Pete Carroll: Russell Wilson has taken “clear step forward”

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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.

43 responses to “Pete Carroll: Russell Wilson has taken “clear step forward”

  1. There are 2 ways to build a winning team in the NFL, 1. Build and elite D and have an elite running game. 2. Have an average/above average D and running game, but be able to throw the ball all over the yard.

    This is what has to happen for the Seahawks to stay competitive. If they’re going to pay Russ like a franchise QB (which he is), then he has to be responsible for 70% or more of the offense.

  2. More weapons and a new offensive line. Winning the division is going to be tough tho, and much of the season relies on Tom Cable

  3. The game is won and lost at the line of scrimmage. The hogs lost 2 of their best OL, the last 2 remaining OL from their Defensive Holding Gate tainted Super Bowl team. They also lost DL Brandon Mebane and LB Bruce Irvin. Their make-shift OL from last season has gotten worse. Beast Mold is retired, and Thomas Rawls is not yet 100%. That means Wilson will be scrambling for his life a lot more, and teams would not respect their running game since their best RB is Christine Michael plus 3 unproven rookies. The loss of 2 starters in the defensive front 7 will weaken their D which was already weaker than the year before.

    It amazes me that Las Vegas picks them as one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl. To even reach the Super Bowl they will have to win their division because the only two road playoff wins Russell Wilson ever had happened when RGIII blew out his knee and left the game and when the Minnesota Vikings kicker missed a gimme field goal attempt that would have won the game for the Vikings. Wilson is no Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady or even Big Ben. He is not going to carry the team to a SB win. He is lucky if his bad OL does not result in him being put on the injured reserve.

  4. Read that the hogs are trying Justin Britt at C, his 3rd OL position in 3 years. He was RT his rookie season LG last season. They are doing that because don’t like C Patrick Lewis’ peformance. They drafted German Ifedi in the first round. He was projected to be a low 3rd round pick by Rotowold, and he may have to step up to replace pro bowl LT Russell Okung, who signed with Denver as a free agent. RG JR Sweezy, a starter on their SB teams, has also left as a free agent. They have 2 holes to fill, and only 1 first round pick to try filling them. Their OL will be the key to their team success. If the OL does not perform well, they may end up missing the playoffs altogether and may even finish at the bottom of their division, despite having a QB who earns $2o million per year.

  5. Russell Wilson is a top 5 NFL QB or at least he was last year. If just looking at QBs under 30 then Wilson is arguably the best in the league. Last year he took another step forward in his progression. He is the QB RGIII was sopposed to be. I’ll enjoy watching him perform over the next few years.

  6. Wilson will have to take more of this offense on his shoulder without an effective running game. If this team were to lose Wilson to injury they would be done.

  7. omeimontis says:
    “Wilson is no Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, or even Big Ben.”
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    You are absolutely right. He has passed each one of those QBs on number of wins during the first 4 years of their career. How many of these QBs have passed for 3 TDs in a game 5 straight times without an INT? Oh, that’s right , none of them have except Wilson.

    In four years he has has 4 trips to the playoffs, 2 trips to the Super Bowl, and 1 SB win. He is second only to Rodgers on career passer rating, and again, he has only been in the NFL for 4 years. The three you have chosen to compare him to are in the twilight of their careers (Brady) or the evening (Rodgers and Big Ben). Wilson is in the mid-morning of his career because he is just getting going.

  8. Not that the haters and doubters care about actual stats but of the 46 times the Seahawks QB got sacked last season, 31 were in games 1-8 and 15 were in games 9-16. At mid season the Seahawks almost totally revamped how they do things. Without Marshawn or Rawls in the line-up, they changed to a fast paced rhythm offense. Russell’s 2nd half stats were off the charts good and his connection with Doug Baldwin was unprecedented. The young athletic offensive linemen they brought in the off season are going to just fine with this new style, they might even end up being great.

    They have adjusted on defense too. Going to a more flexible style defense that adjusts to what their opponents have to try and attack them with. You guys probably didn’t notice but after Seahawks cut Cary Williams last season, Richard Sherman was moving all over the field covering the other teams top receiver and doing a great job of it.

    All of your predictions of decline in the success of the Seattle Seahawks are based more on hope than anything to do with reality. They are going to be right there again in 2016 competing for another championship and will be for years to come.

