Carroll: 'Don't care' about Wilson favoritism report
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[September 08, 2018]
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete
Carroll shrugged off a report Friday that alleged he contributed to
fractures within the team in recent years by showing favoritism
toward quarterback Russell Wilson.
A Sports Illustrated article earlier in the day cited anonymous
sources, including former and current Seahawks, that described the
state of the locker room as negatively affected by the belief that
Wilson receiver preferential treatment from Carroll. Some players
suggested a locker-room divide led to the drastic offseason overhaul
that saw former stars like Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett
ESPN reported on a similar subject last year, including details on
the effects of the team's Super Bowl XLIX defeat to the New England
Patriots, which came following Wilson's goal-line interception in
the final minute after Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell
Bevell chose to throw instead of run.
Asked Friday for his reaction to SI's report, Carroll said, "Only
that obviously I didn't do a very good job of teaching, because one
of the main principles in our teaching is that we're not going to
worry about what's happened."
"All our focus goes on what's coming right now," he continued. "And
so that's a discipline that we learn, and I just haven't taught it
well enough. Whether you win or whether your lose or whatever
happens, you need to move forward and leave stuff behind and go. So
other than that, I don't care about it."
Reporters also asked if Carroll has seen any rift centered around
Wilson in the locker room.
"No, no I haven't," he said. "I don't even know what that would
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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll reacts to a play against
the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter at CenturyLink Field.
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Carroll added that he spoke to his team about the story, including
using it as a warning about distractions that can emerge from media
"I addressed it, just the media and the impact of the media and how
they can factor in if you let it," Carroll said. "With all the hype
that comes in this first week, just look at the pomp and all the
circumstance. ...There's so much lead-in and so much buildup, that
there's a lot going on and we have to deal with it really well
whatever it is and whatever form it comes in.
"So if this is an example of an opportunity to do that, then we
welcome it. We'll take it on and we'll move through whatever."
Veteran wideout Doug Baldwin dismissed the SI report, calling it the
"same story" as what ESPN wrote about the Seahawks' supposed
locker-room issues last year.
--Field Level Media
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