Seahawks coach Pete Carroll reveals thoughts on Russell Wilson’s role under center
Russell Wilson is one of the best quarterbacks in football, and his versatility is a big reason for that. Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll seems to understand how much his signal-caller has in his bag of tricks, so when discussing Wilson’s role heading into 2020, Carroll said he simply wants Wilson to command the field.
Per Stacy Jo Rost of ESPN Seattle, Carroll said,
“Russell is at the best of his game that he’s ever been. And in that, we want him to have more opportunity to be the factor of the game and control the game. But that doesn’t mean you throw the football all the time to do that.”
Now, that quote can be interpreted one of two ways.
The first is that Carroll not only wants Wilson to make plays with his arm, but also with his legs. While Wilson isn’t exactly Lamar Jackson, he can absolutely run, as evidenced by the fact that he has accumulated 3,993 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground through eight seasons with the Seahawks.
The other way it can be interpreted is that Carroll just wants to run the football more in general, something he has been criticized for doing in recent years.
Wilson threw 516 passes in 2019, which ranked 13th in the NFL. While that is not terribly low, it would be expected that one of the best quarterbacks in the league would have attempted more passes. For example, Andy Dalton, who played in three fewer games than Wilson, totaled 528 passes.
Regardless, Carroll is lucky to have Wilson in tow for the Seahawks. We’ll get to see how he truly employs Wilson once the season begins.