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Focus on: Russell Wilson

Posted Oct 25, 2013

When a second-year quarterback makes a play that leaves his offensive coordinator, and a former QB himself, envious you know it transcended just-another-play status. And that’s what Russell Wilson did against the Cardinals.

Of all the how-did-he-do-that plays Russell Wilson has turned in during the Seahawks’ 6-1 start, one defies logic and maybe even the laws of gravity.

It came in last week’s game against the Cardinals in Arizona, on a third-and-3 play where Wilson was in the grasp of linebacker Daryl Washington and being pulled down for a sack. Before his knee hit the turf at University of Phoenix Stadium – just before – Wilson got off a flip-pass that tight end Zach Miller caught for a first down in a 10-play, 80-yard drive to a touchdown that put the Seahawks ahead 24-13.

“I wish I could have made a play like that,” said offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who was a quarterback at the University of Wisconsin long before Wilson played there. “It was a sick play.”

But also the kind of play the Seahawks have learned to expect from their second-year QB – who cornerback Richard Sherman has called “Houdini,” because of his ability to escape perilous predicaments.

“It was impressive. I didn’t even question that he was down,” Bevell said. “I knew all the way that he was up. And it’s a big play. And it’s a great job by Zach, too, because Zach had to go a long way to get over there.”

In typical Wilson fashion, when asked about that play on Friday – when the Seahawks continued to prepare for Monday night’s game against the Rams in St. Louis – he cut right to the catch, rather than the uncanny flip-pass that allowed it to happen.

“Zach made an unbelievable play, obviously, coming across the field and getting open for me – and me being able to pitch that ball to him for a big first down,” Wilson said.

As for his part in that big first down, Wilson offered, “It’s one of those things that I kind of have that never-say-die attitude, but at the same time you have to be smart with situations, too. I’m still learning. I’m still figuring things out. You’re still growing with it.”

Count that play as a growth spurt for Wilson, the offense and the entire team.