Russell Wilson: This season felt like a fresh new start

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is feeling great about where his franchise is headed.

The Seahawks made it to the playoffs in what some thought would be a rebuilding year, and Wilson said on his visit to the PFT Live set on Radio Row in Atlanta that he feels the veteran players who remain have the team moving in the right direction.

“We came in this offseason, in OTAs and it was all a fresh new start,” Wilson said. “The leaders like myself, Bobby Wagner, Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett, Duane Brown, Justin Britt, we came in and we revamped the meeting room, revamped the feel of how we practice, the locker room. This is a new year, a new time.”

Wilson believes the Seahawks should be good enough to contend for the Super Bowl next year — and might have been able to contend this year, if a few breaks had gone their way.

“We’re a little disappointed we’re not here right now,” Wilson said. “I go back to the Rams game, at home, they were undefeated at the time, we had the ball at the 31-yard line to win the game.”

Next year, Wilson hopes, the Seahawks will be able to beat the Rams, and get to where the Rams are now.

35 responses to “Russell Wilson: This season felt like a fresh new start

  1. Well all I know is he made me eat crow in the Pro Bowl Skills Competition…
    last year he looked like a joke but he did great this year!

    I guess he just didn’t take it very seriously last year (not that he had to but I thought he’d want to do at least decently for pride’s sake).

  2. A balanced attack is great and all. But watching that playoff game v the Cowboys, I was yelling at the screen for the Seahawks to let Russell throw!

  3. Russel Wilson is a game manager at best. He won’t win you many games with his arm, but you can win with him if you have a great team already. He got a free pass for choking in the Superbowl against the Patriots when he threw that interception at the goal line. The coach didn’t tell Russel Wilson to throw the ball to the Patriots player with the game on the line

  4. Russel Wilson is a game manager at best. He won’t win you many games with his arm, but you can win with him if you have a great team already. He got a free pass for choking in the Superbowl against the Patriots when he threw that interception at the goal line. The coach didn’t tell Russel Wilson to throw the ball to the Patriots player with the game on the line

    He lead the league in big play throws this year….how is that game managing?

  5. Rams fan here, so I dislike the Seahawks (still trying to hate them like I do the 49ers), but just saying that Russell Wilson is an outstanding QB and one of the toughest outs on the Rams’ annual schedule.

  6. The coach didn’t tell Russel Wilson to throw the ball to the Patriots player with the game on the line

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    It wasn’t a bad throw. It was an outstanding play by Butler.

  7. Seahawks surpassed most non-fans expectations by a mile this season. Next season they are looking to make a legit run. Best of luck to the Pats and Rams on Sunday. May the best team win!

    More importantly, may the refs be competent!

  8. camsbiggestfan says:
    January 31, 2019 at 4:26 pm
    Russel Wilson is a game manager at best. He won’t win you many games with his arm, but you can win with him if you have a great team already. He got a free pass for choking in the Superbowl against the Patriots when he threw that interception at the goal line. The coach didn’t tell Russel Wilson to throw the ball to the Patriots player with the game on the line

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    Huh? His record is 75-36-1. His teams have won 10 or more games every season except one. He’s far from a game manager and I’m not even a Seahawks fan. He can beat teams with his arm OR his legs. The bottom line is he’s a successful AND SB winning QB.

    And that SB interception is called excellent play recognition by Butler.

  9. Russell Willson did choke in the Superbowl. It was a bad throw at the goal line. With the coverage the Patriots ran, you have to throw to the receivers back shoulder so only he can catch it. There were also other receivers running routes. He could have passed to somebody else.

  10. Russell Wison choked in the biggest game on the biggest stage, in the biggest moment of the Superbowl. It happens. He wasn’t the first player it ever happened to and he won’t be the last. Deal with it. The media gives him a free pass and tries to put all the blame on the coach. In a way the media is right, the coach shouldn’t have trusted Wilson to make the play. But don’t blame the play call, blame the player

  11. camsbiggestfan says:
    January 31, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Russell Willson did choke in the Superbowl. It was a bad throw at the goal line. With the coverage the Patriots ran, you have to throw to the receivers back shoulder so only he can catch it. There were also other receivers running routes. He could have passed to somebody else.

