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February 3, 2015 at 4:23 PM

Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson: “I obviously want to play in Seattle forever”

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, usually the first one in the building, was the last one out today as the Seahawks packed up their bags and headed out into the off-season, meeting with the media a couple hours after some of his teammates did.

Wilson, as relaxed and open as he’s bee all season, talked about a variety of topics, including the last play of the Super Bowl, his future, and his plans to show up to spring training with the Texas Rangers next month (again, likely for just a day or two).

Wilson didn’t go into detail about his contract but said he words that should make Seahawks fans happy: ”I obviously want to play in Seattle forever.”

Here’s a little video and some quotes below:

On dealing with the loss: “I think everybody deals with loss differently. If anybody hates losing, I hate losing, so I want to do anything and everything I can to get prepared to win and find a way to win. We’ve won a lot of football games. You think about, just in the three years I’ve been here, we played in playoffs, go to Atlanta, lose a tough game in Atlanta—that was tough to deal with—but you think about the future of it all back then when I was a rookie. Then second year we got to the Super Bowl and win the Super Bowl, then we go to the Super Bowl in our third year and we lose on the last play of the game, and that’s disappointing. I think what it shows is our culture of our football team, our culture of the players that we have, the character of the players we have that, no matter what the circumstances are, we’re going to do everything we can to try to be the best, and anything less is not satisfying enough. That’s just where we are. That shows the championship style of our organization and what we want to do and what we plan to do in the future. So that’s where our mindset is, that’s where my mindset is, is ‘OK, how can I move on to the future?’ Just like last year when we won the Super Bowl, I was already thinking about the next opportunity. So even though we lost the game, we felt like we should of won it, and now it’s on to the next opportunity that we have. That’s how we’ve always been, at least since I’ve been here. Coach Carroll does a great job of that, our leaders of our football team do a great job of that, so there’s no worry about what we’re trying to do.”

On if he saw Malcolm Butler: “No, he made a great play. it was one of  those bang-bang plays. That’s how it usually is in a goal line area, a red zone area. The guy played a great game, honestly. A guy that I think was undrafted just made tons of plays. Play after play. You’ve got to give him a lot of respect. He won the game for them right there.”

On if it occurred to him to tuck it and run: “Oh, no, it looked wide open. Open enough. I shouldn’t say wide open, but it looked open enough to get it in there and make the play. I thought we were going to. When I threw it, I was like, touchdown, second Super Bowl ring, here we go. And it didn’t happen. You just learn from experience. That’s why you play the great game, because you look forward to the next opportunity. Win, lose, no matter what the circumstances are, that’s the way I’ve always been. I always look forward to the next opportunity I have to have the football in my hand. Every time I’m in that situation again, I believe I’m going to have success again.”

On if there’s anything he could have done differently: “I think it was bang bang. I think he made a phenomenal play. Great instinct play by him. Like I said, he played a phenomenal game. When he came into the game, he played really well.”

On what the dialogue was on the sidelines leading up to the final play: “The play, when Kearse made that phenomenal catch – Kearse has made a lot of great catches since he’s been here and that’s why I love throwing to him – so he makes that phenomenal catch, and we try to call another play. Then we had to call time out, we had our wide open passing personnel in from the play before. So we called time out and go to the sideline and call our run to the left – I’m not going to say what the run call is. We were thinking, OK, what are we going to try to do next if we run it. The idea was to put zebra in the game. That’s usually our best personnel. We got Doug Baldwin in the game, we have Jermaine Kearse, we got Lockette in the game, we have Marshawn Lynch, and we got Luke Willson or one of our other tight ends in the game and obviously I’m in the game too. It’s a tough personnel to stop. Anyways, we get the great run, Marshawn gets down to the 1 yard line. It’s one of those things, you trust what they called. I had no doubt. I had no doubt in the play call. I still don’t to this day. I just wish we had made the play. We’ve made some phenomenal plays. You talk about the Green Bay play at the end of the game in fourth quarter, or OT. If we had made the touchdown, you guys would be sitting here asking me different questions, but we didn’t. So that’s what it came down to. It’s a game of inches, a game of making the play or not making the play. A lot of times, just like Kearse makes that phenomenal catch, sometimes the ball bounced his way, and somehow, some way, the ball didn’t go to the right guy that play when I thought it was going to. You just look forward to the next opportunity. That’s what I’m looking forward to, training and getting ready for the next opportunity we have and getting ready for training camp and getting ready for preseason. No matter if we won that game or lost that game, like we did, I’d still think the same way. I hate losing and I love winning, and I just want to be around people that love to win. I think that’s what our organization is about. I know what that’s about, and I think that’s been shown for years, and I think that’s where our focus is.”

