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Wilson: 'We are going to have to play our best football game'

Here's everything Russell Wilson had to say:

(On the match up of playing against Andrew Luck...) “It would be a good game. We’re obviously excited to  hit the field again; going on the road to Indianapolis and so that’s going to be a big game for us and we’re excited about that opportunity. Obviously going up against Andrew [Luck]. In my draft class and everything, number one pick overall. So I have a lot of respect for him. I’ve gotten to know him over the past year or so, being at the Pro Bowl and everything and some of the events that we’ve done together. Just a tremendous kind. A guy who just loves the game of football, very very intelligent football player, has a lot of success, done a lot of great things obviously. So we are going to have to play our best football game and it’s going to be a good game for us.”

(On what impresses Russell Wilson about Andrew Luck...) “You know, I think the thing about Andrew [Luck] that I like about him the most is he always seems to be clutch, he always seems to be on time with the football, he’s a great leader it appears. I think that’s what I like about him most and also he’s a big guy, but he can still run a little bit. So he’s active, he’s still athletic, he can still make some plays. I think that’s the best part about him.”

(On any traits that Russell Wilson would like to have that Andrew Luck has...) “I wouldn’t say that necessarily. I think that with Andrew [Luck], he’s a 6’4 quarterback. So I’m a little bit different. So I’ve been blessed to be 5’11 and play in the NFL. So I just take one day at a time and continue to grow.”

(On comparing Russell Wilson and Andrew Luck in terms of creativity...) “Yeah that’s tough to compare. I don’t get to watch him all the time obviously, in terms of watching Andrew [Luck]. But when I have watched him, he seems like he does a great job staying in the pocket and moving, stepping up, sliding, and then just extending plays. He’s just finding a way. He’s so athletic for how big he is. I think that’s the thing that impresses me the most about his game just in general. He’s a very athletic football player.”

(On Russell Wilson’s creativity...) “My creativity you know, I just try to extend the play and I always try to keep my eyes down field, try to facilitate the ball to the right guy at the right time. And if it’s not there, then try to make something happen. I consider myself more of a quick guy than fast. Fast but I consider myself more quick. So trying to get away from guys I think is what my strength is.”

(On Andrew Luck's comment about Russell Wilson doing well when things go south...) “Yeah definitely. Like I said, his ability to create and his ability to extend plays and you just watch from last year in what he was doing in his college career. He’s a very very good football player and just makes smart decisions and just understands the game. He’s just so competitive. I think that’s something that we’re very very similar in terms of that competitive nature, that leadership role. We don’t shy away from that.”

(On playing against another tough defense this weekend...) “Its going to be a huge challenge for us. We’re excited about it. Its just one of those things that we go into this week, against a very quick defensive line. There not as big as the Texans, in terms of size-wise, but they’re very very quick, they’re agile, they can make a lot of plays, they’re very active, their defensive secondary has done a great job. They have made a lot of plays in terms of getting turnovers. So we are going to have to play our A-plus football, like always. I think the goal obviously is go 1 and 0. I know it’s a cliché thing that I say every week, but that’s our focus; to go 1 and 0 every week. Every week is a championship week. So going on the road again, there’s nothing better,. Obviously playing at CenturyLink [Field], you love that too. But going on the road, against all of the odds, and people rooting against when you run out of the stadium and there’s nothing better. So we’re excited about that opportunity and we’re not going to shy away from it.”

(On Doug Baldwin...) “Doug Baldwin has done unbelievable so far and he’s only going to keep getting better. He’s so intelligent, he’s on a constant quest for knowledge in terms of watching film with me, in terms of asking me questions, and we’re just trying to learn from each other as much as we can; as possible. He’s come up in some big games obviously. Obviously in Carolina, he lead off the season with his seven catches or whatever he had in Carolina, and some big third down conversions that he made, and then obviously last week, that catch that getting both feet in was unbelievable. He’s a great great player. He’s got it all. He’s got the speed, he’s got the ability to go up and get it, he’s got the intelligence to make a guy miss and the quickness to make a guy miss too as well. So he’s got it all.”

(On ever seeing a receiver that has ever made a better catch than Doug Baldwin's catch on the sidelines...) “I don’t think I’ve seen one. Doug [Baldwin] making that catch is just as good as it gets for sure. Especially, in terms of the situation. When we are on the five yard line or whatever we’re on and its third and ten or whatever it was… so just for him to make that big time catch is something spectacular.”

(On Russell Wilson helping the less experienced offensive lineman in terms of pass rush...) “Well the line is doing a great job. I think the biggest thing from last week to this is to continue to work on the communication. So that’s where I’m taking the lead in terms of that. Really making sure that everybody knows what we’re doing, where we’re going. So that’s what’s going to help us this week for sure and in then in terms of the ability, I think just extending plays and making this happens sometimes when things just don’t work. I think the biggest thing for me is continuing to be smart when I’m extending those plays, continuing to keep my eyes down field, and sometimes they’re going to beat you. Sometimes they got great players too and you got to understand that. Sometimes you just have to salvage the play and understand the situation and continue to move and play one play at a time.”

