Pete Carroll: Win over Russell Wilson was “really rewarding” for former Seahawks attending game

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Monday night’s win was big for the current Seahawks players. It was also big, apparently, for certain former Seahawks players who attended Russell Wilson‘s return.

Appearing Tuesday on 710 ESPN Radio in Seattle, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was asked whether the 17-16 victory was “validating.” Via Brady Henderson of ESPN.com, Carroll instead called the win “really rewarding,” especially for former players who attended the game. That group included cornerback Richard Sherman, running back Marshawn Lynch, receiver Doug Baldwin, defensive end Cliff Avril, and linebacker K.J. Wright. They raised the 12 flag before the game started.

I didn’t need the validation,” Carroll said. “I just wanted to win. I wanted to win for all of the reasons that come along with this one. Maybe as much as anything is representing the guys that have played before. It meant a lot to those guys. I was so thrilled to be able to hug those guys up and see them and look them in the eye.”

Carroll was asked why the win meant so much to the former players.

“You figure that out,” Carroll said. “It was really meaningful and they really wanted it and I knew we were playing for a lot more than just the regular stuff. We have a real connection with the history. . . . They feel it and they love the fact that they played here and they love seeing us do well. On this night, they realized there was a big opportunity and a big statement to be made. The game isn’t about an individual player here or there. It’s about team. This is the ultimate team sport and it’s been stated so many times before. It takes everybody.

“Sometimes when so much focus goes, it just rubs guys wrong I guess, or whatever. But I’m thrilled that we won that game. It was significant for a lot of reasons beyond just it’s the first game of the year and all that.”

Since Carroll invited others to figure it out, we will. Other players on the team resented Wilson, for a variety of reasons. Beyond being regarded by some players as a goody-two-shoes company man (some used to mock him with a high-pitched “Go Hawks!”) Wilson became bigger than the team, with his salary and his persona.

The resentment grew after Super Bowl XLIX, when in lieu of letting Lynch beastmode his way to the end zone the Seahawks called a pass from Wilson, which was intercepted. Eventually, Carroll and G.M. John Schneider could turn the page only by moving on from any and all anti-Russ players in the locker room.

And, as Carroll possibly would say if he were being candid, Wilson showed his gratitude by wanting more and, eventually, wanting out. He finally got what he wanted. And now Carroll has reverted to proving that “team” wins over “me.” In so doing, he has re-embraced various players on whom Carroll had to turn his back in order to properly support Wilson.

Now that Wilson is gone, Carroll can run his team the way he wants. As a team.

58 responses to “Pete Carroll: Win over Russell Wilson was “really rewarding” for former Seahawks attending game

  1. Coach you should have lost this game because of the boneheaded Broncos coach you would have lost. Just keep it moving forward like the Hoodie says “Were on to Cinci”

  2. Wilson is so overrated, when he loses its the team’s fault and when he wins its only because of him.
    What has he won in the last decade?

  3. This assessment by you was the closest to reality on how most of us Fan’s feel, as well. Will always respect and admire the overall contributions by Russell, but you nailed how I felt with the win as well.

  4. Weak sauce, Pete.

    You knew about an anti-Russ faction? What did you do about it?

    Funny that the Falcons loss galvanized that group for 2013, and drove them to a Title. You couldn’t get the 2015 team to come together? But thats on Russ?

    Weak and petty. SMH.

  5. I know it had to do more with seeing Wilson lose over Seahawks and Pet Carroll winning that game for the former players . Well publicized How former players were not fond of Pete’s favoritism towards Russ along with how they were treated by that classless organization .. Just ask Sherman leaving to a hated rival , Earl waving His middle finger at Pete and Russ bolting out as well .

  6. Nobody tries harder to hide his selfishness than Russell Wilson. He took their biggest contract, made everyone about him, and is now running the same routine in Denver. Once his teammates realize it’s all about him, they’ll tire as well. All you had to do, was see him twirling at mid field to see he thinks that he is special in a way that nobody else is. His need to talk about spending more than a million dollars a year on his body, just shows how self absorbed he is. Anyone who has watched him the last few years sees a player in decline and Elway had to try and Save his job with the new owners. All narcissists become boring eventually, no matter how talented or successful they are. Just ask Giselle.

  7. As a close friend of the organization it was disappointing that Russell couldn’t take that stacked team to the promised land one or two more times

  8. Wilson crippled the Seahawks once he signed the Big Contract. Denver gives up 2 years of top draft picks and then signs him to another Big Contract. What could possibly go wrong???

  9. Mr. Florio’s analysis is spot on. Yet, there are still the locomotives named “Let Russ cook” and “DangeRuss” running reckless in the media tracks.

  10. When I think of Wilson all I ever think is the quote “a generous man doesn’t need to tell the world how generous they are”

  11. The only freedom Pete Carroll achieved with Russell Wilson’s departure is the freedom to lose more games. There isn’t a team-first approach to winning in the NFL that doesn’t require a top quarterback. Carroll doesn’t have one any more.

    With Wilson under center, the Seahawks had only one losing season in 10 years and won 10 or more games in eight of those years.

