RENTON, Washington – Russell Wilson cited a quote from Vince Lombardi on Tuesday when asked about his message to his Seattle Seahawks teammates after his third loss in four games. This stretch coincided with the worst turnover in a quarterback career.
“You can slip and fall a little,” said Wilson. “You just have to keep climbing. I think Vince Lombardi said something about it once. I think he was talking about ‘the man who is up on the mountain didn’t just get there.’ It’s so true that I think there are always challenges as a team … The guys who can get up and swing over and over again, these are the players and these are the teams who keep conquering. What I think about myself knows is that it’s me an overcomer. I’ve been doubted before. One thing about me is that I’ll keep swinging. “
Wilson threw two interceptions in the Seahawks’ loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday. He also lost a fumble after a bad snap. His revenue had increased to 10 since week 7, the highest in four games since joining the league in the third round in 2012. According to ESPN Stats & Information Research, Wilson’s 13 sales are the highest in the first round 10 games of any season in his career.
The Seahawks have improved from 5-0 and first place on NFC West to 6-3 and are in a three-way battle against the Rams and Arizona Cardinals, who each beat Seattle on this route. The Seahawks host Arizona in a rematch at CenturyLink Field Thursday night, a game they must win to avoid their first loss in three games since 2011.
Wilson has since lost the preseason MVP race.
“He has to play better,” said Brian Schottenheimer, Seahawks offensive coordinator. “He knows that. We can’t turn the ball.”
Schottenheimer has taken the blame for some of Wilson’s recent mistakes. One was the first of his two interceptions against Buffalo last week. It was a bad game call and Wilson had to throw the ball somewhere in fourth place. He brought Wilson’s second interception against the Rams to a fine game by cornerback Darious Williams.
But Schottenheimer described Wilson’s different interception against the Rams as the result of a poor decision to force the ball into the end zone when there was room to run.
Wilson’s 10 interceptions are a shy one of his career high.
“The sales, he knows that he has to be better with it,” said Schottenheimer. “He knows that. We don’t train him any differently than anyone else. It’s non-negotiable. You have to take care of football. There are big fluctuations in the moment. We always want to be one of the best teams in the league to be taken care of. ” The football. He’ll always be a guy who was like that. Usually he’s a single digit intercept type. He understands that. “
Wilson and trainer Pete Carroll have been asked several times over the past few weeks if the quarterback is putting pressure on as the Seattle defense struggles at historic speed. His most recent funk also coincided with the lack of running backs like Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde. Wilson has been sacked 11 times in the last two games while adding 23 additional QB hits.
When asked if he was healthy on Tuesday, he said he felt great.
“I think I just need to make clearer decisions,” he said. “I don’t want to overcomplicate it.”
Schottenheimer said he spoke to Wilson about simplifying his thinking in the field.
“We trust Russ completely,” he said. “Russ will get through this. I really think so.”
“I think he’s been saying it all week – it won’t last,” said linebacker Bobby Wagner. “There are times when you have tracks where you aren’t playing as well as you want or not playing the games you made, but his confidence is unwavering. Nobody can shake his confidence, and that’s something That you admire and admire as a teammate appreciate because everyone deals with adversity. He always deals with it directly. So you respect it, you appreciate it, and it’s definitely inspiring. “