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.”