Russell Wilson is hoping for more up-tempo moments

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With eight years of his NFL career already in the books, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has become more willing to be more candid about what he’d like to see over the next eight years of his career, and beyond. (He has said on multiple occasions that he plans to play until he’s 45.)

Before the Pro Bowl, Wilson was candid about preferred improvements to the roster. Appearing last week on PFT Live, Wilson expressed a desire to put the pedal to the metal more frequently.

“I mean we’ve always been really good at two-minute [offense],” Wilson said. “We’ve always been really good in those end of the half, those not always hurry-up situations, but those up-tempo situations [and] moments. And the reality is this: I think the defense gets tired, first thing. And I think the second thing is that, you know, I really know kind of what I want to get after them, how we want to get after them, especially in those moments. And guys just make plays in those moments. I think the freedom of just going after it and just scoring as many points, you know?

“That’s kind of what the Chiefs do to be honest with you,” Wilson said. “They do a really good job, Andy Reid and Mahomes. They do a really good job of getting up to the ball, playing with their playmakers and finding a way to make plays and, you know, they score more points than everybody else. And I think that’s the name of the game is, Can you score one more point than they do?”

The Seahawks haven’t done enough of that. And it’s clear that Wilson wants more of it. It will be interesting to see whether Wilson continues to be candid during an offseason that bring him closer and closer to the midpoint of his career, with only one Super Bowl win to show for it so far.

26 responses to “Russell Wilson is hoping for more up-tempo moments

  1. They were down 2-3 scores to the Packers and still taking the play clock down to 1 second. I find it hard to believe it’s a sustainable possibility under Carroll.

  2. It would be nice if they realized the first half of a football game actually counts towards the final score.

  3. The best QB in the NFL frankly.

    Put Rodgers, Brady, Brees, Mahomes, L Jack or any other QB behind the Hawks OLine and tell them to pass for Over 4100 yards, 31 TDs and 5 picks.

    None of them could do it.

  4. All 8 years have come with deliberate offense and rested defense. Not sure that’s a boat worth rocking. If he’s confident he can take on more though, what the heck, let him give it a shot.

  5. i have often wondered why they dont do more of this because since coming into the league, nobody has more game winning drives, which of course involves the 2 minute drill, meaning its to their/his advantage. They need Pete to open it up a bit more

  6. He is saying what we have been saying for several years. Let’s occasionally play uptempo to throw off the Defense. Just like putting in a different RB or TE for change of pace is used. Why always do the predictable and wait until late in the 4th quarter, behind by more than one score, do the coaches release the hounds. I agree with Russell.

  7. He’s right thought. They lost the Cowboy playoff game because they stuck to the run for too long. Let these fantastic QBs play! Houston is guilty of the same thing. These teams run just to keep the defense honest, but these QBs are just one big play away with their great scrambling abilities.

  8. It’s way overdue. Wilson has a better grasp on the position than anybody in the NFL. Marry him with a solid OL and an OC who spreads the ball around and he’ll shatter all expectations for success.

    There’s a reluctance to say so, but his stats say he’s the best in most measurable categories, since entering the league. Look it up.

  9. seahawkssuck1968 says:
    February 5, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    overrated
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    This dude is still underrated. Rodgers gets a pass for his continued failures in the playoffs while Russell has a better winning percentage and more SB appearances. He does not rely on hail mary’s, hard counts, and OPI.

  10. This is what happens when you insist on using an offensive coordinator stuck in 1993. Marty Schottenheimer is a great dude, but he never won the big games because his playcalling was too conservative. His son, one of the architects of some horrible offenses for other teams, has implemtented Martyball 2.0 on Wilson. If I were Wilson I’d be angry too.

  11. Given they frequently struggle in pass protection, an up-tempo offense might be a very good fit for them. At least the defensive line would be slowed down a bit as they got winded.

