With Seahawks’ drama with Russell Wilson over, does he have a regret?
The Seahawks and Russell Wilson appear to have smoothed things over since he went public with some issues he had following the team’s early playoff exit in January.
Are bygones truly going to be bygones, though?
After Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said last Friday on The Rich Eisen Show that “it seems like really old news to talk about this because it’s been such a long time,” it seems the tumultuous couple of months the franchise and its star player had earlier this year has been put behind them. There is something from that period of time that may linger, however.
Monday on 710 ESPN Seattle’s Danny and Gallant, former Seahawks quarterback and current NFL on FOX color commentator Brock Huard was asked by Danny O’Neil if he thinks Wilson has anything that he feels bad about now from that time.
“I think he does,” Huard responded. “I don’t think they hound him, I don’t think he loses any sleep, but I think his ‘Q’ rating matters to him.”
There’s one thing that Huard thinks stepped over the line, which is when it was reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, said the QB would accept a trade to one of four teams – though he was not specifically requesting a trade.
“I think of anything, probably that one was the most foolish in retrospect,” Huard said. “Go on (The Dan Patrick Show), vent a little bit, yeah. ‘I gotta not get hit as much, we gotta fix these things’ – fine, it’s over. But where he went over the line in my opinion was don’t have your people do the dirty work and put out the teams that you’d be willing to be traded to, because that is where I think you lost the fans. I think that is where you crossed a line that the fans are going to remember. Your three-interception game that could be coming next year, you’re going to hear it. And maybe you would have anyway, and maybe only a very small percentage of the fan base even knows about those teams that you would have been willing to be traded to, but to me that was the unnecessary step. It didn’t need to go that far.”
Paul Gallant agreed with Huard.
“That’s the step that felt personal,” Gallant said, “and even if it’s personal just from his agent perhaps, it still is out there in a way that makes it hard for me to buy entirely that there isn’t any semblance of hard feelings between the two parties now.”
Huard thinks if there is any lingering bad blood, it’s not between Wilson and the people he deals with a daily basis.
“Those hard feelings, I don’t think it’s Pete Carroll. I don’t think it’s even players in that locker room,” he said. “I think those hard feelings (would be) with the management side of things, the president, the GM, the personnel staff. All those people that have tried to do as good a job as they can possibly do to win a championship, that work their entire lives to try to build teams and build a salary cap and build a structure and take care of their players and foster an incredible environment and pour back into their team and give them every available resource to do their job well.”
Wilson isn’t the only star QB who has had issues with his team go public this offseason. Aaron Rodgers reportedly doesn’t want to return to Green Bay, and when that news broke late last month, it diverted attention away from the Seahawks and Wilson. Huard said he thinks Wilson found himself uncomfortable being in a position that Rodgers is probably more familiar with.
“We talked about this, compared (Wilson) and Aaron Rodgers last week and the lengths that Aaron Rodgers is going to go to and has in his life to hold grudges. I’ve called him a cold, calculated businessman, and Russell’s just not wired that way. He’s hired people to do that work for him. I think his people that do that work for him irritate a lot of folks, but in many ways that’s what they’re paid to do, to play the bad cop so he can be the good cop.”
You can hear the full conversation between Huard, O’Neil and Gallant in the Blue 42 segment of the podcast at this link or in the player below.