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Pete Carroll wants to “accelerate the process” for Russell Wilson

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After getting off to a 4-5 start this season, the Seahawks turned over more of their offense to quarterback Russell Wilson and saw the quarterback take off on the best stretch of his career.

Wilson finished the season with 24 touchdowns and one interception in the final seven games of the regular season before running into rougher sledding in the postseason. Wilson was able to get back on track in the second half against Carolina on Sunday, but it wasn’t enough to erase the 31-0 hole he helped to dig and that means it is time to flip the page to the offseason for the Seahawks.

During an appearance on ESPN 710 in Seattle Monday, coach Pete Carroll outlined what he has planned for Wilson in the months before the Seahawks get back on the field. Carroll said that getting a contract extension “was really important” for Wilson’s ability to focus on football and that the quarterback is now ready for the next steps that “the great ones” take in their careers.

“We’re going to really learn football this offseason,” Carroll said. “We’re going to go much deeper into different areas than what he’s had to focus at. He was asking, ‘How do you want to do that?’ So we already set up a little schedule of how we’ll do our stuff. I want to take him to the other side of the football and I want him to understand it to the lengths that will start him really owning the whole football game. I want to accelerate the process for Russell; now he’s ready. He can command what we’re doing on offense. He’ll get better at all that stuff, too. But we need to just get him a better understanding of everything that’s going on in the game.”

Carroll talked about doing the same thing with safety Earl Thomas, but there are limits to how much a safety can impact a game. Quarterbacks are in a different position, obviously, and Wilson’s play while the team went 6-1 in the final seven weeks illustrates how much of an impact he can have. With the team looking ready to move away from Marshawn Lynch and the offensive style that they favored for the last few years, handing more responsibility to Wilson is both the natural way to go and the way the Seahawks appear to be heading.

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  1. akaodoyle says: Jan 18, 2016 4:36 PM

    Awesome. Dynasty toggle switch back to ON position. I predict they still win this year’s Super Bowl, and 7 in the next 7 years.

  2. blackandbluedivision says: Jan 18, 2016 4:37 PM

    Do like the rest of the league…abandon the run. Or focus on the pass to set up the run.

  3. joenash72 says: Jan 18, 2016 4:44 PM

    Excited to see Thomas Rawls as Beastmode 2.0😉

  4. lscottman3 says: Jan 18, 2016 4:45 PM

    What a coach
    Wait four years and then teach football

    Genius!

  5. Calikid says: Jan 18, 2016 4:46 PM

    I thought he was already elite, what could he have to work on?

  6. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 18, 2016 4:47 PM

    Russell is growing up. He’s almost as tall as his Mom now.

  7. voddyt says: Jan 18, 2016 4:48 PM

    Sounds like Pete’s smoking some good stuff.

  8. infectorman says: Jan 18, 2016 4:49 PM

    Just call Peyton’s wife.
    Oh, wait…it was Peyton’s wife who was calling you, Pete.

    O’, what a tangled web we weave…

  9. tennesseeoilers says: Jan 18, 2016 4:49 PM

    Step one to spark Wilson to further greatness: Cut Marshawn Lynch. (He’s even more of a distraction and stresser than Steve Smith was for Cam Newton.)

  10. alphadux2u says: Jan 18, 2016 4:50 PM

    “We’re really going to learn football this season” What the he11 have you been doing the other offseasons?

    Nothing to see here. Just Prehistoric Pete off his dementia meds singing Kumbaya around the campfire again.

  11. williamannand says: Jan 18, 2016 4:52 PM

    Whatever happened this year was preordained by Wilson’s creator.

  12. pinkmist4 says: Jan 18, 2016 4:55 PM

    Here come the trolls….

    First order of business is to improve that OL. Teams like the Panthers, Vikings and Rams just manhandled those guys.

    Second, Russ needs to learn when throwing it away is better than trying to make something from nothing.

  13. scmems07 says: Jan 18, 2016 4:55 PM

    Hey Pete, it’s not your qb who wins the game’s. Let’s take a look at Wilson’s wins and break them down,

    When the opposing team scores 19pts or fewer: 47-4

    When the opposing team scores 20-24 pts: 9-4

    When the opposing team scores more than 25 pts: 1-13

    This defense has help the opponent under 20 pts 51 of the 78 games they have played! Wilson has a losing record when the opposing team scores more than 20pts. (10-17) Funny how the media seems ignore this stat.

