DT Damon Harrison
October 19, 2017
Q: Does Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson fool guys a lot?
A: Oh yeah. He does this little in and out move that gets everybody. Itís easy to say, ĎYou have to play it better than that,í but in the moment, itís tough.
Q: Some quarterbacks run because they want to run, some run just to buy time to throw. Which one is Wilson?
A: Heís doing both. You have a guy like a [Tampa Bay quarterback] Jameis Winston, whoís running just to buy time to make the throw. And Russell does the same thing, but he also runs to run, you know what I mean? And he picks up crucial first downs. So, itís on guys like JPP [defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul], [defensive end] Kerry [Wynn], and myself and [defensive tackle] Dalvin [Tomlinson] to keep him inside and force him to make throws from in the pocket.
Q: Is it important that you donít get too aggressive with the pass rush against Wilson because you know heís going to take off?
A: Yeah, exactly. And he does a great job of keeping his eyes downfield, but also he keeps his eyes on the defensive linemen. So, you canít always think you got him. If it looks that easy, trust me, itís not what you think. So, weíve just got to do a great job of attacking him.
Q: After getting your first sack of the season last week, do you feel like you are hitting your stride?
A: No, I wouldnít say that. Kerry Wynn just did a good job of coming inside and making it happen for me. It wasnít anything that I did special.
Q: What has gotten in the way of you getting more pressure on the quarterback this season?
A: I mean, Iíve been close, I just havenít been able to finish the plays. So, I canít really attribute it to one thing, Iíve just got to keep at it, I canít give up.
Q: What does Russell Wilson present that is different from other quarterbacks?
A: Heís fast. He can throw the ball on the run. Heís really good at throwing the ball on the run.
Q: What does Wilson being able to throw on the run change for you as a defensive lineman?
A: Well, youíve got to be smart with how you rush. A lot of the quarterbacks who canít run, you can be aggressive in running up the field, trying to make them step up. But a guy like Russell Wilson, you have to keep him in the pocket because he makes a lot of throws when heís running the ball. Itís really something that you see half the time when youíre watching film and the guys are letting him out of the pocket and they hit and heís still completing throws. So, we just have to eliminate that.
Q: How about Wilsonís deep drop?
A: I havenít really noticed it.
Q: How does Seattleís offensive line change without tackle Luke Joeckel?
A: I canít really say, Iím not in the room with them.
Q: What does Seattle center Justin Britt do for their offensive line?
A: Heís one of the better centers in the NFL. He does a great job of getting everybody lined up, making line calls, checking plays, checking run plays, getting the pass protection right. And heís a big, aggressive guy who can also move. So, thatíll be a tough challenge for me this week.
Q: A big, aggressive guy who can also move sounds like you too, right?
A: No, Iím a big, slow guy who canít move. I just stay in one spot.
Q: When you are handling double teams and standing your ground, is that more technique or strength?
A: A little bit of both, and relying on the linebacker to come in and make the play because if Iím taking on two in the double team, somebody is free. So, sometimes youíve got to just sit there and take the double team without trying to get off and making the play, knowing that one of your teammates will be there. And if one of the linemen does come off, itís my job to make the play. So, itís a little bit of both.
Q: How much relief is there knowing that you have a win now, as opposed to the pressure of being winless? Does that make a difference psychologically?
A: No, not at all. We still have to prepare the same. Win or lose, weíve got a job to do.