Russell Wilson has gone public with a few of his requests for the Seattle Seahawks’ offseason, however it’s no shock these have been talked about in non-public conversations with key members of the group. Sports activities Illustrated’s Albert Breer offered an inside have a look at Wilson’s current dialog with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, highlighting three key issues the franchise quarterback wished to see addressed earlier than later going public with the concepts. Breer summarizes Wilson’s whole argument with a philosophy that’s guiding the quarterback’s very public calls for.
“Wilson wished to take as a lot management of his soccer future as attainable,” Breer detailed. “Greater than something, it was clear he wished a crew really constructed round him.”
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Wilson Desires a ‘Completely different Offensive Philosophy’
First, Wilson desires a “completely different offensive philosophy” which anybody who has listened to the quarterback’s interviews all through the final 12 months will discover unsurprising. We now have heard Wilson plead his case for the Seahawks to not wait till the fourth quarterback to open up the offense, and the quarterback has additionally referenced taking part in with extra tempo as a recipe for fulfillment. The excellent news is that Wilson was concerned within the Seahawks’ current hiring course of and new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron seems to have Wilson’s seal of approval.
“A unique offensive philosophy that might maximize him as a participant,” Breer described Wilson’s first request. “That field has been checked: I’m instructed Wilson was absolutely on board with the rent of recent coordinator Shane Waldron, who’s bringing a Sean McVay-styled system from the Rams.”
The Seahawks QB Pushed the Staff to Put ‘Actual Capital’ into the Offensive Line
As Wilson additionally indicated in his current interviews, he desires to see the Seahawks’ offensive line upgraded. The Seahawks unit seemed improved final season however drastically failed within the crew’s blowout playoff loss to the Rams. Carroll admitted after the loss that the Seahawks haven’t been capable of finding a solution for slowing down Aaron Donald. With J.J. Watt heading to the NFC West, this request appears extra pertinent than ever.
“An effort to improve the offensive line, with the addition of a high-end piece that the crew sinks actual capital into,” Breer mentioned of Wilson’s request.
This doesn’t look like a brand new request from Wilson as Seahawks normal supervisor John Schneider admitted final offseason that the quarterback wished “grown males.”
“We search for commonalities and matches and what’s vital for our quarterback,” Schneider defined in April 2020, per Sports activities Illustrated’s Corbin Smith. “We love our quarterback, we need to hold him – we need to have as many grown males in entrance of him as we presumably can and it was vital for us to have the ability to determine folks early on.”
The Seahawks took a amount versus high quality method through the 2020 free company interval bringing in sufficient offensive linemen to have a model new beginning 5 in the event that they wished. The problem is most of those gamers have been picked from the cut price bin of free company, and Wilson is sending a message to the crew that it’s time to pay up.
The counterargument to Wilson is that is difficult to drag off when the quarterback has a $32 million cap hit. But, the Seahawks weren’t recognized for having a stellar offensive line even when Wilson’s rookie contract allowed them to spend up for higher gamers.
Wilson Requested for Extra Communication on the ‘Route of the Franchise’
Lastly, as Wilson referenced in his interview on The Dan Patrick Present, he desires to be extra concerned in personnel selections. It’s one thing Wilson admitted to Patrick shouldn’t be presently the case, no less than to not his liking.
“Communication, and settlement, on the path of the franchise,” Breer defined Wilson’s remaining level of emphasis.
General, Breer emphasised that Wilson desires to see “urgency from the group.” It explains why Wilson went public together with his frustrations and doubled-down on these requests together with his agent Mark Rodgers floating 4 groups the place he could be keen to be traded. It will both be the start of the tip for Wilson’s tenure in Seattle, or the beginning of a brand new period the place Carroll makes a long-term dedication to creating modifications beginning with the crew’s offensive philosophy.