Russell Wilson ‘the engine that makes everything go’ for Seahawks

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 8, 2016 – 5:03 pm

161208-wilson-coor-950GREEN BAY — The Packers’ coordinators and defensive assistant coaches spoke with the media on Thursday afternoon. Here’s a summary of their key comments:

Special teams coordinator Ron Zook
(on Seattle PR/KR Tyler Lockett)

“He’s got elite speed. He knows how to run the football. He knows how to follow his blockers. They get on you, and we have to get off them.”

(on the weather’s impact on special teams)

“The biggest difference you have in weather like this, the ball doesn’t carry as far, go as high. It’s harder to place the ball on kickoffs and punts, so you have to cover more field.”

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers
(on Seahawks QB Russell Wilson)

“He’s kind of the engine that makes everything go. Had a chance to be around him a couple times at the Pro Bowl, and you can see his leadership. He has a great feel for people. Guys rally around him and respond to him. He’s a guy that makes plays at key times. He extends plays probably as well as anybody in the league.”

(on having to be careful when rushing him)

“You do. He’s got savvy to him that if you’re four-man rushing and get too aggressive up the field, one of best things he does is he sees the crease, steps up in the crease, and that’s when he’s really effective throwing the ball. He’s good throwing is on the move. He’s very accurate.”

(on TE Jimmy Graham and WR Doug Baldwin)

“Graham is a matchup guy. You could consider both of them, the way they play, as difference-makers. I think Baldwin is one of the underrated receivers in the league. He’s good after the catch, really strong with the ball in his hands.”

(on LB Clay Matthews and his recovery)

“You always like to have Clay at full speed. Last week, I give him credit, he wasn’t full-go, but he gave it everything he had. Our hope is he’s heading in the right direction, getting some strength back in that shoulder. You’d like to have a healthy Clay out there.”

Offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett
(on Seattle’s defense without S Earl Thomas)

“Thomas without a doubt is an impact player. He’s been one of the top safeties playing the game. I’m sure they’ll make some adjustments, but at the end of the day, they’ll stay true to who they are.”

(on CB Richard Sherman, will he stay to one side or shadow)

“He’s done it all. One of the top corners in the game. Very sound, very savvy, very smart.”

Associate head coach/linebackers Winston Moss
(on whether Matthews still influences a game, despite not being healthy)

“To some extent. Go back and look at the film, for a guy they knew was coming off an injury, they still committed a back to him, to chip. They still paid attention to him.”

(on the opportunity now for DE/LB Datone Jones)

“We count on Datone. Datone got after it pretty good (last week). I feel pretty good that if he’s in there and doing his thing, it should help us out.”

Defensive line coach Mike Trgovac
(on Mike Pennel)

“Mike’s a good person. I saw what Coach McCarthy’s comments were on him. I really don’t have anything to add on him. Obviously, he’s a big man, I’d like to have him, but there’s bigger things than football.”

(on Dean Lowry)

“I’ve told you guys all along, I think Dean is a really good football player. He’s been getting better and better and better. When Dean was at Northwestern, he was an outside end for them. We thought he had the ability to come inside from the 5 (technique) to the 3 and do some things inside. He’s extremely smart and he’s been coming on in practice.”

Safeties coach Darren Perry
(on matching up with Graham)

“I think our size helps us. When you get a big tight end like that, you put linebackers on him, he can outrun them. We feel like we match up well. He’s a challenge, but when you’ve got some size you can negate some of that ability to separate a little bit.”

(on defending Wilson)

“He’s going to test your patience and your discipline. You have to be conscious of that. You have to make sure you hold your coverage. Until he gets across the line of scrimmage, you have to stay true. We can’t afford to get nosy and lose our discipline. We know we’re going to see it.”

Cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr.
(on Makinton Dorleant)

“He’s quick. He’s a little guy, but he plays bigger than what he is. He has really good feet, good vertical speed. The things that interest us, you could see those things before he got hurt.”

(on LaDarius Gunter and his press technique)

“He gets his hands on at the line of scrimmage and tries to ride from there. That’s his game. It’s a technique a lot of guys use around the league. He’s getting better at it. He’s a hands-on type player. Each week he’s playing more aggressively. He has mentally what it takes to be a very good player in this league.”

(on Baldwin)

“He’s an above-the-shoulder type player who plays with grit. He’s an underrated player who deserves a lot more credit than he’s been given.”

Assistant linebackers coach Scott McCurley
(on the injuries to Jake Ryan and Blake Martinez)

“We’ll try to get them to the game and try to play through them. It’s not easy, but I appreciate their effort and what they’ve done.

“It’s hard in practice. As much as you’d like it to be a simulation of the game, there’s only so much padded work overall. You trust the feedback from them, the medical opinion, the work on the field, and you make your best decision and go with it. We’re at a point right now where you’re not going to get a full 95, 100 percent recovery anyway. We’re working through it together.”


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