Peter King’s column today is a must-read for the opening segment on Jim Kelly’s battle with cancer.
Tucked below that, though, are some quotes from Pete Carroll on Russell Wilson and what the Seahawks will expect out of him as he enters his third year in the NFL.
Specifically, Carroll says:
“He needs all the attention that everyone else needs, and he’s gonna get it,” Carroll said. “Russell’s just a young guy figuring it out. Of course, he applies himself so well that you think that he’s okay. 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. He needs repetitions with the guys he plays with. All of that will just continue to add to his play. So we’re not going to treat him any differently than anybody else. We’re gonna battle like crazy to make him push his game as far as he can take it. 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. He’s gonna get them out and get them on a field somewhere, and throw the ball around, and do something with the fellas.’’
None of that is necessarily surprise — you’d hardly expect Carroll to proclaim that Wilson, or anyone else, doesn’t need to work anymore. Carroll, if anything, seems to be challenging this team even more at this point of the year than he was a year ago, trying to head off some of the traps that can come along with being a Super Bowl champion. And the workouts Carroll refers to are similar to the ones Wilson also conducted with last year’s team.
King also writes that Carroll says he wants Wilson to get to where he is completing 70 percent of his passes.
Wilson completed 63.1 percent last season (257-407) down just a notch from his rookie season when he hit on 64.1 percent (252-393).
For argument’s sake, let’s assume the same number of throws in 2014 as 2013 — 407. Wilson would need to completed 285 to get to 70 percent, or 28 more than last season — almost two per game.
Doesn’t seem that hard, really, to go through each game and find two more passes that could have been completed.
But the reality is that it’s something that has been accomplished only five times in the history of the NFL, and by only four players — here’s the list.
Completing passes is hardly on Wilson alone — he might have hit close to 70 percent last season if not for the ones he threw away evading pressure. And the receiving corps will have a different look next year without Golden Tate, and with the Seahawks hoping to get a full year out of Percy Harvin.
That Carroll would publicly throw that out there as a goal, though, speaks volumes about the high bar Wilson has already set for himself, a bar the coaches evidently think can go higher still.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— DeSean Jackson is on his way to Washington for a visit today amid an ESPN report that he is already negotiating with two teams. As noted earlier, the Seahawks aren’t thought likely to be involved in the Jackson sweepstakes;
— You can, though, get 10-1 odds at Bovada that Seattle will sign Jackson;
— Here’s who Ed Werder says is involved with Jackson:
Re: @DeseanJackson10: We know Skins interested; expect Panthers, Raiders and Jets involvement. Have been told Saints, Packers, Pats are out
— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) March 31, 2014
— ProFootballTalks reports that Jackson wants $9-10 million a year;
— Steven Hauschka set to visit his alma mater soon;
— Interesting stuff here on LB Mike Taylor, recently signed by the Seahawks;
— Seahawks fans told ESPN they like Seattle’s strategy of saving up money for later;
— If you like anonymous quotes from scouts about potential draftable WRs and tight ends, here you go (but if you are a UW fan, you might not like what is said about Austin Seferian-Jenkins);
— And finally, good stuff here from Football Perspective on the best way to measure a QB’s play.