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Russell Wilson presser

Post by Dave Boling / The News Tribune on Dec. 12, 2013 at 12:35 pm with 10 Comments »
December 12, 2013 12:35 pm

Some quick notes out of Russell Wilson’s Thursday afternoon press conference:

On being taken by Texas Rangers in Rule 5 draft:

Funny story, I get up this morning on the way to work 6:15, from Arlington Texas … it’s John Daniels GM for Texas Rangers, pretty cool thing, my third time being drafted. It’s a blessing but my focus is on football. They knew that. They basically got my rights from Colorado. My focus is on this football game.

I’m sure I’ll go down there for spring training and talk to their players.. that’s down the road.

I had no idea (I was eligible).

I’m not gonna lie, I’ve thought about (both sports) before.

LIkes the Cano signing. It’s a big thing for the Mariners

Refocus on the Giants: Make sure the preparation is where it needs to be. NYG’s defense is doing a tremendous job. We expect a battle. We expect a great game.

We’re 11-2 now because we’ve been focused on one game at a time all season.

We love big games, we love the opportunities. We all have a chip on our shoulders every week.

Lack of rushing vs. SF: We had 51 plays. We had a couple opportunities and they did a good job against the run. We trust our game and we trust what we’re doing

Super bowl at MetLife: I can’t let that cross my mind, we need to just play football the way we do no matter where it is. Stay in the moment, stay in the now. One step at a time. We have to focus on playing great football one game at a time.

Read-option game: It’s been a success for us because we don’t do it all the time. It’s a change-up for us. I think coach Bevell does a tremendous job on play calling. It always evolves. It will be here to stay for a while.

Selling play action passes: You have to be good at selling it. The back has to sell it, the offensive line has to fire out hard. Watch Manning, Brees, Rodgers.

Snow? I’m hoping there’s snow, to be honest with you

THE FOLLOWING IS FROM A REPORT BY BOB DUTTON of  The News Tribune: Wilson became the Rangers’ property, in baseball terms, when they selected him Thursday in the Class AAA  phase of the Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings. He played parts of two seasons, 2010-11, at Class A in the Colorado system. Dutton said the Rangers do not expect Wilson to drop football or even be diverted by.

“The makeup, the way he goes about his business,” said A.J. Preller, Rangers assistant general manager of Wilson’s appeal. “To have that kind of talent be part of the organization is something we really, really like.”

“The chance to have an association with such a player, and such a person, is a unique opportunity,” said Josh Boyd, the Rangers’ director of professional scouting.

Dutton reported that the  cost of the pick to the Rangers was $12,000. The next step for the Rangers is to reach out to Wilson to see whether he has any interest in playing such a role.

The Mariners discussed taking Wilson in the Class AA phase, for $4,000, but never got the opportunity. The Mariners did not take a player in any phase of the draft, which concluded the Meetings.

Wilson, 25, batted .229 but had a .354 on-base percentage as a second baseman with five homers and 26 RBIs in 93 games for Tri-City (2010) and Asheville (2011) in the Colorado system.

In other notes from WILSON:


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  1. Ewalters7354 says:

    Am I the only one worried RW might try and pull the “2 sport” stuff he pulled at NC State?Especially if the Hawks win the Super Bowl…

  2. CDHawkFan says:

    Ewalters, as mentioned a few weeks ago, RW issue in baseball was he couldn’t hit the curve ball. Sure he could try, but he is a single A or double AA at best player.

    I would think those days are over, and note, he said they might have him down at spring training to talk to the guys (probably about what it takes to make it in sport).

  3. MoSeahawk12 says:

    I think it’s more of a cool PR deal for the Rangers. Russell is such a great leader, and is incredibly well spoken, that he could easily have a positive influence on some of the guys. The Rangers talked about his integrity and preparation as something they want to instill to the rest of the team. Maybe they start selling Russell Wilson baseball jerseys and have RW nights or something for the fans. I think they want to borrow some of the positive Russell Wilson magic that we’ve all been part of the past two years.

  4. Southendzone says:

    Hey, anyone here that might consider themself a big X & O football person,

    Have you noticed how Tom Brady does play fakes? He’s got his back to the LOS and ducks down hard while running back away from LOS, I know this is different from the read/option type of thing, but those play fakes look so different from ours. I don’t know if I ever see RW turn his back to the LOS like that.

    If you have the NFL rewind, watch him in the Carolina game, Gruden called the play he was running a “Power Pass”, it was a pretty great play.

    I kind of like the way Brady does it, they seem really effective.

    SO what’s the deal? Am I watching 2 totally different plays, or just 2 different styles of doing the same thing?

  5. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Chuck, have you been coaching up Russell Wilson? He sounds just like you. Lol.

    “Stay in the moment, stay in the now. One step at a time. We have to focus on playing great football one game at a time.”

  6. chuck_easton says:

    Well, he is a lawyer’s kid!

  7. “Am I the only one worried RW might try and pull the “2 sport” stuff he pulled at NC State?Especially if the Hawks win the Super Bowl…”

    I suspect you just may be, Ewalters. Far down the list of things to worry about concerning the Hawks IMO.

    South, it wasn’t as exaggerated as Brady does, but I seem to recall RW doing much the same on the winning TD to Rice last season versus the Pats. I think that RW is pretty good at the I formation play action as I recall.

  8. P.S. I am definitely not an extremely knowledgeable X’s and O’s guy.

    I think RW is football focused. I think the reason he really took a giant leap forward at Wisconsin is that he left baseball behind. Think of all the preparation time he missed while playing baseball.

  9. Ewalters7354 says:

    bbmate-good point.Just kinda made me worry when he said he thought about playing two sports.

  10. kurtisballard says:

    I’m not worried about him losing focus right now, but I could see him making a real go of it if he ends up achieving the goals he has set for himself early in his career. He is not one to waste opportunities and he will always have an open invite to spring training. His star will eventually peak in the NFL and being the brand builder he is he might want to branch out, even if only for a couple of months.

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