Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said he felt he handled Arizona’s defensive pressure packages okay last week, and that the speed of the game wasn’t any different than what he faced during the preseason.
“I wouldn’t say it was any faster,” Wilson said. “I think more than anything we have to capitalize on some plays, whether it’s me making the right throw at the right time, or just reaching out for the first down in terms of runs.”
Wilson said the fact that he played against Arizona’s 3-4 defense last week should help in the preparation for the Dallas Cowboys, another 3-4 team, this weekend.
“They’re very, very similar,” Wilson said. “Most 3-4 defenses are for the most part. They’ve got a lot of talent up front. They fly around and make plays. They bring different types of pressure, just like Arizona did. And so we just have to be prepared for it, and when we have that opportunity to block it up, there’s a lot of green grass behind it. And so we have to capitalize on those.”
Wilson said he did have a few moments during last week’s game to take in the situation and understand he was starting in his first NFL game.
“Of course I was,” Wilson said. “I got out there, and I didn’t forget that. It’s one of those things that, the main goal and the main focus for me is just to win the game, and help our football team win whatever way possible. And so it wasn’t too big or too small, or anything like that.
“It was another football game. Another opportunity – 100 yards. It was my first NFL football game, so that’s always cool to have. But it wasn’t any different.”
Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant, a Jasper, Texas native who grew up as a Dallas Cowboys fan, talked about playing team he rooted for as a youngster.
“It always means something playing the Cowboys,” Bryant said. “I’m a Texas boy to my heart. I grew up lovin’ the Cowboys. But it’s basically the next game. I’m not going to get outside of myself and my game playing them. I know I was really excited last year, and wanted to do extremely well. And sometimes you can press – it’s human nature.
“So I’m just going to rely on everything I’ve been working on, rely on my technique and let’s battle. Let’s get after it.”
I told Bryant it seems like it’s a requirement that players who grew up in Texas are Cowboys fans. How come nobody has any love for the Texans?
“We love the Texans, it’s just the Cowboys are America’s team,” Bryant said, laughing. “And they definitely were one of my teams. I grew up a Cowboys fan. My whole family are Cowboys fans. So it’s just something that we all look forward to Thanksgiving – we’re going to be watching the Cowboys. So I know everybody will be pulling for me, but they’ll also be watching the Cowboys on Sunday. So it’s a win-win for me.”