you. We have a great field goal kicker and then also, when the games on the line, you make those throws and you step up and you deliver. The receivers have done a phenomenal job. They save me sometimes. The tight ends save me sometimes and those guys so it all correlates. It all goes together.

(On his relationship with Doug Baldwin) Well, Doug Baldwin – the connection that we have right now is as good as it gets. He sees it. He sees it as soon as I see it, he recognizes and I can look at him and know exactly when he’s going to be and throw it to the spot and trust that he’s going to do that. That’s all the practice. He’s like a quarterback out on the field. He really knows his stuff. He’s on top of it. He’s quick as it gets. It’s hard to find anybody that can really cover him – he’s that quick. He’s got phenomenal hands so giving him a chance, giving him an opportunity to make the plays and that’s the goal this week and every week – give the ball to our true playmakers and let them go to work. Trust that they’re going to make a play and trust that they’re going to get the ball in the end zone, get the first-down and do their thing.



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