    But I guess retired players who can’t help him win anything like him now. And unsigned free agent Richard Sherman does too. Hooray for Pete!

  12. Richard Sherman leaving that team and running to, of all teams, the 49ers caught my attention in a big way. And the way he went on and on soon after joining them about how awesome the culture was in the 49ers locker room also played into it. Now, with this writing, my gut feeling’s been confirmed that all was not well in Seahawk-land. In short, the organization is your basic mess.

  13. football breeds self absorbed egotistical narcissism. just how it is. the media, the fans and their enormous unwarranted paychecks put these dudes on pedestals like they are godly. they begin to believe it, act upon it and there goes the team concept. again, just how it is and its not gonna change

  14. Why does everyone put the Super Bowl loss on that one call?
    First, the Seahawks D was dominating until Kam Chancellor got hurt and left midway through the second half. Injuries happen, of course, but that was a game-turning moment.
    Second, break down the interception. Wilson threw the ball to the wrong place by about ten inches, which gave Butler a chance to reach it. And then Ricardo Lockette didn’t body off Butler to protect the throw. Argue good vs. bad call, but the reality is that Wilson didn’t execute and neither did the receiver.

  15. They had to make a decision years back to go with Russell or keep the rest of the gang together. They chose Russell and while that might usually be the right choice, hindsight has proven that it was wrong in this situation. The team chemistry was destroyed as Russell lost his humility and turned into a me-first diva, both on and off the field. Other players resented Wilson for it and in turn they resented Pete and the organization for that decision as well. It’s obvious now that even Pete holds resentment toward Russell for burning him and causing fractures in his relationships with his other players. Pete’s usually overly politically correct, so it’s telling that he let on as much as he did with these comments – as well as the comments prior to the game on whether the fans should boo or not. It’s also very telling that so many ex-Seahawks that got caught up in the politics showed up to support Pete and the Seahawks. It absolutely was a validation game for all of them.

    On the flip side, Russell played a better game than most he has the past couple years. He did things the Seahawks had wanted him to do for years like get rid of the ball quick and taking what’s there to keep the chains moving instead of the playground home runs he constantly looked for that too often resulted in quick 3 and outs. I think that was somewhat of a proverbial middle finger he gave to Pete in this game.

    At the end of the day, it’s pretty clear that this divorce needed to happen and was probably 3 years too late. Russell’s not a bad guy, but most Seahawk fans are happy to move on, even if it means we go 1-16 this year.

  16. Everyone involved is allowed to feel how they do but Seattle doesn’t have a ring without Wilson. Time will tell how both parties do long term.

  17. pete beat a much better team.
    .
    i gotta say, that 12th man really turned on mr wilson. they desrve as much of the win as pete and the players.
    .

  18. “You figure it out.” If you hear the recording of Carroll’s voice and his remarks’s about team and individuals… man, he crushed and exposed Russell Wilson’s character. And Seattle could lose the rest of their games, it still wouldn’t matter. This season for the Seahawks has already been defined by this game. A true victory for the team spirited Seattle Seahawks. Fans wanted this, too. It’s about the team, not the player. Pete Carroll can retire now. His former players and his legacy have been vindicated.

  19. I used to support Russell Wilson.

    I guess he’s human and like all of us, his ego and new found status changed his outlook.

  20. Richard Sherman didn’t choose to leave the Seahawks. The team released him in 2018 to avoid a $13.2 million cap hit.

    He wasn’t thumbing his nose at Seattle by signing with the Niners. He even said at the time of his release that he was willing to consider signing a more cap-friendly deal with the Seahawks.

  21. Pete better enjoy that win. If it wasn’t for one of the dumbest coaching moves you’ll ever see inside of 1 minutes left, the Seahawks lose that game. The wins are going to be far and few between for Seattle, that’s the best Geno is going to be for that team and he still should’ve lost.

  22. Why does everyone put the Super Bowl loss on that one call?
    First, the Seahawks D was dominating until Kam Chancellor got hurt and left midway through the second half.
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    Thats just not true.

    Brady was carving them up, if not for an early redzone INT, they had total control.

    He didn’t get the D at their best though, no doubt. Earl and Sherm were each playing with one arm, Avril went down during the game also.

  23. brentsalish – Why does everyone put the Super Bowl loss on that one call?
    Uh because that one call was the dumbest and most costliest call in Superbowl history , specially when they needed a couple of yards and had Marshawn in the backfield .

  24. All I have to say about that is it’s first and goal to go Pete, and the Superbowl is on the line, and you have the best running back in football standing in the backfield. What’s the call gonna be Pete? Yea that was rewarding too!!

  25. Seems kind of disingenuous to now trash the QB he coddled all those years over the other team-mates, and now switch sides to those other team-mates after Wilson leaves. I’m not sure Pete isn’t any less two-faced than his former QB (and I can’t stand Wilson).

  26. The Seahawks won their Super Bowl for the season. Now they can get back to losing while Russ helps the Broncos get back to contending. Doesn’t matter what Carroll or anyone else in Seattle thinks of Russ, that city should be way more grateful. Wilson delivered many solid years where Seattle competed for titles, long after the defense and OL fell apart too. The fans can boo now but will figure it out soon enough.

