Russell Wilson dismisses wristband comment from Pete Carroll

Russell Wilson is amused by Pete Carroll’s latest barb after the Seattle Seahawks coach cast more shadows on him while praising his successor Geno Smith.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Russell Wilson is irritated by Pete Carroll’s final barb after the Seattle Seahawks coach cast more shadows on him while praising his successor Geno Smith.

Carroll spoke about the Seahawks’ surprise success in 2022 when he mentioned that a big difference this season is Smith’s willingness to wear an armband to make play-calling easier.

“When you notice Geno losing the bracelet, and that’s a huge help,” Carroll told Seattle Sports 710 AM on Tuesday. “It smoothed things out, sped things up. And that’s part of it too. We’ve never done that before. There was resistance to this. So we didn’t do that before.”

When asked Wednesday about Carroll’s comments, Wilson replied, “I don’t know exactly what he said, but I think, you know,[I]won a lot of games there without one on my wrist. And I didn’t know if I was winning or losing it mattered if you wore the bracelet or not.

With players wearing the bulky bands on their non-throwing forearm, whoever is calling the plays can simply give the QB a specific number instead of a convoluted play with all the protections and nuances built in. That way, there’s less chance of missing something in the relay to his teammates, the team can break through the scrum faster, and the quarterback has more time to survey the defense at the scrimmage line.

Wilson wore an armband in the Broncos’ last game, a 21-17 win over the Jaguars in London before her departure last week.

Wilson went 104-53-1 in the regular season in his decade in Seattle, plus 9-7 in the playoffs, which included the Seahawks’ only Super Bowl championship, a 43-8 demolition from Denver and Peyton Manning’s record-breaking 2013 offense included .

Wilson’s fractured relationship with Carroll led to the quarterback’s surprise departure from Seattle eight months ago, when Broncos GM George Paton agreed to send three players and four first-class draft picks to the Seahawks for the nine-time Pro Bowl QB.

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The Broncos thought they finally solved their quarterback conundrum, which included 11 different starters after Manning’s retirement in 2016.

Paton signed Wilson to a $245 million extension before the Broncos opened the season in Seattle, where Carroll took a shot at Wilson after the Seahawks’ 17-16 win and was pleased he knew all of his weaknesses and had planned to get Wilson to switch to him on the left.

It took Wilson two weeks to respond to that barb.

“I guess I can still go left,” Wilson said after scoring a fourth-quarter comeback against the 49ers in a game the Broncos won 11-10. The key play came in 3rd and 10th of his own 33 when he bought time by spinning left and launching a 27-yard completion on the run.

Wilson also led comebacks against the Texans and Jaguars in the fourth quarter, but he had the worst start of his career, with just six TD passes and 20 sacks in seven starts.

Running 3-5 under first-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett, the Broncos are among the league’s biggest disappointments. A turnaround in a brutal second-half schedule is needed for Denver to lose a sixth straight season and extend its playoff drought to seven years.

Smith was one of the league’s biggest upsets in the tumultuous 2022 season, leading the Seahawks 6-3 to first place in the NFC West. He completes a whopping 73.1% of his passes and has thrown 15 touchdowns with four interceptions in his first season as a starting quarterback since winning 3-10 in his second season with the Jets (2014).

NOTES: S Justin Simmons was a surprise name on the Broncos injury report, Wednedsay, with a knee injury sustained in London two weeks ago. Hackett called him every day. Also missing were RT Cam Fleming (thigh) and OLB Baron Browning (hip). … With Bradley Chubb’s trade to Miami, the Broncos named S Kareem Jackson as their defensive captain. Russell Wilson dismisses wristband comment from Pete Carroll

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