There appears to be a rift forming between Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll, if one believes reports. Seahawks fans are choosing sides. Maybe this is all offseason stuff and people finding things to write about or speculate about but there also seems to be some substance behind the conjecture that Wilson might be open to being traded.
Seahawks fans take to Twitter to react
I asked on Twitter which of the two one would choose: Russell Wilson or Pete Carroll. The question is a fair one. Yes, Russell Wilson is the best quarterback in Seahawks franchise history. But Pete Carroll is the best coach in Seahawks history and Carroll got a not-great Seattle team to the playoffs before Wilson was drafted.
Would Seattle have been as good over the last decade without Wilson? Doubtful. But would Seattle have been as good as it has been with head coach and Executive Vice President of Football Operations Pete Carroll? Also doubtful.
The answer to my question was mostly Russell Wilson-heavy but there were a bunch of interesting takes. I started with the one below because it simply made me chuckle.
scott. below had an interesting take that actually was a theme among 12s. Most want the young Wilson over an aging head coach.
CJ below had the most fleshed-out response and was well thought-out. I admit I like Carroll as a coach but I also like Wilson as a quarterback and together Seattle makes the playoffs every season. I don’t want to get spoiled as a fan to think the team should make the playoffs just because they are the Seahawks. It takes work and chemistry and my biggest fear in all this is that the chemistry between Carroll and Wilson is changing.
Steve has an interesting point below. The only question might be that Pete’s ceiling is winning a Super Bowl as the Seahawks did in 2013.
I did ask a poll question prior to asking a follow-up question as to which of the two Seahawks (Wilson or Carroll), 12s would choose. Nearly immediately the answer was 12s wanted more Wilson and less Carroll by nearly a 9-1 margin. Also, if you haven’t read @hawksninja’s entire thread, you should. It’s well-conceived with excellent points.
Let’s hope all of this offseason conflict that seems to be occurring between Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll ends. The Seahawks need both to win and have been winning with both. I don’t want to see a change at coach or quarterback as Seattle currently has a good thing going.