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Energizer Bunny has nothing on Russell Wilson

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 1, 2012 at 1:48 pm with 31 Comments »
November 1, 2012 1:48 pm
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson at Thursday's press conference. (Eric Williams/The News Tribune)

After playing in four preseason games and eight regular season games, we’ve now arrived at the point of the season where rookies began to hit a wall.

Traditionally, college football seasons are winding down in November. But asked if he felt he might be hitting a wall, Russell Wilson suppressed a laugh.

“I think people forget that I played college football and professional baseball all in one year,” Wilson said. “So this isn’t anything to me. I can go all day.

“It’s one of those things I think mentally, you have to be focused. You have to get into a routine. I’m on a schedule routine in terms of getting here early in the morning, waking my body up. Getting in the hot tub, cold tub and stretching a lot. And that really kind of gets you alive and awake when you get here. And I think more than anything, when you love the game you never get tired of it.”

As you can see in the photo above, Wilson wore an FC Sounders scarf in support of the team’s opening round MLS playoff contest against Real Salt Lake on Friday.

“I played soccer as a little kid,” Wilson said. “I was all right at it, but I loved football that much more. But I do have a lot of respect for soccer, and their ability to run up and down the field and their athleticism.”

Wilson said he trained with Eddie Johnson of Sounders FC at the IMG Sports Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

Asked what position he’d play, Wilson had this to say: “I’d either be a forward or a goalie – one of the two. Two extremes, I know.”

Wilson was asked what his goals are for the second half of the season.

“The first expectation is to go 1-0 every single week, and just win,” Wilson said. “I think that’s the main thing. It doesn’t matter how we win. I think that obviously, with eight games under my belt, it makes me feel a lot more comfortable. And I’m just trusting my offense, trusting my guys. The chemistry with the guys is just a lot better.”

Asked about how he played in his first eight games, here’s what Wilson had to say.

“I think I played well,” Wilson said. “Obviously, I wish I had a couple more wins under my belt. We’ve lot a couple games right there at the end, but the great thing about it all has been that for me as a rookie playing the quarterback position, all of those games have come down to the end of the game.

“I don’t think it can get an better in terms of being a rookie, for this organization and me personally, to be able to be in those situations, understand those situations much better, and still be able to perform at a high level in those situations.”

Wilson said that he meets and watches film every Thursday and Friday with center Max Unger to go over all of the blitzes and pressures they will see from the opposing defense, the protections they will use against them for Sunday’s game.

“I call out the protections, and we call out if we need to change it or anything like that,” Wilson said. “So that communication there, and mentally being focused and being on the same page all the time really helps you on game day.”

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  1. NWPoseidon says:

    Does this kid ever say the wrong thing?

  2. SandpointHawk says:

    Notice that wrist band on his left arm, he has a crib sheet…..But to answer you question NWPoseidon, not yet.

  3. EastCoastFan51 says:

    he’s a well oiled machine….i hope he can take the next step and get us on a run to hopefully get us in the playoffs. i look for him to start having some really good games now that the coaches trust……one or two long balls to rice assuming he holds on to yhe changes tge dynamics of this offense a great deal.

  4. ryanryan says:

    i’m happy he is a seahawk. he is a very good role model and i think he will become a dominant qb…i don’t know that the stats point directly to that yet, but my tummy feels good about this kid. the way he carries himself makes it easy and guilt free to ‘sell’ the seahawks to my 9 year old falcon fan here in GA.

    that is all

  5. mocarob says:

    He’s too short to be a goalie.

  6. “i’m happy he is a seahawk. he is a very good role model and i think he will become a dominant qb…i don’t know that the stats point directly to that yet, but my tummy feels good about this kid. the way he carries himself makes it easy and guilt free to ‘sell’ the seahawks to my 9 year old falcon fan here in GA”

    I know, and it’s not just that he always says the right things, he also seems to be the hardest worker on the team. And when the team leader is also the hardest worker, that’s the best kind of example.

  7. sluggo42 says:

    His last 3 games have been really good, and better each and every game. You can see it starting to click in his brain, and the game is slowing down for him…

    It’s good to finally have a QB again…

  8. I actually think the energizer bunny has height on him.

  9. Good point, Sluggo. His outing @SF is enough for a pro bowl nod.

  10. Remember that time when RW lit up KC and everyone was like whoa this dude is for real best QB ever, and KC blows and is the worst team in the NFL?

