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Wilson: 'I think that I can always do better, I’ve always thought that'

Here's what Russell Wilson had to say Monday:

(On how he alters his preparation when playing against the 49ers for the third time...)

(On his evaluation on his performance...) “You know we’re winning a lot of football games and that’s the best thing. I think that I can always do better, I’ve always thought that. So there’s a lot of room for improvement and that the exciting about it. We got a huge game coming up and I’m expecting to play a great game and I’m looking forward to that.”

(On the difficulty of not getting too high or getting too low when the Seahawks are one game away from playing in the super Bowl...) “That’s a good question. In terms of not getting too high or getting too low and staying even keel, I think that when you prepare throughout the whole entire season and the whole offseason, it doesn’t change. So that’s been our mentality the whole year and to go 1 and 0 every week, to have that championship mentality, to have a championship off season, to have a championship season and to do all that, you have to be focused and be in the moment all the time. So that’s the exciting part about it right now. It’s nothing different than what we’ve been doing all year. We still got to play great, fundamental football, we still got to get first downs and get the chains moving and be good in the red zone and make plays.”

(On if he's concerned that his statistical performance in the passing game has declined...) “I think it’s more so the function the way the game went. We’ve played some really good defenses and they’ve made some plays. There’s definitely room for improvement, especially on my part and that’s the thing I look forward to every week. I always think I can get better and there’s tons of throws in there that I can make and I know I will make. So I have no worry about that. I think the ultimate goal is for us to win football games and to be explosive and make the clutch play when we need to make the clutch play. At the end of the day, when you’re playing in the playoffs, everything is not going to be perfect. You’re playing another great football team. So it’s going to be a battle back-and-forth and you’ve got to win your one-on-one matchups and we got of it up on our blocks and the defense has to make tackles and win their one-on-one matchups. So it’s all part of the game. So I’m excited about this week of getting to see San Francisco 49ers again and we know that they have a great football team. They’re coached extremely well and their defense flies around and makes a lot of plays. So we’re going to have to be on our A-plus game.”

(On how much the success of the Seahawks’ defense affects his decision making ability...) “I never play scared. I never have, I never will. I think that for me, in terms of decision making, I always try to make the smart decision whether if I’m scrambling and looking for somebody down field or if I’m in the pocket or running down field, I always try to make the smart decision and keep the play alive. But, I also salvage the play if it’s not there and then there’s certain times throughout a game and as I’ve grown up, over the past several years and watched a lot football, watched a lot of games and played professional sports, there are certain games that you can lose because of the situation and because of the other factors that are going on. So with the wind factor this past week and all that, especially in the third quarter, we played it really safe, we played it really conservative. A lot of my throws I tried to keep down just to make sure that the ball doesn’t sail on me. So we won a great game. It was a great matchup against a very good football team. That’s the exciting part. We get to play at home again against the San Francisco 49ers, which will be a great game. Everybody will be watching, everybody will be excited for it and all that but at the same time, we have to be able to ignore the noise and play a great football game.”

(On being a competitor, if it's difficult for him to avoid taking risks...) “I think the competitor in me always wants to make the smart decision and make the decision that helps the football team in the best way possible. So whatever that is, if it’s running the football and sliding and getting three yards or if it’s throwing it away or if it’s taking a shot down field, there are times where you’ve got to take a shot down field, there are certain situations on third down where you’ve got to make a play and its fourth down you’ve got to go for it no matter what. So all of those things, all of those variables play into the quarterback position and that’s how you win a lot of football games and trusting your defense to make plays. It’s okay to kick the ball sometimes or kick a field goal or punt the football, especially when you got guys rushing as our defense does and defensive backs that make all the plays that they make. So it’s a lot of factors that go into a game and going and winning a football game against a very good football team, like the New Orleans Saints of last week and same thing with the San Francisco 49ers.”

(On if he noticed a change from the Saints’ defense when Percy Harvin left the game...) “They didn’t change too much. The Saints didn’t really change too much. They just made a couple of plays in the second half. We ran the ball more in the third quarter. We didn’t really throw the ball at all really in the third quarter much at all and I think that’s how we played it more so than anything else. We focused on what we’re doing and capitalizing on the situations that we have.”(On if the Saints had shown cover zero at all during the game prior to the spectacular Doug Baldwin catch...) “No they hadn’t really shown much cover zero before then. They maybe had shown one on a run play maybe early in the game. That was their main cover zero blitz and we had prepare for that. I knew going into the game and Coach Bevell and myself, we had talked about it on the sideline, just knowing, ‘Okay. We know what they like to do. They like to bring pressure,’ especially in big situations. If I’m the defensive coordinator, that’s what I would try to do too. Put the pressure on the quarterback; put the pressure on the defensive line to make a play, and the receivers to make the play. So Doug Baldwin did a tremendous job of getting his release and getting open and makes an unbelievable catch.”

