Seahawks, Russell Wilson need self-doubt to fix rift — Stacy Rost’s epic rant
Have you reached the point of fatigue when it comes to the standoff between Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider?
At the crux of her frustration is how easily she sees the situation could be resolved and how the three parties in the middle of it won’t swallow their pride to make it happen. Just as bad, Rost points out that while the Seahawks have an opportunity in the NFC West and the conference as a whole to get back to the Super Bowl, their eyes aren’t on the ball because of the squabbling between the QB and front office.
Watch Rost’s full rant in the video above or listen to it in the first hour of Thursday’s episode in this podcast. Here’s a transcript of what she had to say:
Stacy Rost on the Russell Wilson-Seahawks rift
I am calling on people in this organization to have more crippling self-doubt. I think it’s healthy. I’m calling on them to have a healthy dose of low self-esteem. It’s worked wonders for me.
All you have to do is figure it out, and it is so infuriating to know that there is a GM that is capable, a head coach that is capable, a quarterback that is capable, and all of these men are fighting with each other and can’t come to a single agreement about how to move forward when they are best positioned to take over the NFC West. You have the quarterback, you have a ton of weapons, it is yours for the taking, and you can’t figure it out.
You are two steps away. It’s like (Jake and Stacy producer) Curtis Rogers says: You are a couple moves away in free agency from fielding a Super Bowl team and you can’t focus on that and do it because you’re too busy fighting with each other and trying to figure out the easiest decision you can possibly make. “Should we have a franchise quarterback?” The answer is yes, you absolutely should.
And you know what? Russell Wilson should have some of that crippling self-doubt, too. Maybe not on the field because that’s not going to do wonders for you, but Russell Wilson, you’re not Aaron Rodgers. Russell Wilson, you’re not Tom Brady. You know what you should do? You should internalize it, like I do, and try to make yourself better on the field. And you should go to them and you should say, “I want to be in Seattle, I want to get to a Super Bowl, let’s figure out a way to get it done.”
And if you’re Pete Carroll, and you’re John Schneider, you should say, “You know what? You’re right. And you know what? I really like hanging on to the power that I have, but I’m willing to surrender just a little bit of it because I recognize that sometimes you’ve got to take an ‘L.’ And sometimes you’ve got to accept defeat in the heat of the moment and you’ve got to swallow your pride.”
I don’t know what it’s like to have that much pride. I envy it. I envy the confidence of John Schneider, I envy the confidence of Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson. Why won’t these three men figure it out? Because they have too much power, they’re at the head of this multi-billion-dollar organization, and they’re all fighting with each other trying to get it done while fans are sitting here wondering when the heck they’re gonna be fielding a Super Bowl team and get back to an NFC championship they haven’t been back to (since 2014).
… Figure it out. Borrow some of my self-doubt. Borrow some of my lack of confidence. Borrow some of what I use to just let other people have their way. It works. It works wonders sometimes. I can’t recommend it enough. Try out imposter syndrome. It will work wonders for you.
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More on the Russell Wilson situation
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• Groz: If you think Carroll has too much power, you’ve got it all wrong
• Clayton: Russell Wilson’s schedule just became the NFL’s toughest
• O’Neil: Wilson’s former teammate encapsulates why this is very alarming
• Wyman’s Football 101: How new OC Waldron can make Wilson’s life easier
• Clayton: Why a Russell Wilson trade can’t be in the cards for Seattle
• O’Neil: Middle ground for Wilson and Hawks is only getting harder to find
• Heaps: This is about Russell Wilson wanting to win, not leave
• Who wins the trial of Russell Wilson vs the Seattle Seahawks?
• Rost: Making sense of trade rumors surrounding Wilson
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