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Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll facing different futures in Seattle?

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson has been the subject of trade rumors as another disappointing season in Seattle comes to a close, but the Seahawks reportedly have no intention of parting ways with their star quarterback this offseason. Can the same be said for their longtime head coach?

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports that the Seahawks have no plans to trade Wilson and are operating as if he will be their starting quarterback in 2022. However, those who work closely with Pete Carroll are unsure if the 70-year-old coach will remain with the team.

Carroll signed a massive contract extension with the Seahawks during the 2020 season. He is owed $50 million through 2025. The team would not fire him, but Garafolo says it is possible the two sides could part ways if Carroll and the front office are not on the same page.

Sources told Garafolo that Carroll has not given any indication he could retire after the season.

Common sense would tell you Carroll does not want to take part in a total rebuild at this stage in his career. He’s the winningest coach in Seahawks history, and his 33-year-old starting quarterback is one of the best in the NFL. Carroll has remaining positive about the future in Seattle and recently hinted that he does not believe any earth-shattering changes are needed.

Wilson, who is signed through 2023, brought much of the trade talk on himself a year ago. He was openly unhappy with the state of the Seahawks last offseason. His agent even went public with a list of teams for which Wilson would be willing to play.

If Wilson was frustrated with his situation a year ago, it would stand to reason he remains so as the Seahawks finish off their first ever losing season since drafting him in 2012. He may have recently dropped a hint about his future, but there will be plenty to watch in Seattle in the coming weeks.

Photo: Oct 4, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks on after defeating the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Report sheds light on Russell Wilson’s future in Seattle

Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson has once again been the subject of trade rumors amid a disappointing season in Seattle, and signs continue to point to the Seahawks moving on from their franchise quarterback.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that there is a “leaguewide feeling” that Wilson and Pete Carroll will not be together next season. Many people believe Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions will be the duo’s last home game together in Seattle.

Wilson came close to requesting a trade last offseason. It was clear he was unhappy with the direction of the franchise. He may have smoothed things over with Seattle’s front office, but the Seahawks then put together by far their worst season since they drafted Wilson in 2012. Sources told Schefter that the trade speculation will likely return full-force when the 2021 season ends.

Wilson, 33, made an interesting unsolicited comment about his future in Seattle when speaking with the media this week.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider is open to the idea of rebuilding by acquiring multiple draft picks in a potential Wilson trade, according to Schefter. It is unclear if Carroll, who is 70, would want to stick around for a rebuild. The coach seemed to hint this week that he does not want any big changes in the coming months.

Wilson has a full no-trade clause in his contract. A recent report claimed he would “strongly consider” waiving it for at least three teams. Wilson downplayed the talk and said he wants to remain with the Seahawks. It won’t be long before we know if that is truly the case.

Photo: Oct 4, 2020; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks on after defeating the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Did Pete Carroll drop hint about Seahawks’ plans for Russell Wilson?

Pete Carroll smiles at a press conference

The Seattle Seahawks are facing another uncertain offseason, with rumors once again mounting that they could move on from Russell Wilson. Pete Carroll may have offered a hint about the team’s plans this week.

During his weekly radio show on ESPN 710 in Seattle Monday, Carroll said there is no need for the Seahawks to hit the panic button after missing the playoffs for just the first time since 2011. The 70-year-old coach said he doesn’t feel the team should “restart this whole thing.”

“Not one reason at all am I thinking that we have to restart this whole thing and create a new philosophy and a new approach and all that,” Carroll said, per Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “I don’t think that. I think we’ve got the essence of what we need.”

It’s possible Carroll was only referring to philosophical approach and not necessarily personnel. He followed up by talking about how the Seahawks have “operated for a long time with a real consistent approach.”

“And that’s what I’m really talking about is I think you can count on us to figure it out and to make the choices and the decisions that have to be done, coming from a philosophical foundation that we have, and have established over a long period of time,” Carroll added.

So where does that leave Wilson? The Seahawks have moved on from numerous star players during the Carroll era. However, this is the first time they have had a losing season since drafting Wilson in 2012. They were 9-7 when they missed the playoffs in 2017.

