Here’s what Russell Wilson had to say:
(On going into the bye with a nice win… ) That was a huge win for us. Winning in that fashion against a solid football team and the way we did it, offensively and defensively and special teams. That’s how we want to play. That 1 and 0 mentality is alive for us. We just need to keep that going. I think the way we practice and the way we prepare really separates us from everybody else and we have to make sure that we keep doing that.
(On having the starting O-line back…) We did a great job of protecting me all day. We had that one sack early, but that was a coverage sack, they did a good job of covering us up. Having Big Russ back and having Max Unger and Breno, it’s good to have the guys back. You have to love those guys, they do a great job for us in terms of the run game and the pass game, and that’s what we need.
(On spreading the ball around…) Yeah, we got the ball out to seven or eight different guys and that’s what we want to do. We want to be able to make it tough on the defense to figure out who to cover. Then, to add Percy Harvin to the mix, it just shows how explosive he is. He made a great catch on that one coming across the middle on third down. The kickoff return, that was something else. And then all the other guys, Doug Baldwin making that catch in the back corner of the end zone with 10 seconds left before the half. Golden Tate making some plays for us. Ricardo Lockette coming across on the scramble drill. Zach Miller always had a great game. And then the running backs getting involved and catching the football; Robert Turbin, Marshawn Lynch on the touchdown pass. That’s what we needed; we needed to get the ball to different guys because that way it makes it really tough on the defense. If you don’t know who to cover, if you don’t know how to lock guys down, because there are so many different guys; that’s an advantage to the offense.
(On the flip to Marshawn…) On the flip to Marshawn, they played a two-high zone. We had a pass play, hoping they would be in a certain coverage, or hoping that we could possibly find somebody open. We went to my first read, we went to my second read, then went to my third read which was Mike Rob in the flat, and then Marshawn was my fourth one. I kind of just stepped up and I was hoping he would find a way to get through the line of scrimmage and sure enough I was able to flip it to him. Just a little shortstop/second-baseman flip, that’s all. A little double-play.
(On how big a role Percy Harvin can play in the offense…) The thing about him is he draws attention. It’s hard to stop him because he’s so fast, he’s so electric, he loves the game, he’s so physical. He’s the type of guy that’s so fast, he runs an easy 4-3, he can make guys miss, but he also wants to be physical with you. It’s tough for defensive players to figure out how to cover him. I think adding him to the offense, to the different guys that we have, to the deep ball guys that we have, to the play makers and the possession guys. He can do it all, and that’s what makes him one of the best players in the National Football League for the past four or five years or whatever. To have him on our football team, it just elevates our offense. We need to figure out how to get him the football, as many ways as possible, but also continue to spread the ball out properly, and facilitate the ball to the right guy at the right time.
(On whether he noticed attention going to Percy Harvin, freeing up other guys…) You can definitely notice that a little bit when Percy’s on the field. You just get this sense of a playmaker. We have so many playmakers; you think about Percy Harvin, a guy that has done it for so long and done it the best out of any other guys, really, to be honest with you. You think about last year, when he was playing for Minnesota, he was one of the top receivers until he got hurt. To add him to the mix is going to make it really challenging for teams. He can do it all. He has a great short game. He has great long game, in terms of running by people. As you saw with the catch that he made today on third down, he’s got great hands, too. So, you have to give him a chance and continue to give other guys chances with the football. My goal is to facilitate the ball to the right guy at the right time. That’s my biggest thing. If he’s my first read, second read, third read, just trust it. Just trust what I see and continue to do that.
(On how important it was for Harvin to play this week…) We wanted to be able to get Percy Harvin in the game, get him playing again. He’s been itching like crazy. If you guys know Percy; I think I’m the ultimate competitor, that guys’ a whole ‘nother level. To have number 11 out there, it’s something else. He’s been working so hard. I threw with him this summer, and he couldn’t wait to play. He had the little injury and everything, and he’s worked extremely hard to get back. This is the moment for him. He wanted to play against the Minnesota Vikings, and to get out on the field, that meant a lot to him. You think about him going in there for the kickoff return, and him taking it all the way to the 40 yard line. That’s something else. He’s just going to keep getting better. We have to just talking to him, trying to figure out what he can do really, really well as we already know, and continue to elevate his game as a receiver. He’s something special.
(On whether he heard any of the sideline dialogue with Harvin and Coach Carroll…) Percy’s been itching all week, all year, to make sure he got on the kickoff team. I remember in practice early this week, maybe on Wednesday or Thursday, he was saying “Coach, let me get in, let me get in.” You want to get him in, but you want to be smart about it, too. It’s one of those things. We have a bye week, we wanted to take advantage of that. But, sometimes, when a guy’s ready, especially when he’s a superstar like Percy is, when a guys’ ready, you just have to let him go. You can’t tame a lion too long. It’s just one of those things where you have to let him get out there and just play the game.
(On him having time to sit in the pocket…) I think offensively, we have continued to improve, we’ve continued to progress. I think that’s our biggest thing; week in and week out, can we be better than the week before. That’s my biggest goal individually, but also as a team effort and offensively; we want to be better than the week before. The offensive line has done a great job all season. Think about the circumstances that we were in, and to still be 10 and 1. To have our Pro Bowl left tackle out, to have our Pro Bowl center out, to have our starting right tackle out, that’s tough. And we won a lot of games doing it. To have them back, and get them back in the flow, right before our bye week, which is huge, to get this win today, and then get prepared for the next opportunity, against a very good football team in New Orleans Saints, and we have a lot of respect for them. As you guys know, I have a lot of respect for Drew Brees and what he can do. So, we’re going to have to play our best football and it’s going to be a tough challenge. But, we know the Twelfth Man fans will be ready to go.
(On taking pride in getting better as the season goes on…) Every day, my goal is can I be better than I was yesterday. If I continue to have that mindset, to have a fresh mindset, that today’s a new beginning. I think that really helps me. There’s something that I’m always trying to work on in terms of my craft. To continue to elevate my game. Whether it’s scramble plays or whether it’s as simple as my footwork, whether it’s protection calls, whether if it’s the deep ball, whether it’s throwing the ball in the corners. All the different stuff that I work on on a daily basis, and I’m trying to improve my game on a daily basis, because I want to be great one day. To do that, it’s an every day thing. That’s what I tell my guys. It’s one of those things where when you wake up in the morning, it’s all you think about. That’s what I’m trying to do.
(On the team being 10-1…) I think we’re doing a great job, and we haven’t done anything yet. We’re 10 and 1, that means a lot, but it doesn’t mean everything. Our goal is to win the whole thing, and to do that you take one game at a time. You take one opportunity at a time, one practice at a time, and make that the best day you can possibly make it. That winning mentality can never slow down. This bye week is going to be really important for guys to rest up and to make sure that we continue to study the film; that’s huge for me, and see what I’m doing really well, and see where I can improve my game, and there’s definitely some areas. I’m excited about this bye week, to try and study and try to learn as much as I can. If we can use that as an advantage to rest up; we had that Thursday Night game a few weeks ago, and that allowed us to rest up a little bit. Now, after Week 11, we get a bye week and we prepare for one of the better teams in the National Football League, and that’s the Saints, and that’s huge for us. Guys can’t wait for that opportunity.