RENTON, Wash. — Outside expectations for the Seattle Seahawks, including those from Las Vegas, are lower heading into the 2022 season than they’ve been in the past. Russell Wilson was the receiver of the equipment.
Pete Carroll says he doesn’t agree with the pessimism, nor does he care about it.
“I don’t feel that way at all,” Carroll said Monday, a week before Seattle opens against Wilson and the Denver Broncos. “I don’t feel like any part of that is true other than the fact that that’s what people think. I’m not in that business right now. I’m in the business of helping these guys get ready to play with. all the work that we do and the whole mindset and the culture and the environment we’re in. We’ve averaged 10 wins a year for the last 20 years. [dating back to 2001-2009 run at USC]. Do you think I could think of anything other than that? i don’t I see no reason at all that my expectations should change.”
During Carroll and general manager John Schneider’s 12 seasons in Seattle, the Seahawks won a Super Bowl, appeared in another, made the playoffs nine times, won the NFC West five times and never finished with less than seven wins. Their 119 regular-season wins in that span are sixth most in the NFL.
Most of that success came during Wilson’s 10-year run with Seattle, which ended in March when he was traded to Denver. With Wilson gone and Gene Smith emerging as the winner of a quarterback battle with Drew Lock, the Seahawks are a popular pick to finish last in the division. Per bet365, their projected win total of 5.5 is tied for second lowest in the NFL. It is two wins lower than any other team in the NFC West.
“I don’t care what anybody says,” Carroll said. “People have been saying things about teams for years. They don’t know. They’re just guessing at this point, and then we go and prove it and we see where we are … Win a big game in the opener or struggle and not win in big game in the opener, you have to come back and go again and again on the road regardless.”
Asked a similar question last week about the low outside expectations, Schneider offered a reminder of how many players who emerged as stars on their Super Bowl teams weren’t known from the start. And he described some of their current core pieces as undervalued.
“When I have things in the background and I see guys like DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett not mentioned in the NFL Top 100 players, it blows my mind,” Schneider said.Jordyn Brooks and what he did last year. I was listening to something while I was working and someone is talking about, ‘Oh, they don’t have anything on defense. They got Jamal Adams and that’s it,’ and I think to myself: ‘What about Quandre Diggs?’ There are a lot of fun things we have. To Woods is an incredible leader.”
Asked if observers are sleeping on the Seahawks, Schneider said: “I just think we’re chasing instead of being chased, which I think is great. I think it’s exciting.”
Carroll called this the fastest team he had with the Seahawks. He noted their speed again Monday when asked how he felt about the team.
“We’re very hopeful and excited about it and see nothing but good things happening,” he said. “We have to go prepare like it and make sure we’re ready and then go act like it. So I’m really excited about this team. I love the makeup. I love the way they’ve come together in a way. way back when. I love the leadership. I love the speed. I love our style in all aspects and now we have to go out there and show it and meet what the expectations are. My expectations are very high.”