By Brady Henderson
Pete Carroll didn’t apologize for Monday night’s controversial win over the Packers, but the Seahawks coach did take the blame for an offense that ranks near the bottom of the league through the first three weeks of the season.
Carroll told “Brock and Salk” that he’s taking a conservative approach in order to limit mistakes and maximize efficiency in rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, saying that would be the case even if Matt Flynn were the starter. Carroll noted that Seattle had no turnovers in their win over Green Bay, which led the league in takeaways last season.
Wilson has just one interception on the season but the Seahawks rank dead last in passing yards. With Seattle’s defense playing as well as it is, Carroll is content with playing it safe on offense while Wilson develops.
“We are solid enough as a team to play like this at quarterback right now,” he said. “And it’s a struggle for some people to understand that, but we’re going to keep moving along and growing and there will be a time when it won’t feel exactly like it feels now. But it’s not time yet.”
Wilson shared similar thoughts when he joined “Bob and Groz” and the subject of Seattle’s conservative approach on offense was brought up.
“With our defense playing the way they are right now, you don’t have to do too much,” he said. “But there’s going to be some games where we’re really going to have to pull through and make some big-time plays and big-time throws. I’m definitely not afraid to do it.”
How long can the Seahawks afford to wait for that moment? Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby discuss that question in the video below.
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