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Pete Carroll: We were lucky people looked at Russell Wilson’s height

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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says his team got lucky when in last year’s NFL draft, too many teams looked at Russell Wilson’s height instead of his game tape.

Mike Florio asked Carroll on Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network why Wilson was available for the Seahawks to pick 75th overall in last year’s NFL draft, and Carroll said it was all about the standard NFL view of short quarterbacks.

“He’s 5-foot-11, you know, and guys didn’t think he could play for that reason alone,” Carroll said. “They weren’t willing to take the chance on a guy and we were very, very fortunate to get him. I think that will bear itself out in the years to come, what a great pick it was. We’re thrilled to have him on our team.”

Carroll said the Seahawks had such a high grade on Wilson that they would have taken him with their second-round pick, No. 47 overall, but they were counting on him still being available with their third-round pick, No. 75 overall. As it turned out, Seattle got linebacker Bobby Wagner, who was one of the best defensive rookies in the league last year, at No. 47, and then waited through a nerve-wracking round while they hoped no one would take Wilson.

“We wanted him on our team, even at the second pick,” Carroll said. “To get to 75, every one of those picks along the way we were fighting through it and as it got down to the last couple it was pretty tense. But it was exciting too and as it turned out it was a great accomplishment for us.”

No team had a better draft than the Seahawks last year. But the Seahawks also got a little lucky that no other team could see past Wilson’s height and realize he was worth a Top 75 pick.

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73 Responses to “Pete Carroll: We were lucky people looked at Russell Wilson’s height”
  1. mossnomore says: Mar 21, 2013 5:54 AM

    Vikings draft wasn’t bad, either.

  2. gadzod says: Mar 21, 2013 5:55 AM

    I was 100% certain when the Bills traded up in the 3rd round that they were picking Russell Wilson. Instead, we got the disappointment of T.J. Graham……a 7th round grade. *sigh* the life of being a Bills fan. Kudos to you, Seattle….By the way, you’re welcome for Lynch.

  3. Iknoweverything says: Mar 21, 2013 6:09 AM

    Pete Carroll is a Genius. The Seahawks top brass and scouting department are all geniuses.

    Seattle is built for several titles over the next dozen years and will own the NFC over that time frame.
    They have the best young QB to come into the league in 50 years. They have the best head coach in the league. They have the best conerback. And they have the best fans.

  4. SAV says: Mar 21, 2013 6:10 AM

    Seattle had an all time great draft. Russell will go down as the best QB with legs ever. Mark the words. Cold as ice. Im a Ravens guy.

  5. tangeuray says: Mar 21, 2013 6:12 AM

    Ouch^^^^ BTW doesn’t Pete focus on height for his defense?

  6. supremekingz says: Mar 21, 2013 6:25 AM

    Wow, I could’ve sworn Colin Karpernick was in the Superbowl last year. All the Seahawks did was cheer for moral victories

  7. allidoiswin55 says: Mar 21, 2013 6:44 AM

    Many teams shy’ed away from Wilson and his to good to be true work ethic paired with size and perception of his pocket passing. Many coaches before the senior bowl told others not to be impressed with his intangibles such as leaderahip and work ethic bc it was manufactured and couldn’t be authentic or they would have known more about it.

    His winning has never stopped he won I believe 3 state titles and more in baseball won the starting jobs and captain honors at both NCST and Wisconsin. Had all winning seasons and bowl appearances, He was drafted into major league baseball TWICE. Joined a team for an summer and decided to pursue football and VOLUNTARILY gave back his signing bonus which he was legally intitled to keep.

    HE is an unquestionable leader and has unparalleled work ethic and respect of not only the game but of its history. There has not been a player like that to my knowledge in quite some time. The Wilson bandwagon was just picked up late mostly due in part to the limited success and options he had with the play book.

    Anyone whose met him marvels and gushes about him. I try hard not to myself because that’s not my style but you must pay the kid respect. Even though this team had some pretty ” interesting ” characters there’s no way his work ethic and competitiveness and drive won’t take him to the top and keep him there.

