Pete Carroll vows to take competition to succeed Russell Wilson “in stride”

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With training camps open throughout the NFL, press-conference transcripts are falling from the trees and filling up our email boxes.

Some significant comments get noticed right away. Others, buried deep in the document, aren’t seen until there’s a chance to take a closer look at the things said by players and coaches.

Here’s something that Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said to reporters the other day regarding the shift from Russell Wilson to either Geno Smith or Drew Lock at quarterback. He essentially likened Wilson’s departure to a college quarterback leaving school.

“You guys forget that I coached in college for quite a while,” Carroll said. “Guys graduated all the time. Heisman Trophy winners graduated. You went on to the next guy. You always miss when the guys leave. You can see it and you start planning for it and work and you can find success whether its Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, John David Booty, or Mark Sanchez. All those guys played for us and won all those games. I’ll take it in stride but I’m really determined to make it work.”

And so, as Carroll sees it, it’s no different than replacing a college quarterback who has moved on.

“There is a lot of developing of the players and giving them the background they need and the substance they need to be able to play like they are a capable,” Carroll said. “This is a hard, hard freaking position to play. It is so demanding. Fortunately, we got guys that are talented. Geno, we’ve known that for years that he was talented. He was playing behind Russ. When he had a chance last year to get going, he’d been on ice for quite a while, he did some great things and we can see it and we saw it through the offseason as well. Drew had a very, very good offseason with us. He’s just behind and learning and he’s catching up. But he’s a really talented football player. They are not exactly the same but they are both big guys that can throw and run. We just going to have wait and see what happens. [Jacob] Eason did some good stuff today too and he did all through the offseason. All these guys can chuck the football. We can use the whole field. We are going to bomb it and we are going to do all those things we love doing.”

Although many think Lock will emerge as the starter, Smith has been the No. 1 option throughout the offseason. The 10th-year veteran continues to hold the spot.

“We’ll just see how the competition plays itself out but Geno is in the lead right now and he’s ahead,” Carroll said. “He isn’t looking back. He’s going for it. Drew is not going to take the backseat. Something is going to happen. Jake will be there if we need him. It is going to be exciting to see.”

Carroll refused to take the bait when asked for a timetable on picking a winner. He also declined to say when Lock will get first-team reps. But it apparently will happen, at some point.

“We have to do everything,” Carroll said. “We got to make the competition show us something. You’ll see, you’ll see how it goes.”

They’ll need to make a good decision for Week One. Because Russell Wilson didn’t graduate from Seattle College. He instead transferred to the University of Denver, and he’s coming back to face his old school on the first Monday night of the season.

29 responses to “Pete Carroll vows to take competition to succeed Russell Wilson “in stride”

  1. Choosing a QB out of those three options is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. This ship is going down regardless of what Pete does.

  2. You never choose the coach over the Hall of Fame quarterback. Even when he’s your buddy.

    John Schneider is maybe the worst GM in the NFL. Show me one good draft pick since 2013 not named DK Metcalf. Russ carried god awful teams to relevance for half a decade now. We’re about to see how awful the Seahawks are without him. Be absolutely shocking if they won more than 3 games.

  3. There is no competition. In the history of human beings on planet Earth, Pete is the Supreme Champion of Maniacal Gum Chewing.

  4. A competition between no one and no one is no one. Be honest Pete, the starting QB is Young or Stroud- next year.

  5. Pete also got really excited about the peanut butter banana sandwich he had for lunch yesterday,too.

  6. Who would have ever thought 10 years ago that Geno Smith would have a longer career than Andrew Luck and RG3? Kinda funny.

  7. Seahawks have been dominant the last 10 years, they have a haul of draft picks next year. It’s ok to take a step back and reload. Funny that everybody bashes Pete but other than Bill Belichick , hard to find a more successful coach

  8. greenmts says:
    July 30, 2022 at 10:17 am
    A competition between no one and no one is no one. Be honest Pete, the starting QB is Young or Stroud- next year.

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    Precisely. That’s the plan and everyone can see it. He’s just not coming out and saying it. Bad PR. Stay positive and lose… there’s a rookie QB waiting at the end of the rainbow. If they truly wanted to win this year and be mediocre+, they would have picked up Mayfield or Garoppolo. Two 1st round and 2 second round picks await.

  9. I believe Drew Lock was mismanaged in Denver as well as not being supported through rookie mistakes most young QBs make. He’s getting the best coaching of his career in Seattle. So, don’t be surprised when Pete proves the naysayers wrong. I see this and I’m not even a fan of the team!