  12. Wilson has too much class to say it but Carroll is holding Wilson and the team back and needs to be replaced.

  13. “Carroll needs to be replaced”
    ————–

    Seahawks under Coach Carroll
    2010 Won NFC West, Made Playoffs, Won Wild Card Round, Lost Divisional Round
    2011 3rd NFC West, Missed Playoffs
    2012 2nd NFC West, Made Playoffs, Won Wild Card Round, Lost Divisional Round
    2013 Won NFC West, Made Playoffs, Bye, Won Divisional Round, Won NFC Championship, Won Super Bowl XLVIII
    2014 Won NFC West, Made Playoffs, Bye, Won Divisional Round, Won NFC Championship, Lost Super Bowl XLIX
    2015 2nd NFC West, Made Playoffs, Won Wild Card Round, Lost Divisional Round
    2016 Won NFC West, Made Playoffs, Won Wild Card Round, Lost Divisional Round
    2017 2nd NFC West, Missed Playoffs
    2018 2nd NFC West, Made Playoffs, Lost Wild Card Round
    2019 2nd NFC West, Made Playoffs, Won Wild Card Round, Lost Divisional Round

    Other than Coach Belichick, what other coach has had this much success in the last ten years? Why do you think anyone could come in and do what Coach Carroll has done?

  14. Russell Wilson is 100% correct.

    Andy Reid has encouraged independence and listened to Mahomes. Pete Carroll should have been doing the same thing, and Wilson would not have thrown the Super Blunder.

    Would love to see both Mahomes and Wilson in a Super Bowl shootout next year!

  15. hoberkunce says:
    February 6, 2020 at 12:10 pm
    “Carroll needs to be replaced”
    ————–

    Seahawks under Coach Carroll
    2010 Won NFC West, Made Playoffs, Won Wild Card Round, Lost Divisional Round
    2011 3rd NFC West, Missed Playoffs
    2012 2nd NFC West, Made Playoffs, Won Wild Card Round, Lost Divisional Round
    2013 Won NFC West, Made Playoffs, Bye, Won Divisional Round, Won NFC Championship, Won Super Bowl XLVIII
    2014 Won NFC West, Made Playoffs, Bye, Won Divisional Round, Won NFC Championship, Lost Super Bowl XLIX
    2015 2nd NFC West, Made Playoffs, Won Wild Card Round, Lost Divisional Round
    2016 Won NFC West, Made Playoffs, Won Wild Card Round, Lost Divisional Round
    2017 2nd NFC West, Missed Playoffs
    2018 2nd NFC West, Made Playoffs, Lost Wild Card Round
    2019 2nd NFC West, Made Playoffs, Won Wild Card Round, Lost Divisional Round

    Other than Coach Belichick, what other coach has had this much success in the last ten years? Why do you think anyone could come in and do what Coach Carroll has done?
    ———————————————
    Pete Carroll owes his success to Russell Wilson. He had a 47-49 (1-2 in playoffs) head coaching record in 6 seasons with the Jets, Patriots, and the Seahawks up til Wilson was drafted in Seattle. With Wilson, Pete Carroll has a 86-1-41 record (9-6 playoff record).

    Seattle needs to pivot off of old man Carroll and get a present day coach to match better with Russell Wilson’s capabilities. The in game blunders by Pete are stacking up and the Seahawks have been winning in spite of his huge coaching mistakes.

  16. Why do you think anyone could come in and do what Coach Carroll has done?

    Well, that’s because Pete hasn’t won a game against an uninjured QB since January 2016, when they needed a missed 19 yard FG to advance against an uninjured Teddy Bridgewater.

    In other words, the last time Seattle had a quality playoff win, the Cardinals went farther than them in the playoffs.

  17. Seattle had a bad defense and a MVP caliber QB yet Pete Carroll still coached as if he had a world class defense and a game manager at QB. That is called ‘take the drivers license away from the half blind 80 year old behind the wheel’ nuts.

  18. Again, commenting on how Russell Wilson is overrated is an opinion that goes against most of the 31 NFL defensive coordinators, defensive players, and former NFL quarterbacks that know how difficult it is to throw a perfect deep ball, scramble and hit an open receiver, and tuck and run the ball for 20 yards….

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