Given his age, it would make sense that Carroll is not interested in a total rebuild. It would also be hard to envision Seattle avoiding a rebuild if they part ways with Wilson, unless they somehow acquire another established veteran quarterback.

There have been some hints recently that Wilson and the Seahawks are setting the stage for a divorce. Even if Carroll wants to stick with the 33-year-old quarterback, Wilson was openly frustrated with the direction of the team last offseason. We doubt anything that happened this season made him feel better.

Wilson has a full no-trade clause in his contract. A recent report claimed he would “strongly consider” waiving it for at least three teams. Wilson downplayed the talk and said he wants to remain with the Seahawks. It won’t be long before we know if that is truly the case.

Photo: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Pete Carroll has surprising comment about costly Jamal Adams trade

Jamal Adams

If the Seattle Seahawks regret the growing cost of their trade for Jamal Adams, they are not showing it publicly.

Adams will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, cutting short his second campaign in Seattle. That ensures his 2021 will end without him collecting a single sack just one year after setting a career high with 9.5 of them. That production simply will not sit well in light of the fact that the Seahawks gave up two first-round picks for Adams. One of them, their 2022 selection, looks likely to land in the top ten with the team at 4-8 so far.

Despite how badly the trade seems to have worked out for Seattle, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll firmly defended the trade. Carroll told Pat Kirwan of SiriusXM NFL Radio that the Adams deal has been a “terrific trade” for the team.

If you’d asked last season, that statement would not have received as much pushback. Now, it’s a different story. Adams has not made the Seahawks’ defense a better unit, nor has he improved the team overall. Couple that with the fact that the Seahawks will lose a high draft pick on the deal, and it looks worse.

Part of the reason the trade looks worse is because the Seahawks moved Adams into a deeper role this season, which he has not always adapted well to.

Regardless, Seahawks fans are going to hate this quote from Carroll. The disconnect between the organization and most observers is huge on this topic.

Video: Pete Carroll cuts press conference short after loss

Pete Carroll smiles at a press conference

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll let his frustration boil over after his team’s latest loss.

The Seahawks fell to 3-7 with Sunday’s 23-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. The offense struggled, and the Seahawks were unable to take advantage of an Arizona team missing both Kyler Murray and DeAndre Hopkins.

Carroll was unable to hide his frustration during his postgame press conference. Roughly seven minutes into it, he pronounced himself done and walked away from the podium while a reporter was in the middle of a question.

To his credit, Carroll returned a few minutes later and apologized for walking off. He admitted that it was the most frustrated he’s ever been since taking over the Seattle job.

Carroll isn’t alone in his frustration, with one of his star players attributing his recent on-field outburst to the team’s struggles. It’s understandable to a degree, as the Seahawks haven’t had a losing season since they went 7-9 in 2011. That was Carroll’s second season at the helm. The organization is used to success, but it’s not happening this season.

What did Pete Carroll throw on field instead of challenge flag?

Pete Carroll threw a hand warmer

Pete Carroll challenged a ruling in the first half of the Seattle Seahawks-Green Bay Packers game on Sunday, but he did so without throwing his red challenge flag. The coach instead tossed some random item from his pocket, and many people thought it was a flip phone. That, unfortunately, was not the case.

Carroll wanted to challenge the ruling that Aaron Rodgers recovered a ball after a bad snap. An official could be seen telling him to “throw the flag,” but Carroll seemingly misplaced it. So he threw whatever was in his pocket.

Perhaps it was wishful thinking, but most people thought Carroll threw his flip phone onto the field. As PFF’s Ari Meirov discovered, the object appeared to be an electronic hand warmer.

That would make a lot more sense, as the temperature was in the 30s at Lambeau Field on Sunday evening. As for where Carroll put his red challenge flag, we have no idea.

The 70-year-old Carroll is the oldest coach in the NFL. That’s probably why it was assumed that he still uses a flip phone. Though, we even saw a prominent NBA star using a flip phone last year.

Seahawks’ Pete Carroll drops big Odell Beckham hint

Odell Beckham Jr warms up

The Seattle Seahawks have been heavily linked to wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. Coach Pete Carroll’s comments on Monday won’t do much to quiet that speculation.

