Pete Carroll Reveals How He Tried To Convince Russell Wilson To Stay With The Seahawks

Pete Carroll Reveals How He Tried To Convince Russell Wilson To Stay With The Seahawks

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  • Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is about to experience his first season in a decade coaching a starting quarterback other than Russell Wilson
  • Pete Carroll was asked about his efforts to convince Russ to stay in Seattle instead of moving to Denver
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Consider this for a moment, the Seattle Seahawks organization played its first NFL season just 47 years ago in 1974. Russell Wilson was Seattle’s starting quarterback for a full decade. As a quarterback, Russ was the face of the organization for over 1/5th of the entire time the Seahawks have even existed and Pete Carroll has been there even longer than Russ was!

The 2022 NFL season is the start of a new era for head coach Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks. It remains to be seen if Drew Lock will be successful in Seattle but one thing is for certain, Pete wanted to keep Russ with the Seahawks instead of hitting the ‘reset’ button.

Speaking with ESPN Radio’s SEASports710 this week, Pete Carroll shared how he (unsuccessfully) tried to convince Russell Wilson to stay in Seattle.

Pete Carroll Reveals How He Tried To Convince Russell Wilson To Stay

ESPN’s SEASports710: “Did you try and convince Russ to stay?”

Pete Carroll: “There was so much compelling reasoning why he would stay because of all the history and all the time spent. That was exactly where I was coming from, just to use the logic of it. When you’ve built a relationship over a long period of time there’s great benefits to that moving forward and well beyond your career and stuff.

Those are all parts of the conversation. What I continue to say, Mike, I had no intention of making a move at all while guys were under contract and we were pleased with what was going on and all. So, I fought for the logic of that for a good while until it wasn’t meaningful anymore to stick with that.”

That last line is pretty telling. “It wasn’t meaningful anymore” to discuss existing relationships and that’s the moment Carroll and the Seahawks realized it was time to move on amicably.

Other interesting quotes from Pete’s radio appearance…

I’m always astonished by NFL figureheads going on radio shows and speaking so candidly about their teams. Bill Belichick does it. Jerry Jones does it. Pete Carroll did it here.

NFL teams are normally so guarded with news that comes out of the locker room but radio seems to be the portal where the head coach speaks freely, or at the very least shares the information they’re willing to divulge in a seemingly conversational format.