  11. hawkfan777 says:


    I actually laughed out loud on that one. Funny.

  12. ChrisHolmes says:

    “I know, and it’s not just that he always says the right things, he also seems to be the hardest worker on the team. And when the team leader is also the hardest worker, that’s the best kind of example.”

    That is one of the things I love most about this kid. It’s one of the traits I have long admired about Peyton Manning as well. He simply is the hardest working dude in the building. I always wished we had that. Now we do.

    Glad he’s our QB.

  13. Seahawks22360 says:

    I have a feeling RADEon and the other haters had purchased Flynn jerseys when we signed him and now there mad they can’t wear them.

  14. Dukeshire says:

    His last three starts were “really good”…? Good lord. He’s clearly improving. He clearly played well last week. But come on…

  15. Good joke Mocarob!

  16. sherminator says:

    According to Mike Sando, Wilson is the 6th best QB in the NFL since week 5 as measured by ESPN’s QBR metric. He is behind only Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees. A few people might say that is good, maybe even really good…

  17. Wow, since week 5 eh? Really random place to start measuring a pointless metric.

    I think this home stand will get him in a groove, and he’s sail the team to a few more wins.

  18. confucious says:

    He’ll be waiting with bated breath to see how you’ll rate him next week for sure.:)

  19. GeorgiaHawk says:

    RADEoN-cast away wilson

  20. GeorgiaHawk says:

    RADEoN give it up! You are far more a Stealer fan than you are a Seahawks fan, imo.

  21. sherminator says:

    It’s not random. It’s the point in the season that his metrics really started improving. His rating would be worse if earlier games were used. And the metric is not pointless. Its point is to compare QB’s to one another.

    I find it amusing that anybody who reads and replies on sports blogs criticizes anything else as being pointless.

  22. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Dukeshire- Why the hate with our qb, however you have so much love for Moffitt who has not proven very much so far. Interesting the contrast. Why?

  23. bbnate420 says:

    I for one think you should NEVER grade a rookie on IMPROVEMENT. Yes, that’s caps for the tards. A rookie should be a HOF player from day one. Good point, LAMEoN.

  24. bbnate420 says:

    BTW LAMEoN, aren’t there any mufflers in Pitt that need to be sucked dry?

  25. Bbnate420, is that owning me? Don’t feel owned. Let me know.

  26. ejkimber says:

    His comment was based on Wilson playing well the last three games, hence the since week five comment. Pay attention

  27. Dukeshire says:

    GeorgiaHawk – That’s a fair question. I thought he was (arguably) the best lineman last year, before the injury. And from this preseason on, this line has played significantly better with him in. That helps Wilson. Pass pro is better, where Wilson needs it most: interior. And the running game is more consistent with him. As for Wilson, I acknowledged his improvement, and he has gotten better. But I’m resigned myself to moderate and inconsistent play under center this season. So with that, in order for this team to clutch to any playoff hope, they have to be at their best everywhere else, and that includes getting Moffitt back.

  28. bbnate420 says:

    I agree that Moffitt is an upgrade at RG. He’s a much better puller, as Duke has pointed out many a time, and he’s more dynamic than McQuistan IMO. Not that that is saying a huge amount necessarily. I was of the opinion that McQuistan should start at RT once Moffitt came back to RG, but I’m not sure anymore. Breno has been playing better. He has cut down on the penalties. I don’t ever see him as being more than a slightly above-average pass blocker at best most likely, but mhe is a good run blocker and has the potential to be an upper echelon run blocker.

  29. mojjonation says:

    Every QB has a sheet on their wrist. Romo even had one for extensions when he did the ESPN commercial. That might be good for him since his fantasy QB days may be numbered and he doesn’t want to “wind up in Cleveland…AT BEST!!!”

    RW is so fluent in Petespeak, you’d swear PC has his hand up RW’s A.. and is making his mouth move.

    So they analyze and call out protections and change them as needed. That doesn’t explain why a defensive tackle gets a free shot at the QB a couple times a game because an interior lineman has the focus of a two year old at Christmas.

    We have lost 2 out of our last three games yet RW is the sixth best QB according to QBR. I like a QB who can prove he can lead a team if forced to throw, but I’ll take the wins.

    Now if Wilson can play the a drum while marching around, oh man we could be set.

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