Seahawks QB Russell Wilson: ‘More confident in myself more than ever’
The NFL is a quarterback-driven league, and luckily for the Seahawks, they have one of the best in the business in Russell Wilson, who’s entering his 10th year in the league in 2021.
Wilson joined 710 ESPN Seattle’s Jake and Stacy on Wednesday for an exclusive interview in which he offered his insight into a variety of different aspects of his game and life.
As far as how he’s feeling heading into the upcoming season, let’s just say Wilson is in a good place.
“I feel better than I ever have. I’ve been training like crazy, as you know,” he said. “I’ve been working my tail off and my mind’s more clear than ever.”
For the third time in his soon-to-be 10-year career, Wilson will be working with a new offensive coordinator in Shane Waldron. Wilson shared some quick thoughts on working with Waldron and the offense.
“Shane and I have been studying like crazy, I’ve been working my tail off all offseason on the plays and the concepts and everything. I feel in command of everything I want to do.” Wilson said. “The guys have looked great, looked tremendous and ready to play. We feel very confident in what we can do. And I feel more confident in myself more than ever … I’ve always felt just hand me the ball and let’s go to work and let’s play ball.”
Wilson said that the first half of 2020, where he was an MVP front-runner and was at one point on pace for the best season by a quarterback in NFL history, is what he knows he can be all the time and it’s how he views himself when examining his game. But over the second half of the season, Wilson and the offense were less dynamic and didn’t put up as many points or yards as they did early in the season en route to suffering a playoff loss in the Wild Card round.
Despite the second half struggles and the Seahawks’ early playoff exit, Wilson had plenty of positives to take away from the 2020 season.
“Even though it didn’t end the way we wanted it to or the way we hoped for, I think back to we had to win those (close) games early,” he said. “We had to find ways (to win and) we had to go for it. I think that same mentality at the end of the season didn’t work out and the ball bounced a different way every once in a while. You can’t play this game scared and that’s one thing I’m definitely not doing.”
Listen to the full interview with Wilson and hear his in-depth thoughts on the mental side of his game and his offseason work at this link, in the video above in this post, or in the podcast player below.