(On Russell Wilson’s 4th down run to the three yard line…) “Yeah  you know it was fourth and three last week and we had to get it obviously. I believe there was six minutes left in the game and it was just one of those things that we had to find a way to make a play. We’re right there in the red zone, close to scoring, close to getting something going. So we had a guy on the fly, a guy in the corner, had an over route. We pretty much everybody was covered up. Actually Kellen Davis actually kind of came open early, but the only problem was I had a guy in my face, in terms of blitzing off of the edge. So we just had to try to extend the play and get a first down and continue to look down the field but I realized that I was getting closer and closer to the first down and just try to make a play. And, Zach Miller did a great job blocking and securing that block for me so I could get then first down.”

(On developing a relationship with Keith Price...) “You know, when I first got to Seattle, obviously I got here May 10th, a year and a half ago, I got here and it was just one of those things that I knew UW is a big school, love football and everything and I heard about this quarterback named Keith Price. I’ve studied him, I’ve just kind of been around and watched his games before and I was like, ‘you know what? He seems like a great kid.’ I wanted to get to know him and be around him and experience that relationship with him, in terms of helping him grow and just being around him. So anyways, I just gave him a call. I got his number from Jermaine Kearse, one of our receivers here who played with him and he’s just a tremendous kid. A great character kid, a guy who loves the game football, and his leadership is unbelievable. You know, I’ve gone to see some of their practices during the spring and I’ve thrown with a lot of their receivers and those guys and just being around those guys and you can sense his leadership. It’s one of a kind. That’s the type of thing that will help him, when he has the opportunity to play in the NFL. It’ll help him go a long way.”

(On communicating with the offensive line...) “Well just making that they understand the front, making sure we’re understanding where we’re blocking up to, if it’s a run play or if it’s a pass play, who we’re [protecting. Who we’re going to. Just understanding that make sure b that we pass the communication down. It’s going to be a loud venue obviously. Playing in that stadium is going to be very very loud. I’ve played there once before in the Big Ten championship. So it’s one of those things that I understand that that stadium gets very loud pretty quickly. So we’re going to have to pass it down the line of scrimmage and just make sure that everyone is communicating, just so everyone is on the same page. I think that’s the biggest thing is just making sure everyone is understanding where we’re going and why we’re going there.”

(On spending time with Allison [the 11 year old girl who made Russell Wilson the wallet out of Duct Tape]...) “Yes so obviously I went back to go back and see Allison. She just got her heart transplant. Just her smile on her face is just off the charts. She’s such a sweet girl and just being around her is something really special. Just to really think about all the things you go throughout the week, preparing for a week. At the end of the day, all of this matters obviously. All this means a lot to me and everything like that. There’s nothing more special than a life you know? Especially when you’re only 11 years old and so when you think about that and you share those moments with them, you can make a connection with a young girl like hat and she ended up making me that wallet obviously. Just the effort that she put into it was really special. That means a lot to me obviously. She’ll forever be in my heart. I’ll always care about her, just like all the other patients I see too as well. But, just she’s a really special girl”

(On most creative play that Russell Wilson has done in the past 20 games...) “That’s a tough question. You know the thing about… in terms of the plays, in terms of creating, obviously maybe played 20 games now. It’s just one of those things… a little bit more than 20 games actually. I think the things that I remember the most are just the big situation plays. Obviously in Houston, that 4th and 3 and some of the other runs when we really need them. You know, I’m never really looking to run the football. That’s the thing in my head. I know maybe some of you guys think that. For me, when I drop back, I’m looking to throw the ball to Golden Tate, or Sidney Rice, or Doug Baldwin, or whoever else. And, it’s just one of those things that just happens. While I’m scrambling, I’m still keeping my eyes down the field to figure out who can I throw it to next and things just happen. So hopefully those moments, those big time plays when we need them will continue to happen and hopefully I don’t have to run. Hopefully I can just throw it to the guy and he’ll be wide open. But if that’s not the case, let’s try to make something happen.”

(On if Russell Wilson thinks that running more often in the beginning of the game would help the Seahawks be successful...) “Well sometimes I think that… obviously if things aren’t open right away, then yeah. Let’s try to get something going and sometimes I just can’t go anywhere. Sometimes I’m kind of stuck in a play or I just can’t get out. It’s one of those things that… I’m never shy to run ever. I’ve never been too shy to run or anything like that. I’ve never been like, Aw maybe I’ll wait until later in the game.’ It’s just one of those things that just happens. It’s just the flow of the game. The Ebb and Flows of the game and you just weather to storm. You try to make sure that you’re salvaging the play, understanding what the play is, and what the situation is. Its early in the game, sometimes it’s okay if there’s nothing there, maybe I have to throw it away or maybe I have to get down or whatever and so there are going to be so many plays, within a game, that yeah, I can run right away. Maybe. But at the same time, there are so many plays where hopefully I can sit in there and just deliver the football to a guy and be in one –on-one coverage and our guys would make those plays. That’s what I trust in. I trust that our offensive line is going to do a great job, like they have been and our guys are going to get open and they’re going to make the play.”