On his thoughts about his contract situation: “To be honest with you, I haven’t really thought anything about it. You know, I obviously want to play in Seattle forever. That’s my goal, and I want to be with this organization. I love this organization. I love this city. I love these fans, and I love winning here. We’ve won a lot of football games here, and that’s the goal, you know. Every year I step on the field, every time I go out those doors back there, the goal is to have a winning day and the goal is to have a winning practice with great teammates around me. So, I think that’s where my focus is, is just continue to find ways to win, and hopefully it’s here in Seattle forever. But still — I’m still thinking I’ve got a game on Sunday. That’s what I’m still feeling like.”

On if it’s important for him to be the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL:  “No, for me I just want to keep winning. I don’t worry about all that stuff.”

On what he thinks of the criticism of offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell: I know Coach Bevell is a strong-minded, strong-willed person. who knows what he does best. Ultimately, I trust the preparation. I trust the calls, I trust where we are. Think about it: My rookie year we made the playoffs with coach Bevell calling the plays. Next year we won the Super Bowl with coach Bevell calling the plays. Sunday we were in the Super Bowl and we came up short. Comes down to players making plays. Ultimately it’s a players game. Coach Bevell does a tremendous job of preparing us. He’s been phenomenal. H’s going to be a tremendous head coach one day. He’s a great family guy. I have tons of respect for him. He’s one of the first, if not the first, people here every day. Any time he calls a play I understand what he’s calling. For us, I love the guy to death. I trust the people we have around us.

On being spring training plans with the Texas Rangers: “I’m so focused on thinking I still have a game on Sunday. In terms of the Rangers, I’ll probably go down there at some point, or when or if I do, but I’m just grateful to be on this football team.”

On if he’s watched the game:  ”Yeah, I’ve watched film of the game. I’ve probably watched it 12 times. Ironically 12 too.”

On if it’s important to him to have a new deal done before he enters the season so he isn’t a lame duck contract-wise: “I really honestly don’t think about it. I didn’t grow up with much, so for me I play the game because I have great people around me. God gave me a tremendous gift,  so hopefully the Seahawks want me around forever, hopefully that is the case and I love being here too and I love being around these fans and this community, so hopefully that is the circumstance.”

On if the Rangers’ visit will be the same as last year: “I think I’m going to play for the Rangers, you know, all of Triple A, … no, no (joking). My focus is still on being a Super Bowl-type winning quarterback for this football team, obviously. And getting back there. But not just getting back. Getting back is not good enough. And that’s what I was saying to you guys earlier. That’s what’s great about this football team — and the fans, too. Being in that stadium and feeling that disappointment, feeling that disappointment in general, that’s the amazing part about our fans, our organization, our players, is that we now all expect to win it all, you know. When you think about that, that’s different than it was before, to my understanding. That’s the great thing. That’s the thing that I keep focusing on. And I know John Schneider, our GM, is going to do a great job of bringing new players in, in terms of the draft and free agency and all that kind of stuff. And we keep moving. We are going to do all these great things. So our focus is on what can we do for the next opportunity that we have. So whenever that next practice is, April, April 20th, whatever it is, we will be ready to go. And when the games come around the goal will still be to be 1-0. It’s never different. Win, lose or draw it’s never going to change with me. Maybe I’m boring, maybe I am sick in the mind in that way. But that’s just how I think. I think that’s why we’ve been in two Super Bowls the last three years and we’ve been in the playoffs every time, is we don’t change our mindset. I know the guys in that locker room don’t change that mindset on anything else.”



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