Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll believes Russell Wilson needs to play better if the team is to succeed this season.
Russell Wilson finished with a pedestrian stat line for a player of his caliber against the Denver Broncos, going 19-for-33 passing with 298 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. The Seahawks would go on to lose to the Broncos, not a good start to the campaign. While the Seahawks’ loss can’t all be attributed to the play of Wilson, head coach Pete Carroll believes the Seahawks need Wilson to play like the franchise quarterback they’re building around.
“It always goes back to the QB, everyone is going to focus on that,” coach Pete Carroll explained on 710 ESPN Seattle Monday morning. “Russ needed to do better than he did yesterday, but we needed to help him a lot.”
It should be noted that Wilson was without starting right guard D.J. Fluker, which could have played a part in Wilson getting sacked six times. Realistically, it’s hard to win when the quarterback can’t get the protection needed. But with Carroll putting the onus on Wilson, it’s fair to say he understands how good he needs his quarterback to be.
A way for the Wilson-led Seahawks to get back on the right foot would be to execute better this coming Monday night as they face off against the Chicago Bears. But just as the Von Miller-led Broncos defense gave Wilson fits Sunday, the Khalil Mack-led Bears defense will look to do the same. If protection exploits are corrected and the Seahawks offense becomes efficient, then Wilson won’t have much to worry about moving forward for this week and beyond.