Pete Carroll on Russell Wilson drama: It's old news

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Pete Carroll on Russell Wilson drama: It's old news

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll has once again downplayed the news of star quarterback Russell Wilson wanting out of Seattle. Earlier this offseason, it was reported that eight-time Pro Bowl quarterback Wilson wasn't happy with the Seahawks and his agent listed for teams for which the quarterback would waive his no-trade clause.

The Chicago Bears were aggressive in their pursuit of Wilson but nothing happened as the Seahawks weren't interested at all in trading their star quarterback. “It seems like really old news to talk about this because it’s been such a long time,” Carroll said.

“The little bit he said carried so much air time that it became bigger than life. Throughout the whole process, Russell, we’ve always been connected. We’ve always been talking. We’ve never not been in communication, and we weren’t at all in this time either.

A couple things that came out got magnified and the questions came out, and there was a couple things. He was frustrated when he was talking, just like any of us can sometimes emphasize something that’s on the top of our mind, and it can be played differently than it really played itself out.

“We’ve had a really good offseason of working, and there was an ongoing media discussion that I did not take part in, [General Manager] John [Schneider] and I did not, we refused to be party to that, and Russ did what he could once he saw it happening, to stay as quiet as he could because it was going to play and have a life of its own anyway.

What it amounted to was I think a refocusing, making sure that we were on the same page, making sure that we were clear so that we could withstand any of the scrutiny that would come towards us, and we did that”.

Wilson looking forward to the upcoming season

Seahawks coach Carroll insists Wilson is looking forward to playing for the team next season.

Wilson, who was selected in the 2012 NFL draft, has spent his entire career with the Seahawks. “He is fired up about his team,” Carroll said. “He’s fired up about his coaching staff. He’s fired up about the season coming up”.

The Seahawks started last season with five wins and their expectation became sky high. Unfortunately for the Seahawks, they failed to sustain the same level of play in the rest of the season as they lost in the wild-card round to the Los Angeles Rams.