  27. Leftiesrule says:
    September 14, 2022 at 9:54 am
    Coach you should have lost this game because of the boneheaded Broncos coach you would have lost. Just keep it moving forward like the Hoodie says “Were on to Cinci”
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    Woulda… Shoulda… Coulda… Didn’t

  28. Russell Wilson following Diva Brady’s lead. It’s happening all over. Rodgers, now Wilson. Who’s next?

  29. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson at the US Open both wearing sunglasses at night about encapsulates the image/attitude thing. Didn’t need to see any more.

  30. Little Russey Wilson is an afterthought. The Hawks are better without him… And no, I’m not a fan. Just keeping it real

  31. Amazing to me the lack of class and pettiness being shown by Carroll, the fans and the former players. Wilson helped Seattle to the only Super Bowl win in their history and he helped Seattle to get back to the Super Bowl and almost win a second one. Appreciate what the man did for your team and move on and try to show some class in the process.

  32. Pete Carroll can retire now. His former players and his legacy have been vindicated.
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    Vindicated? Never.

    #1 D 4 years IN A ROW. None of the legendary Ds could pull that off.

    All Pete gets to do is count the Super Bowls he left on the table.

  33. Amazing to me the lack of class and pettiness being shown by Carroll, the fans and the former players. Wilson helped Seattle to the only Super Bowl win in their history and he helped Seattle to get back to the Super Bowl and almost win a second one. Appreciate what the man did for your team and move on and try to show some class in the process.
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    Russ will get his day when they hang his jersey from the rafters. Fans will cheer for him, as they should.

    It will be interesting if Pete and all these players mend fences with Russ. It doesn’t seem likely.

  34. Russell Wilson following Diva Brady’s lead. It’s happening all over. Rodgers, now Wilson. Who’s next?
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    Mac Jones

  35. This was Seattle’s Super Bowl. It will be hard to peak after this. But they have an easy schedule so maybe they win 9 or 10 games. In the NFC, that’s good enough for a wild card.

    Wilson has been good, but it is painful to watch him conduct his own DIY TV interviews where he plays both athlete and media talking head, as he asks and answers his own questions and promotes his own brand while simultaneously angling for a network job in the future. It’s very cringe worthy.

  36. In all my years of observing Pete Carroll, first down here in LA with USC and then going back to the NFL up in Seattle, this is the first time I can recall that he has revealed himself to be anti any player petty. Perhaps, like the vast majority of us, as he ages he becomes more crotchety and bitter.

    Calling out Sherman and Lynch was a strong tell. That SB loss to the Patriots must still gall him. And he must have always carried some smidgeon of resentment towards Wilson. I watched and read a lot of analysis surrounding that play and the takeaway is the Belichick and his coaching staff completely schooled Carroll and his. The Pats knew what was coming when they saw the Gawks make a last second personnel change. They had been practicing against that play for weeks in drills. Belichick is seen on video coaching up Butler on his read and reaction for that play even while Butler is on his back doing pre-pacestice stretching. Arroyo and his staff put the Hawks’ offense in a position where everything needs to be near perfect in a bang-bang split second play AND a failure on the defense. He got neither. That failure was most visibly devastating to Sherman and Lynch with the cameras of the sporting world pointed right at them. And Carroll’s ego has been carrying that burden all these years. The whole world saw that two of his biggest stars knew that Carroll and his staff has literally thrown away a Super Bowl title and now he thinks that he has finally vindicated himself by officially transferring that blame onto Wilson.

  37. brentsalish says:
    September 14, 2022 at 11:10 am
    Why does everyone put the Super Bowl loss on that one call

    because let’s put it this way

    if you took every non kicking play from the 5 yl or in every super bowl- and you made me gamble my life savings on ONE play that would have had a different outcome if you changed the play – I’m picking that one.

  38. While Wilson probably is narcissistic person who only cares about himself and I’m sure players we’re very anti-wilson it was Pete that harbored that culture. He was the one who got rid of all the players that didn’t like Wilson. It wasn’t Wilson that cut those players and now Pete is being buddy buddy with those guys like it wasn’t him that dismantled the team over one player

  39. Russell Wilson certainly THOUGHT he was bigger than the team. In truth he is a ultra-high maintenance fella. The competition in his home for mirror-watching must be ridiculous.

  40. Seems like Seattle’s forgetting the sorry history of the Seahawks before Russell became their QB.

    Win a Super Bowl without him. I’m not holding my breath.

  41. I’d like to know where does Carroll get the idea that ” This is the ultimate team sport ” etc. etc. over other team sports.

  42. I suspect Carrol is milking his 1 point victory for all it’s worth proceeding the reality check of a road game against an angry 9ers team. While the Hawks clearly benefitted from keeping the Broncos in the silent count most of the game ( thanks to the 12s), the Santa Clara crowd will not be kind to Geno and Carrol’s 7-yard passing game. 9ers 34-10.

  43. I dunno, Russell Wilson seems to have positive attitude, classy, and very well-mannered towards others. I’ve never heard him complain about a teammate and his awful offensive line. I’d say Russell sets a good example and is a good man.

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