Russell Wilson Denies Requesting Firing of Carroll and Schneider, Moves to Denver Broncos
On February 25, 2023, Russell Wilson took to Twitter to deny a report from The Athletic claiming that the quarterback asked the Seattle Seahawks to fire head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider. According to The Athletic, Wilson had become convinced that Carroll and Schneider were inhibiting his chances of winning additional Super Bowls and individual awards.
Wilson responded to the report by tweeting: “I love Pete and he was a father figure to me and John believed in me and drafted me as well. I never wanted them fired. All any of us wanted was to win. l’ll always have respect for them and love for Seattle.”
The report also suggests that Wilson had a preferred replacement for Carroll in mind: former New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, who had recently resigned from his role. Sure enough, Payton was hired as Wilson's coach in Denver weeks later.
Wilson's first season with the Broncos was a disaster, with the team finishing 5-12 and last in the AFC West, and Wilson having career-lows in touchdowns (16) and completion percentage (60.5). The Broncos also fired first-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett after 15 games.
Sources from the team stated that Hackett usually communicated the play calls to Wilson with 20-25 seconds still remaining on the 40-second play clock, which was the case in the match against Houston, leaving plenty of time. It was reported that Wilson occasionally had difficulty relaying the plays quickly or gave too much advice to his teammates when in the huddle.
When he was traded to the Broncos, Wilson was provided with his own office, something he didn't have while with the Seahawks. Denver's facilities housed the team's coaches and executives on the second floor. While Wilson was the new quarterback in town, some felt it created an off putting dynamic with the Broncos.
During Wilson's inaugural year in Denver, things got a bit peculiar. On Tuesdays, which is usually a rest day for everyone, Wilson not only had his own office at the Broncos' practice facility, but he expected other offensive players to join him in watching film. Jake Heaps, Wilson's personal quarterback coach, would take part in these meetings even though he had no official connection to the team.
The Denver Broncos traded further draft picks to bring Wilson to join Payton on their team.
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