There are things Russell Wilson might worry about going into his second season.
But a sophomore slump isn’t one of them.
“I don’t even know those words,” Wilson said, via Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune. “I don’t pay attention to it. I think the biggest thing is just focusing on tomorrow and focusing on the day — the rest of the day that I have and the next couple hours I have here.”
Wilson’s unexpected rise was one of the biggest reasons for Seattle’s success this year, but the sudden stardom doesn’t seem to have changed the third-round pick.
“He ain’t letting anything happen but going straight ahead,” coach Pete Carroll said. “He’s going to keep ballin’, working and preparing. And somebody might want to label it something, but he’s so much farther ahead than last year at this time. And he’s in greater command.”
A year ago, no one knew Wilson was going to be a starter, much less a star. And being game-planned against will make it more difficult for him.
A year ago, he was asked to do less than some of the other rookie quarterbacks who were expected to do more, but those training wheels won’t be around this year.
After acquiring wide receiver Percy Harvin, there’s more pressure on him to develop as a passer, and he’ll have to do that if the Seahawks are going to take another step.