Pete Carroll: Russell Wilson drama is old news

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Russell Wilson remains in Seattle, and things appear hunky-dory between the star quarterback and his team.

Wilson publicly expressed frustration after last season, prompting questions about his future. The drama heated up after Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, listed four teams for which Wilson would waive his no-trade clause.

The Seahawks put any trade talk to bed in March by refusing even to engage with the Bears in their “aggressive pursuit” of Wilson.

In an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show on Friday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll again downplayed the headline news from earlier this offseason, calling it “old news.”

“It seems like really old news to talk about this because it’s been such a long time,” Carroll said. “The little bit he said carried so much air time that it became bigger than life. Throughout the whole process, Russell, we’ve always been connected. We’ve always been talking. We’ve never not been in communication, and we weren’t at all in this time either. A couple things that came out got magnified and the questions came out, and there was a couple things. He was frustrated when he was talking, just like any of us can sometimes emphasize something that’s on the top of our mind, and it can be played differently than it really played itself out.

“We’ve had a really good offseason of working, and there was an ongoing media discussion that I did not take part in, [General Manager] John [Schneider] and I did not, we refused to be party to that, and Russ did what he could once he saw it happening, to stay as quiet as he could because it was going to play and have a life of its own anyway. What it amounted to was I think a refocusing, making sure that we were on the same page, making sure that we were clear so that we could withstand any of the scrutiny that would come towards us, and we did that.”

It’s been a minute since Wilson last spoke publicly, but Carroll told Eisen that Wilson can’t wait to play another season in Seattle.

“He is fired up about his team,” Carroll said. “He’s fired up about his coaching staff. He’s fired up about the season coming up.”

The team’s postseason failures surely have driven the discontent. Since back-to-back Super Bowl appearances in 2013-14, the Seahawks are only 3-5 in the playoffs since 2015, failing to get beyond the divisional round.

20 responses to “Pete Carroll: Russell Wilson drama is old news

  1. I for one am glad Russ will be cookin’ in Seattle this year.

    It is going to be fun to watch the amazin’ quarterbacks in NFC West, head to head in their divisional games.

    Bring it on!

  2. Actions speak larger than words.
    Russell Wilson hasn’t been extended nor did they convert his salary into a bonus.
    Either of this would give them more cap space and tie Wilson to the Seahawks for la longer period.

  3. Fancy that. Pete Carroll is the oldest coach in the NFL, yet he has even more people skills than Gutey, who has a master’s degree in psychology.

  4. Longtimepackerfan says:
    May 21, 2021 at 6:00 pm
    The Rodgers talk is also old news.


    I doubt you’ll be saying that the first week of June.

  5. It’s old news because it has been surpassed in interest by Deshaun Watson news, Aaron Rodgers news, Tom Brady news, etc. Nobody cares. Poor Russell

  6. Russ wanted an entirely new kitchen to cook in.
    He settled for a new stove and some brand new cooking utensils.

  7. They’ll possibly make the playoffs and treat us with yet another early exit. Russell Wilson will never win another Super Bowl……

  8. Yeah right. He’s traded a year from now unless they win a super bowl. These things never fix. It’s just hidden.

  9. Injuries have destroyed this team since the 2014 NFC Championship against the Packers. Their star players have only made it through one season since Russell joined the team: 2013 (Super Bowl 48). Nearly half of their starting defense was either out of the game or playing through season ending injuries during the 4th quarter of Super Bowl 49. Until they have the injury luck of TB last season or every other team gets as inured as they do, it will be a max of two playoff games every season.

  10. NFL teams owe it to their fanbases to address such big potential issues like this when they arise. If the Seahawks knew that this was nothing from the beginning, they should have said so. Fans put as much emotion into their teams as the players and coaches do, and to leave them “out of the loop’ on such an important question is not fair.

  11. Everyone underestimates the difference the new OC may make.

    I say “may” because he’s never been an OC.

    But Hawks went from a bad OC to a terrible OC to now a modern OC.

    Last season anyone on their couch with a beer and a bag of chips could call what offensive plays would come next with 70% accuracy.

    No imagination, no deception, no misdirection…

    Run up the middle which sometimes got bounced, throw a bubble or throw a bomb.

    Defenses are too good to try to just beat if they are not hesitant for a split second trying to figure out which play is coming.

    It’s actually pretty amazing they did as good as they did.

    If this new OC can bring a lot of modern NFL / McVay type misdirection and multiple plays out of similar movements, they could be scary.

  12. You read it here first.

    The Hawks O-Line will be lauded as vastly improved.

    Why? Because the addition of a guard for a fifth round pick?

    Hope he helps but no.

    Because the offense will be modernized and defenses will more often be on their heels.

  13. Carrol’s assessment lines up pretty well with what I always thought os the story.

    realitycheckbaby says:
    May 22, 2021 at 9:14 am

    “Everyone underestimates the difference the new OC may make.

    I say “may” because he’s never been an OC.

    But Hawks went from a bad OC to a terrible OC to now a modern OC.”

    Bevell is a solid OC who made one disastrous play call that lost him the trust of the offense and earned him the scorn of the rest of the team. Schottenheimer is football royalty who convinced himself that his way was always the right way regardless of what the other team was doing. The way he kept running vertical concepts into two-high looks when the running game was not only a valid situational option but also had been extremely effective was totally unacceptable. That is a rookie playcaller mistake, not something a veteran should be doing. Now, even the best OCs occasionally get self-impressed, which was an understandable way for Schottenheimer to feel following the barn-burning start to the season that the offense had. The problem was that he did not allow the mid-season failures to humble him. It’s like he lost the patience to set up the big stuff that he wanted to do. It’s just like Tyler Lockett said in his post-season press conference–defenses stopped respecting the run when it became clear that they were not going to run in those 50-50 down-and-distances. The shots downfield need the run game–offensive football 101.

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