Sehawks veteran general Russell Wilson compiles a weekly report that he then distributes to his coaches and fellow fighters. But he is not the only general whose preparation separates him.
Once a week, Russell Wilson assigns the job.
It is common, of course, for a beginner general at the NFL to prepare for his next opponent. For example, Wilson said on Tuesday that they swim 20 to 30 rounds each Monday and Tuesday each week to "try to make sure my body moves and take the lactic acid out of my body."
But the seventh year Seahawk also compiles a report full of ideas, game calls, formations, trends, etc., and distributes them to Seattle's coaching staff and co-workers who call him.
These weekly Wilson prints? This is preparation of the next level.
"Every week I will send a very detailed report," said Brett Hundley, Seahawks' first backup strategist. "Sometimes it's like," How do you have time to do this? "
"But there is time, and that's what it takes to put them together every week – whether it's a Thursday game or not – talking about volumes about how it is preparing."
According to former offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, it's not just how Wilson is preparing.
It's also how it shares.
"Everybody is preparing, you can not play this position at such a high level and not get ready," said Schottenheimer, who worked in 11 professional or college trainers in 21 seasons. "He is very disinterested in many things he does. He shares with the team, both the coaches and the players.
"So, I would say that the organization is probably opposed to what I've ever seen, in terms of computer printing … and it's impressive, so it's an incredible laborer, I get texts at all hours of the night. (It's) all sorts of odd hours for, "Hey, what about this? I'm not sleeping, but I do not know when she sleeps. What about this; "So he always thinks the game."
But thinking, writing, drawing, printing, distributing and preparing (and repeating and repeating and repeating) did not always precede victory. 29-year-old Wilson finished 66% of his passes this season, dropping 1,967 yards with 21 touchdowns and five spins. Still, the Seahawks are only 4-5, and the five losses come from eight points or less.
In order to remain in the playoff image, they must remove the Green Bay Packers (4-4-1) at Field CenturyLink Field on Thursday night. This means that they prevent the preparation of a week in three short days.
It also means overcoming one of the world's top strategists.
"Aaron (Rodgers) is a great soccer player – one of the best players in the past," said Wilson. "I have great appreciation for seeing playing the game, how it plays and what else.
"Every time you play a great general and you play some big teams like Packers – they have so much history, they know how to do it – every one of those moments you love and look forward to opportunities."
In nine chances this season, 34-year-old Rodgers – who continues to play with a knee injury – has completed 61.1% of his passes, dropping 2,741 meters and 17 touchdowns with just one track. It has not been removed, in fact, as packers hit the bills on 30 September.
Hundley, who negotiated the Seahawks before the 2018 season, spent the first three years of his career learning from Packers' perennial Bowler in Green Bay.
And while Wilson's reports may be unique, the same can not be said about the degree of preparation.
"I think they both just put the time and I think that's what it really needs," said Hundley for Wilson and Rodgers, with an open tablet sitting next to him, who stopped in a movie from a previous packers game. "When you do not want to watch movies or are late or you've been to the installation all day, they still watch movies.
"That's it. There is a healthy balance, but at the same time they push the envelope to find an edge, that's what these guys do."