Jan 13, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) scrambles with the ball against the Atlanta Falcons in the fourth quarter of the NFC divisional playoff game at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Russell Wilson: "I don't really like running"

Russell Wilson was a guest on ESPN’s Mike and Mike last week. Of course I missed it, since I don’t tend to listen to that East Coast hype nonsense, but luckily someone was nice enough to point me to a podcast of the interview.

It’s mostly the usual meaningless sounds bites, but Wilson had some very interesting things to say about being a running “running QB” that I felt to be worth mentioning. (Here’s a link to the actual audio.)

To be honest with you, I don’t really like running. I’d rather throw the ball to guys and let the true playmakers make the plays.

Part of this is just Wilson being Wilson. He’s a humble guy, and one that knows it’s best to praise your teammates instead of yourself. He’s just gets it, and always looks for every opportunity to talk about how awesome the other Seahawks are.

That said, I don’t think he’s lying either.  The tape shows that he’d prefer not to run. His eyes are always downfield looking for an open receiver. Wilson isn’t like Cam Newton or Robert Griffin, who seem to always being looking for opportunities to pull the ball down and take off. Wilson is a passer first.

Yet we all know that Wilson can run, and he does when he has to. It is this next part that shows why it’s not a bad thing:

When I have to run to get a first down, I’ll do that. If something extra happens, that is always good, too. But the key is protecting yourself — getting down, being smart in certain situations, getting out of bounds, not taking any extra hits. I avoided a bunch of hits last year in terms of running once I got downfield. That is the decision making you have to have when you are running the football.

Wilson is being a little bit modest here. He avoided a ton of hits by juking people out of their shoes. He knows he can, and he uses it to his advantage. He has a knack for avoiding hits. His lateral agility, vision, and instincts will serve him well in terms of his ability to stay healthy.

Put all of that together, and you’ll see why I don’t mind that the read-option is part of Seattle’s offense. With most QBs, designed QB runs are just asking for a QB injury. Wilson’s mindset and abilities make such an injury much more unlikely.

I guess this makes Wilson the “running QB who doesn’t like to run.” He simply continues to defy all conventions, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

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  • Hawk_Eye

    I love it when the defensive lineman is running right at Russell, thinking he’s got a kill shot, then Russell just does a quick side step and says “ole”.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      Not just linemen. He does the same thing to LBs and DBs. “Yoink! missed me!”

  • jimpassi

    QB don’t last long in NFL if they don’t watch out
    they need to know how & when to dive down/ not take the hit
    however most think there S man they last about a year or so
    we all hope to keep Russ a long long time
    let’s hope he out last’s Farve hahahaha

  • Wyatt Converse

    Everything about Russell makes me so grateful that we got him instead of any of the other guys. Seriously, I’d rather have him than RG3 or Luck. The guy just too good to be true and he is The Truth at the same time. I’ve never been one to want to be somebody else or whatever, but man, I wish I had that kid’s parents and the willingness to accept all the great wisdom and work ethic that his father instilled in him. I would kill to have had it so together as he has since, like forever. I straight want to be Russell Wilson. Just an incredible young man with talent and the starting quarterback for my home team. Damn, that would be the Sh*t! But, I’ll certainly settle for having him on our side, our team, in our community making Seahawks football something something we all can’t wait for instead of something we cant wait to be over. And a hell of a role model for the kids in my city which we’ve needed for such a long time. Go Seahawks and thanks for Russell Wilson!!!

    • Wyatt Converse

      Oh, and RW3 NEVER would’ve been so stupid to play himself into the ground like we all saw RG3 do in January. Nope, he either would’ve had relied on his backup and his faith or he would’ve ran WAY fewer running plays and he damn sure would’ve ran out of bounds, slid, or otherwise got down before letting someone obliterate his knee for an extra yard or two. I hope the best for RG3, that was painful to watch.

    • Scooter

      I feel the exact same way. When we picked him in rnd.3, I watched
      His highlight reel, and
      Knew we had a diamond.
      The Hawks have been my
      Favorite team since their
      Inception, and have never
      Been so exited about a
      Player. RW#3 is the best
      Thing to ever happen to the Hawks, and I am a proud of this future hall of
      Famer. What a leader, what a work ethic, what a
      Role model. GO HAWKS!

  • Hawkman54

    Love his thinking and attitude- lets just hope that he does stay healthy!

  • http://Allcougdup.com/ All Coug’d Up

    Great thing about Russell running is he knows what is and what isn’t a 1-on-1 opportunity and he reacts instinctively and accordingly to that knowledge. I think when he said “I really don’t like to run” he meant scramble out when it’s not there. He’s smart enough to understand that him running puts additional and immense pressure on the defense. For him to get with his legs to where he can throw it, meanwhile, would take several seconds while players converge around him and likely make him hit the dirt before that point. He’s an unselfish and dynamic quarterback who always looks to make the best play possible for his team. Teammates have no choice but to love that, it’s something that simply does not go unnoticed, just like RG3 sticking it out on a bum knee doesn’t go unnoticed or gain respect for different reasons.

  • Korchino

    The kid is just special. He gets it…& more than that he has a talent that the NFL probably has never seen before. With his work ethic, leadership & skillset I think we are in for a helluva ride watching him continue to blossom. Those “experts” that doubt his potential obviously didn’t watch his progression the way the 12th man has. As the best fanbase in the NFL we are behind you Dangeruss…protect yourself & continue to make us proud!