Russell Wilson has established himself as one of the league’s best players. Wilson is the engine for the Seattle Seahawks‘ tremendous success over nearly the last decade. However, head coach Pete Carroll’s recent comments about his star quarterback may strike fear into the rest of the league.
Russell Wilson’s rise
Through his first eight seasons in the league, Russell Wilson has helped transform the Seahawks into a playoff constant.
He has guided the franchise to the postseasons seven in his first eight seasons that include three NFC West division times, a pair of Super Bowl appearances, and the team’s first championship. His resume speaks for itself, but it hasn’t stopped his continued growth as a passer over the years that have affirmed his status as an elite quarterback.
It has also garnered recognition as the game’s second-best player last season as voted on by his peers. However, there remains a constant criticism that the Seahawks face regarding his offensive role. Pete Carroll has finally addressed that situation and voiced music to the fan base’s ears.
Pete Carroll delivers promising message about Russell Wilson
Over the last few years, the lingering chatter around Russell Wilson has been the Seahawks’ indecisiveness in letting him control the offense with his arm.
It’s been a longtime criticism that head coach Pete Carroll has heard throughout much of his tenure. With that in mind, Carroll has voiced that Wilson is at the best he’s ever been in his career and that it could see big things ahead in 2020, according to Brady Henderson of ESPN.
“I’ve said this to you that Russ is the best he’s ever been,” Carroll said. “He’s as far along as he’s ever been. He’s got a fantastic group of guys that he’s learning and growing together with. … It’s a really good group he’s working with and he knows he has a running game. He knows he has a running game.
Carroll continued: “Carlos Hyde has just accentuated that, too … what we have depth-wise. So Russ, he’s going to do everything he can. We’re going to try to give him every opportunity to kick butt in every opportunity he gets. So you’re gonna have to wait and see what that all means.”
Carroll didn’t outright state it, but it sounds like Wilson is going to get every opportunity to guide the team. It’s on his shoulders to dictate the game plan, which could see him take another step forward in commanding the offense with his arm.
Seahawks’ 2020 season outlook
The Seahawks are coming off a highly successful campaign that ended with falling a touchdown shy of reaching the NFC Championship game.
Seattle has gone through a busy offseason of adding more pieces to the puzzle. Wilson has another passing game weapon with former Pro Bowl tight end Greg Olsen while Josh Gordon will be back in the fold once he’s reinstated. There should also be continued growth from second-year wideout D.K. Metcalf after a strong rookie campaign.
The front office also acquired star safety Jamal Adams to anchor their secondary in the 2020 season. The Seahawks have the parts in place to make another deep playoff run, but it’s Russell Wilson who is the engine to the franchise. His play will be indicative of how far the team ventures toward competing for a Super Bowl.
It’s on him to be the game-changing factor to guide his team to championship contention.