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Pete Carroll thinks Russell Wilson can be great

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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll knows some people think Russell Wilson is too short to play quarterback in the NFL. But Carroll knows something else: Wilson was a good enough player in college, first at North Carolina State and then at Wisconsin, that there’s a chance he could be a great player in the NFL. And if you have a chance to take a quarterback who might be great in the third round of the NFL draft, you take him.

“More than anybody else that was alive in the draft, this guy gives you a chance to have a great player,” Carroll said, via the Seattle Times. “It’s going to be really exciting to see what he can bring. All he’s ever done is be great.”

The Seahawks took Wilson in the third round, No. 75 overall, making him the highest drafted quarterback in Seattle since Rick Mirer was the second overall pick in 1993. Carroll thinks he may be a steal.

“This is such an incredible athlete that has had extraordinary, historic success,” Carroll said. “He has done things that people had never thought of before. The fact that he was also such an extraordinary kid, he can handle all of the pressure that he’s going to be under, and all the scrutiny that he already has.”

Wilson will likely serve as the Seahawks’ third quarterback behind Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson this year, but if Carroll is right, Wilson has what it takes to become a starter in Seattle.

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67 Responses to “Pete Carroll thinks Russell Wilson can be great”
  1. packattack1967 says: Apr 28, 2012 8:18 AM

    His hands are as big as Favres. I think he could have a bright future.

  2. jdandcoke says: Apr 28, 2012 8:19 AM

    pete carroll is either a genius….or a complete idiot. he has had, quite possibly, the worst first three rounds of a draft in nfl history. a retarded monkey could have shot three darts out of his behind at any generic nfl top 100 board and come up with 3 better picks.

  3. vikingshuff says: Apr 28, 2012 8:25 AM

    This is the same guy that traded for Charlie Whitehurst and said he’d be a good QB. The same guy that went out and proclaimed T Jack got screwed over in MN and would be a good QB in Seattle. The guy that proclaims Matt Flynn is an icon after only 2 NFL starts. By all appearances Wilson will be another Pete Carroll bust and it shouldn’t be long before the Seahawks realize that Pete is good college coach but can’t hack it in the league.

  4. sakatak says: Apr 28, 2012 8:26 AM

    Wilson reminds me of Fran Tarkenton, the scrambling dimension he brings to the table will keep him on the field. Great upside on this guy. Also very mature.

  5. riles1008 says: Apr 28, 2012 8:28 AM

    So Charlie Whitehurst, Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Flynn and now Russel Wilson. Anyone else? What is this guy smoking

  6. kerc1986 says: Apr 28, 2012 8:35 AM

    I really like that kid hope he makes it, I remember when he used to b on ncstate he would always make plays, and when he play vs the hurricanes I was yelling at the tv for the canes defense to stop him, but he would just keep making plays, good pick by haws.

  7. bubbaone says: Apr 28, 2012 8:36 AM

    Wilson has a lot of talent and the intangibles. And as a Badger fan I hope Pete’s right but at 5105 which is 1 1/2″ shorter than Drew Brees I just don’t see it happening. Doug Flutie did it maybe Russell can too.

  8. jimmysee says: Apr 28, 2012 8:42 AM

    If Seattle carries three QBs with Wilson on the practice squad, there’s a risk some other team will snatch him.

    Like when Buffalo signed Brian Brohm from Green Bay’s practice squad.

  9. thepvyharvin says: Apr 28, 2012 8:49 AM

    Could be, if he were taller than Peter Dinklage on Game of Thrones,,,

  10. jc1958cool says: Apr 28, 2012 8:52 AM

    i didn’t know pete was a genius!

  11. jenniferxxx says: Apr 28, 2012 8:53 AM

    C’mon … what else could he possibly say?

  12. blizzard01 says: Apr 28, 2012 8:54 AM

    Russel Wilson thinks Pete Carroll can be just ok.

  13. rip4gehrig says: Apr 28, 2012 8:55 AM

    The time to get rid of T-Jack has come, not only is he in the last year of his contract but he is now 4th on the depth chart…yes, even behind Portis.

