A post-game icy handshake summed up a tense night in Seattle as the Seahawks defeated their former franchise quarterback.
SEATTLE – Twenty-eight frames.
That’s how long Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson hugged after Monday night’s game, which Seattle won 17-16 at Lumen Field.
Two frames less than a full second. That’s how far their relationship has fallen.
Much has been said between these two men in recent years, most of which has never been made public. Those talks needed to stay within the walls of the Virginia Mason Athletic Center (VMAC), and they did until Wilson vented his frustration on a national radio show.
That was the beginning of the end.
The two men have gone from jumping together and celebrating big victories to a 28-frame hug.
It’s really no surprise after seeing their relationship deteriorate over the past two years.
Going into Monday night’s primetime game, they each got their subtle shots. Pete was asked if fans would boo Wilson on his return. Instead of praising Wilson and saying that they should cheer for the only Super Bowl quarterback the franchise has ever had, Carroll responded by saying, “It’s up to the 12’s.”
For Wilson’s pregame part, he said the Seahawks have tried to trade him more than once in the past several years. Yes, because you wanted out and they didn’t want to give a player $50 million a year.
For $47 million less, the Seahawks have Geno Smith directing the offense and doing it the way Carroll and offensive coordinator Shane Waldron intended. Smith stayed with the program for one night and showed everyone what the offense of eliminating all Adlibs can look like. Smith completed 17 of 18 passes in the first half, including two touchdown passes.
Smith had his night and the defense had his back. A defense that forced two turnovers at the goal line and held the Broncos to a field goal in the second half.
So the Seahawks need to win football games this season. They have to rely on everything working together, including their head coach, who needs to know this will be one of his most challenging seasons of his long NFL career.
The Seahawks need to play as clean as possible. They committed just five penalties and just one turnover Monday night. This is a good start.
No points in the second half is a problem.
Now, however, there are feature films for teams to study the Hawks’ offense and, more importantly, Smith’s tendencies.
The Seahawks got away with one against the Broncos. That’s okay, though, because at some point this season, an opposing team will say so after a narrow win over the Seahawks.
After a wild opening weekend, that proves that anything can happen on match day or Monday night. Costly turnovers, inflated covers and lucky jumps. The Seahawks will also need scrap, which has always been one of Carroll’s attributes.
The 12’s will no doubt adopt this rowdy style longer than 28 frames.
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