  9. Defenses around the league have figured out his scrambling patterns and I’m sure after season, they will figure out how to stop him in the pocket. I think last season he caught defense coordinators by surprise when he played from the pocket but they will figure him out again. My money is on Matt Patricia and Belichick to do just that this season.

  10. ^^^^clearly because Vegas isn’t a homer with their blinders on like some. You can dream up as many reasons as you want that the Seahawks will be worse next year, but the truth is you’re only putting so much effort into your theory due to the lack of confidence you have in your own team.

  11. Omeintis-

    You lost everyone when you said “Vegas picks…” Your ignorance of how that works just invalidates the rest of your weak attempt to troll.

    Vegas odds are nothing more than a reflection of the opinions of the betting public, whom, like you, are morons.

    Thanks for your contribution though, be sure to pick up a blanket and a bible on the way out and come back for more free soup on Tuesday.

  12. Thought a couple seasons back “what are they gonna do when Beastmode hits the wall/retires”
    But after how Wilson played late last year there is good reason to be optomistic.

    Arizona DLine (as well as Rams)is gonna wreak havoc twice this year so those games loom large.
    I agree Wilson will be scrambling for his life if Tom Cable doesn’t work some magic with that OLine.
    Wonder if they kick the tires on Eugene PuffPuff Monroe? Maybe he could add something, albeit for probably less 16 games..
    Gonna send some $ to Vegas and bet the over on Seattle wins(currently 10.5) …..but 11-5 may not be enough to win the West. Gonna be a great division battle this year.
    Good luck Cardinal Nation out there- love the roster your front office has built and big Bruce Arians fan too. You guys are in good hands. If my Hawks don’t take down Cam and the Panthers this year I hope it’s you guys.

  13. Seahawk trolls are so funny. When Russell Wilson gets credit its because he has an all world defense. When the defense gets called the best, they are overrated.

    Wilson has been to 2 Super Bowls is his 4 years of football. He is now just entering his prime and if he takes care of his body I think 10 years of top level play ahead.

    Bruce Irvin’s replacement was drafted the year before in Frank Clark. Reed was just drafted to replace Mebane’s run stuffing abilities. No Hawk fan is crying about the loss of Okung or Sweezy thanks to Gilliam and Glowinski.

  14. The good last 8 games he played last season against the worst defenses in the league makes people forget about his first really bad 8 games of the season when they played against good teams. Seashell fans conveniently forget that through week 9 of last season, the team was 4-5 and Wilson had 10 TD’s to 9 Turnovers, and they were lucky to beat the Cassell led Cowboys and were bailed out by the refs against the Lions. The media also leaves out that 6 of the 10 wins last season were against 2nd and 3rd string QB’s, would be 7 if you count the last game against the Cardinals where they had nothing to play for and didn’t want to get hurt.

    You can thumb’s down all you want, those are the fact’s folks.

  15. Hate on haters!!!

    I bet you wouldn’t mind if he was YOUR quarterback!

    Go Hawks!
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    Actually, I’m pretty sure there are a lot of teams who would mind if he was the QB. Especially teams with bad defenses, cause we all know that Wilson is nothing without a top defense bailing him out. Hence, the terrible win/loss record when the opposing teams score more than 20 pts. 10-17.

  16. scmems07 says:
    Jun 17, 2016 11:45 AM

    The good last 8 games he played last season against the worst defenses in the league makes people forget about his first really bad 8 games of the season when they played against good teams.

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    Hmm, in the last 8 games, the Seahawks faced Arizona TWICE (3rd ranked defense according to Football Outsiders), SF once (27th), Pittsburgh (11th), Minnesota (14th), Baltimore (20th), and St. Louis (7th). That is two games against defenses ranked in the lower half of the league and 6 games against defenses that are better than average (3 against top 10 defenses). For the fourth consecutive year, the Seahawks have played a schedule of opposing defenses ranked in the top 10.

    Still, Wilson has put up historic passing efficiency numbers through his first four years. And when the Seahawks caught a slight breather in their defensive opponent schedule at the end of 2015, Wilson put up numbers that were absolutely unreal.