    If the defense doesn’t play well, this team loses. Everyone wants to talk about his wins, well there you go. Now try and make those facts look good for your boy Wilson.

  14. sundog05 says: Jan 18, 2016 4:57 PM

    I miss Dave Krieg

  15. friarjack61 says: Jan 18, 2016 5:02 PM

    Did he do that for Reggie Bush, in the off season, by getting him more money, for his new car, and beach front home ? Reggie’s family poor, and had no money, but at USC, he lived the ‘Life of Reilly’ under that coach; and we know that Reggie, had to return the Heisman because of the hidden monies.
    I do not like this coach, but hope that the Seahawks, will do better next year.

  16. Emmanuel Goldstein says: Jan 18, 2016 5:07 PM

    Clearly no one read the article. Pete is going to help Wilson learn to understand defense better. Wilson has been good at it in his first few years, but the first half of the game against the Panthers just goes to show he has much more to learn.

    My predictions for the offseason: Seattle lets Lynch go to the Raiders. Okung’s gone. Kearse’s probably gone. Bennett might be gone if the contract doesn’t work to his taste. Mebane will probably be a cap casualty. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with Paul Richardson. I think Seattle will keep trying to make Jimmy Graham work (and with Wilson moving more towards being a pocket passer, that might work out). With some of the big name’s moving on maybe Jeremy Lane gets a contract.

  17. theimmaculatedeception says: Jan 18, 2016 5:17 PM

    Petey ol girl. You’re like 2-15 on challenges and can’t manage timeouts. You never have your guys ready for road starts, at least in the playoffs. Just shut up and go away for 7 months.

  18. Emmanuel Goldstein says: Jan 18, 2016 5:18 PM

    scmems07 says: If the defense doesn’t play well, this team loses. Everyone wants to talk about his wins, well there you go. Now try and make those facts look good for your boy Wilson.
    —-
    Perhaps you are right. But, do that same analysis on ANY team… Russell Wilson haters LOVE the Seahawks defense. It’s a team sport, man. And this particular article is about making Wilson better at reading opposing defenses and hopefully scoring more points. And that’s really what you’re saying, isn’t it? Russell Wilson can’t score more than 25 points unless the defense plays well. The fact of the matter is, that the Seahawks defense has made it’s bread & butter off turnovers for the last 4 years. And it stands to reason that if your defense gives your offense the ball more often then you’ll have a better chance of winning. It’s a team sport. Russell Wilson is a great quarterback on a team with a great defense. How to prove that? Go back and look at Seattle’s Loss column and check the scores.. How many times have they lost by more than one TD? It’s okay, I’ll wait.

  19. prs250player says: Jan 18, 2016 5:22 PM

    lscottman3 says:
    Jan 18, 2016 4:45 PM
    What a coach
    Wait four years and then teach football

    Genius!
    ___________________

    Well, he’s gotten RW and the Seahawks to 4 consecutive postseasons and 2 Super Bowls in Russell’s 4 years in the league. So, pretty obvious that he hasn’t done such a bad job with him.

  20. mr1drful says: Jan 18, 2016 5:36 PM

    If you take away his bootleg/read option and make him sit in the pocket all game, he gets exposed. The first half he looked rattled and confused, and if not for Seattle’s D it could have been 41-0 at the break.

  21. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Jan 18, 2016 5:37 PM

    The last two playoff losses indicate there is some work to be done at the QB position.

    Wilson is great player. Seattle should be competitive for a while. It’s a shame he tossed away two games that meant so much but he has lead Seattle to a Championship and can certainly do it again.

  22. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Jan 18, 2016 5:37 PM

    sundog05 says:
    Jan 18, 2016 4:57 PM
    I miss Dave Krieg
    ——————————-

    The rest of us miss when the ‘Hawks had a preponderance of fans who at least knew who Krieg was or that the team had a history prior to 2012

  23. binarymath says: Jan 18, 2016 5:48 PM

    “The rest of us miss when the ‘Hawks had a preponderance of fans who at least knew who Krieg was or that the team had a history prior to 2012”

    And that “Curt” Warner was not a typo, but a darn good RB.
    And what Gound Chuck meant.
    And Milton College.

    and a ton of other stuff that was forgotten when the gray matter INSIDE my head was replaced with the gray matter on top of it…

  24. brimab says: Jan 18, 2016 5:52 PM

    How about “accelerating the process” of the offensive line Pete? They were a pretty big issue this season.

