But coach Pete Carroll doesn’t accept that. Despite Wilson’s loss, he doesn’t think there is any reason to lower the Seahawks’ expectations.
“I don’t feel like this at all,” Carroll said Monday via ESPN. “I don’t feel that any part of this is true other than the fact that that’s what people think. I’m not in this business right now. I’m working on helping these people get ready to play with them all the work we do and all the mindset, culture and environment we’re in. We’ve made Average of 10 wins per year over the past 20 years [dating back to 2001-2009 run at USC]. Do you think I could think of anything different than that? Me, no. I see no reason to change my expectations at all.”
Why are people suspicious of the Seahawks?
The Seahawks trading Wilson for the Denver Broncos is only part of the reason people choose them to finish with the worst record in the NFL this season. The other part is the man they chose to replace him: Jenno Smith.
Smith, a second player in the 2013 NFL Draft, spent two years beginning his QB career for the New York Jets early in his career. Since then, he’s been in reserve, starting a total of five games and making 15 appearances. He’s been with Seattle since 2020, starting three games for them last year when Wilson was recovering from a finger injury. Smith hasn’t been a full-time freshman in eight years, But he ended up winning the job By being better than Drew Locke, who threw three interceptions in a pre-season game against the Dallas Cowboys.
If Seattle were to go out and trade for Baker Mayfield, Matt Ryan, or even Carson Wentz, expectations could be higher. QBs have all proven that they can win, even if they are many years after doing so. Smith is not just that guy. The hole Wilson leaves can only be properly filled by elite QB, and while Mayfield, Ryan and Wentz are not elite, they are closer than Smith.
Carol doesn’t care about predictions
Carroll doesn’t care about predictions, predictions, and people suggesting that Smith is nowhere near as close to quarterback Wilson.
“I don’t care what anyone says,” Carroll said via ESPN. “People have been saying things about teams for years. They don’t know. They just guess at this point, and then we go and prove it and see where we are… win a big match in the opener or struggle and not win a big match in the opener, you have to go back and get back on the track. correct regardless.”
It is true that predictions are just “guessing” before the team steps on the field for a real match. But all anyone has to do is look at the Seahawks’ roster – or even the part of the roster that says “QB1” – to know that this team isn’t likely to have the 10 wins per season that Carroll expects.
Incidentally, that “opener big game” that Carroll mentioned isn’t just against any team. The Seahawks will open their season in Week 1 with a Monday night game against the Broncos and their old friend Wilson.