    He is the next D Bress /Manning, I know that sounds ridiculous but only injury and serious injury is going to stop him. Dude will take the league by storm next year and beyond.

    U have never blindly put faith in anything but God and this kid. There’s no way he’s not successful and I guarantee anyone who takes the time to get to know him and pass his team or coach hatred will say exactly what I am.

    Seahawks will win a SB in the near future, no Gurantee of when but I can guarantee with this guy they will. He’ll pay his dues the right way, being humble and out working everyone else and work for people’s respect not annointed based upon fame.

    Dude can and will Ball this year expect Seattle to be better this year with additions and his progress. He will always have the work ethic of a humble guy bc he was raised that way.

    Excited for this guy to show what he has nationally and to continue to prove haters wrong. Bc mostly that’s what people who don’t see it are, there haters, he’s proven all I’ve mentioned.

    Just wait in see.

  8. enochmh2 says: Mar 21, 2013 6:50 AM

    He can make nfl throws,looks poised in the pocket,can use his legs when plays break down BUT lets disregard all of that because he’s 5’11….scouts and teams take this size thing way too seriously

  9. 1uniquename says: Mar 21, 2013 7:00 AM

    Careful guys, don’t count out tannehill down in Miami who us also a qb with legs lol. Seriously tho that dude looked amazing last year with very little college qb experience and he was throwing to guys who didn’t start on their highschool teams but were starting in the NFL.

  10. voiceofreason says: Mar 21, 2013 7:11 AM

    lol….if the Seahawks weren’t worried about his height like everyone else….. why didn’t they select Wilson in the 1st, or 2nd?

  11. arrowdead says: Mar 21, 2013 7:18 AM

    I thought the ‘Hawks were CRAAAAZY when they hired the Ghost of USC Past, but PC has proven me and lots and lots of ppl wrong. He can coach, evaluate talent, and is great handling media/pressure/etc. What an insightful piece of candid info and one that shows what teams are supposed to do! They just keep improving and would not surprise me at all if they leap frog the 9ers, Packers, Saints and Giants and the team most ready to rep the NFC in the Super Bowl next year.

  12. joey49er says: Mar 21, 2013 7:24 AM

    wow u would of thought Wilson had taken the sea squawks to the Super Bowl after only 10 nfl starts. Get this threw ur heads seas quaks the only reason u made it to the playoffs was due to the fail Mary. Lol niners won the division. And if carol is happy for comin in 2nd place I’m happy for u guys lol

  13. skiss68 says: Mar 21, 2013 7:26 AM

    Dont pull a muscle patting yourself on your back Pete!

  14. SilentMajority says: Mar 21, 2013 7:29 AM

    I’m not as convinced as everyone else that Wilson is as good as he looked last year. When the defenses adjust to the Read Option, and they will, can Russell Wilson adjust? We’ll have to wait and see, but I bet he doesn’t have nearly as good of a year as his rookie year.

  15. theytukrjobs says: Mar 21, 2013 7:30 AM

    Carrol is full of crap.

    First off, putting a 2nd round grade on a QB really isn’t that high anyways. Seattle didn’t have a first round grade on him apparently? And the fact that they were willing to draft Wilson ONLY if they got a steal tells me that they also were looking at height.

    Let’s not forget that any team with QB need, including Seattle, would have taken Wilson 1st round or maybe early second if he was 6-3. Wilson really had a great college career, is a super hard worker, has a terrific arm and accuracy, is athletic, etc. The only knock on him was height, which was precisely why Seattle wasn’t willing to spend more than a 3rd on him or even trade up with their 3rd when he got close.

    Total BS spewer, this Carrol guy.

  16. vex24 says: Mar 21, 2013 7:41 AM

    As a Ohio State fan, I was freakin’ terrified of Wilson. He had super poise and a contagious form of confidence that effected the whole Badger team. When he had the ball in the last few seconds of the game… I just walked away from my TV… I knew it was over. Much respect for this young man. 2012 NFL QB Rookie Class was the most exciting football I’ve seen overall for a long time. Wilson, Luck & RGIII.

