Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson says he understands that with him being a rookie quarterback, Arizona defensive coordinator Ray Horton likely will be bringing blitzes from everywhere imaginable to try and rattle him.
So he’s prepared as much as he can to deal with the many pressures he’ll see on Sunday.
“Well I think you have to focus on both,” Wilson said. “We have to focus on what we can control, but also what they try to do to us, and why they try to do it – knowing the why’s of football and understanding what their purpose is.
“I think more than anything I just try to study as much film as I can and prepare myself in the best way possible, and prepare our football team, and go out there and perform on Sunday.”
Wilson said that he benefitted from facing Kansas City’s 3-4 defensive front in Week 3 of the preseason in preparation for Arizona this weekend.
“It helped a lot,” Wilson said. “A 3-4 defense is a little different than just your normal
four down lineman that most teams run. So you have to be able to adjust, and understand what we’re trying to do.
“The offensive line is doing a great job of understanding what we need to do in terms of protection, and in terms of running the football. So I think that more than anything, just being on the same page throughout the game.”
Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley talked about how his defense will deal with Arizona receiver Larry Fitzgerald.
Part of the issue is the Cardinals move the talented receiver around in order to find the best matchup. Bradley also pointed out that Early Doucet – not Fitzgerald – Arizona’s most targeted receiver on third down last year. So Seattle’s secondary cannot be so consumed with shutting down Fitzgerald that they forget about the other receivers on the field.
“I think he’s had like 16 catches against us in the last two games,” Bradley said. “And he’s been targeted quite a bit. So we have to have great awareness for him, but it really starts with their run game. If they can get their run game going where you have to bring another guy in the box to defend it, now that opens it up for him.”
The Seahawks made a couple roster moves today, releasing offensive lineman Edawn Coughman and linebacker Allen Bradford from the practice squad. Seattle replaced them on the roster with Oregon State product tight end/defensive end Gabe Miller and center Tommie Draheim out San Diego State.
The Seahawks also added quarterback Matt Flynn to the team’s injury report. Flynn was limited on Thursday with his sore right elbow bothering him again. While running back Marshawn Lynch (back) practiced for the first time in over two weeks, but was limited to the earl portion of practice.
Here’s the full injury report for Thursday
Defensive end Greg Scruggs (hamstring), cornerback Byron Maxwell (shoulder) and receiver Golden Tate (knee) did not practice.
Offensive guard James Carpenter (knee), running back Marshawn Lynch (back) and quarterback Matt Flynn (elbow) were limited.
Offensive tackle Brandon Keith (ankle) is out.
Safety Rashad Johnson (Abdomen), linebacker O’Brien Schofield (Knee), OG Adam Snyder (elbow), cornerback Greg Tolar (hip) and receiver Andre Roberts (ankle) were limited.
Running back LaRod Stephens-Howling (groin) and tight end Rob Housler (hamstring) fully participated in practice on Thursday.