  25. spinoza3 says: Jan 18, 2016 5:55 PM

    I’m already looking forward to next season. Seattle Seahawks are such young team, Russell Wilson is like decades younger than Tom Brady, Carson Palmer, Drew Brees, or Payton Manning and others. Tyler Locket is 22 and so is Thomas Rawls. Most of their roster is so young and also talented…Seattle Seahawks will be back strong…

  26. pinkmist4 says: Jan 18, 2016 5:57 PM

    mr1drful says:
    Jan 18, 2016 5:36 PM
    “If you take away his bootleg/read option and make him sit in the pocket all game, he gets exposed. The first half he looked rattled and confused…”

    One of the best in the league from the pocket, statistically. But don’t let a silly thing like facts get in the way. He ain’t perfect, but his first 4 seasons comp well against any QB in history….

  27. rainponcho87 says: Jan 18, 2016 6:03 PM

    This my theory on the Seahawks: they have a very positive thinking/energy style and play with a lot of self-confidence and mindfulness. That is Carroll’s influence and it has worked well for them. But I think where it doesn’t work is that they end of sounding kind of out of touch, “he will now learn football”, or not respectful enough of other teams, “we still thought we would win down 31”, or “we will be special for years”. Like I said, it has worked well for them so they probably wouldn’t change, but it does make non-Seahawk fans really enjoy when they fall flat on their faces.

  28. jayhawk777 says: Jan 18, 2016 6:04 PM

    scmems07 says:
    Jan 18, 2016 4:55 PM

    When the opposing team scores more than 25 pts: 1-13
    _______________________________________

    Prior to this season, RW was just a game manager, mcfly.

    It was this year that he spread his wings & LED the NFL in PASSER and broke records as a PASSER. 16 tds, 0 int’s, 70% completion over 5 games. Nobody has done that. NO QB has thrown for 4,000yds, 30+ tds & 500 rushing yds.

    RW led a 31 pt effort vs the Rams & a 32 pt effort vs Zona in losses. RW was amazing all year. Then he put up a 39 pt vs Pitt when our D gave up 30 in a win.

    38 vs Minn, 35 vs Balt, 30 vs Cleve, 36 vs Zona. 5 of the last 6 games, Hawks averaged 35 pts a game. Stop with your skewed stats from PRIOR years. 2015, he became elite. PC needed a scape goat for his O-Co.

  29. mr1drful says: Jan 18, 2016 6:07 PM

    He was pressured and was rattled against Carolina in the first half resulting in two picks. I’m referring to Sunday’s game, not his entire body of work. Superfan.

  30. pinkmist4 says: Jan 18, 2016 6:07 PM

    binarymath says:
    Jan 18, 2016 5:48 PM
    “The rest of us miss when the ‘Hawks had a preponderance of fans who at least knew who Krieg was or that the team had a history prior to 2012”

    And that “Curt” Warner was not a typo, but a darn good RB.
    And what Gound Chuck meant.
    And Milton College.”

    Puts Largent’s accomplishments in a different light when you consider Chuck Knox’s philosophy. John L Williams got a lot of carries on top of Warner’s workload. Kind of amazing how high Krieg STILL ranks all time…..

  31. bigbamboom1 says: Jan 18, 2016 6:08 PM

    This sounds like a great idea. Only thing is; Pete and Bevell should have started to accelerate into that mode going into the playoffs. Instead they started regressing back into a very distracting and predictable “Beast Mode”, that was dividing the team before Lynch got hurt.

    And IMO that is what almost cost them the Vikings game. And was a big time contributor to the Panthers loss. How you ask? They predictably gave Lynch the ball on the first play and he got stuffed for a 2-3 yard loss. Lynched failed to chip block that blitzing linebacker on second down before releasing into his pass route (second play). And Wilson threw the pick 6 while trying force the ball to him while being tackled by that LB. Lynch only contributed 20 yards in 6 carries while literally refusing to block blitzing LBs! He also ripped his Seahawks Jersey and pads off on the 50 yard line immediately at the end of the game. Giving off horrible signals.