  14. plbertol says: Apr 28, 2012 8:58 AM

    Pete Carroll? Does anyone even consider what he has to say? How many playoff runs or Superbowl’s has he won? Oh that’s right….it’s Pete Carroll!!!

  15. beeronthefridge says: Apr 28, 2012 9:00 AM

    Russell Wilson is the best qb in this class by a mile.

    Pete is correct. This pick was a steal. How could 31 GMs be so myopic?

    What would Green Bay give to take Flynn Back?

  16. sah0620 says: Apr 28, 2012 9:05 AM

    The Wisconsin Seahawks figured they’ve spent enough time trading for QB’s from Wisconsin teams (and even signing undrafted ones, like Dave Kreig), now it was time to draft one too.

  17. jebsta16 says: Apr 28, 2012 9:11 AM

    Huge fan of Wilson in college. The guy has some serious poise. This will be Jackson’s last season in the NFL. I really like Flynn too and hope he can succeed but wouldn’t mind seeing Wilson get some PT too.

  18. lonespeed says: Apr 28, 2012 9:13 AM

    Those are three bad quarterbacks on that team.

    Matt Flynn never impressed me at LSU, where he could barely hold on to his job. The Green Bay offense made him look much better than he really is, and the fact that quarterback desperate Miami didn’t pursue him with ex-Packer offensive coordinator Joe Philbin speaks volumes.

    Tavaris Jackson. We all know his ceiling and its not all that high. I still think he’s the best quarterback on the team though.

    Now they add an undersized Russell Wilson. I have less concern about his size and more concern about his ability. He’s a nice college-level quarterback, but really, how good can he really be. Neither North Carolina State nor Wisconsin were prolific offenses in my opinion. I’m actually surprised Wilson was drafted. He feels more like a rookie free-agent to me.

  19. kingjoe1 says: Apr 28, 2012 9:22 AM

    Pete Carrol has officially authorized the end of his Pro coaching career. This draft has been a train wreck, and the entire team seems to lack directions. Oh yea and he aint very good at that coaching thing either.

  20. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Apr 28, 2012 9:23 AM

    Lone speed – you lost all your credibility when you said nc state and wisconsin were not prolific offenses when Wilson was starting, try again.

  21. pencilmonkeymagic says: Apr 28, 2012 9:28 AM

    I’d like PFT to thank all the pro coaches and GMs for their inputs in the comments section on this article. And the psychic community. Without your opinions we would truly be clueless.

  22. steelerguy says: Apr 28, 2012 9:40 AM

    Let’s look at ol’ Petey’s QB process in Seattle:

    Pay premium for Charlie Whithurst to compete with Hassleback

    Let Hassleback go

    Bring in Tavaris Jackson and annoint

    Bring in Matt Flynn – This has Cassel and Kolb written all over it

    Now a small QB behind a giant line

    Carroll is way over-rated.

  23. joetoronto says: Apr 28, 2012 9:43 AM

    Pete Carroll is a joke.

  24. oreo51 says: Apr 28, 2012 9:48 AM

    Theismann and Tarkenton were both 6-0 and under 200 lbs. Wilson is cut from the same cloth. The height is overrated. Hand size, pocket awareness, throwing mechanics and the mental aspect of he game are far more important to a QB. Wilson should turn out to be a good choice.

  25. lionsfan415 says: Apr 28, 2012 9:49 AM

    If only Wilson was 6’3 there would be no one hating him and he would be a Brown right now, I’m a wolverines fan so I watched quite a bit of Wilson, guy is skilled dude can throw and he can scramble and throw down field.

  26. desmondbishoptutu says: Apr 28, 2012 9:50 AM

    Lonespeed, you didn’t think the UW offense was prolific?

    Heisman finalist Montee Ball tied a record for TD’s in a season with 39 matching Barry Sanders.

    They scored TD’s on 87% of their red zone visits.

    Wilson contributed 31 TD’s, the 4th Big 10 QB to do so.

    This was all accomplished playing 5 games against top 20 defenses overall.

    You should either change your handle or consider never posting a comment on this site again-all time stupid.

  27. dkrause71 says: Apr 28, 2012 9:54 AM

    Those are three bad quarterbacks on that team.