  17. hehateme2 says: Mar 21, 2013 7:43 AM

    meh…. this type of offense they ran last season will go the way of the wildcat.

    What they’re left with is a short QB that will struggle as a pure passer… or injured due to his smallish size.

  18. frombaltimore says: Mar 21, 2013 7:50 AM

    they didn’t draft him in the first two rounds because good organizations draft based on balancing need with value. if you have a good feeling, as an organization, that a guy will that you need will be available later on, then you might take that chance and wait. then you get your guy, for less money, and spend those earlier picks on team needs that might not be around in the later rounds. people might say they reached for Irvin, but on draft day they (whoever they may be) said there were teams that had a first round grade on him. so they took the shot.

  19. mtheparrothead says: Mar 21, 2013 7:54 AM

    Any my jags drafted a punter before him. A punter. Thank god gene is gone.

  20. ezerick86 says: Mar 21, 2013 7:59 AM

    Dear Seattle fans,
    Winning a playoff game (or two) one year doesn’t automatically guarantee you’ll win the Super Bowl the following year.

    Signed,
    Jet fans

  21. atwatercrushesokoye says: Mar 21, 2013 8:03 AM

    For all the bravado this team talks with you’d think they’d have years of prolonged success instead of just one year they were pretty good. Seattle needs to worry a little bit though, every year there’s a team that comes out of nowhere and has a tremendous year, and then the next year goes back to obscurity. As examples, Detroit from 2011 to 2012, KC from 2010 to 2011 etc. and all of those teams were considered close, just missing a piece or two. Not saying that will definitely happen to Seattle but they are the one playoff team from last year who fits that description.

    As for Wilson, he was terrific last year, no doubt about that. And his future looks bright, but it’s a one year sample size, let’s allow him to play a second year, and have more success, before we proclaim him anything more than a QB who had a great rookie season.

  22. michaeljacksonisback says: Mar 21, 2013 8:04 AM

    Yeah ok, let’s see when the Rams D is smashing rusty Wilson and Collin kaperquit into the dirt again this year!

  23. zeldon says: Mar 21, 2013 8:05 AM

    You would think that the Seahawks would have traded up to 65-70 with little cost if they desperately wanted Wilson. Typically, if you REALLY want a player you can make a deal to go get him when it’s close to your pick.

    I think Mr. Carroll may be making up a story to look good. Would he do such a thing?

  24. zn0rseman says: Mar 21, 2013 8:10 AM

    Forgot to add Jarius Wright to that list…

  25. ravensfan19 says: Mar 21, 2013 8:22 AM

    Seahawks fans talk a lot for a Team that has never Won Anything.

  26. dalucks says: Mar 21, 2013 8:24 AM

    That is a nice way of saying that most NFL scouts are idiots and they are the reason so many NFL teams stink.
    I agree with his politically correct point of view.

  27. bigbenh8tr says: Mar 21, 2013 8:37 AM

    haha read it again they explain why. he would still be available….wagner wouldn’t have been. Especially with Russell hailing from Richmond, Va, this is going to be killing skins fans for years to come once rg3s knee finally sends him packing back to Waco

  28. packerbadger says: Mar 21, 2013 8:39 AM

    Iknoweverything says:Mar 21, 2013 6:09 AM

    Pete Carroll is a Genius. The Seahawks top brass and scouting department are all geniuses.

    Seattle is built for several titles over the next dozen years and will own the NFC over that time frame.
    They have the best young QB to come into the league in 50 years. They have the best head coach in the league. They have the best conerback. And they have the best fans.
    ==================================

    Your fans suck, your coach is a lying, cheating crybaby and without the refs, you guys are a little above average.

  29. htownhawk says: Mar 21, 2013 8:41 AM

    This blog is so hilarious. Anything goes up here about Seattle seahawks and the haters swarm. Last I check when super K came to Seattle he got punked. Watch the game again. He was scared….