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    He’s better than Cam

  12. If the Seahawks had a REAL duel threat QB like Cam Newton they would have beat the Patriots in the Superbowl. Cam makes that throw 10 out of 10 times, or runs it in himself. The media just loves Russell Wilson for whatever reason while they hate on Superman Cam. Whatever. The Panthers got a real QB.
    #KeepPoundin

  13. The Seahawks HAVE to start incorporating some 2-step drops again like they did in their SB years. You can’t rely on run-run-run-bomb all the time.

    They need guys like Kearse that were fearless on the slant routes. Drop in a few TE routes that are quick posts right over the LB’s sneaking up to stuff the run. The fades and bombs are fun to watch but you need some of that short passing game too. That’s how you keep them LB’s and safeties honest.

  14. “He got a free pass for choking in the Superbowl against the Patriots when he threw that interception at the goal line. The coach didn’t tell Russel Wilson to throw the ball to the Patriots player with the game on the line”

    That pass was intercepted not because of a bad throw, but because the Pats had prepared well for the game. They recognized the formation and play call from film study and that’s why they go the INT. Both Butler and the Browner who threw the block that let Butler make the INT.

  15. To contend for the Super Bowl, one must first make the playoffs. After that, anything can happen, as people say. However, history would be against it. Seattle has never even reached the NFC CG under Russell Wilson if the team did not have the best record in the Conference. Additionally, Wilson has never won a road playoff game without help from luck. They won the Redskins game when RGIII blew his knee up after the Skins had a big lead. They won the game in Minnesota when Blair Walsh missed a chip shot field goal at the end of the game.

    Therefore, unless Seattle can win its division in 2019, it has virtually no chance of reaching the Super Bowl, because it will have to win 3 straight road games in the playoffs. If you cannot reach the Super Bowl, then you cannot win it. THe Rams are in the Super Bowl, and it is unlikely that it will fail to win the division next season, because they will have Cooper Kupp back from season ending injury. With only a few draft picks and picking late in the first round, Penny-Pinching Mode will have a difficult time adding good players to the roster. At best Seattle will be also-rans for the Super Bowl. IOW they are Super Bowl pretenders, not contenders, for 2019, and likely for years to come after that.

  16. camsbiggestfan says:

    Russel Wilson is a game manager at best.

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    He’s number 2 all-time in passer rating ahead of Brady, Manning and Marino in the regular season, and #9 all-time in the playoffs, ahead of Brady, Aikman, Manning, Favre…

    Only QB in NFL HISTORY to have a winning record in his first 4,5,6th and 7th seasons.

    217 career TD passes (31 per year)

    Led NFL in passer rating in 2015

    Led NFL in TD passes in 2017

    Number 2 all-time in TD/INT ratio

    Number 12 all-time in completion percentage (ahead of Brady, among others)

    Only player in NFL HISTORY to run for 100 yards and pass for 300 yards in the same game.

    1 of only 9 QBs in NFL HISTORY to have 3 or more 100+ Passer Rating seasons. The other 8 are Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Joe Montana, Steve Young, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Philip Rivers, And Ben Roethlisberger.

    QBs with multiple seasons of 100+ passer rating & 400+ rushing yards:
    Steve Young, 4x
    Russell Wilson, 3x

    Players with 4,000 yards passing and 500 yards rushing:

    Steve Young
    Russell Wilson

    Wilson was 80 passing yards short of becoming the only player in NFL HISTORY to do it twice. (2017)

    8-5 in playoff games/Super Bowls, 3,651 career rushing yards, 16 rushing TDs..

    Super Bowl Champion

    If he never played another down, he’d be a first ballot Hall of Famer.

  17. schmitty2 says:
    January 31, 2019 at 5:08 pm
    I respect the team… it’s their delusional fan base that makes us all sick.
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    Oh, really? And what fan bases are so non-delusional and realistic and unbiased big guy? Sound like a wise, reasonable guy like you has it all figured out. Please tell us which fan base we should model ourselves after.

  18. Their delusional fan base thinks Brian Schottenheimer is a great OC. Yes, please call more draw plays on 3rd and 7 while losing in the fourth quarter. Delusional until they fire Martyball Jr. and replace him with a competent OC.

  19. gooselife says:
    January 31, 2019 at 4:31 pm

    Russel Wilson is a game manager at best.

