Focus on: Russell Wilson

Posted Sep 19, 2013

Russell Wilson has started slow only to finish fast in the Seahawks’ first two games. The Seahawks’ second-year quarterback is focusing on altering the pattern in Sunday’s game against the Jaguars.

As anyone who has been paying attention since Pete Carroll became coach of the Seahawks knows, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.

That definitely has been the case for second-year quarterback Russell Wilson during the team’s 2-0 start.

In the season-opening win against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, Wilson started 1 of 5 before finishing 24 of 28. In Sunday night’s home opener against the San Francisco 49ers, Wilson started 1 of 9 and then finished 7 of 10.

Admirable, but not a trend Wilson wants to see continue when the Seahawks play the Jacksonville Jaguars at CenturyLink Field on Sunday. And if you’ve followed the way Wilson has done things since being selected in third round of the NFL Draft last year, it won’t.

“My biggest focus this week is to make sure I get my steps on my drop and just deliver an accurate football,” Wilson said on Thursday. “All things that I know I can do. I’m used to it. It’s just one of things you have to just keep working on, keep harping on and I’ll be ready to go.”

What is that has been missing, other than Wilson’s early passes?

“The first game, we were backed up, it was one of those things where you’ve got to be smart with the football and throw it away sometimes,” Wilson said. “Last week, I just missed on a few things.

“But I think the biggest thing is just focusing on the now, staying focused on the moment, like I always say. And that is something I do well. It helps our football team and it keeps everybody together. I know I can make those plays, and I will.”

Because he has, even after his slow starts in the first two games – especially because of his performances after those slow starts. Hitting 24 of 28 for 319 yards and a touchdown to finish against the Panthers definitely worked. So did completing 7 of his final 10 throws against the 49ers for 107 yards and a touchdown.  

It isn’t helping the offensive progress that the unit was guilty of 10 penalties against the 49ers – six  holding calls (one declined), two false starts, an illegal formation and an unsportsmanlike call against wide receiver Sidney Rice for spinning the ball after a third-down reception. One of the holding calls cost the Seahawks 34 yards because it nullified a 24-yard run by Robert Turbin, in addition to the 10 yards lost on the penalties. The miscues also left the Seahawks facing third-and-13, first-and-20 and first-and-29.

“The execution has been OK, but we’ve had things that have hurt us being able to get into a flow,” offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said. “So we’re executing some of our plays very well, but we end up having 10 penalties of offense last week and that ends up hurting the execution. I think we’re doing a good job on some things but the penalties are something that we need to continue to work on, focus on.”

On the offense in general, Wilson offered, “We’re 2-0 right now. That’s the good thing about it. And we haven’t even hit our stride yet.”