(On Russell Wilson being frustrated about not finding a stride on offense yet...) “You know, I think the competitive side of me, yeah. There’s obviously a little bit of frustration but at the same time, were 4 and 0. It’s one of those things that you go in every week and your goal is to go 1 and 0 and that’s the ultimate goal. And if I throw for 500 yards or 20 yards, I don’t care. As long as we win. At the end of the day, I just want to do everything we can to win the football game. So that’s the way I look at it and obviously I think also, I know we have the ability to score when we need to and I know that we have the ability to make the plays when we need to. You just continue to strive for greatness, you continue to play one play at a time, you continue to stay in the moment and things will happen. Just like last year, you continue to build, you continue to learn, you continue to grow. I think that’s the good thing about it all.”

(On changes to the opponent defenses’ game plan in terms of adjusting to that Russell Wilson has running ability...) “That’s a good question. No I haven’t really noticed anything to be honest with you. I think the biggest thing is some of the teams, I think they run their quarterback for a different reason. For me and for our offense, we’re trying to hand the ball off to Marshawn Lynch 100% of the time, 99% of the time. ‘Hey Marshawn [Lynch]. You take it.’ I mean, you saw his run from the one yard line last week. UI mean he took it 45 yard run. Just stepping… juking people and everything. So that’s what we look forward to with Marshawn Lynch and so for me, obviously the quarterback runs and all that, we don’t really run those for me to run the football. It’s really for Marshawn [Lynch] to run in and if the defense messes up or if they… everybody takes Marshawn [Lynch], then I’ll run it and try to get something positive out of it.”

(On the Seahawks emphasizing the run...) “That’s definitely something we talk about. We want to run the ball. We want to establish the run early in the game; we want to establish the run t the end of the game too. I think that’s the way we win football games I think the way you win football games is obviously protecting the football and being explosive. We have a very very explosive offense. We’re making all of those explosive plays and at the same time, we also want to be able to control the game in terms of how we run the football and we have one of the best running backs in the NFL for sure. So obviously you7 want to give him the football. So his ability to extend plays and get first downs and obviously get the ball in the end zone. It’s something that we look forward to. We want to hand the ball off to Marshawn Lynch.”

(On if it’s hard to get into a passing rhythm...) “I don’t think so. Obviously we’ve gotten into a passing rhythm before. Last game, we went against a very very tough defense. I mean, everybody is looking at this last game. It’s one of those things that we’re one of the best defenses in the league, one of the best defensive linemen to ever play the game, and you know JJ [Watt] and he made some plays against us. At the same time, we also made the plays when we needed to. We came up with some big time throws and big time catches and some big runs when we had them and we trust in our defense to make some plays too. That’s the thing that we look forward to. It’s one of those things that you go back and forth and you make some plays. Offense makes some plays, defense some plays and special teams make some. It’s a complete team effort. That’s what we look forward to. We look forward to having a very very explosive offense, we look forward to having a great great running game, and we look forward to throw the ball when we need to and make the plays when we need to and be explosive in the passing game. And then, we look forward to our defense in getting the turnovers and having short fields and getting us the ball back. So that way we can continue to score the points.”

(On if there has been any effect on Russell Wilson in terms of being the most rushed QB in the league...) “No I don’t think so. I think the pressure is good because there’s a lot of green grass behind and if we capitalize and we block it up the way that we need to, there’s a lot of green grass behind it and we look forward to it with our guys, the guys that we have. Golden Tate, his ability to catch the football and be elusive and Doug Baldwin and Sidney Rice and those type of players. I think that we’ve done a good job with the pressure actually to be honest with you. I think last week, they’ve made some plays in terms of the defensive line and everything. Obviously with JJ Watt coming in there. But other than that, I think that we’ve done a great great job.”

(On watching Keith Price in UW's season opener...) “Watching Keith [Price], he did a great job. Like I said, his leadership in the first game. You go into your year and you look forward to watching, and you look forward to getting to play obviously. I was able to be on the sidelines; to watch him play and just… he just shows so much leadership. So much poise, throws the ball extremely well, they run a very very fast offense, they get things moving pretty quickly, and their Head Coach there, Coach Sarkisian. He does a great job in trusting Keith [Price] to make the big time play when they need him and Keith [Price] does a great job of doing that. They have a great football team. They’re going to go a long way I think.”