  30. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Mar 21, 2013 8:46 AM

    I’m looking forward to seeing Idzik setting the stage for taking his salary cap/draft management-magic to the next level like he did in Seattle for the Jets.

    I Like how he’s managing moves so far. My only question is why he didn’t go after Leon Washington for a multi-year deal with his Seattle knowledge & Jets history with Leon’s abilities? We got Goodson for a similar price averaging it out over 3 years.

  31. bpeterson464 says: Mar 21, 2013 9:05 AM

    lol….if the Seahawks weren’t worried about his height like everyone else….. why didn’t they select Wilson in the 1st, or 2nd?

    Why get him in the first or second if you can get him in the third? It’s not a question of how good they think he is, it’s how high OTHER teams grade him, researching the last possible position to draft him.

  32. conormacleod says: Mar 21, 2013 9:07 AM

    Just stop. While he definitely did great last year, and Seattle made a very good pick, stop with the “we would have taken him earlier” talk. No, you wouldn’t have. Do you know how I know? Because you didn’t do it.

  33. conormacleod says: Mar 21, 2013 9:08 AM

    Pete; “Hey Russell, I know we selected you in the 3rd round, but we really wanted you in the 2nd round. So, here’s a contract worthy of a 2nd round pick.” What? That didn’t happen? Pete Carroll is just full of it? Still? Shocking!

  34. ninerfan81 says: Mar 21, 2013 9:11 AM

    When they drafted him, I literally dropped my head in my hands, none of my idiot friends remembered how good this guy was at NC State, not to mention he’s not the typical 22 yr old college senior, he’s an adult…he’ll give my Niners hell for many years, that draft set them up to compete for chips. It just so happens Harbaugh is every bit the personnel man Carrol is and this will be an interesting battle between the Harbaugh/Baalke and Carroll/Schneider coach-gm combinations for the next 5 years or so

  35. btaggs says: Mar 21, 2013 9:11 AM

    I am calling BS. The seahawks passed him over twice before picking him. If they knew he was going to be such a good qb they would have drafted him in the first round. They didn’t draft him in the first or second round because of his height.

  36. pencilmonkeymagic says: Mar 21, 2013 9:20 AM

    Glad the armchair GMs willing to burn 1st round picks on players they could’ve got in the 3rd aren’t in charge of my team.

  37. lks311 says: Mar 21, 2013 9:22 AM

    I don’t listen to what Pete Carroll says. He’s got a little Used Car Salesman, Carny, Huckster in him…actually a lot. But, he and that GM make quite a tandem and they know talent. The Seahawks are as good a drafting team as there is in the NFL—and that includes Ozzie Newsome’s Baltimore Ravens.

  38. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 21, 2013 9:31 AM

    I don’t buy it. If they really liked a quarterback that much, they wouldn’t take a chance on missing out on him. Were they so arrogant that they didn’t think any other team could like him as much as they did? If you think a quarterback can be a franchise player, you don’t wait until the third round and sweat it out. They thought he was worth a third-round pick but not a second-round pick, and now they’re trying to make it sound like they knew more than everybody else.

  39. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Mar 21, 2013 9:31 AM

    Percy Harvin will destroy Wilson’s confidence when he criticizes him for every off-target pass.

  40. tommychappy0722 says: Mar 21, 2013 10:14 AM

    Russel Wilson doesn’t throw off target passes with regularity like your boy Ponder.

  41. joetoronto says: Mar 21, 2013 10:15 AM

    Pete Carroll is a psychopath, anyone who believes anything he says is a moron.

    Wilson is approaching year two, we’ll see just how good he is or isn’t soon.