    So Carroll is very wise to announce the Wilson move right now. And draft a stud like Ezekeil Elliot from Ohio State at the end of the 1st round in the draft. With Wilson, Elliot, Rawls, Michael, Gramm and all of those young blossoming great young wide receivers, that team no longer really needs Beast Mode or the distractions and divisiveness he brings anymore. Right move IMO.

  32. subzero05 says: Jan 18, 2016 6:14 PM

    “scmems07 says:
    Jan 18, 2016 4:55 PM
    Hey Pete, it’s not your qb who wins the game’s. Let’s take a look at Wilson’s wins and break them down,

    When the opposing team scores 19pts or fewer: 47-4

    When the opposing team scores 20-24 pts: 9-4

    When the opposing team scores more than 25 pts: 1-13”

    ——

    You mean when the opposing team doesn’t score a lot of points, the chance of winning is high? Well gee, thanks. By the way tell me, how many shootouts have Brady, Manning, and Rodgers been in? What is the stat line for any Qb in that position. The fact of the matter is Wilson has never been blown out. The Seahawks usually have a lead at some point in the game. Even in his rookie year, he led the team back from a 24-0 deficit and took the lead. Stop dismissing the young man’s ability

  33. shlort says: Jan 18, 2016 6:15 PM

    If Pete wants to do something for Wilson he should make sure the defense doesn’t fall apart. The Defense is the key to success in Seattle. It keeps them in games long enough for Wilson and the offense to cobble together enough points to come out on too most of the time. Kinda like what Trent Dilfer used to do when he played. Dilfer could light up bad teams too.

  34. theashleyguy says: Jan 18, 2016 6:23 PM

    lscottman3 says:
    Jan 18, 2016 4:45 PM
    What a coach
    Wait four years and then teach football

    Genius!
    _____________________________________________________
    Spoken like someone who really doesn’t understand football at the professional level. There are levels of depth to any position, but at the QB level, there are layers within layers. That is why so few QBs start their first year–they wait and learn.
    Aaron Rodgers played in 7 games his first 3 years.
    Tom Brady threw 3 passes his first season.
    Drew Brees played in 1 game his first season.
    They were each learning, with new levels of complexity being added each year–opening up more and more of the playbook, learning pre-snap reads, learning post-snap reads.

    It is one of the things that has made Peyton Manning, Russell Wilson, and Andrew Luck so remarkable. They started their first season and had nobody to learn from. But none of them got everything their first season. You add a little more each year.

  35. davikes says: Jan 18, 2016 6:27 PM

    As a Vikings fan, I’m baffled by all the RW haters. He’s a top 10 QB at the moment, and headed toward top 5 if he keeps progressing. Carroll is just talking about keeping the progression going. Because that is his job.

  36. r502 says: Jan 18, 2016 6:28 PM

    Seattle is finished this year, no one outside of Seattle’s phony new found fan base cares what Pete Carroll thinks. There is still football to be played, Seattle is thankfully not part of it. Good riddance.

  37. chris6523 says: Jan 18, 2016 6:29 PM

    I’m kind of neutral on the Seahawks, but they are going to be one of the more interesting teams to watch this offseason. They only have 36 guys under contract, but will have a lot of room under the salary cap. If they do decide to part ways with Lynch, they will have roughly 35 million in cap space. They will have a lot of roster spots to fill, but a pretty good chunk of money to fill it with. It’s kind of rare to see a team with their recent history in that kind of a situation.

  38. bigbamboom1 says: Jan 18, 2016 6:31 PM

    Comparing Russell Wilson to Trent Dilfer is like Comparing Tom Brady to Blaine Gabbert! Give me a break!

  39. purpleguy says: Jan 18, 2016 6:36 PM

    I’m with davikes — Wilson looked like a pretty good QB in all phases the times I saw him play my team (even if in the first game our best three defenders were out).

  40. fumblenuts says: Jan 18, 2016 6:42 PM

    I hope Pete realizes the 0-Line is STILL not very good.

