For Russell Wilson, clutch is everything.
"To be a great quarterback, you have to be clutch," Wilson said.
With a lot of national media in town for the playoffs, not much new from Wilson or Sherman on Wednesday. Some quick hits:
> Sherman reiterated the stance the Seahawks have been taking all week, that the first game against the Saints is not indicative of what will happen Saturday. "I think it has no bearing on this game," Sherman said, "It's going to start zero-zero. They're going to know what to expect from our crowd. We're going to know what to expect from them. It's almost like a division game in that sense because we've just seen each other."
> Sherman on what it's like to cover Percy Harvin:
"It's fast," Sherman said. "He's an explosive player. He's a very quick-twitch guy. You have to be on everything. You can't give up on the play. He may separate from you, he may get a step, but you have to keep fighting and allow yourself a chance to tackle him or get the ball out. He's as challenging (as anyone). He's quick, he's fast, he's dynamic. If he gets a step on you, you're not coming back from that."
> Wilson said Harvin has looked "unbelievable" in practice.
> Wilson also says being able to slow the game down is key in the playoffs, but that, really, it's no different than other games.
> Sherman was asked about the team maintaining it's edge as the favorite:
"That's how our team is made," Sherman said. "Our team is made to play with a chip on their shoulder, regardless of the situation, regardless of the notoriety they are getting. You can't change the chip. You can't take it off."
> Sherman on what has been better with their defense the last five weeks or so:
"Everybody understands being normal and doing your job is enough," Sherman said.
> A couple times, Sherman alluded to players in general (in football) doing the wrong thing because they were after stats. Whether that is a lineman leaving his gap to try for a tackle or a safety who is desperate to get numbers so he plays undisciplined. Sherman says the Seahawks aren't doing that, noting that the tackle totals for Brandon Mebane or Red Bryant may not be high, but both consistently do their job to allow the rest of the defense to work.
> Sherman was asked if it's more athleticism or discipline that produces a high-end NFL player. "It's 50-50," he said.
> In regard to the Eagles running more, Sherman acknowledged that the Seahawks have noticed, but added, "You can't just change your DNA in the playoffs."
> Talked to Luke Willson who said he came out of yesterday's practice feeling "pretty good." He last had a high ankle sprain his junior year at Rice, which was two years ago. It was also the same ankle. "It was a pretty bad one," Willson said. "Even when I was back, I had to do a lot of stuff just to play in games."
Willson said he thought it was an ankle injury when he first went down against St. Louis. He said at first, the medical staff was worried it was a break. X-Rays were negative.
"I guess it's in the doctor's hands now," Willson said as he suited up for today's practice.