    Matt Flynn never impressed me at LSU, where he could barely hold on to his job. The Green Bay offense made him look much better than he really is, and the fact that quarterback desperate Miami didn’t pursue him with ex-Packer offensive coordinator Joe Philbin speaks volumes.

    Tavaris Jackson. We all know his ceiling and its not all that high. I still think he’s the best quarterback on the team though.

    Now they add an undersized Russell Wilson. I have less concern about his size and more concern about his ability. He’s a nice college-level quarterback, but really, how good can he really be. Neither North Carolina State nor Wisconsin were prolific offenses in my opinion. I’m actually surprised Wilson was drafted. He feels more like a rookie free-agent to me.
    ————————————-
    I disagree with just about every point you made.

    Flynn won the national title with LSU with basically the same team that #1 overall pick Russell had and without Dwayne Bowe. Flynn is more a game manager than anything. I expect he’ll play quite a bit like a Ryan Fitzpatrick with a slightly better arm. Which is more than OK in my book. Miami did try to sign him BTW. Flynn picked Seattle.

    Wilson i think the opposite of you. His size will be the issue. Wisconsin was one of the highest scoring teams in the nation at 44 points per game for the record.

    Jackson is one I’ll agree with. He really hasn’t gotten alot of chances but i also feel he isn’t a #1 QB.

    Seattle has decent QBs in my opinion. I am not of the mindset that either your a franchise QB or crap like some of the posters think. Flynn i think is a solid mid level starter. Wilson i do think is just a bit too small and i felt should have been a round 5 pick. Jackson just has too many holes in his game.

  28. trollhammer20 says: Apr 28, 2012 9:57 AM

    lonespeed says:Apr 28, 2012 9:13 AM

    Neither North Carolina State nor Wisconsin were prolific offenses in my opinion.
    ____________________________

    In 2011, the Wisconsin Badgers were sixth out of 120 FBS teams, averaging 44.14 points per game. Russell Wilson had 33 touchdowns and four interceptions. They were second out of 120 teams in passing efficiency.

    Let me guess….you average 52 points per game when you play NCAA 2012 on “freshman” level, so any offense that doesn’t match that isn’t “prolific”?

  29. slingingsh1t says: Apr 28, 2012 9:58 AM

    “More than anybody else that was alive in the draft, this guy gives you a chance to have a great player,” Carroll said

    All the dead players in the draft that Pete just insulted plan on making him pay.

  30. dolfan34 says: Apr 28, 2012 10:02 AM

    Isn’t this also the guy who said the same things about Whitehurst, Jackson and Flynn? Why doesn’t he just fess up and tell everyone he has no clue what he’s doing and is just rolling the dice hoping to get lucky.

  31. sea3369 says: Apr 28, 2012 10:02 AM

    Lots of haters out here today…. Lets just wait and see what happens… In the last two drafts John and Pete have picked 5 probowlers. So lets give em the benifit of doubt and see what happens… Besides what all u haters think about pete, he is a good coach and one of the most important things we all seem to forget is his players love playing for him….. Thats more than u can say for some NFL teams. Seahawks are going to be a force this season and many more to come mark my words.

  32. maddog111 says: Apr 28, 2012 10:02 AM

    Lets get down to the important question. Was that Wilson’s mom or girlfriend sitting beside him on the couch?

  33. thejuddstir says: Apr 28, 2012 10:05 AM

    Petey is at best a competent college coach…..if he can cheat and get away with it. It makes you wonder what kind of kool aid the Hawk fans are drinking to keep believing in this idiot. Gave away the farm for Whitehurst, blamed the Vikings for not knowing how to get the best out of TJoke, suckered in for Flynn who hasn’t proved diddily and now says a midget is going to be a Peyton Manning. Petey understands one thing for sure, the Seattle media and fans have given him countless “get out of jail free cards”.

  34. truthhurtstoo says: Apr 28, 2012 10:06 AM

    “Miami did try to sign him BTW. Flynn picked Seattle.” ?

    Not quite true- Miami refused to overpay for a 2 game starter. Since they knew more about him than anyone else…. that was a red-flag. Seattle simply doesn’t get it.

