Pete Carroll: Russell Wilson still a work in progress

In only two seasons, he’s become one of the game’s most exciting quarterbacks and, along the way, led the Seahawks to its first Super Bowl championship.

Yet, according to his coach, Russell Wilson is still a work in progress.

“He needs all the attention that everyone else needs, and he’s gonna get it,” Pete Carroll told’s Peter King. “Russell’s just a young guy figuring it out. Of course, he applies himself so well that you think that he’s OK. I think that would be a tragic mistake. He’s just developing. He’s just coming on. He needs work fundamentally. He needs work on the principles of what we’re doing.”

Carroll also noted that Wilson and receiver Percy Harvin are already throwing together this offseason. Harvin missed all of last regular season with a hip injury, but returned for the playoffs, making an impact in the Super Bowl.

“He needs repetitions with the guys he plays with,” Carroll said. “All of that will just continue to add to his play. So we’re not going to treat him any differently than anybody else.”

Competition has become the mantra for the Seahawks under Carroll’s watch. Whether you’re a practice squad fringe player or a franchise signal-caller, the job isn’t yours unless it’s earned.

Wilson knows this.

“We’re gonna battle like crazy to make him push his game as far as he can take it,” Carroll said. “So that’s what this offseason is about. He’ll be available as much as a guy can be available. He’s already traveling with our guys. Throwing with our guys. Working out with guys all over the country. He’s ringing the bell now. Wherever he goes, they know he’s coming.”

You could say that Wilson’s earned a bit of leeway, but Carroll has never — and will never — put one man above the team. That’s just his coaching style, and it’s hard to argue the results.

Zack Kelberman
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