  42. dedicatedhawkfan says: Mar 21, 2013 10:42 AM

    Funny how after the draft last year espn (and others) graded the Seahawks as one of, if not the, lowest possible. Go Hawks

  43. themackstrong says: Mar 21, 2013 10:52 AM

    Pete Carroll’s transition from the college game to the pro his personnel and scouts are going to have a strong advantage over the league for 4 or 5 years. Add John Schneider who was well respected and perfected his craft with Green Bay and you have something special because 3 drafts they have picked up Pro Bowlers in between rounds 1 to 5. They traded back got Irvin and everybody screamed reach and he is the most explosive pass rusher last year and proved it. The only guy who was close was the Pats -Jones. Bobby Wagner was every bit as good as Keuchly – less tackles but more picks and sacks and was signal caller on top rated defense. For the Wilson doubters- If you ever watched the kid play or listened to his coaches/players talk about his work ethic to be great you would understand how clueless you sound about football. PC/JS were ecstatic when they drafted Wilson- they showed the war room after the pick and Pete was being Pete. The analysts all said Wilson is a reach. Mayock was one of the only other guys who said this kid is a winner. Go Hawks!

  44. thefox61 says: Mar 21, 2013 10:54 AM

    To all you haters,
    Russell Wilson NEVER ran the read option BEFORE last year, so the read option fad theory is DEAD! Russell Wilson IS the elite QB you saw last year and he will be for at least the next decade. Get used to it.
    GO SEAHAWKS!!!

  45. sixjak says: Mar 21, 2013 11:02 AM

    He represents the Lollypop Guild.

  46. goldenperspective says: Mar 21, 2013 11:12 AM

    Wilson was drafted right about where many people had him mocked at. There was no ” genius” involved. Seattle took him and got lucky. The only genius move Pete made was leaving USC when he knew the NCAA was about to drop the hammer on him.

  47. in3webelieve says: Mar 21, 2013 11:18 AM

    A lot of people taking time to come hate on the hawks. If you don’t like them, don’t comment. Your words aren’t going to get carroll out of the league, he’s here to stay…

  48. tahoehawk2 says: Mar 21, 2013 11:23 AM

    Love the Carroll haters. Why would Seattle draft Wilson in the 1st or 2nd knowing his draft grade was 3-4 round. Doesn’t mean Seattle didn’t think he was worth a 1st round pick. They held to their board knowing that other teams had issues with Wilson’s height. They didn’t. Yes, they could have lost him to someone else but that didn’t happen either. Smart and lucky. Instead they used those picks to get the top rookie pass rusher in the 1st and a candidate for Defensive rookie of the year in the 2nd (Wager).

  49. transam7816 says: Mar 21, 2013 11:25 AM

    For the people asking why he wasn’t picked at a higher round by the Seahawks..why waste a 1st or 2nd round pick on him when you don’t believe other people will pick him that soon. All about value.

  50. CKL says: Mar 21, 2013 12:29 PM

    I don’t like a lot of QBs’
    personalities, but I love this Wilson kid. He almost seems too good to be true. I hope my team is lucky enough to get one just like him when theirs is gone.

  51. granadafan says: Mar 21, 2013 1:18 PM

    Remember, the Searats didn’t necessarily need a QB because they thought their free agent signing of Matt Flynn was going to be the franchise QB. They didn’t need to spend a first round draft choice on a QB. I hate to say it but Cheatey Petey did a great job in evaluating Wilson and others in that draft. The so-called experts need to re-evaluate their scouting of QBs and this desire for a “prototypical” QB size. They need to go for leaders with skill, not meatheads with “prototypical” QB size like Vince Young, Jeff George, Ryan Leaf, Jawalrus, Matt Leinart, etc.

  52. djjackson81 says: Mar 21, 2013 2:40 PM

    This years Russel Wilson is going to be Matt Scott in the later rounds cause his height.

  53. greatestgamensports says: Mar 21, 2013 2:59 PM

    Seattle won’t do anything more then they did last yr plain and simple you ignorant fans are turning this team into the 2013 eagles dream team lol what a bunch of lames!

