Good day Russell Wilson, Broncos country!
If you haven’t watched the introductory presser with the Denver Broncos’ new starting quarterback, you should give it a try. Russell Wilson commanded the room and gave incredibly detailed answers. One of those questions he was asked was definitely not about the pre-match schedule as it came up during the presser.
The Seattle Seahawks, in announcing their trade for Wilson, released several statements from their front office team about the reasoning for the trade. In short, they seemed to put it all on Wilson. First came the owner, Jody Allen.
“Although Russell made it clear he wanted this change, he did Seattle proud and we are grateful for his decade of leadership on and off the court,” said Jody Allen, president of the Seattle Seahawks. “We look forward to welcoming our new players and to having everyone fully engaged as we work our best to win every day. I trust our leadership to take us into the future, and I know we all want the best in Russell.
Then Pete Carroll repeated the company line that Wilson pushed that trade.
“It’s always been a tough time of year where we’ve consistently maintained a competitive approach to improving as a team,” said head coach Pete Carroll. “As Jody said, Russ’ desire to do something different gave the organization an opportunity to compete in multiple ways. He was always the ultimate competitor whose leadership and consistency helped shape our culture. Our franchise has won many games and we will always be grateful for the exciting times and incredible records.
And finally, general manager John Schneider added that Wilson was interested in playing elsewhere and that this was an opportunity for the Seahawks to move in a different direction.
“When it became clear that Russell was interested in playing elsewhere,” Schneider said, “we took this opportunity to explore the market, which allowed us to acquire three quality players, considerable draft capital and create salary cap flexibility. We have a clear vision of where this team is going, and it’s an exciting time for our organization.
Then again, what can a team do other than blame the underdog when they themselves decided to choose Pete Carroll over Russell Wilson. Imagine what would have happened if Pat Bowlen had chosen Dan Reeves over John Elway, except that’s exactly what John Schneider did here.
Touched by these claims from his former team at the time, Wilson took to the high road. The only one of the four to speak on this issue to do so today.
“Yeah, I didn’t initiate it,” Wilson said Wednesday. “It was definitely mutual. Along the way there was definitely a lot of conversations and it wasn’t initiated. But it is what it is. I’m just happy to be here, it’s is all I know. Obviously, I’m happy with the 10 years I’ve had, but I think we’ll have to read that later. We’ll have fun one day, maybe in my book. We’ll have some stories.
Wilson spent a good portion of his opening statement praising the Seahawks, the city of Seattle and their fans for getting those sour comments out. Very classless by the Seahawks organization if you ask me.
When the Seahawks realize, as we all know after the last six seasons that Broncos fans have endured, that winning games in the NFL becomes infinitely more difficult without a quality starting quarterback, they will realize how badly they have committed a mistake in choosing Pete Carroll. on Russell Wilson.
That leaves me with an average poll for today. Which pair gets fired first?
Who will end up getting fired first?
John Schneider and/or Pete Carroll
George Paton and/or Nathanial Hackett
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