  35. qdog112 says: Apr 28, 2012 10:17 AM

    If height was the major factor in sports, then George Murasan would have been Michael Jordan.

    CONGRATS RUSSELL !!!
    Arguably the best QB in the draft. Russell Wilson does everything better than Luck and everything, but the long ball better than RG3. The career numbers and the game tape, bears this out. Unfortunately, he doesn’t do the overrated “height thing”.

    GOOD LUCK RUSSELL !!!

    Seattle just got a WINNER.

  36. atthemurph says: Apr 28, 2012 10:22 AM

    lionsfan415 says:

    If only Wilson was 6’3 there would be no one hating him and he would be a Brown right now, I’m a wolverines fan so I watched quite a bit of Wilson, guy is skilled dude can throw and he can scramble and throw down field.

    Or wilson would be a Colt right now and Luck would be in DC and Griffin in Cleveland.

  37. joenamath12 says: Apr 28, 2012 10:33 AM

    I can’t believe the quality of comments I’m reading on this thread… Either you all have never watched football or just biased morons.. Firstly Carroll knows what he’s doin in draft… There’s no coincidence Seahawks secondary went from being a joke to having 3 pro bowlers..and a top 10 unit on d… The team beat Balt and nyg with tjack.. It’ll only get better.. He got chancellor n Sherman in rd five… U guys need to start watching the games and not just saying idiotic comments.. It makes me sick to hear how dumb some people are… Irvin n was gonna go to jets miners or ravens in rd one… Multiple writers confirmed that. Please do your research and stop sounding like bafoons.. Wilson will be the and Flynn is good competition which is what he wants at the qb spot

  38. matt14gg says: Apr 28, 2012 10:33 AM

    Did someone really compare this pick to Theismann and Tarkenton? What the hell do two guys that played 30 years ago have to do with what’s going on in the NFL today? EVERYONE on the field is way bigger than the players of the 70′s. There’s a reason that just about every starting QB in the league is at least 6’4″ (yes I am aware of Drew Brees, but he’s the exception and even he is 6 feet tall). You have to be able to see what you’re throwing at, you have to be able to get the ball over the players trying to kill you and when you do take a hit you have to be able to get up and back into the huddle.

  39. dirtyharry44 says: Apr 28, 2012 10:34 AM

    TJack will be out of a job. Maybe the Raiders will pick him up? All the Carroll and Seahawks haters just don’t know. You all don’t have a clue.

  40. pftbillsfan says: Apr 28, 2012 10:34 AM

    72.9% comp, 10 .8 YPA, 33TD, 4 INT…better rating that Rg3 who played at Baylor against….. Wilson is legit and if he had 2 inches of skin on the bottom of his feet, he would have went 1 or 2 overall

  41. tlaw21 says: Apr 28, 2012 10:51 AM

    Pete thinks he’s gonna be great well I would sure the heck hope so!!!! Petey every coach and GM in the league thinks/hopes that every pick they make in the draft is going to be great. Coaches and GMs have egos just like the players so when they make the mid to later round picks they are all thinking that their picks are gonna be the “diamond in the rough” of the draft.

  42. kolbydoerge says: Apr 28, 2012 10:51 AM

    What we have here is a team with few if any positions we “must” address. Why. Because those two at the top, PC. JS.
    So the next LOGICAL thing would be to get the special needs (next Charles Haley-B Irvine), great depth at LB and now maybe a tebow like option!!
    Watch and see! Hawks are way better off than mist realize. They will all take notice this year and I bet won’t have an “expert” opinion they feel like sharing. Unless it goes something like …. PC actually kicks ars at all levels.

  43. sea3369 says: Apr 28, 2012 10:55 AM

    Nicely said joenamath12….

  44. violentbynature says: Apr 28, 2012 10:57 AM

    I love how everyone is a talent evaluator and or GM with their post. No one, let me repeat that, NO ONE knows how any of these guys will pan out. The teams have the best idea because of all the time they invest in studying these players. Only time will tell. Someone’s height is not an indicator of his ability. Sitting on your couch or in the stands does not make you an expert on these players. I trust the guys and or gals that are paid to make these decisions.

