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Pete Carroll: Russell Wilson “looks great” as he rehabs ankle and knee

New York Jets defensive tackle Leonard Williams (92) sacks Seattle Seahawks' Russell Wilson (3) during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, in East Rutherford, N.J.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) AP

Perhaps no player in the league needed a bye week more than Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, simultaneously rehabbing ankle and knee injuries.

And the Seahawks hope the time off will allow him to get back to the kind of run threat he once was, so their offense can do all it’s capable of.

Via Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune, Sehawks coach Pete Carroll said Wilson “looks great” and that “that’s a great sign for us.”

Mainly, it would help if Wilson was able to run at all, as the combination of his injuries and running back Thomas Rawls being out with a cracked fibula have limited their plans.

Wilson has just 15 carries for 28 yards this year (1.9 yards per rush). Last season, he ran for 553 yards, and was nearly a quarter of a rushing attack that ranked third in the league. This year, they’re 18th in the league in rushing.

“The threat that he poses is always a threat and has always been a threat in our running game,” Carroll said. “You know, he’s averaging one yard a carry right now. That’s not the guy we know.

“So, as he comes back to full speed and can be the factor, it affects everything.”

Of course, he might not still be back to full speed yet, but as he gets closer, the Seahawks can try to get back to the kind of balanced offense they want to be.

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9 Responses to “Pete Carroll: Russell Wilson “looks great” as he rehabs ankle and knee”
  1. itbacw says: Oct 13, 2016 8:04 AM

    In 2011, the Seahawks offense ranked 22nd in offensive DVOA (21st passing, 14th rushing). Russell Wilson arrives the following year and since then they haven’t ranked any lower than 9th in offensive DVOA, including #1 last year.

    Wilson gets hurt and all of a sudden the run game suffers again. Maybe now people realize that Marshawn Lynch was never the driving force behind the Seahawks offense.

  2. charliecharger says: Oct 13, 2016 9:16 AM

    The most important player on your team is your QB. The second most important player is your backup QB. Too many teams look for a “backup” to be their backup. They need to have two starters. You want your backup to play so well that there is a QB controversy. Jerry Jones is loving life right now.

  3. seabrawk12 says: Oct 13, 2016 9:43 AM

    Falcons/Seahawks is shaping up to be the game to watch this week. Go get em Russ!

    Go HAWKS

  4. pencilmonkeymagic says: Oct 13, 2016 10:29 AM

    “charliecharger says:
    Oct 13, 2016 9:16 AM
    The most important player on your team is your QB. The second most important player is your backup QB. Too many teams look for a “backup” to be their backup. They need to have two starters. ”

    – – –

    I would argue there aren’t even 32 starting quality QBs in this league right now, much less enough to go round twice.

    As a result, I think the second most important player is the blindside tackle.

  5. sb44champs says: Oct 13, 2016 10:32 AM

    Cam and Wilson are both hurt… What a surprise… Running QBs always seem to get hurt more than pocket passers so good luck with that

  6. Pete Carroll is a 9/11 truther says: Oct 13, 2016 10:35 AM

    Then again, Pete also thought a pass play “looked great” instead of a run against the Patriots.

  7. boca12 says: Oct 13, 2016 11:04 AM

    seabrawk12 says:
    Oct 13, 2016 9:43 AM

    Falcons/Seahawks is shaping up to be the game to watch this week. Go get em Russ!

    ________________________________

    NFC Championship game preview me thinks….

  8. purpleguy says: Oct 13, 2016 12:45 PM

    Didn’t everyone get all excited about the Falcons after a fast start last year? The Hawks are a proven, lasting commodity — the Falcons are not.

  9. t.linn says: Oct 13, 2016 1:51 PM

    “Maybe now people realize that Marshawn Lynch was never the driving force behind the Seahawks offense.”

    Marshawn Lynch was a great back. If you watched him play there isn’t much of a debate. That said, he brought a lot more to the table than just rushing yards. Like Michael Irvin on the 90’s Cowboys, he was a driving force behind their mentality. You can’t over-estimate the importance of leadership on a championship team.

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