(On what was going through his mind when he threw the pass to Baldwin...) “You know the funny thing is I’m on the sideline and we get the ball back and I’m telling Coach Bevell. I’m sitting next to him and we’re looking through the plays and everything and I said, ‘Hey. If we get a big situation, let’s make sure and see if we can get to this play’ and he completely agreed and he was thinking the exact same thing and that’s how we think together. It’s one of things that it was like we know that they’re going to bring cover zero, were going to have to make a big play and make a big throw and get protected and sure enough, they did. As I’m getting the snap in, we checked the play and all that and as I’m getting the snap, the only thing I think about is my fundamentals. That’s what it really comes down to. Making sure that my footwork is right and making sure that my timing is right and just trust the process of all of the things that I’ve done throughout the week and all season and all offseason and that’s what it really comes down to. It’s not that complicated. It’s one of those things that you just trust with what you see and you play with your instincts and you play with your preparation and what you’ve learned throughout the week.”

(On if they went to cover zero because they haven't shown that look on defense before...) “More so because it’s a great timing call for the defense. I forget what yard line we’re on maybe on the 45 or 50 or so and game on the line, they get Drew Brees as a quarterback and if they get the ball back, they get a chance and all that type of thing. If we attack it and we capitalize on it, we could possibly win the game right there and also if we don’t, they get the ball and they have a lot of time left. So it’s just playing smart football, always being prepared for certain situations and always being ready for certain circumstances.”

(On where Doug Baldwin's catch ranks compared to all of the catches he's made this year...) “Awe man he’s made so many of them. I mean the one in Houston was pretty cool. The one he toe-tapped in Houston, that was a big time catch. When you want to win a championship and we want to win big games, you have to make them in the big games and to do that in the fashion that Doug [Baldwin] did, with the weather, with the wind, with the rain, and the way the game was going and ebbs and flows of the game, making that big time catch was pretty spectacular.”

(On where the 49ers' defense ranks compared to all of the opposing defenses the Seahawks had played against...) “First of all, there are so many great defenses in the NFC West. You think about the defense that we go against every single day; it’s as good as gets. The defensive line, the linebackers, the DBs and all that. So that’s always tough for me and then going against the Arizona Cardinals, they have tons of Pro Bowlers and tons of great players on that defense and then the St. Louis Rams, they have a great defensive line, and the 49ers have it all. They can make a lot of plays. So as first, second, third, I don’t know. I know it’s one of the best for sure.”

(On the We Are 12 wall...) “Yeah just the support of our 12th Man fans and the We are 12 wall that they painted on the wall in CenturyLink, right before we go into the locker room, it just shows how much our fans really care about us. Gets you a little bit emotional just thinking about all of the quotes on the wall and all of the experiences that people share on the wall and just the energy in that we have in the stadium  and within our fans. It just shows how great this city is and the Seattle Seahawks want to bring something special to this city and to do that, we have to play the best 60 minutes of our life. That’s the way we look at it and see how many great minuets that we can put together and see how many great plays that we can put together and see how many great days this week we can put together and see what happens come Sunday night.”

(On why the Seahawks have been able to play against the 49ers so well at home...) “Well in terms of and playing the San Francisco 49ers at home and winning the way we have, it’s not easy. We have tons of respect for what they do and how they play the game of football. I think the biggest thing for us is just making the plays. I remember how lights out we were on third downs and red zone and our defense was just making play after play after play. So that’s how we have to play. We have to play with a lot of energy, our fans need to bring the energy for us, and we need to execute one play at a time.”

(On Michael Bowie's performance...) “Michael Bowie is a tremendous athlete, he moves his feet extremely well, he’s stepped for us when Breno [Giacomini] was out, when Russell Okung was out. His intelligence of the game, he really loves the game of football. So he has tons of talent and he can do a lot of great things for us. He had played a great game this past Saturday night. So it’s going to be a challenge for him this week. We’re playing the San Francisco 49ers, one of the best defensive lines in the game. So he’s going to make a lot of plays and just do his job. You know at the end of the day, trust his fundamentals, trust his technique and I’m sure Max Unger and Russell Okung and J.R. Sweezy and Breno [Giacomini] will help him out.”

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