  45. violentbynature says: Apr 28, 2012 10:59 AM

    amen dirtyharry44, some people are so miserable in their lives they just have to put down everybody and anybody. I am a life long Seahawk fan but I don’t go around just talking like an idiot about the 9ers, rams, or cardinals.

  46. thejuddstir says: Apr 28, 2012 11:00 AM

    Hawks fans….I’m not a hater but how can you defend Carroll’s evaluation of QB’s. Whitehurst, TJoke, Flynn and now says Wilson will be the next Tom Brady or P. Manning……of the QB’s on the Hawks squad he gave away the best one….Hasselbeck. With every one of those QB’s, Carroll made “headlines” with his over the top praise of how they were going to be the “saviors”. He’s struck out on 5 QB’s in just a couple of years, that’s a .200 avg. in baseball

  47. hawkdawg88 says: Apr 28, 2012 11:09 AM

    Wilson’s o-line in Wisconsin averaged 6′ 5″, 325. He had 4 passes blocked all season.

    I agree with joenamath12–too many people on this board make pronouncements about a player or a coach or a team, but don’t actually have the facts in hand to back them up.

    Wilson had an impressive college career. He’s got a good shot, and a third rounder is not a huge gamble. Pete and his GM have not yet gotten their QB–they missed on Whitehurst, but he also didn’t bet the farm on him. Tarvaris is unlikely to be the man, even healthy, but he was cheap too. Flynn is a reasonable gamble for the price, and Wilson is intriguing. We’ll see.

    Their drafting otherwise has been pretty damn good, especially in the later rounds and in rookie free agency (Chancellor, Sherman, Browner, Baldwin, etc.). And at the top, solid as well–Russell Okung can play, and Earl Thomas is one of the best safeties in the NFL, and very young.

    Pete on game day is a bit more hit or miss, in my opinion–but on personnel he and Schneider are pretty impressive.

  48. sea3369 says: Apr 28, 2012 11:15 AM

    Well lets see how can u add flynn to that list of failed qb’s we havent even seen him play as a seahawk? Before u spout off about things u think u know. Maybe we should watch him play then give ur opinion…

  49. phillybeav says: Apr 28, 2012 11:32 AM

    This is a GREAT pick for the Seahawks…
    Wilson was successful at TWO major DI programs in as many years… for Wilson to have the success he had in his first year running the show at Wisconsin is VERY impressive.

    He will be a a very, good QB in the NFL and possibly even great if he gets the talent around him. I was hoping that Wilson would end up in Philly…

  50. tlaw21 says: Apr 28, 2012 12:07 PM

    @matt14gg……………..Where did you get the fact that every starting QB is at least 6’4″?!?!?!?!?! 16 out of the 32 NFL teams are listed at that heigth or over and NFL teams are always generous when listing heighth for QBs and WRs. Yes you need to see but that’s what passing lanes are for and one of the reasons why Brees is so successful. Stafford and Rodgers are both 6’2″ if that and look at their numbers last year.

  51. hjworton46 says: Apr 28, 2012 12:10 PM

    I’d certainly rate RW higher as a potential starter in the league than any other QB in the draft save the first two picks. As a Broncomaniac I’d rather have him than Osweiler.

  52. skolvikesskol says: Apr 28, 2012 12:14 PM

    Like it or not carroll joined the SHEhawks when they were at the tipping point of needing to rebuild. The other misfortune is the the Seakings are still obsessed with the poison pill contract while at the same time having vikes coaches on their team… So they keep taking our scrubs… I mean come on, our starters are barely starters in the nfl!!!! So give pete a couple more years and stop picking up former vikes and he might have a chance to make the playoffs…

  53. bnwpnw says: Apr 28, 2012 1:22 PM

    Let’s settle this on the field.

  54. packermilitia says: Apr 28, 2012 2:02 PM

    Wilson is a fine Quarterback and those of us from Badger/Packer Nation know he’ll perform for ‘Hawks. There was a reason this guy was a Heisman finalist and he has a HUGE heart for the game. Brees can do it, so can Wilson.

