Pete Carroll say he’s never seen an “anti-Russell Wilson” rift in locker room

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A recent item from Robert Klemko of SI.com takes a fresh look at a moth-eaten narrative: The Seahawks of 2012-17 had a group of players who resented the perceived coddling of quarterback Russell Wilson.

For years, rumors, reports, and whispers have suggested that members of the team didn’t like Russell Wilson. He was viewed as too much of an extension of management. He was regarded, per one report, as not “black enough.” Marshawn Lynch suggested that the Seahawks opted to pass and not run at the end of Super Bowl XLIX to keep Lynch from becoming the Super Bowl MVP and, in turn, to help Wilson win the award.

So was there an anti-Russell Wilson sentiment in the locker room? Coach Pete Carroll fielded that question from reporters on Friday.

“No,” Carroll said. “No. I have . . . no. I don’t even know what that would mean. I’m going to sound like [Supreme Court nominee Brett] Kavanaugh. I don’t know.”

But Carroll seemed to acknowledge that something hasn’t been right with the team in the aftermath of that fateful play call from February 2015.

“[O]bviously, I didn’t do a very good job of teaching,” Carroll said. “One of the main principles in our teaching is that we aren’t going to worry about what’s happened. All our focus goes to what’s coming right now. That’s the discipline that we learn and I just haven’t taught it well enough because whether you win or whether you lose or whatever happens, we need to move forward and leave stuff behind and go.”

Carroll also said he addressed the article with the team.

“Just the media and the impact of the media and how they can factor in if you let it,” Carroll said. “With all of the hype that comes in this first week, just look at the pomp and all the circumstance. . . . There’s so much lead-in and so much build-up that there’s a lot going on and we have to deal with it really well, whatever it is and whatever form it comes in. If this is an example of an opportunity to do that, then we welcome it. We’ll take it on and we’ll move through whatever.”

The Seahawks soon begin their first effort to move through a regular season after making some major changes to the coaching staff and the roster. As they do, one thing is clear: There won’t be much if any resentment of Russell Wilson in 2018, because almost every player who could have resented him is gone.

9 responses to “Pete Carroll say he’s never seen an “anti-Russell Wilson” rift in locker room

  1. Pete, everyone knows that you lost the Super Bowl against New England because you wanted Wilson to win the game’s MVP award instead of Marshawn Lynch; if that weren’t the case, you wouldn’t have called a pass play on the one yard line. It is what it is.

  2. SO was there an anti-Wilson locker room rift? I think that last sentence says it all.

    “There won’t be much if any resentment of Russell Wilson in 2018, because almost every player who could have resented him is gone.”

  3. craniator says:
    September 9, 2018 at 3:51 pm
    Pete, everyone knows that you lost the Super Bowl against New England because you wanted Wilson to win the game’s MVP award instead of Marshawn Lynch; if that weren’t the case, you wouldn’t have called a pass play on the one yard line. It is what it is.
    ++++
    Pete doesn’t call plays for the offense or defense. He’s never done it in Seattle. He’s a defensive coach by trade.

    He lets his coordinators coordinate. Bevell has baffled just about every Seahawks fans since day one with his play calling.

    There have been games where the run plays just aren’t working. Same with pass plays.
    Just like every game for all teams.

    Bevell’s problem is he sucked as an offensive coordinator. He cannot read a game, and understand it’s flow.

    Everyone is talking about that play. Rightly so. What no one has really talked about is the defense.

    Seattle was up 24-14 starting the fourth quarter. Seattle’s defense gave up 14 points in the 4th quarter.

    Final score: NE 28 – Sea 24.

    Should Seattle have run from the one? Yeah, sure. Personally I’d have run it. However, no one is talking about the defense giving up two 4th quarter TD’s.

    Why? Because it’s easier to blame Carroll, and Wilson, about some mythical ‘we ant Wilson to be MVP’ thing.

    There were no issues about this subject the prior year in the super bowl.

    It all started with disgruntled players. Namely Sherman, and maybe Lynch.

    However, it falls on Bevell, the OC. If you’ve ever watched the Seahawks during his time there, you’d understand.

  4. That Seattle D was banged up bad before SB49, and then lost 2 or more defensive starters in the first half of SB49. Of course they gave up 14 points in the 4th quarter. It was remarkable that Seattle had a chance to win in the end. And YES, it was Pete’s fault by not over ruling Bevell’s plan to trust his SB hopes on the 5 WR in the depth chart whose specialty was SPECIAL TEAMS play. All of those things happened, and Pete authorized it. And Seattle fans saw it happen right along with everyone else. The team should have won back to back SB’s, a rare thing. But Pete blew it!

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