  54. pugetsmith says: Mar 21, 2013 3:23 PM

    Some of the people on the board here seem confused about the Hawks waiting until round three to take Wilson. Not sure why, but no one said Whiner fans were smart.
    If the other 31 teams were not going to draft Wilson then Seattle would have waited til the 7th round. He was only worth what teams were willing to give up for him…at the time of the draft. It is pretty simple. If the market demand for him was a first round pick then the Hawks would have drafted him there. Things of value are only worth what people in the market are willing to pay for them.
    Schneider and Carroll gambled that if they grabbed Wagner in the 2nd, that Wilson would be there in the third. The gamble paid off.

  55. in3webelieve says: Mar 21, 2013 3:29 PM

    Got a question. Why the hell would you draft a guy in the first or second round that you could have drafted him in the third? Especially when people had him as a fourth round value! Good thing some of you guys aren’t the GMs for you beloved teams. SMH

  56. deltaoracle says: Mar 21, 2013 3:43 PM

    Seattle was very, very fortunate in more than one way last season.

  57. checkdanews says: Mar 21, 2013 4:19 PM

    If the seahawks lost to GB, they would of still been in the playoffs…people are saying the only reason they got in was because that game….

    Seriously if you don’t know what your talking about, then don’t post…If you don’t know something, then atleast go look it up, instead of posting random uneducated hater comments

  58. bobhk says: Mar 21, 2013 4:27 PM

    in3webelieve says:
    Mar 21, 2013 3:29 PM
    Got a question. Why the hell would you draft a guy in the first or second round that you could have drafted him in the third? Especially when people had him as a fourth round value! Good thing some of you guys aren’t the GMs for you beloved teams. SMH
    —–
    We have such brilliant folks on this board.

    How the hell would Schneider have know where other people had him on their boards.

    Schneider got extremely lucky.

  59. sixjak says: Mar 21, 2013 6:01 PM

    Don’t you know, dummy, everybody knows NFL GM’s get together and let the other 31 GM’s know how they grading every draft pick. Lol.

    It’s kind of a case where a gamble paid off. Those responsible for it are patting themselves on the back as though they knew all along the Wilson would be there and play well enough to start over Flynn. All part of the master plan.

    Let the SEA fans crown them the next dynasty but unfortunately they have to prove it 16x’s a year in an increasingly tough division.

  60. cntruva says: Mar 21, 2013 6:53 PM

    The hawks are just plain good. Every team has to go through growing pains until they become a mature team and seahawks are a team that the superbowl will prove that have matured as the best team in the NFC. Eat the dirty hawks jock straps jealous 49er’s fans. 49er’s made but failed at winning the super bowl that’s second place and that means first loser. There can only be one winner and the hawks are showing that they (front office) is dedicated to the ultimate goal. They know talent better than any other team aside from maybe new england. It could be hawks vs pats or denver. But hawks win because their rock solid defense. Look what they did with the 27 ranked offense both offense and defense will improve in ’13 and lead in stats to prove ’12 was no fluke. In the words of our great young QB wilson,GO! HAWKS!!!

  61. jiggajace07 says: Mar 22, 2013 12:20 AM

    For those that do not like how loud Hawks Fans are just wait
    Till we win one cause its coming. Is V. Davis o.k. i really loled him!

  62. jessesnapple says: Mar 22, 2013 1:29 AM

    WOW. Some people are so dumb. The Hawks waited until the 3rd round to get Wilson because they thought they could. They would have missed on Irvin or Wagner if they took him earlier. Plus, Matt Flynn was already on the roster and basically penciled in as the starter. Wilson wasn’t drafted to be an immediate starter, but he proved he could handle the pressure and the NFL play book, so he got the chance and never looked back. Seriously, people just need to put like 10 seconds of thought into their comments before posting. As for Wilson not doing as well in his second year, that’s just comical. Out of the teams that legitimately used the read option, Seattle used it the least. Wilson also isn’t a running QB, he scrambles and finds receivers down field. It’s like what Big Ben does, but he does it with elusiveness instead of just being huge. Oh and his work ethic that’s second to none will GUARANTEE that he doesn’t fall off. The kid just understands the game so well.