  55. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Apr 28, 2012 2:20 PM

    What if Wilson wins a training camp battle? Flynn would be an expensive backup.

  56. acromartieismydad says: Apr 28, 2012 2:30 PM

    Can I please get tonights lotto numbers since there are so many psychics and future tellers on here.

    Typically you don’t find a permanent QB solution over night, there will be a few bumps in the road ala whitehurst/tjack, I think they are finally on the right track with Flynn/Wilson.

  57. sea3369 says: Apr 28, 2012 2:55 PM

    Doesnt really matter who wins the starting as long as we put the best guy on the feild and now we have options is the way i see it….

  58. packerfanfordecades says: Apr 28, 2012 3:54 PM

    I don’t want to play any post-season games out in San Francisco. Whether it is Flynn or Wilson, people back in Wisconsin are hoping that one of those guys can help knock off the 49ers two times every regular season for the next few years.

    I don’t want to play any post-season games out in Seattle either … so there is a limit to how successful I want these Wisconsin-sourced QBs to be.

    I’m hoping for another championship game in Green Bay this next January that doesn’t involve the Giants. Things have been going haywire too frequently when NY comes to town in January.
    .

  59. olyhawk says: Apr 28, 2012 4:13 PM

    The seahawks under Carroll have made great picks, unconventional or not. Look at this team folks, This is going to be a serious contender with what will be a top 3 defense, Beastmode, and now flynn. Pete Carroll is a great coach, and John Schnieder is a mastermind.

  60. 77rainier77 says: Apr 28, 2012 4:37 PM

    Seahawks are doing great on draft!

  61. liddogg33 says: Apr 28, 2012 5:36 PM

    its either one or the other.. Either you are mostly haters or your complete IDIOTS!!! Pete and John are without a doubt in the top tier of coach/gm combonations in the nfl!! PERIOD!!! They inherited a terrible roster from Jimmy Mora and have done nothing but TOTALLY clean house and turn this squad into an up and coming POWERHOUSE!!! I think all of you sitting at your trailor park “community center” using their computer need to really understand football before you speak. The utter STUPIDITY flowing out of you is really flaborgasting!! Truly it shows all of your complete and total IGNORANCE and i honestly feel DUMBER for even taking time out of my day to read your NONSENSE!!! IN JOHN AND PETE WE TRUST and after next year you will ALL SEE WHY!!!!!

  62. liddogg33 says: Apr 28, 2012 5:38 PM

    ps….. Wilson and Flynn will be a truly formidable QB combination for this team for a LONG TIME!!! And Flynn is the next SUPERSTAR!!!

  63. chazzmon says: Apr 28, 2012 7:50 PM

    T-Jack should be gone soon & he and Whitehurst can go fishing since probably neither will be the league. Hawks picks have some head scratchers but if Matt Flynn can play (hard to tell w/ sample size) Hawks could be a playoff team.

  64. superbowlseahawks says: Apr 28, 2012 9:59 PM

    I love all the Seahawks haters!!! Jealousy is the biggest form of flattery. All of you JO’s wish you had Pete as your head coach.

  65. backindasaddle says: Apr 29, 2012 8:19 PM

    Rah Rah Rah!!!… Jump up and down and wave your PomPoms….. Pete Carroll is our coach!

  66. violentbynature says: Apr 29, 2012 9:51 PM

    Why does it bother so many that Pete is positive about the players they get. I don’t recall ever hearing a coach say, “This guy is terrible but hey we took him anyway” teams draft players because they believe they are good, fit their systems and have potential. You hear it all the time from college coaches on signing day, “Great players, great class” every year they have the best recruiting class. Some people that post are just freakin idiots. Also, name me one team in the league that has nailed it with every QB they have either drafted or signed as a free agent.

  67. randallflagg52 says: May 2, 2012 12:53 AM

    Who cares if Russell Wilson is short? Wisconson is probably the best school in the nation at producing NFL OL talent, and these are big athletic cornfed boys not your finesse blockers. If he can throw the ball with these guys in front of him (who are all NFL sized) he can do it in the pros.

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