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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll gets brutally honest on life without Russell Wilson

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The Seattle Seahawks are entering unfamiliar territory starting in Week 6. For the first time in nearly 150 games, the Seahawks will be without star quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson suffered a nasty injury in their Week 5 tilt against the Rams. With his placement in the Injured Reserve list, other guys have to step up for the team. Wilson’s replacement, Geno Smith, will be chief among those guys.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll knows this, and he and the team are doing everything they can to support Smith. Per The Province:

“Everybody believes that (Smith is) going to come through and do a great job, just like he showed the other night. So we need to support him and give him the help he needs by playing good ball around him and coaching real well around him and be really excited to see what the outcome is.

Smith performed admirably in Wilson’s stead against the Rams, guiding the Seahawks and almost completing a comeback for the team. However, it’s going to be a different story when he starts, as teams will be keyed in on him all game long. It’s up to the Seahawks receivers and O-line to make sure Smith doesn’t worry about more things in his first start since 2017.

For his part, Wilson has apparently been giving tips to Smith, which is encouraging for Seahawks fans.

“(Wilson) knows his job is to help Geno and get him ready.”

The Seahawks are set to face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 6. Like them, the Steelers are also without a key member of their offense, as star wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster sustained a season-ending injury against the Denver Broncos. It’s looking like a war of attrition between these two teams. Can Geno Smith capitalize on this opportunity given to him? With Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll, and the rest of the Seahawks behind him, it certainly seems so.