Pete Carroll: Comment about Russell Wilson over-trying got overplayed

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After the Seahawks lost to the Bears to fall to 0-2 on the season, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that he thought quarterback Russell Wilson was “over-trying” in an attempt to “make something happen instead of just getting rid of the football.”

Given that Wilson was under constant pressure without getting much help from the running game and playing without wideout Doug Baldwin, the comment generated a lot of responses wondering what other options the Seahawks had on offense other than letting Wilson try to make plays.

There’s no sign that Wilson’s turned down his effort level, but the results have certainly gotten better for the Seahawks since Carroll’s comment. They’ve gone 2-1, avoided turnovers and cut down on sacks while Wilson has turned in three straight efficient performances. That means Carroll had other things to discuss about the quarterback this week.

“That was really overplayed and it’s not a big deal at all,” Carroll said, via the Seattle Times. “He’s a great competitor. He always tries really hard, and it just kind of came out like it’s a big deal, and it wasn’t. He’s been playing great and really doing everything we want, complementing a running game that really is continually getting better and improving. Russ really takes advantage of that with play-action passes and the movement stuff we’ve been doing. He’s doing great.”

The Raiders defense has been easy for opponents to crack so far this season, so the upswing for Wilson and the Seahawks offense stands a good chance of continuing in London this weekend.

18 responses to “Pete Carroll: Comment about Russell Wilson over-trying got overplayed

  1. This team may or may not make the playoffs, but they will fight like a playoff team every game. The 12s will not waiver or falter. It’s time to pick up steam and get a couple Ws on the road. It’s not over until it’s over. And there is a LOT of season left. O-line and run game have looked great the last two games.

    Happy Friday.

    Go HAWKS

  2. Pete always says this when one of his comments becomes controversial. I think he was right to say it. If I’m the Seahawks, I’m really hesitant to pay Russell the $30M+ per year that he’ll be looking for. Wilson holds the ball way too long and needs to learn to take what the defense gives him more as opposed to trying to play hero ball so much. He’s every bit as responsible for the constant pressure that he’s under as the offensive line is.

  3. Pete wasn’t wrong. Russ has looked like a mess this year. In previous years I could almost count on a successful final drive win. This year it’s the opposite. Sack, pick, penalty, whatever the case, it’s not coming together for him. Hoping for the best though.

  4. “He’s every bit as responsible for the constant pressure that he’s under as the offensive line is.”
    __________

    Short of spiking the ball every down what exactly would you suggest he do? On some plays the rushers nearly beat the ball to him. And that is why these criticisms of him are so disingenuous because you KNOW if he started dumping the ball to protect himself these exact same people would be screaming about how he was overrated and gutless for not hanging in there and extending the play.

  5. Wilson has been over-trying his whole career, even down to the phony personality. What’s new? The rest of his team stinks now and his support system fell out.

  6. MVP candidate Wilson is averaging 217 yards passing per game. Drew Brees got about that many yards before half time to break the all time record for passing yards. Wilson is ranked 26th in the league in yards per game. Brees is 4th in the league, average 333 yards passing per game. Wilson is no Drew Brees. Wilson will never break Drew Bree’s record.

  7. The 2 ugly wins Seattle got this year were the result of Dak Prescott turning the ball over and generally playing terribly. The win over Arizona was the result of two missed field goals that are makeable by the normally reliable Phil Dawson. Seattle could easily have been 0-5. Pundits are picking Seattle to lose to Vegas in London. I wonder why.

  8. When quarterbacks like Tom Brady and Drew Brees try harder, they may get 400 yards or 500 yards passing. When Russell Wilson tries too hard, he may get sacked 6-7 times a game.

  9. I’m glad that we’re here for the niner fans who have no hope left for their season. Jimmy G…lol…you paid him all that money hamstringing your organization for the next 5 years and he stinks. Seattle’s win streak vs your trash team is longer than most of you have even watched football. You’re so bad that I’m actually rooting for you losers to beat GB this week. That’s how awful you are.

  10. kws001 says:
    October 12, 2018 at 10:02 am
    Pete always says this when one of his comments becomes controversial. I think he was right to say it. If I’m the Seahawks, I’m really hesitant to pay Russell the $30M+ per year that he’ll be looking for. Wilson holds the ball way too long and needs to learn to take what the defense gives him more as opposed to trying to play hero ball so much. He’s every bit as responsible for the constant pressure that he’s under as the offensive line is.
    ++++
    Holding on to the ball too long is a QB/defense issue. Every QB has done this at one time or another every year of their career. Even 10+ year vets.

    Maybe it’s due to Baldwin not being there. Every QB has their ‘safety net’ reciever. Every one of them! Maybe he’s hoping the play develops, and a receiver gets open.

    Like him or not, he’s a very good QB that’s posts very good to excellent stats.

    I don’t think he’s missed a game in his career, even though he was close to being slaughtered a year or two ago due to the offensive line Seattle had.

  11. Oakland game will be telling.

    If Hawks can again have a solid running game, efficient offense and come out with the W hitting the bye week, the rest of the league will get nervous.

  12. What a classless bandwagon fan base ,hawks have sucked my whole life they finally win a ring FIVE YEARS AGO and don’t know how to act ,run yer classless fake bandwagon mouths yet nobody takes a hawk fan seriously total classless bandwagon clowns , NOT A NINER FAN JUST NEED TO LET YOU CLOWNS KNOW NOBODY TAKES A BANDWAGON HAWKS FANS SERIOUSLY

  13. Damn, niner fans are so sensitive. We get it: once upon a time you were good…now you’re the worst team in the league. I encourage the trolling if it makes you feel better.

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