Pete Carroll: Russell Wilson is “busting his ass” to clean up his mistakes

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Russell Wilson said after Sunday’s 23-16 loss to the Rams that he knows “there are better days ahead.” Wilson had better days behind him, too.

His status as MVP favorite clearly is gone.

But Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Monday that his quarterback is “busting his ass” to clean up his mistakes.

“Russ would tell you that he always tries hard. He tries as hard as he can,” Carroll said on his weekly radio show on 710 ESPN Seattle, via Ben Arthur of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. “But there is a point in there where you feel like if I don’t do something here, maybe it won’t happen. And that’s where over-trying does take place. You don’t see the situation like you would normally see it. You see it with other circumstances and other criteria. It can change the way you perform. So we have to really work hard at that. It’s a big, big deal about consistent high performance and staying within yourself. That’s part of the game I have to continue to help Russ and everybody.

“Russ is busting his ass to play for this football team, and he’s doing everything he can. I would never ever think twice about anything but that. But that doesn’t mean that he can’t fall prey to [over-trying], too. . . . He’ll come back, and he’ll be great.”

Wilson has seven interceptions in the past four games, including three in the end zone. He has seven total turnovers the past two games.

Carroll and Wilson talked for a “long time” after Sunday’s loss. The coach stressed the basics of taking what the defense is giving him and being more decisive on his reads.

“I’m reminding Russ he is a great player,” Carroll said. “I’m reminding him that he does make great decisions, and that he does know how to take care of the football and all that because he does. So we just have to get back to allowing that to coming to the front.

“We got to make sure that he’s not feeling too much burden, and he’s trying to do too much. He’ll get back on track. He’ll be right back where he needs to be. We have to help him around. We have to do better around him so we’re not in these situations.”

13 responses to “Pete Carroll: Russell Wilson is “busting his ass” to clean up his mistakes

  1. “The coach stressed the basics of taking what the defense is giving him and being more decisive on his reads.”

    These are his biggest problems. Not only does he feel like he has to do more because the defense is atrocious. But you can tell he’s also got the MVP title in his head and is making decisions to influence that rather than take what the defense gives him. His pick in the end zone yesterday is a perfect example. He had a wide open field to run, could’ve easily picked up 10+ yards by running, but inexplicably throws across the field for an easy interception because he’s looking for the TD pass stats rather than taking what’s blatantly open to him instead. Hopefully losing 3 of the last 4 and playing poorly in those 3 losses is enough of a wakeup call.

  2. Just run the ball Pete… First and goal? No problem just run Pete.. Don’t throw it over the middle Pete.. Just run

  3. He’s overrated. Easy to look awesome when you have two of the top receivers to throw to. Elite QBs don’t throw it right to a defender in a game deciding moment in the superbowl and they don’t gave 3 or 4 horrid games half way through the season.

  4. Geez here we go with the overrated and not an MVP type of player. He has done more with what he has had to work with (Cable, Bevell, Pete) than most if anyone woukd. If you say otherwise then I’m sorry but you just either haven’t watched him his entire career or you just don’t know what you’re talking about.

  5. Okay Pete , replace Russ with your 2nd string QB on Thursday night and let’s see how much of a mess it can be !

  6. needs his running game back. that always changes everything for the hawks and RW.

    no carson, no hyde, no penny. no team has a good RB4. things will get better if/when carson is back on the field.

  7. He has never won an MVP award, not in the regular season or in the Super Bowl. It is quite simple. He is an overrated game manager who tends to choke in close games. Threw an interception in the Super Bowl with the game on the line. Threw it short of the goal line last season with home field advantage on the line. He is no Drew Brees or Tom Brady or Peyton Manning. He is not even Aaron Rodgers. If he is the best player in his team, then his team is not going to go to the Super Bowl. He may sneak in to the Hall of Fame, but he is far from an all time great. He is quite possibly the worst quarterback in the NFC West right now. Pete Carroll is stuck with him because no team will trade for him because of his inflated salary.

  8. californianewton ….your such a 49 HOMER…. i’M QUITE YOUR SURE YOUR 49ERS WOULD TAKE WILSON ‘ ANY ‘ DAY OVER YOUR jIMMIE g……..LOL Because, we all know how good he is……

  9. Hmm, I wonder? Why Are only the last place niners saying russell wilson sucks? I need some help remembering, who beat the niners in week 7? I wonder.

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