Brian Schottenheimer: Russell Wilson “the wrong guy to doubt”

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Seahawks offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer thinks his team has a couple of things going for it as they prepare for the 2020 season under unusual circumstances.

The Seahawks have continuity at the upper levels of head coach Pete Carroll’s staff, which Schottenheimer thinks may give them “a chance to get more done than the new staffs” that have to work on installing systems with teams working remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. They also have quarterback Russell Wilson.

Schottenheimer told Will Brinson of CBS Sports that he knew Wilson was “a good player” when he took the Seahawks job before the 2018 season, but wound up being “quite honestly blown away” by how much Wilson can do once he started watching him closely. He thinks others have made the same mistake evaluating Wilson and cites Wilson’s lack of MVP votes over his career as one of the signs that’s the case.

“Unless you truly love the Seahawks and watch the Seahawks, I think what he does just comes so naturally and easy that people underestimate him,” Schottenheimer said. “I know one thing, I’m thrilled and excited about 2020 because I think the chatter about the MVP votes will motivate him. He is ready to work. He’s always ready to work, but he’s the wrong guy to doubt. He’s the wrong guy to say, ‘Nah, he can’t do that.’ He will carry a grudge and he will work his ass off to make it go.”

Wilson is one of the betting favorites to win the MVP this season, so he might be able to notch a few votes if the Seahawks’ continuity helps them back to the top of the NFC this year.

17 responses to “Brian Schottenheimer: Russell Wilson “the wrong guy to doubt”

  1. He plays in the Pro Bowl almost every year, so he is not underrated at all. I hope he keeps on playing in the Pro Bowl every year until he retires when he is 45 years old and I hope he gets paid $35 million a year (or more) by Seattle until he retires.

  2. Remember, no MVP winner has won the Super Bowl the same season since Kurt Warner did it 20 years ago.

  3. californianewton says:
    May 25, 2020 at 1:59 pm
    He plays in the Pro Bowl almost every year, so he is not underrated at all. I hope he keeps on playing in the Pro Bowl every year until he retires when he is 45 years old and I hope he gets paid $35 million a year (or more) by Seattle until he retires.
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    As a 9er fan, whos team has gone 4-13 against Wilson since he was drafted, I’ll bet you’re pretty fed up with him…lmao

  4. californianewton says:
    May 25, 2020 at 2:00 pm
    Remember, no MVP winner has won the Super Bowl the same season since Kurt Warner did it 20 years ago.

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    Well, with Jimmy Garoppolo leading the 9ers, you wont have to worry about either event.

  5. Brian, Russell Wilson isn’t the kind of person who carries a grudge.

    He’s the kind of person who has always been driven to do his best.

  6. “Well, with Jimmy Garoppolo leading the 9ers, you wont have to worry about either event.”

    Garoppolo is not the QB that Wilson is, but in his first full year as a starter the 49ers went to the Super Bowl. Wilson hasn’t been there in five years. Comparing the rosters and the coaching staffs, the 49ers are more likely to be back before the Seahawks. The 49er fans have much more reason to “worry” about being in the Super Bowl than the Seahawks’ fans.

  7. I always laugh when someone says “his first full year as a starter”, the dude is 28 and had been in the NFL for 6 years. This is no different than someone saying my 100 month old baby.

  8. harrisbarton says:
    May 26, 2020 at 10:26 am
    “Well, with Jimmy Garoppolo leading the 9ers, you wont have to worry about either event.”

    Garoppolo is not the QB that Wilson is, but in his first full year as a starter the 49ers went to the Super Bowl. Wilson hasn’t been there in five years. Comparing the rosters and the coaching staffs, the 49ers are more likely to be back before the Seahawks. The 49er fans have much more reason to “worry” about being in the Super Bowl than the Seahawks’ fans.
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    Correction…Jimmy is not on the same planet as Russ.

    The 49ers had a great season and a well constructed roster…and I expect them to be competitive again this year.

    But no one in the division and few within the NFL have been as consistently competitive as Seattle for the last decade.

    The niners had a great year and there’s plenty of reason for optimism…but getting back to the big game is always harder the next year. It remains to be seen if they have what it takes.

  9. What was the niner’s record year before last? How about the year before that?

    Niner fans were as surprised as anyone last year…we’ll see if it lasts.

    With RW as qb you KNOW Seattle will be in the mix…as they always are.

  10. Its cool, they can doubt him all they want, because that’s worked out so well for them before.

    Definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result.

  11. jmethane says:
    May 26, 2020 at 2:16 pm
    What was the niner’s record year before last? How about the year before that?

    Niner fans were as surprised as anyone last year…we’ll see if it lasts.

    With RW as qb you KNOW Seattle will be in the mix…as they always are.
    ………………………….
    A voice of reason amongst the Clara Clown fans infiltrating every thread. Hopefully Seattle can step back into the NFC Championship game and Super Bowl fray. This whole losing in the divisional rd is getting old.

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