  41. alphadux2u says: Jan 18, 2016 6:43 PM

    bigbamboom1 says:
    Jan 18, 2016 6:31 PM
    Comparing Russell Wilson to Trent Dilfer is like Comparing Tom Brady to Blaine Gabbert! Give me a break!

    You’re right. Gabbert is more mobile than Brady.

  42. dvdheg says: Jan 18, 2016 6:55 PM

    @binarymath my thoughts exactly!

  43. Flyover States Hate West Coast Winners says: Jan 18, 2016 6:55 PM

    He needs to stop throwing all those interceptions. That’d be a good place to start. Oh, and maybe run the ball when you’re supposed to. Just a few suggestions.

  44. fumblenuts says: Jan 18, 2016 7:05 PM

    It should start up front, where left tackle Russell Okung and guard J.R. Sweezy are free agents. Then again, Sweezy was part of the problem for an offensive line that played better down the stretch but is still below NFL standards.

  45. realnflfacts says: Jan 18, 2016 7:06 PM

    Let’s not forget the level of competition in those last 7 games. I’m not sure if any of them featured a starting qb. Bad offense for one team means more chances for the other.

  46. theashleyguy says: Jan 18, 2016 7:16 PM

    realnflfacts says:
    Jan 18, 2016 7:06 PM
    Let’s not forget the level of competition in those last 7 games. I’m not sure if any of them featured a starting qb. Bad offense for one team means more chances for the other.

    ______________________________________________________
    You mean the QBs he faced in the last seven games like Ben Roethlisberger (Super Bowl winner), Joe Flacco (Super Bowl winner), Carson Palmer (in the NFC Championship game), even Teddy bridgewater (in the playoffs)? Yeah, I guess he had some cupcakes there.

  47. theashleyguy says: Jan 18, 2016 7:21 PM

    Flyover States Hate West Coast Winners says:
    Jan 18, 2016 6:55 PM
    He needs to stop throwing all those interceptions. That’d be a good place to start. Oh, and maybe run the ball when you’re supposed to. Just a few suggestions.
    __________________________________________________________
    Yeah, because he only led the league with a 110.0 QB rating. And his INTs? 4th lowest in the league. Yeah, what a terrible, terrible job.

  48. mellimac says: Jan 18, 2016 7:44 PM

    Must teach Wilson how not to be be a puppet running for his life!
    He is forced to improvise because he cannot get rid of the ball quick enough. And improvising is one of his strong suits, if you ask me. The Panthers loaded the box, so he couldn’t escape, forcing him to throw from the pocket under duress. As I’ve said a million times, when he is clear of pocket, he is dangerous, just like Cam.
    Get him some quick reads like Brady. And put in a whole lot of ‘called’ bootlegs. Once free of pocket, the D is flummoxed. Linebackers are torn between coverage and chasing speedy Gonzales.
    Shame it has taken 4 yrs to realize that Wilson needs to read defenses…It is why Kap flamed out.

  49. scmems07 says: Jan 18, 2016 8:10 PM

    RW was amazing all year.
    ___________

    9td’s, 10 turnovers through the first 9 games of the season, 4-5 record…. But yea, he was great all year. Typical seashells fan for ya…

    Then he goes out and throws td’s against the worst pass defenses in the league, completes 50% of his passes with the same amount of turnovers than td’s in a playoff game (again), gets bailed out by a missed chip shot, then precedes to put his team in a whole that not even his defense can get him out of….and all of a sudden he’s elite. Have fun with your “dynasty”.

  50. babygaga19 says: Jan 18, 2016 8:20 PM

    Hello Clarice. Are the lambs still screaming?

    Dr. Newton

  51. bigbamboom1 says: Jan 18, 2016 8:28 PM

    “Shame it has taken 4 yrs to realize that Wilson needs to read defenses…It is why Kap flamed out.”

    I have no idea who or what you have been watching for 4 years, 2 Super Bowls, 3 NFC Championship games, 4 Division round playoff games! Clearly not a guy who can’t read a defense! You missed Pete’s coaching point entirely. As in 100%. He’s talking about teaching him to play QB with a defense coordinator’s perspective of Defensive schemes and tricks. Especially since Carroll is an EXPERT in that area. He’s talking about doing for Wilson, the exact same thing Bill Belichick did for Tom Brady. Meaning, becoming an expert and magician at manipulating all phases of the game. It’s what great coaches do (Like Tony Dungy did for Peyton Manning). And what great QBs yearn to learn.

