Russell Wilson recalls how Pete Carroll informed him of the starting QB job
Posted by: Pete Roussel on Monday August 26, 2013
How do head coaches inform quarterbacks which player has earned the right to serve as the team’s starting quarterback?
It usually occurs in a one-on-one meeting in the head coach’s office with the quarterback.
That is unless you’re Pete Carroll, who informed Russell Wilson during an afternoon basketball shoot-around.
Wilson joined Dan Patrick this morning and recalled the moment one year ago when he learned that he had earned the starting quarterback nod as a rookie.
Wilson said, “I go into work that day. We had just played our third preseason game. We just had our meetings. About mid-day, around noon or so, I’m in the locker room and one of the equipment guys came in and said, ‘Hey Russ, Coach Carroll wants to see you.’ I’m like, ‘Okay, is he up in his office?’ He said, ‘No, he’s actually outside shooting baskets.’
“I was like okay (laughs). I walked outside and he’s draining 3-pointers, going behind his back, and doing Michael Jordan fade-aways. I’m scratching my head trying to figure out what’s going on right now. He’s like, ‘You think you can beat me?’ I’m like, ‘I don’t know, coach.’ He started talking and said I just want to let you know that you’ve done a great job thus far and I want you to continue to grow and I want to let you that you’re going to be the starting quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks.”
Instead of a formal meeting that could have brought about a level of nervousness, Carroll let Wilson know, not only through his words, but by the informality of the meeting that he had the utmost confidence in the rookie.
Wilson never looked back.