Pete Carroll isn’t scapegoating Russell Wilson, but the quarterback can’t be liking what he’s hearing following the Seattle Seahawks’ crash and burn. After enjoying unprecedented freedom on the field this season, Wilson is about to be reined in by his head coach.
Carroll has decided that the “Let Russ Cook” approach that worked so well in the first half of the 2020 NFL season turned into the proverbial wet cleanup on aisle 6 and a quick ouster from the playoffs.
Russell Wilson went from MVP candidate to an afterthoughts
Russell Wilson had never received a single vote for the award, let alone been selected the MVP of the National Football League. But observers were sure that was about to change based on a spectacular start to the season. Despite a leaky defense, the Seahawks roared to a 5-0 start and stood at 6-2 midway through the season.
Wilson’s passing stats were exceptional up to that point: 2,541 yards, 28 touchdowns, five interceptions, and a 117.1 passer rating. It was largely the result of the so-called “Let Russ Cook” approach, in which head coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer gave Wilson the OK to stretch the field with more high-risk, high-reward throws. It worked to the tune of 34.3 points a game.
A not-so-funny thing happened by early November: defenses adjusted.
Wilson’s stats over the final eight games were 1,671 yards, 12 TDs, five interceptions, and a 91.3 passer rating. The Seahawks won six of their final eight games, but the offense slowed to 23.1 points a game.
Talk of Wilson winning the MVP awards evaporated before the Seahawks even took the field for their 30-20 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC wild-card round.
Pete Carroll has seen enough and vows to make a change
The Seattle Seahawks finished ninth in the NFL in scoring in coach Pete Carroll’s 11th season, one notch better than the previous year. However, Carroll wasn’t fooled. He saw the falloff in scoring and yardage in the second half of the season and vows to learn from what he saw.
“We need to run more with focus and direction, and count on it a little bit differently than we did,” Carroll said, according …
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