Whereas speaking to the media in New England on Thursday morning, Patriots coach Invoice Belichick was requested about Russell Wilson, whose Seahawks host the New England on Sunday night time.
“This man is an amazing participant,” Belichick mentioned. “Truthfully, I feel he is in a means perhaps underrated by the media or the followers. I do not actually see anyone higher than this participant. He can do all the things.”
That is excessive reward, significantly coming from the person who very effectively will go down as the best coach in NFL historical past when all is claimed and executed. However whereas Wilson would possibly nonetheless be underrated by some, he’s capturing for a profession path that aligns with Belichick’s opinion of him.
“To me, I come to play this sport to be the perfect on the planet, that is simply the underside line,” Wilson mentioned Thursday. “I do not get up to be attempting to be something totally different… Going into 12 months 9, I am attempting to interrupt away. I need to be the perfect on the planet to ever do that. I’ve bought numerous nice gamers forward of me. I take into consideration guys like Peyton Manning, I take into consideration guys like Tom Brady and Drew Brees, all guys I’ve gotten fairly near, and then you definately bought guys like Joe Montana. I need to be remembered. I need to be remembered, and I would like to have the ability to go away a legacy that folks cannot ever overlook. Hopefully I can try this. That does not occur with no regular course of of 1 second of time, one sport at a time, and never trying too far forward, however simply realizing that is all a part of the a part of the journey.”
And naturally, relating to Wilson’s legacy, the dialog of his function in Seattle’s offense is bound to return up. Pete Carroll values offensive stability, which does not essentially imply he needs his offense to run the ball as usually because it passes, however relatively that it is an offense that’s able to transferring the ball in a wide range of methods if a protection is ready to restrict one a part of the offense. And it is exhausting to argue with the outcomes of Carroll’s philosophy—the Seahawks have been probably the greatest groups within the NFL during the last decade, they have been to the playoffs eight occasions in 10 years, together with two Tremendous Bowl appearances and one Tremendous Bowl win, they usually’ve often been each one of many league’s most explosive offenses, and probably the greatest at caring for the soccer. However that dedication to stability, as profitable because it has been for the Seahawks, has led to a few of that underrating of Wilson that Belichick talked about.
And as nice as Wilson has been, there was increasingly more dialogue that the Seahawks ought to lean on Wilson and the passing sport extra, and within the opener at the very least, the Seahawks did simply that, with Wilson finishing 31 of 35 move makes an attempt for 322 yards and 4 touchdowns, whereas there have been solely 20 dashing makes an attempt, together with three by Wilson. Carroll and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer know what they’ve in Wilson, they usually’ve each talked within the offseason about placing extra of the offense in his palms, however in addition they nonetheless need to have the ability to win in a wide range of methods if the matchup requires it, and final week they noticed in Atlanta’s protection some alternatives within the passing sport.
“It was one thing that we knew going into the sport that we favored,” Schottenheimer mentioned. “It was one thing that, as we have been game-planning, we noticed some issues that we favored. We felt good about a number of the matchups and issues like that. Truthfully, I say this on a regular basis and it is the fact of it proper, every week goes to be totally different. Atlanta goes to be totally different than New England; that does not imply we’ll run it or throw it any extra, they’re simply going to be totally different, after which Dallas will likely be totally different (in Week three) by way of our method of how we go into the sport. We bought Russ off to a extremely good begin, actually that helps while you’re hitting on all cylinders and also you’re doing issues like that… It actually is a week-to-week factor. I used to be very happy with how he performed, he performed terrific. However all in all, I assumed it was simply an general nice efficiency by the group, and who is aware of what this week appears to be like like going up towards New England.”
Schottenheimer defined that a few of discussions this offseason have been about making the most of what Wilson can do much more, and mentioned the robust relationship between coordinator and quarterback is a crucial think about these selections.
“Russ and I speak on a regular basis, and Pete and I speak on a regular basis, so there was positively one thing that we mentioned all through the offseason about, ‘Hey look, this man’s an important participant. If the opponent matches what we’re attempting to do, he will handle the soccer, he will get us constructive performs,'” Schottenheimer mentioned. “I feel what’s actually cool is Russ and I’ve the kind relationship now the place he can come to me and actually say no matter he needs to me by way of ‘Hey, I feel that was a (dangerous) name,’ or ‘Hey, I feel that was an important name. Hey, I need to do extra of this,’ and I do not really feel like he is being pushy. He is simply giving me his ideas and concepts, and generally I push again and I am like, ‘I do not see it that means.’ And he is like, ‘OK, I respect that’. However, once more, we notice he is an amazing participant, and we have got nice gamers round him we need to give him these alternatives, however it will be game-planned every week. And what we simply did in the 1st step, which is that this previous week, is we confirmed that we are able to play that means and that after we try this, towards sure opponents—not that it’ll at all times end up like that—however we all know he is able to doing that, and Tyler (Lockett) and DK (Metcalf) and Greg (Olsen) are able to doing these issues, so that is the factor that provides us confidence.”