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Russell Wilson shares thoughts on Seahawks preseason
One of the key components to Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll's coaching philosophy is that it's not how you start, but how you finish that matters most.
But in last night's 41-31 loss in the team's preseason finale against the Raiders in Oakland, the start Carroll's club received from quarterback Russell Wilson and the No. 1 offense is worth another look.
Wilson was in for just one series, where his impressive command of the playbook was on display for the third consecutive week. The Seahawks quarterback led an 80-yard scoring drive in one minute and 45 seconds to start the game, completing 3-of-3 passes for 77 yards and a touchdown, including a 44-yard deep ball to wide receiver Jermaine Kearse on the game's first play and a 25-yard touchdown strike to tight end Luke Willson.
So what's been the key to Wilson's consistency?
"I think it's a sum of all parts," Wilson told reporters gathered at O.co Coliseum on Thursday night. "I'm improving every day. I'm so in it right now. I'm so zoned in. When I step out on the field, when I practice every rep that I take I've truly found how to take every rep as if it's the championship rep. Like it's the one. Whether it's 7-on-7, whether if it's just our visualization, whether if it's throwing routes on air - those extra reps, that extra focus I think has elevated my game a little bit.
"I think that it's fed off to the other players, too," Wilson added. "We have this passion to win, this desire to win. We're getting better. Coach [Darrell] Bevell is calling great plays and he's doing a great job of that. But I think the way that we practice and the way that our energy level is, the way of our makeup, our focus, our attention to detail, and then also our talent level, too, it just keeps increasing. We're getting better. We've just got to keep going."
In games against the Chargers and Bears, Wilson and the Seahawks first-team offense orchestrated nine consecutive scoring drives. The unit was "stopped" three times all preseason - once by the Denver Broncos defense on the Seahawks' first possession in the preseason's first week; once against the Chargers when the clock ran out to close the first half; and once against the Bears when Steven Hauschka's 53-yard field goal attempt bounced off an upright.
"We're so competitive every day," said Wilson. "We work so hard to be great. We'll have to see how it goes during the season. That's what counts. That's what really matters at the end of the day. And it's not the whole season, it's just one game at a time.
"If we can perform one game at a time and we can be exceptionally good that game, that's what's important."