In 2012, the Seattle Seahawks were believed by many to be the next dynasty in the NFL. Led by a dominant defense and rising do-it-all quarterback and Russell Wilson. That all came to a screeching halt in 2014-15, one year after walloping the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl, the Hawks stood on the doorstep of becoming the first team since the 2003-04 New England Patriots to win back-to-back Lombardi Trophies. In the blink of an eye that all changed, with the SB hanging in the balance head coach Pete Carroll outthought himself and attempted a pass on the goalline. Wilson’s pass was intercepted and the Patriots, their opponent won their fourth Lombardi Trophy and first since that 2004 season.
That pass forever changed the trajectory of the Seahawks franchise. As soon after relationship uneasiness began to fester. Former All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, who’s been vocal in his dislike as to how things were done in Seattle has always expressed his feelings. Now another teammate is coming forward to talk. During a recent appearance on “The Richard Sherman Podcast” former Pro Bowl linebacker KJ Wright gave his take on how things were handled in Seattle.
Sherman And Wright Take How Things In Seattle Were Done To Task:
The normally reserved Wright started things off by talking about accountability or lack thereof as it pertained to Wilson.
“He was not held to the same accountability as the rest of us. You’re bashing the defense.
I need you to at least mention his name in the team meeting room..”
Not to be outdone, the loquacious Sherman chimed in with his opinion.
“There wasn’t enough years difference for the accountability to be like that. Well, he was young. He was a year younger than us. You ain’t that young. When you got 52 guys being held to a certain standard and you got one not being held to that standard, it’s going to be some friction.”
Things became so tenuous in Seattle, that Carroll had to choose between his franchise quarterback or his otherworldly defense. The excitable Carroll chose his quarterback, which for all intents and purposes signaled the end of any dynasty talk.
“After a while, I had to get to the point where he Carroll had to choose Russ or the defense. After the Super Bowl loss, he made it pretty clear who he was choosing.”
Wilson’s Big Extension Separates Key Pieces:
When it became to pay Wilson following the 2015 season, that also meant parting ways with other key cogs on the roster. Mainly on the defensive side of the football, with guys like the aforementioned Sherman, Cliff Avril, and Michael Bennett all being made expendable because of Wilson’s contract.
That in turn put more pressure on Wilson to carry the load, and while he did as good as he could, it also wore him down. That caused a separation this off-season that was in the making since the end of the 2021 season.
Sherman says that decision caused it all to fall apart.
“And that’s what happens when you made that decision. They put the pressure on him …. And now, it’s on the quarterback to make this thing work. And when it didn’t work, it was pressure on all sides. And then you saw the breakup.”
Sherman is one of Wilson’s staunchest critics and didn’t hold back on the Broncos opening night timeout debacle.