The Seahawks retired number 12 for moments like this, apparently.
For years, Seattle has made its fans proud by providing a true home field advantage. And a guy who played quarterback for the home team for a decade apparently shouldn’t get an exemption. At least not in coach Pete Carroll’s opinion.
“You either compete or you don’t, I leave it to the 12s,” Carroll told reporters Thursday when asked how the now-Broncos quarterback. Russell Wilson should be received by the fans. “It’s game time and we’re going for it, so however they take it, I’ll follow their lead on that. I’m not going to take that opportunity to react, so I don’t have to make that decision. We’ll see what happens. I’ll leave it to the 12s, I think they’ll know exactly what to do.”
In other words, Let him hear it.
The Seahawks and Wilson had a complicated relationship, to say the least. Wilson says the team tried to trade him, multiple times. In early 2021, Wilson made a power play that came true a year later. It was time for the two sides to go their separate ways.
And while it probably won’t be as ugly as when Brett Favre returned to Lambeau as a Viking in 2009, the goal for the Seahawks will be to go 1-0. That’s the same cliché Wilson consistently recited during his 10 years in Seattle, every week. Go 1-0. For Seattle to get there, it requires the fans to be not hospitable but hostile. Whoever the quarterback of the Broncos is, the 12s need to take the sound to 11. And Carroll. in a roundabout way, gave them express permission to give Wilson the business.
Why shouldn’t Carroll do that? He wants to win. And if Wilson has to deal with deafening noise that includes personal taunts directed at him, it won’t hurt the effort to earn an upset and win the most important Week One game of Pete Carroll’s career.
Sure, they’re all important. But the Seahawks made a strategic decision to stop paying Wilson a market-level deal and begin their inevitable existence without him on the team. They traded him to a franchise they knew would come to town sometime this season. No one expected it to happen right away. But it is. Which means Pete Carroll and company have a chance to prove right away that they made the right decision.
Hell yeah Carroll wants to be right. Hell yeah, he wants the 12s to help him to that goal.