  63. seadawgs72 says: Mar 22, 2013 2:52 AM

    When are NFL scouts going to start asking themselves the most important question, “can he play the game”? San Diego traded Brees to keep Philip Rivers. How’d that workout for ya? Doug Flutie never was taken seriously. I remember him taking the Bills to the playoffs & then getting benched for Rob Johnson. Who??? The intangibles are as important if not more than 40 speed, height, weight, etc. Thank God for Russell Wilson & thanks to the other 31 teams for having their blinders on. Go Hawks!!!

  64. sixjak says: Mar 22, 2013 10:57 AM

    cntruva says:
    Mar 21, 2013 6:53 PM
    The hawks are just plain good. Every team has to go through growing pains until they become a mature team and seahawks are a team that the superbowl will prove that have matured as the best team in the NFC. Eat the dirty hawks jock straps jealous 49er’s fans. 49er’s made but failed at winning the super bowl that’s second place and that means first loser. There can only be one winner and the hawks are showing that they (front office) is dedicated to the ultimate goal. They know talent better than any other team aside from maybe new england. It could be hawks vs pats or denver. But hawks win because their rock solid defense. Look what they did with the 27 ranked offense both offense and defense will improve in ’13 and lead in stats to prove ’12 was no fluke. In the words of our great young QB wilson,GO! HAWKS!!!

    ______________

    So says the delusional.

  65. chawkbob says: Mar 22, 2013 4:44 PM

    conormacleod says:
    Mar 21, 2013 9:08 AM
    Pete; “Hey Russell, I know we selected you in the 3rd round, but we really wanted you in the 2nd round. So, here’s a contract worthy of a 2nd round pick.” What? That didn’t happen?
    _______________________________

    Ever hear of the CBA? No way the Seahawks could have (or can for a couple years yet) paid Wilson what he’s worth. It’ll come though, when he does get his contract extended he’ll be one of the 2 or 3 best paid players in the NFL if not the #1.

    And we didn’t take him in the first or second because we weren’t in the market for a starting QB, we were in the market for a developmental #2, we just got ungodly lucky, which is pretty much what the article is all about … so why the hate?

  66. seaeagle707 says: Mar 22, 2013 6:04 PM

    joey49er- I’m happy for you, coming in 2nd (out of 2 teams), in New Orleans. You have rings to show for it? A trophy? Flacco’s dinner check?

    BTW: You won the division by half a game. Stop acting like it was a major blow out.

  67. sixjak says: Mar 22, 2013 7:30 PM

    seaeagle707 says:
    Mar 22, 2013 6:04 PM
    joey49er- I’m happy for you, coming in 2nd (out of 2 teams), in New Orleans. You have rings to show for it? A trophy? Flacco’s dinner check?

    BTW: You won the division by half a game. Stop acting like it was a major blow out.

    ________________

    And we’re all delighted for your team coming in 2nd too….in the division and not even coming in 2nd in the conference. At this point you look fairly foolish counting your chickens before they hatch. When you run smack don’t be as the Redskin fan who forever points to a regular season win over the Giants to illustrate how superior his team is over the Giants. Save for a few aberations, history has shown how that works out for the Redskin fan. How about your team winning something that matters even just once?

  68. rcknrog11 says: Mar 22, 2013 7:48 PM

    Well joey49, I won’t disrespect your teams name but on the other hand your a whiney little women!

    Go Hawks!

