In my story today, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson offered a predictable response when asked if he was concerned about experiencing a sophomore slump after such a successful rookie season.

““I don’t even know those words,” Wilson said Tuesday after his team’s first day of mandatory minicamp. “I don’t pay attention to it. I think the biggest thing is just focusing on tomorrow and focusing on the day — the rest of the day that I have and the next couple hours I have here.”

Expressing that opinion is one thing, but avoiding a let down will be tough, particularly when you look at recent quarterbacks like Carolina’s Cam Newton and Cincinnati’s Andy Dalton, who had very successful rookie seasons, but struggled through their second year.

But if anyone can do it, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll believes Wilson can.

“He had a great year,” Carroll said. “It’d be hard for anybody to come back and have a better year. It’s a challenge in itself just to do that. That’s just something that anybody who has a good season has to deal with. I think his mindset is excellent. And his preparation, his habits, his concern and his focus is excellent.”