Pete Carroll doesn’t see any reason for concern over the way Russell Wilson has played for the last six weeks.
Wilson’s completion percentage and yards per game have fallen off significantly over the final month of the regular season. He threw for just 103 yards – his lowest output of his career – in Saturday’s 23-15 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
But Carroll says Wilson is managing the offense exactly the way they want.
“I think he’s doing great. I think he’s doing what we need to do in these games. We can always do better,” Carroll said. “We’re always looking for more and he is too and all that. But as long as our football team is playing well and we’re playing within the formula and we’re playing good defense, we’re running the football, we’re playing on teams, and we’re taking care of the ball and getting it, we’re going to have a really good chance to win and that’s what’s most important to us.”
Wilson was coming off his best stretch of games this season when the Seattle Seahawks posted a convincing 34-7 victory over the New Orleans Saints in Week 13. The game was the pinnacle of Seattle’s performance this season as the Seahawks put themselves in the conversation of Super Bowl favorites as the regular season entered its final month.
Wilson had posted four straight game completing over 70-percent of his passes and throwing for at least two touchdowns. In the first 12 games of the season, Wilson averaged 222.6 yards per game while completing 65-percent of his passes. He threw for 22 touchdowns with just six interceptions over that stretch.
Since Seattle’s first victory over the Saints, Seattle’s passing offense has mostly gone into hibernation and Wilson hasn’t been nearly as effective.
Over the last four games of the regular season and last week’s playoff win over New Orleans, Wilson has completed just 56.6-percent of his passes and thrown for just 157.6 yards per game. He has thrown just four interceptions with three interceptions over that stretch.
Wilson says the only thing that matters is winning games.
“You know we’re winning a lot of football games and that’s the best thing,” Wilson said. “I think that I can always do better, I’ve always thought that. So there’s a lot of room for improvement and that the exciting about it.”
If Seattle wants to keep winning games and earn a Super Bowl title, Wilson will likely have to play better. He’s shown greatness over his first two seasons with the Seahawks. It will likely need to reemerge once again for Seattle to accomplish all their goals this season.