  52. scmems07 says: Jan 18, 2016 9:19 PM

    You mean the QBs he faced in the last seven games like Ben Roethlisberger (Super Bowl winner), Joe Flacco (Super Bowl winner), Carson Palmer (in the NFC Championship game), even Teddy bridgewater (in the playoffs)? Yeah, I guess he had some cupcakes there.
    ________
    Flacco had been out nearly all year genius! They played Jimmy Clausen in that game! Ha ha ha

    And your acting like teddy B is Tom Brady lol

    Palmer in a meaningless game and big Ben who was questionable all week with numerous injuries, and still had a chance to win the game if not for Rawls recovering yet another Wilson fumble that would have lost the game!

    Omg! It’s really too easy!

  53. pencilmonkeymagic says: Jan 19, 2016 5:37 AM

    You can tell the offseason is looming when scmems07 pipes up again.

    Finally you can lay the ghosts of this season to rest, right?

    Oh wait, you still have Jed York burning your precious franchise to ashes before your eyes, and there’s nothing you can do about it.

  54. marktpitman says: Jan 19, 2016 9:00 AM

    There’s so many people saying crap about Lynch and it’s just crazy talk.

    Is he done with Seattle? Yes, most likely. His age is showing, and Seattle doesn’t have the cap space to keep him without sacrificing someone else (Bruce Irvin anyone?).

    Sure, I say let Lynch go off to running-back-heaven, but give that man the respect he’s earned. Retire his number and paint his name on the stadium so that no one ever forgets the amazing impact he’s had on the game.

    One of the greatest running backs of all time has earned it. Cheers mate.

  55. minson15 says: Jan 19, 2016 10:08 AM

    A lot of issues that happened to Wilson this year was due to his pre-snap reads from what the defense was doing. You saw a ton of that this season. Wasting time outs because he can’t figure out what defenses were doing. When he did figure it out then he looked like a top QB. When he didn’t figure it out he either wasted a time out or was sacked/threw an INT. Yes teams are figuring out how to rush RW more and disguising it much better. This offseason should be focused on getting OL help and working with them, and not so much the receivers (maybe the UFAs Smith, Williams). He’s got great chemistry with them but not so much communication with OL.

  56. pintheb says: Jan 19, 2016 11:15 AM

    Squaks will be bottom feeders in 2 years or less. Too many cap issues coming up, and people will bail once certain players are let go. Cam got his revenge against that “vaunted” squak defense, and exposed them for what they are – home babies.

    Noting to see here. Move along.

  57. seahawksbmx says: Jan 19, 2016 2:15 PM

    Russell Wilson has attained Jedi status this year, but a trip to the Dagobah System to see Yoda can only make him better.
    “Take not a timeout on 3rd & 24 in the 3rd quarter when down by 17 you are.”

  58. joshob1987 says: Jan 19, 2016 11:30 PM

    The hawks are still gonna run the ball and play defense but it will be beast mode 2.0 Thomas Rawls doing the running now.

  59. skawh says: Jan 20, 2016 6:51 PM

    These trolls fail to recognize Wilson’s play has been inhibited by very poor OL play.

    How many times has Wilson improvised on the fly due to QB pressures since he joined Seattle.

    I agree, Wilson needs to learn to throw the ball away rather than attempting to force it. That interception to Luke was needless, and poor decision making by Wilson. And after that gift of a score early things snowballed. But that interception was set up by poor OL play and the OL’s failure to protect Wilson even adequately. Time to create an OL that will protect your QB, and worthy of creating running holes to Rawls.

    I’d also be in favor of ditching Bevel…I’ve been calling for his head for the longest time…he’s too predictable, and too conservative. Aside from calling the play that should not have been called in last years SB!

  60. beangrinder42 says: Jan 21, 2016 5:17 PM

    With respect to the coach wanting Russell to be a “Pocket” QB………..will somebody explain that first you need to be able to create a pocket! Let’s get some front line protection for the greatest QB in the NFL. While you’re at it, get a defense that has the muscle to get to Carolina’s QB!

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