What do you do for an encore after leading your team to the brink of the NFC championship game as a rookie starting quarterback?
If you’re Russell Wilson, you move on to the next challenge.
Entering his second season with the Seattle Seahawks, Wilson said he’s not concerned about the possibility of a sophomore slump.
“I don’t even know those words,” Wilson said Tuesday after his team’s first day of mandatory minicamp. “I don’t pay attention to it. I think the biggest thing is just focusing on tomorrow and focusing on the day — the rest of the day that I have and the next couple hours I have here.”
Those words might sound like platitudes if uttered by a different
athlete. But Seahawks coach Pete Carroll understands that’s just Wilson being Wilson.
“He ain’t letting anything happen but going straight ahead,” Carroll said when asked about the possibility of Wilson suffering a letdown this year. “He’s going to keep ballin’, working and preparing. And somebody might want to label it something, but he’s so much farther ahead than last year at this time. And he’s in greater command.”
Wilson put that command on display, expertly executing a Seattle offense that appeared in midseason form. He threw several pinpoint passes to wide receivers Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin, along with tight end Sean McGrath.
“The reads are coming a lot easier for all of us on offense,” Baldwin said. “Russell’s seeing us. He knows what we’re capable of doing, and he’s finding us in the holes that he didn’t necessarily see last year, just because we’ve got that rapport and chemistry growing now.”
Even though after Thursday the team will be off until training camp tentatively begins July 25, Wilson doesn’t plan on taking much time to rest his mind and body.
“I’ll rest later,” he said. “You guys have got to remember I played two sports (football and baseball) most of my life. It’s one of those things where I’ve never had a break — ever — before this past offseason. My biggest thing is I like to have a lot of things on my plate.”
The driving force for Wilson and his teammates remains the thought that this season could be special.
“We have so much talent on this team, and we believe that we’re capable of winning the Super Bowl — not only this year,” Baldwin said. “That’s just our belief. You wouldn’t step out on the field if you didn’t believe that.”