    As far as the first 9 games (in which Wilson’s passer rating was above 90 the first 6 and fell below 80 only once), the Seahawks schedule included the following teams:

    Game 1: St. Louis (7th ranked defense)
    Game 2: GB (9th)
    Game 3: Chicago (31st)
    Game 4: Detroit (16th)
    Game 5: Cincinnati (10th)
    Game 6: Carolina (2nd)
    Game 7: SF (27th)
    Game 8: Dallas (19th)
    Game 9: Arizona (3rd)

    In those 9 games, the Seahawks played 5 teams with defenses ranked in the top 10. Wilson had just one game where his passer rating was below average. Yep, the reason the Seahawks TEAM had a 4-5 record was because Wilson was playing poorly.

  17. You gotta like the poster who hasn’t actually watched a team, yet makes classic blanket statements. The Seahawks are a top shelf rushing team. They will continue to be, and it is because Russell is their QB. When D has to worry specifically how they contain Wilson inside the pocket, this adversely effects their run stopping capabilities.

  18. Wilson is the huge reason why Seattle is a top rushing team. The D wets their pants trying to follow the keep Russ in the pocket scheme and it opens up other things. That’s the effect a STAR QB has on other teams.

  19. The QB that couldn’t win a Super Bowl without exceptional defense to carry him was Peyton Manning. Without a top flight defense in 06 and a top flight defense in 15 he would have zero rings.

    But I’d never fool myself into thinking that most football fans are objective.

  20. factschecker says:
    Jun 17, 2016 12:53 PM
    The QB that couldn’t win a Super Bowl without exceptional defense to carry him was Peyton Manning. Without a top flight defense in 06 and a top flight defense in 15 he would have zero rings.

    But I’d never fool myself into thinking that most football fans are objective.

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    The 06 Colts defense was ranked # 23. When facts differ from your opinion, it is not facts that need to change.

  21. I am learning lots this a.m.
    Russell is too short, runs around too much, leans on his teammates/ defense too much (shame on him for that!) , only has success when other teams roll out backup QBs or have bottom five defenses.
    Thanks for setting me straight.

    The good news IMO is that he is only gonna be 28 and has a lot of good football left in him.
    When it comes out that Bevell and staff have been radio-ing intel to his helmet pre-snap we will deal with that at that time.
    So glad Carroll got away with the LOB and their adderall-induced all night study sessions- whew!
    Troll away- Go Hawks!!!

  22. I agree with the great Vikings QB Fran Tarkenton. Russell Wilson is my favorite NFL player to watch. It helps that he attended my alma mater U of Wisconsin. But I despite living in Boston, I’ll be cheering for Russ to win when plays the Patriots this fall.

  23. The 06 Colts defense was ranked # 23. When facts differ from your opinion, it is not facts that need to change.
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    Here is a fact

    Then Bob Sanders came back for the post season.
    Colts W23-8
    Colts W 15-6
    Colts won 38-34 (Patriots)
    Colts W 29-17 (Bears)

    Over those 4 games Manning threw 3 TD’s and 7 INT’s

    How about those facts?

  24. icallitlikeiseeit67 says:
    Jun 17, 2016 9:31 AM

    So Pete he has taken a clear step forward while everyone is running around in shorts, and he has the red jersey on…..oh I get it smh
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    Even in OTA’s, most QB’s will still miss a few passes in every practice. Wilson has gone an entire week without missing even one pass. Even all of the local reporters are surprised that he’s improved that much. He’s been as close to perfect as a QB can get.

  25. How did he do in his lat game against Carolna?

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    A very slow start for the team. Defense gave up 24 pts in first half. Yes, Wilson threw a pick six.

    Then they scored 28 pts in the second half and the defense gave up 0. Only lost by 7 pts after being down 31-0 at halftime. Seahawks fans see that as a game we should’ve won. First half ruined it.

    It is all perspective. Down 31-0….did they roll over? Nope…almost won that game. And Carolina fans were clenching butts in the second half big-time watching that big lead slip away.

    Here comes the next year! Get ready!

  26. The last half of the season was against backup qbs that couldn’t move the chains. Notice how much seattle sucked in the playoffs. If you think the second half of last season proves anything…congrats, you don’t know football.

  27. realnflfacts says:
    Jun 21, 2016 1:50 PM

    The last half of the season was against backup qbs that couldn’t move the chains. Notice how much seattle sucked in the playoffs. If you think the second half of last season proves anything…congrats, you don’t know football.
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    Weird. I had no idea that that backup QBs were playing defense while Wilson was throwing all those TDs…

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