Seahawks’ Russell Wilson feeling better after stomach illness
RENTON – The stomach illness that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson dealt with during Sunday’s game has come and gone, which he was happy to report.
“Yeah, feeling a lot better today,” Wilson said Thursday. “Finally over that. I think I had a stomach virus pretty bad.”
Wilson delivered his best performance of the season in Seattle’s win over Pittsburgh despite being under the weather the entire day. He spared the details, but you can put two and two together. Wilson said he woke up at 5:45 Sunday morning then needed three IVs before the end of the game to replace lost fluids.
“And then Sunday night I was feeling pretty bad, too,” he said. “It didn’t really stop after the game. I was hoping that would be the case, but not so much.”
Wilson wondered if it may have been food poisoning, but he wasn’t sure.
“I don’t know. I think maybe just the weather change, and then also maybe I ate something funny,” he said. “But I don’t know what it was, honestly. I think it was just one of those 24-hour bugs.”
Here’s a bit more of what Wilson said during his weekly press conference Thursday:
(On how the emphasis to get the ball out quicker has changed Seattle’s offense) “I think getting the ball out on time is always crucial. I think that it makes it tough on the defense. There is also that happy medium like I always tell you guys too, is extending the play and making those plays. Those have been big plays for us in the past. But just getting the ball out is a crucial part to that. I think it also decreases the sacks, it also gives us a chance for those playmakers to make the plays and get first downs. A guy like Doug Baldwin. It was third-and-10 or whatever it was last week, he catches that drive route, stiff arms a guy and runs 80 yards to the end zone. So that gives him a chance to make those plays.”
(On how encouraged he is by Seattle’s offensive performances the last few games) “I think the encouragement in terms of our offense and how I kind of feel about the offense, and what we’re doing and where we’re going, I think the biggest thing is you see it in practice. You see it in practice, I think the way that we’re practicing the efficiency, the detail, and all of our work together as a collective effort. Guys are really getting here early watching film together, we’re watching it after practice together, watching it on Tuesdays. So it’s just the study habits are great, and I think it makes a difference. I think that also just the constant progression. I think that ever since I’ve gotten here I know that’s one of the things I’ve said for myself and I think also for our football team just in general, is we just want to get better every week, and let the story kind of tell itself. I believe that when you focus too far down the road it can kind of mess your head up a little bit. So just being in the moment, and that’s what we’ve been able to do. I think the offensive line is playing great football right now. They’re being so solid up front. They’re picking up the calls, they’re seeing everything the right way, they’re playing unbelievable football up front. It starts with that, and I think that if you look at our wide receivers, and our tight ends, and running backs, they’re making plays.”
(On whether he did anything in the offseason to work on playing from the pocket) “I’ve kind of watched us these past three seasons just trying to learn as much as I can. It’s always fun to be able to just sit in there and make the throws, and also move around too as well and make some fun throws too. But I watch a lot of other guys. From Tom Brady, to Drew [Brees], to Philip Rivers, different guys. Even Big Ben [Roethlisberger], the guy we played last week, he has a great pocket presence. I want to use my strengths as much as possible, but also always want to continue to try to build my game, and just work on my footwork and hang in there as much as I can. I think that early on in the season you just have to continue to try to trust that protection that it’s going to be there. We didn’t start off the way that we wanted to, but as a collective group we’ve really put together a set of games in a row where up front they’re doing a phenomenal job and we believe in those guys. I know I do for sure. They’re doing a phenomenal job up front. So they give me the trust, I think that’s where it’s kind of really come together in the right manner. And the guys are making the plays on the flank. They receivers, the tight ends, the running backs, like I said. So it makes it easy on me. I just try to throw the ball to the right guy and matriculate the ball down the field.”