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    LOL! Aside from all the stats that everyone posted above, just by the eye test Russell Wilson is the opposite of a game manager. There are only a handful of QBs who can carry their team with freaky athletic, special ability, and Wilson is obviously one of them. And he can do it in subpar conditions. For example as an Eagles fan, I can tell you Nick Foles is clearly capable of winning big games but he needs a solid Oline to do it. Wilson has been winning for years now with a god awful Oline and no running game.

  20. The Hawks time is past. SEA is decline and with so many free agents & limited draft capital they wont be getting better any time soon. They need to get rid of Carroll and bring in an offensive minded head coach who can build that team around Wilson and get the most out of him before he’s past his prime. At 30-31yrs old he’s already starting to lose some of the athleticism/elusivness that made him famous, his legs will be the first to go by the time he’s 34-35 or so but he can play in the pocket till he’s 39-40. If they suck next year i’d like to see them move on from Carroll and bring in an offensive HC. Carroll is like 70yrs old anyways so either ways he wont be around much longer.

  21. I’ll reserve judgement for a year or two when he’s not as quick on his feet and becomes more of a pocket qb.

  22. It may feel like a fresh new start for Russell Wilson, but it is a familiar whimpering finish for him and his team, i.e. exiting early in the playoffs and playing in the pro bowl, not the super bowl.

    I heard a sports talk host claim that Russell Wilson will make the hall of fame. Wow, Wilson is not even among the top five QB in the league year in and year out. How can he possibly make the HOF? Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, Patrick Mahomes, and Jared Goff are better than Wilson. Even Philip Rivers may be better because he has a better record over the past 2 seasons than Wilson. Then you have young quarterbacks like Baker Mayfield, DeShaun Watson, and Dak Prescott, who may all be better. How can Wilson get into the Hall of Fame if Seattle is ranked near the bottom in passing yards in 2018?

  23. camsbiggestfan says:
    January 31, 2019 at 4:26 pm
    Russel Wilson is a game manager at best. He won’t win you many games with his arm,

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    It sounds like you are talking about Cam Newton not Russ

  24. camsbiggestfan you clearly know nothing, there was nothing wrong with the pass… it was thrown to the wrong guy, it should have never been thrown to Ricardo Lockette he was a special teams guy and like the 5th WR. He should have used his hands and not let the ball get to his body, that pick was more his fault than Russ

  25. Lies, damned lies, and statistics. One can prove anything by statistics. As good as Russell Wilson’s statistics are (mainly quarterback rating), Alex Smith is also very good in that category. Alex Smith couldn’t advance his teams in the playoffs, except when he reached the NFCCG in 2011. Wilson did a little better, with the help of the league not calling defensive holding in 2013, and with some miracle catches and finishes in the 2014 season. Smith and Wilson are not regarded as the best quarterbacks in any season. Year in and year out, quarterbacks like Brees, Brady, Peyton Manning, and Rodgers are regarded as better, and all of them have at least one Super Bowl ring and all of them have at least one Super Bowl MVP award. Zero MVP award for Wilson, and he has zero league MVP awards in the regular season.

    I said it before and I am saying it again. If Andrew Luck had the same kind of defense that Wilson had between 2011 and 2016, Luck would have won 3-4 Super Bowl rings instead of just one and he would have multiple Super Bowl MVP awards.

  26. dfwhawkguy says:
    January 31, 2019 at 4:46 pm
    Next years SB champs. Seahawk Dynasty 2.0 in full effect!
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    When was the Dynasty 1.0? Asking for a friend.

  27. If they had on offensive line that could pass protect a little more, Wilson could get into that 40+ td area. Love what Solari and Schottenheimer did with the line last season…maybe they gel some more and give Russell a cleaner pocket this next season.

  28. @kamthechancellor, I just don’t know how much better the line can get. Wilson isn’t conventional, so it seems when he does have 3-4 seconds he’s anxious in the pocket. Seattle needs to cut down mental mistakes/penalties…..and that includes Wilson taking 10-12 yard sacks on any down other than 3rd. If the Seahawks roll with just adding through their limited draft selections while only signing back half to 2/3rds of their own free agents to maximize next year’s compensatory picks…..the only way I see them improve on 10-6 is by eliminating the dumb mistakes becoming much more disciplined.

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