In a shocking turn of events in the NFL world. A new bombshell report had emerged, revealing that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson had asked team ownership to fire head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider in 2022.
According to league sources who spoke to The Athletic, Wilson believed that Carroll and Schneider were holding him back from achieving his goals of winning additional Super Bowls and individual awards. He reportedly had a preferred replacement in mind: former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, who then had recently stepped down from his position.
Details On The Request
Wilson’s request was made in private, but top team officials quickly convened to discuss the matter. Within days, they had decided to pursue trading the nine-time Pro Bowler, as they believed that his relationship with the team had become irreparable.
The news stunned Seahawks fans and players alike, as Wilson had been the face of the franchise for nearly a decade. He had led the team to two Super Bowl appearances and had established himself as one of the league’s top quarterbacks.
But Wilson’s desire for a change in leadership was apparently too strong to ignore. The Seahawks ultimately agreed to trade him to the Denver Broncos in exchange for a package of draft picks and players.
As the 2022 season began, fans and analysts eagerly watched to see how Wilson would fare in his new environment. And as it turned out, the change of scenery wasn’t successful. Wilson didn’t thrive under a new coach, Nathanial Hackett, in Denver, leading the Broncos to surprisingly missing a playoff berth and Wilson failed to re-establishing himself as one of the league’s elite quarterbacks.
The Seahawks meanwhile turned to Wilson’ former backup Geno Smith to guide them and he stepped up in a big way. Leading them to the playoffs while setting the single season record for passing yards.
Payton was hired by the Broncos as their new head coach this offseason, with Payton by Wilson’s side in Denver, the future looks positive for him in 2023.
Bombshell: Russell Wilson asked #Seahawks ownership to fire coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider last year, sources told @TheAthletic
The team instead traded him to the #Broncos https://t.co/p6F8s9YFly pic.twitter.com/tLKOlQYFTX
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) February 24, 2023