  69. emuri says: Mar 22, 2013 9:38 PM

    I’ve been a diehard Seahawks fan for over 20 years and it’s been a tough run. Seattle is a tough city for a sports fan in general when it comes to championships. Huskies (’91) and Sonics (’79) are our only championships for those of you not familiar with our history. Having said this…this is the most excited I’ve been for a season EVER. While nobody wins championships in March and I personally wish that not so many people were picking the Hawks, I do believe that anybody looking objectively at the NFL has to consider us one of the top 3 teams (49ers, Broncos) going into next year. The combination of youth, talent, and intangibles is exciting to see. I was probably one of the least excited fans to hear about Carrol being hired as our coach. (was more excited about Dennis Erickson….look how that turned out). But whether or not they had Wilson rated higher or were tempted to draft him higher really doesn’t matter. I do believe we were VERY lucky to draft Wilson in the 3rd round. He is a type of player/person that you truly root for whether you are a Seahawks fan or not and I think any team would love to have him on their roster. Many players have come through the NFL with more talent (in my opinion) but from what I’ve seen of his character I am proud to have him as my favorite teams’ QB and look forward to many years of outstanding play. I would say this even if he were on another team, though I’m glad he’s not. I believe RGIII was the ROY. I believe Luck may end up being a better QB. But I’d still take Wilson over either one. The only QB I would take over Wilson if I were starting a team from scratch is Aaron Rodgers. That’s based on age and skill level, not because I think Wilson is the 2nd best QB right now. We’ve all seen players come and go with great potential. Players are anointed as the greatest ever after only a few years. I am cautiously optimistic that Wilson will end up being a top 5 QB in the next few years, but If I were a betting man (which I am) I’d say the odds are against it. There are very few QBs that can carry an offense. Football is a team sport and Seattle has been very lucky the past few years to draft players that were not as highly graded…or not anointed the next Lott, Sanders, etc…etc.. The 3 best draft picks in Seahawks history were probably Brian Bosworth, Aaron Curry, and Rick Mirer based on evaluations at the time of the draft. They didn’t turn out too good for us to say the least. Say what you will about Sherman, Chancellor, Browner, Wright, Bryant, Turbin, Unger, Baldwin, Wagner, Etc.. But in my estimation…we were “lucky” to get all of them where we did. And that is why Seattle will contend for Championships’ the next 5 or more years (especially next 2 years). Looking forward to our battles with the 49ers and other teams in NFC West. Worst to first. The only reason why Seattle or SF won’t be the top team in NFC is because of the talent in the division. They are the 2 best, most balanced teams in the NFC without a doubt. I just hope that Seattle is “Lucky” and makes it through the season relatively healthy. If that happens…it’s gonna be a GREAT 2013 for Seattle football fans!!

  70. sixjak says: Mar 23, 2013 1:14 AM

    @emuri, amen brother.

    Signed,

    Longtime 9er fan

  71. nikedunks13 says: Mar 23, 2013 3:19 PM

    “Pete Carroll is a Genius.”

    A genius would have kicked a field goal

  72. beastmode5150 says: Mar 25, 2013 4:05 PM

    Those of you saying Seattle is a “read option offense” don’t know what you are talking about. They run it on average of 8 plays a game. Those of you that call Pete Carroll a cheater, what exactly did he get caught cheating on? Those of you that say Richard Sherman was “on adderall and a cheater” which games? Why did he get off and what about the games he “wasn’t on it” and played even better? Those of you that talk about a team that “has never won anything” what does that matter? Most of us live in the present. Watch NFL films if you want to live the glory days of your team that “won something” decades ago, or if sooner have hardly the same team now. Oh and niners fans, 42-13, get used to it…

  73. beefer49 says: Mar 26, 2013 6:36 PM

    Well joey49, I won’t disrespect your teams name but on the other hand your a whiney little women!

    rcknrog11

    Its woman. the rest of the 49ers fans are mexicans right? who fight and stab… Smhuck

    Doesn’t Paul Allen have a spell check program for all you shiitehawks fans.

    Beastmode

    Seahawks fans know that GB win was a gift..
    Sherman was a cheater but lawyers got him off on technicality.

    We have won 5 superbowls and even last years SB was fun to watch even with a loss. That was about as close as you could come without everyone complaining about the calls/non calls

    42-13 yeah go ahead.. you won a regular season mean nothing game.. Good going you are the champs oh wait you did not get past Atlanta and we did. 13th man… pfft I see hillbillies, mullets and missing teeth. Arrogant fan base with nothing, I mean nothing to show for except a touchdown by the cheeseburger.

    Stay real Seahawks fans CK is a better qb AND time will tell that

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