  10. The difference, of course, is that it’s not as simple as just outbidding Ohio State and Bama for the top QB recruit.

  11. Both QBs are competent and if the Seahawk’s “Run First” approach works as well as intended, they will be fine. The key in week 1 to beating Denver is to “let Russ cook,” and the Seattle Defense come ready to eat dinner.

  12. Funny how no one trashes Belichick when he spends a year retooling after Brady, yet here we are with Carroll doing the same thing (with even more draft capital) and all the “super-fans” think he shoulda been fired. There are easily 20+ teams that would jump at the chance to have Carroll take them to the playoffs 8 out of the next 10 years with 2 Super Bowl trips and one win.

  13. Pete uses the college graduation analogy all the time. This is not new. That said, it’s obvious he doesn’t have a RW replacement in his “freshman class”. If the Seahawks come out of this season with the chance to grab one of the top two QBs in the next draft, it will have been a successful season. (That’s a big “if”. I fully expect that they’ll exceed expectations and screw things up.) I will be hoping both the Broncos and the Seahawks lose big this season and, for the Broncos, years to come.

  14. Kinda like a race between two plowhorses. No matter who succeeds, neither will get to the Kentucky Derby.

  15. ” Funny that everybody bashes Pete but other than Bill Belichick , hard to find a more successful coach”

    Not hard at all:

    Sean McVay
    Mike Tomlin
    Andy Reid
    Mike Vrabel
    John Harbaugh
    Mike McCarthy

    All have better records than Pete.

  16. The optimism from Seahawks fans about their QB situation cracks me up. Finding franchise QB’s is a much tougher task than it seems. Teams go decades without one. Lock and Smith are not it.

  17. The school reference reminded me of something Pete said after the 2016 season. Carroll said that Russ was a great quarterback who now was going to ‘work on his PhD. Since “parsing Pete” is what we are forced do out here, I found it interesting that Carroll never gave another progress report on Russ’s education. What I did see after 2016 was that the Seahawks went through a lot of good tight ends, had alot of slow starts and furious finishes by a scrambling QB, and a lot of poor decisions at critical times..
    After 2017 it was plain to see the Seahawks were not going to win another Super Bowl with Russ and Pete; and when Pete got a mid-season contract extension in 2020 followed by two horrible games by Russ, well, the ending of this story was all but written.

  18. He lucked up on Wilson. If you remember, at the time, he paid Matt Flynn big money to be the franchise QB.
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    The guy found Wilson. He will be fine

  19. This is a little different than his time in college. For one we know that those powerhouse USC teams were a bit tainted by money being handed out to recruits. He had the pick of the litter of the best players (kinda like Saban, the landscape has changed recently due to NILs). It’s easy to build a college powerhouse when incoming players know their best shot to the NFL is through your program. Trying to attract top tier talent to this current Seahawks team is gonna be a bit more difficult.

  20. Yeah why mess with getting a probably semi-interested Jimmy G. in the mix for one season?

    Let them ride out the year and everyone else on the team knows that this season is a job interview for next season.

  21. What a lot of you seem to forget is Pete was never a “Let the QB win the game by throwing 40 times” kind of coach.

    When Hawks were at their best Wilson wasn’t asked to carry them.

    Certainly doesn’t mean it will happen this time but all the tripe comments are just that. The Hawks will run the ball and throw short, two things Russ didn’t like.

    Will it work? Time will tell.

    But if not, they’ll draft their QB of the future in one of the best QB drafts in a decade.

  22. Pete, Rule number one: Never let your franchise QB leave in his prime. Teams can languish for years trying to get a QB that can get them to the big game and will pay dearly to get one…see Clevland Browns.

  23. Letting Wilson go was a huge mistake for Pete. Nobody in their right mind lets a top 5 QB, in his prime, get away.

    It can take generations for some teams to find the next franchise QB.

    Seattle should have kept Wilson and let Pete go.

    I’m a Niners fan and always “hated” Wilson……because he was so good.

  24. In week one, Russ will not only cook, he’ll feast on Seattle.

    Seattle had the #11 defense last year, and they have since lost some key players. Denver .

    I’ll be shocked if Seattle even gets within 14 points of Denver. Russ has a lot to prove and he has a much better team around him. In Seattle, Russ had to run for his life. Not so much with Denver.

  25. radar773 says:
    July 30, 2022 at 7:44 pm
    In week one, Russ will not only cook, he’ll feast on Seattle.

    Seattle had the #11 defense last year, and they have since lost some key players. Denver .

    I’ll be shocked if Seattle even gets within 14 points of Denver. Russ has a lot to prove and he has a much better team around him. In Seattle, Russ had to run for his life. Not so much with Denver.
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    Denver allowed 28 sacks last year. That’s without Wilson wanting them to hold for 3.5 seconds

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