Carroll was asked if the Seahawks had interest in Beckham and planned to put in a claim. The coach said everyone would “have to wait and see” but that the team was “aware of what’s going on and we’ve been involved to understand it and compete.”

The conclusion of Carroll’s statement may have been the most telling.

“So, I didn’t say yes or I didn’t say no. That’s just cause…you’ll see,” Carroll said, smiling.

That’s a pretty surprising admission. One would think that Carroll wouldn’t go out of his way to say it’s not a no unless the Seahawks were genuinely interested. We’ve heard that Beckham is also interested, and Russell Wilson wants to make it happen too.

The Seahawks could absorb Beckham’s cap hit if they claimed him on waivers, or they could hope he passes through and simply sign him themselves. Either way, Beckham landing in Seattle sounds very plausible. Carroll is only going to encourage that thinking with comments like these.

Photo: Oct 21, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (13) warms up before the game between the Browns and the Denver Broncos at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Pete Carroll had ultimate compliment for Russell Wilson

Pete Carroll smiles at a press conference

Pete Carroll was an extremely successful college football coach at USC before becoming an extremely successful NFL head coach with the Seattle Seahawks. Despite proving himself in college, Carroll does not have a big head, at least not publicly.

Carroll’s Seahawks have played their last two games without star quarterback Russell Wilson, who is out following finger surgery. They lost both games, as well as the game where Wilson got hurt, and are now 2-5.

When asked after Monday night’s loss to the Saints how much the Seahawks miss Wilson, Carroll put it into perspective.

“I’ve been here a long time and if we didn’t have Russell I probably wouldn’t have been here a long time,” Carroll said.

He’s exactly right. Though Carroll is a great coach, success in the NFL begins and ends with how good your starting quarterback is. And Wilson is a Hall of Fame-level quarterback.

Carroll has coached the Seahawks since 2010 and went 7-9 in both seasons before Seattle drafted Wilson. They have won at least 10 games in every season since Wilson joined the team, except for in 2017, when they went 9-7.

Carroll is a great, defensive-minded coach, but he knows where his bread is buttered, and isn’t shy about saying so.

Pete Carroll does not seem to be a fan of ‘Let Russ Cook’ campaign

Russell Wilson Pete Carroll John Schneider

The phrase “Let Russ Cook” has become a rallying cry for Seattle Seahawks fans who want to see the team let Russell Wilson air the ball out more, and Pete Carroll is clearly not a fan of it.

The Seahawks put together an impressive performance in their 28-16 road win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. After the game, Carroll praised Wilson and new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron for a game plan that was very effective. The coach said Waldron and Wilson were “just cooking” in their first regular season game together. Carroll was immediately disgusted with himself for phrasing it that way.

“I don’t think I ever said that one time all last year,” Carroll told reporters.

You can understand why Carroll would be annoyed by the “Let Russ Cook” movement. It stems from fans being dissatisfied with Carroll’s coaching staff. Heck, even Wilson has gone all-in on the phrase, and he did so before a tumultuous offseason in which it looked like he might demand a trade.

Wilson completed 18-of-23 passes for 254 yards and four touchdowns against the Colts. Keep in mind that he also got off to a hot start last year before Seattle’s offense sputtered down the stretch. Carroll may not like the phrase “Let Russ Cook,” but the Seahawks tend to see better results when they do.

Pete Carroll tries to downplay Jamal Adams contract concerns

Pete Carroll

As speculation continues to increase over Jamal Adams’ contract situation with the Seattle Seahawks, coach Pete Carroll is trying to soothe any concerns about Adams missing games.

Adams and the Seahawks are essentially locked in a standstill on contract negotiations, with the safety conducting a sort of “hold-in” by attending training camp but not practicing. With Adams entering the final year of his rookie deal, there is some urgency for the Seahawks to get something done.

As for whether Adams might miss Week 1, Carroll downplayed that Friday when asked about the possibility.

The Seahawks parted with two first-round picks to acquire Adams from the New York Jets. It’s hard to imagine nothing will get done, even though the team appears to be taking a very firm stance in talks. The two sides have a month, and things don’t appear to have turned toxic for now.