After Russell Wilson set franchise records for passing yards and passing touchdowns on the back of a massive second half surge last season, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that the goal for the offseason was to “accelerate the process” for Wilson in terms of commanding the offense in his fifth season.
The Seahawks wrapped up their offseason work on Thursday and Carroll shared his thoughts on how things went for the quarterback. Carroll said that Wilson carried his success from the second half of last season with him into the offseason and that you “can really see him as a real, true vet now.”
“He’s made a clear step ahead, and his command is like all time,” Carroll said, via the Seattle Times. “His ability to move defenders with his eyes to set up some things — he’s consistently doing that, almost [subconsciously], he’s so clued in. We saw him throw the ball all over the field throughout the offseason, and he’s been strong and accurate and really precise about stuff.”
Carroll said that the offense as a whole remained connected to the tempo they were at while playing without Marshawn Lynch down the stretch last year. While Wilson may be bullish about runinng backs replacing Lynch, that tempo worked for the Seahawks and should be the foundation for a lasting change in the team’s approach.