NFL Insider Says The Russell Wilson-Pete Carroll Relationship Is ‘Over’

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NFL insider believes we're witnessing the end of the Pete Carroll-Russell Wilson partnership after the team's disappointing 3-7 start to the season

All offseason, there were reports of animosity between Russell Wilson and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.

It all started when the QB opened up about his wish that he was more involved in the team’s roster decisions, which was followed by his agent giving Seattle three teams the future Hall of Fame would accept a trade to.

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It wasn’t all too surprising when Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll buried the hatchet prior to the season. But now that the team sits at an unimpressive 3-7, many are wondering if this is the end of the road for the longtime partnership.

During the Man 2 Man podcast, The Athletic’s Michael-Shawn Dugar said he believes it’s all over for the QB-head coach duo.

“To be honest, I really thought it was over this offseason because Russ basically was like, ‘Look, if we’re not going to be competing for Super Bowls, I really don’t want to be here,’” Dugar detailed on the November 22 episode. “And I was like, you’re probably not going to be competing for one this year, so that means it’s over. …No, I didn’t think it’d be over in November. I thought maybe we’d at least get to January, some snow [would] be on the ground by the time it’s over. No, it’s over right now, today.

“There’s no reason to think that Pete and Russ and John can co-exist in this space going forward with the roles and the power each one has or does not have in Russ’ case or John’s case. You just can’t, this is done. This is a rap. Russ basically let it be known, ‘If we ain’t winning, I’m out.’ They ain’t winning, so somebody needs to be out. Maybe it’s Russ, maybe it’s Pete, maybe it’s John. Maybe it’s all three. That would actually be terrible to do that, but there’s no doubt. There’s no might, there’s no ambiguity. It’s over.”


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While all the Pete Carroll-Russell Wilson talks go on, the QB says he remains focused on finding a way to somehow get back into contention this season.

“It doesn’t impact any of my thoughts at all,” Wilson responded during his postgame press conference. “All I think about is right now, what we’re gonna do and how we’re gonna do it. I love this team, I love this organization. I love being here and so like I said, I like the challenge. I’m looking forward to it, it’s gonna be a great story.”

It remains to be seen whether Seattle would consider moving off their most successful QB-coach tandem in team history. But perhaps Russell Wilson is just done with Pete Carroll, and ready to take on a new challenge elsewhere.


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