Even after watching the film over and over again and seeing his final pass intercepted, Russell Wilson believes the Seahawks had the right call and made the right play. New England cornerback Malcolm Butler just “made a phenomenal play,” Wilson said.
“He made a great play,” Wilson said Tuesday as the Seahawks cleaned out their lockers following a year-end team meeting. “It was one of those bang-bang plays. That’s how it usually is in a goal line area, a red zone area. The guy played a great game, honestly. A guy that I think was undrafted just made tons of plays. Play after play. You’ve got to give him a lot of respect. He won the game for them right there.”
Wilson said not making the throw never occurred to him: “Oh, no, it looked wide open—open enough, I shouldn’t say wide open—but it looked open enough to get it in there and make the play. I thought we were going to. When I threw it, I was like, ‘touchdown, second Super Bowl ring, here we go.’ And it didn’t happen. You just learn from experience. That’s why you play the great game, because you look forward to the next opportunity. Win, lose, no matter what the circumstances are, that’s the way I’ve always been. I always look forward to the next opportunity I have to have the football in my hand. Every time I’m in that situation again, I believe I’m going to have success again.
Asked if there was anything he thinks the Seahawks could have done different, Wilson said, “I think it was bang-bang. I think he made a phenomenal play. Great instinct play by him. Like I said, he played a phenomenal game. When he came into the game, he played really well.”
With the past season and Sunday’s loss so fresh in his mind, Wilson said he isn’t yet looking ahead to the possibility of signing a lucrative contract extension, something that is almost certain to happen this offseason.
“To be honest with you, I haven’t really thought anything about it,” he said. “You know, I obviously want to play in Seattle forever. That’s my goal, and I want to be with this organization. I love this organization. I love this city. I love these fans, and I love winning here. We’ve won a lot of football games here, and that’s the goal, you know. Every year I step on the field, every time I go out those doors back there, the goal is to have a winning day and the goal is to have a winning practice with great teammates around me. So, I think that’s where my focus is, is just continue to find ways to win, and hopefully it’s here in Seattle forever. But still, I’m still thinking I’ve got a game on Sunday. That’s what I’m still feeling like.”
Asked if it’s important that he become the highest-paid quarterback in the league, Wilson said, “No for me I just want to keep winning. I don’t worry about all that stuff.”