Russell Wilson is fresh off leading the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl title, but that was just the beginning of great things to come, he says.
On Thursday, Wilson said he feels that the current Seahawks are a better team right now than they were a year ago, via ESPN.com.
“Right now I definitely believe we’re way further ahead,” Wilson said. “It’s exciting. You have an itch because you know how to do it at a very high level. And the best part about it is we can continue to do it better.”
The Seahawks are the favorites in the NFC to defend their only Lombardi Trophy in 2014.
Seattle has the parts to make it happen.
The team has complimented the league’s best defense with offensive players who can each change the momentum of the game on any given play.
Wilson, the man behind center, has proven that he is one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL and his veteran running back Marshawn Lynch has already rushed into the lore of Seahawks greatness.
And yet, Wilson says his young team is still improving.
“There’s a lot more ways we can be better,” Wilson said. “And there’s a lot more ways that I can get better. That’s the great part about it. I continue to try to stay focused on what I can control and continue to grow in every way possible.”
The Seahawks don’t begin training camp until July 25, but there are already heavy expectations on the franchise to play as well as they did last season, but with a tougher schedule this year.
Seattle isn’t going to have an easy time getting back to the postseason with games against the Kansas City Chiefs, Philadelphia Eagles, Denver Broncos and Green Bay Packers. And, it goes without saying, two games against each of their NFC West opponents.
But that’s just next season.
Wilson and the Seahawks are looking good for the next couple of seasons and most of their core young players are locked up with big contracts. First it was Michael Bennett, then Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas. Wilson will undoubtedly be next.
Don’t tell him that though — he isn’t thinking that far ahead yet.
For now, Wilson and the Seahawks just want to prove doubters wrong once again.
“Trust in the process in getting prepared for a great season,” he says, “and see how far we can take it.”
If they play anything like they did last year, they might take it all the way, again.