Pete Carroll praises Geno Smith for wearing a wristband, says “there was resistance” before

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The Seahawks’ offense has been far more effective than anyone expected with Geno Smith running the show this season, and coach Pete Carroll says one of the reasons is Smith’s willingness to take a different approach to play calling.

Carroll said on Seattle Sports 710 AM that Smith wears a wristband with plays on it to make it easy for offensive coordinator Shane Waldron to quickly send in a play over the speakers in Smith’s helmet and for Smith to call the corresponding play from his wristband to the rest of the offense. Carroll said he thinks that’s a more efficient method of signaling in plays to the quarterback, but the Seahawks hadn’t done it in the past.

“If you notice, Geno’s going off the wristband, and that’s a big help,” Carroll said. “It’s smoothed things out, sped things up, cleaned things up. And that’s part of it, too. We never did that before. There was resistance to that, so we didn’t do that before.”

Carroll didn’t say who that “resistance” was coming from, but he didn’t have to: Carroll was obviously implying that Russell Wilson didn’t like calling plays off the wristband, and so the Seahawks didn’t do it.

Carroll also said Smith and Waldron have developed a good rapport with Smith trusting Waldron’s play calling.

“When Shane says something to Geno, he’s not doubting it. He’s just going with it, so there’s a real immediate flow and that accelerates all the process,” Carroll said.

Again, Carroll didn’t mention Wilson in saying that, but he didn’t have to.

A year ago, there was a widespread perception that the Seahawks were holding Wilson back. Now that the Seahawks are thriving without Wilson, while the Broncos are struggling with Wilson, perceptions have changed. Carroll is making it clear that he loves having a quarterback like Smith, who’s buying into what the coaches want to do.

28 responses to “Pete Carroll praises Geno Smith for wearing a wristband, says “there was resistance” before

  1. Props to Pete Carroll for making adjustments to allow whoever his QB is to succeed. There are tons of coaches in the NFL who make ZERO adjustments even when their current QB’s skills are no match whatsoever to their current system. They are total slaves to their systems and when the personnel doesn’t exactly match they are done for.

  2. Proves how important a role of coach and their communication is. Sometimes it takes years during the rebuilding phase to get it right.

    Its easy for fans sitting on their couch and reporters this coach sucks and call to fire them.

    Geno seems to be a completely different QB with good coaching and team around him.

  3. Before this year I would have guessed Carroll was about done in Seattle. Now it’s looking like he’s rejuvenated. They have a solid team plus the first and 2nd round pick of a terrible team. Could be a bright few years if Geno Smith remains solid.

  4. Russell’s image taking another shot. He’s not looking to good right now; diva attitude, uncooperative, selfish, phony, etc. Not to mention his performance has been poor. For the Broncos, the gift that keeps on “giving”. Knees up!

  5. Really happy for Geno. He stuck with it when he easily could have quit. There are many would could take a lesson from him.

  6. Oh the irony. Love the Hawks but Pete Carroll has blown more obvious 4th down calls, when to go for 2, punting when stats say to go for it ( 4th and 1 on the ops 35) because Pete has NEVER had a laminated sheet to guide him in times of chaos.

    Pete is too busy jumping around with pom poms that he loses focus. Never understood why nobody has called him out. There are too many situations where you need to be Andy Reid, with a laminated strategic sheet, because no coach has a computer chip to go through all play scenarios that quickly.

    Pete needs to stop with the RW digs, too. Take the high road Pete and get a laminated chart or you will blow ANOTHER playoff game / SB because you aren’t prepared.

  7. In this age of parity, most teams have lots of great players. THe big difference is the coaching…..the schemes and the play calling. THe teams with the best coaches are playing the best right now.

    Like him or not…Pete Carrol is an excellent head coach.

  8. I bet Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll never have a bad case of the mondays. It’s a smooth perky upbeat transition from sunday night right into tuesday morning…without a hitch.

  9. So glad that Russell want to be trade. Cause he doesn’t like being told what to do by offense coordinator. He doesn’t know how to cook anyway! GO HAWK

  10. Pete is already coach of the year.

    And John Schneider is Executive of the decade after the Russ trade.

  11. Geno is playing with house money in Seattle. Nobody expected him to win the starting job and also he is playing in Seattle and not in the Big Apple. He is playing loose, with confidence and having success.

  12. Why in the world would Pete need a laminated piece of paper? He does not call the plays. He pays Shane to call the plays, and Geno to execute those plays. Coaches who don’t delegate, and try to micromanage don’t last. Pete has outlasted hundreds of them.

  13. Rick Darcy says:
    November 9, 2022 at 11:27 am
    Oh the irony. Love the Hawks but Pete Carroll has blown more obvious 4th down calls, when to go for 2, punting when stats say to go for it ( 4th and 1 on the ops 35) because Pete has NEVER had a laminated sheet to guide him in times of chaos.

    Pete is too busy jumping around with pom poms that he loses focus. Never understood why nobody has called him out. There are too many situations where you need to be Andy Reid, with a laminated strategic sheet, because no coach has a computer chip to go through all play scenarios that quickly.

    Pete needs to stop with the RW digs, too. Take the high road Pete and get a laminated chart or you will blow ANOTHER playoff game / SB because you aren’t prepared.
    ———————————-
    The obvious flaw in your post is that Pete does not CALL the plays, his Offensive Coordinator does that. Pete may give the go ahead on 4th down decisions, but he allows the Offensive Coordinator to do his job. Andy Reid, on the other hand, has always had his hands deep in the offense, as well as calling plays….Do you now see the difference??

    Also, Pete is explaining why the Offense is working so much better this year than last. Wilson was the Quarterback last year, so he is obviously involved in the conversation. Russ was big part of the problem, weather you like it or not…

    Go Hawks!

  14. Russell Wilson is a HOFer. Probably not a bad guy to copy. That is, if winning is the goal. Don’t resist winning.

  15. pittsburghdamned says:
    November 9, 2022 at 12:08 pm
    So basically he’s praising Geno for not trying to use his brain.
    ———————–
    No, he is saying that Geno is doing his JOB, and that Wilson refused to. It is pretty simple…

    Go Hawks!

  16. They will fall flat on their face once Geno comes back down to earth and that’s when Ole Petey will retire .

  17. Pete Carroll probably threatened to break Geno’s jaw if he didn’t wear it!

  18. Was it a pride thing as to why Wilson didn’t want to wear a QB wristband? If so, maybe all those rumblings we heard around the league after the Seahawks LOB broke up were true.

  19. Hawks are first in the NFCW and Broncos are in last place in the AFCW.

    Enough said.

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