We are all overreacting to the comments from Russell Wilson
In a recent interview with Dan Patrick, Russell Wilson had expressed frustrations. But, the media has been doing nothing but overreacting to the whole scenario.
In his nine NFL seasons, Russell Wilson has been a quiet player when it comes to asking for something. Not once in the past has Wilson experienced frustrations such like this. Nor has he asked to help with personnel decisions.
But, Russell Wilson has been playing like an MVP the past two seasons. With absolutely no help from the offensive line, he’s been sacked 146 times in the past three years.
But not only did Wilson state that he wants a better offensive line, he also made it clear that he needs to get better.
If you watch/listen to the entire interview. Wilson mentions that he wants a better offensive line around him, but he also said “I’ve got to find ways to get better, too.”
When it comes to him saying he wants input on personnel decisions. Here’s what he means: Russ spent the part of the offseason working out with Antonio Brown. And he continuously lobbied for Seattle to sign him, but that never happened. Brown then went on and signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a 1-year contract worth less than a million (with incentives to get up to 2.5 million). This contract would have definitely been doable. The Seahawks could have offered a contract to match that or even do better than that. Seeing the man that he tried to lobby for his team to get play in the Super Bowl, did not make him happy.
So, should Wilson have any input on personnel?
Yes, Russell Wilson knows who he wants around him. He knows how much better the team could be if he had these players.
“I want to be involved,” Wilson said. “At the end of the day, it’s your legacy, your team’s legacy. … It helps to be involved more. That dialogue should happen more often.”
Wilson used Tom Brady‘s situation in Tampa Bay and how the Bucs added players the veteran QB trusted as an example of the sort of input he’d like to have.
Asked specifically if he’s been involved in Seattle’s personnel decisions, Wilson replied: “Not as much.”
More details on the above quote can be found here.
However, the Seahawks should listen to what Wilson wants. They should involve him in personnel decisions. They should build an offensive line around him.
With that being said, Russell Wilson is not going anywhere. He loves the Pacific Northwest too much. He never demanded a trade during the interview. He simply said he thinks the Hawks are getting calls on him.