Russell Wilson says his approach hasn’t changed

AP

On Sunday, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has “changed his approach” in 2015, and that he’s becoming a “celebrity quarterback.” On Monday, Wilson said nothing has changed.

“I think that ultimately, it comes down to how you prepare,” Wilson told reporters on Monday. “Like I always say, the separation is in the preparation. It comes down to getting here early, loving your teammates in terms of getting ready and having fun getting prepared. If anybody loves doing that, I love getting ready to go. We all love getting ready to go, and preparing for that, and getting ready for Sundays.”

Wilson has periodically been a pin cushion for negative reports and rumblings, from the notion that he’s too aligned with management to the perception that he’s not “black enough” to the reality that he now makes $20 million per year to the goofy idea that the Seahawks opted to pass the ball and not to run it with the Super Bowl on the run in order to ensure that Wilson would be named the game’s MVP. When a team struggles, some people may be inclined to grumble — and the highest-profile people in the organization become the target for it.

When it happens, it says less about Wilson’s character than it does about the character of any teammates who seem to be more worried about Wilson that about themselves. If every player brought the ability and dedication that Wilson brings to the quarterback position, the Seahawks would be a lot better than 5-5. And if the Seahawks didn’t have Wilson, they’d be a lot worse.

27 responses to “Russell Wilson says his approach hasn’t changed

  1. As a recent Seahawks fan from Japan, I must say Russ “shuttle bus” Wilson is a QB much liked. His power running against middle lineman and long bomb arm make him one of the best in the NFL league. He has been to Super Bowl world championship two times and has performed very well. He is still young to keep the Seattle Seahawks very good for many years. Go Seattle Seahawks.

  2. This is so true, everyone claims Marshawn drove this team foward but Marshawn did nothing without Wilson and as we can see they are now doing it without beast.
    Wilson is also the most classy guy in the NFL he has done nothing but good in relations to charity work but people still knock his character.

  3. Good call Florio! The Seahawks have come up thisshort in most of the losses this season and the last couple of seasons they finished on top in more of the close ones. The dropoff isn’t as drastic as it’s been made out to be. The Hawks are closer to the Bengals and Cardinals of the league than they are to the Niners and Ravens of the league.

  4. “When it happens, it says less about Wilson’s character than it does about the character of any teammates who seem to be more worried about Wilson that about themselves. If every player brought the ability and dedication that Wilson brings to the quarterback position, the Seahawks would be a lot better than 5-5. And if the Seahawks didn’t have Wilson, they’d be a lot worse.”
    *****************
    No more need be said, except that the 1) NFL is entertainment. 2) It is a QB driven league and 3)In that vein, every QB is a celebrity.

  5. You obviously don’t follow the Hawks bruh. Too much Ciara and Hollywood for Mr Batman. He’s realized it and will make the adjustments.

  6. You could say that Russell Wilson’s previous 24/7/365 commitment to football “No Time To Sleep” mentality ended his first marriage… It really came in the shadow of the death of his father– think, be, act football, all of the time.

    Yes, he’s been less reliable this year, with odd decision-making and erratic execution… But maybe it’s just because he’s living life as a 26 year-old human being instead of Dr. Football Robot. It’s probably healthier for him in the long run.

  7. If every player brought the ability and dedication that Wilson brings to the quarterback position, the Seahawks would be a lot better than 5-5. And if the Seahawks didn’t have Wilson, they’d be a lot worse.
    ———————————————————————-

    That Sir, is an opinion….Schneider would have drafted another 3rd round nobody that fits the offensive system. Not a knock on Wilson but the Hawks coaching staff/front office is damn good. If you don’t think good coaching plays a role, look what happened to Kap when Harbaugh left.

  8. Seattle’s problem is having been in the last 2 SuperBowls… Winning 1.

    The parity system makes it nearly impossible to do that and especially difficult for a 3 peat.

    Their salary cap shifted and very talented players had to leave to get the money they had earned… On both sides of the ball.

    I’m a Cardinals fan and I’m grateful that the system has allowed us to gain standing in the NFC West.

    The Cardinals MIGHT have a shot at the SuperBowl this year… Then we will have to pay the players for that success and the parity system will break us up.

    Seattle had a great run… Now they are a rebuilder.

  9. There will be a lot of obvious points made from the posters and “experts” so I won’t try to regurgitate the same message. With that being said, I think I’ve got the solution….and I’m not trying to be a smart a$$ here.

    Wilson made a comment at a church about not having sex with Ciara until or unless they are married. I respect his choice and it’s his choice and life to make. But keep in mind, clogged up pipes create a cloudy life, especially depending on how long they have been clogged. Ain’t nothing wrong with love making with your women Russ to release some stress. I’m sure God has bigger fish to fry instead of whether or not you had sex before you were married.

  10. I often read these pieces and then scroll back up to see who wrote them. After reading those last two spot on sentences, I was shocked to see they were written by Florio. Bravo, Mate.

  11. That is true.
    I think it says more about the media also, in that they try to say things like “Celebrity QB”.

    The media has built him up and they can’t wait to tear him down. As they do with everyone.

  12. Mort says that about 11 out of every 12 QBs. He later revised the “celebrity QB” comment to “significantly overinflated QB”.

  13. Well said Mr. Florio. Wilson is highly dedicated and prepared. Doesn’t mean he hasn’t struggled just that his struggles aren’t from lack of preparation, dedication and focused.

  14. He never took his first wife on a honeymoon so he could focus on film study. Now that he’s “dating” Ciara and getting paid, he magically found time for a tropical vacation on the bye week. ‘Nuff said.

  15. I watch every game and follow all locals reports living in the area. I will fully admit that Wilson has missed a few plays this year but it has nothing to do with his celebrity status.

    What a sham of reporting from ESPN. He is still the first person in the facility and the last man out from everything I come across. Wilson is still at local children’s hospital every Tuesday like he was a rookie.

    He will need to keep getting the ball out quicker but I think Seattle still has a great chance at the wildcard seat. If they get in they can make some noise.

  16. Wilson getting a huge contract and the Seahawks struggling are not coincidences. In today’s NFL, running backs simply aren’t worth $20 million anymore.

  17. Seahawks might as well roll out Brian Wilson under center on Sunday, the result will be the same. A thorough stomping by the Steelers.

  18. And really, let’s face it: if you’re an NFL quarterback and not considered a “celebrity”, it’s pretty safe to say that you stink.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.