It was apparently for moments like this that the Seahawks retired Number 12.
Over the years, Seattle has taken extra pride in providing its fans with a real home-field advantage. And a man who played quarterback for the home team for a decade clearly shouldn’t be exempt. At least not in the opinion of coach Pete Carroll.
“You’re either competing, or you’re not, I’m leaving it to the 12s,” Carroll told reporters Thursday about how now Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson is supposed to be received by fans. “It’s game time and we’re going for it, so however they take it, I’ll follow their lead on that. I’m not going to miss that opportunity to react, so I need to make that decision.” Not needed. We’ll see what happens. I’ll leave it to the 12s, I guess they’ll know exactly what to do.”
In other words, let him listen,
The Seahawks and Wilson had a complicated relationship, to say the least. Wilson says the team tried to trade him several times. In early 2021, Wilson made a power play that came out a year later. It was time for both sides to go their separate ways.
And while it probably won’t be as ugly as Brett Favre’s return to Lambeau as Viking in 2009, the goal for the Seahawks will be to go 1-0. It’s the same cliché that Wilson recited every week in a row throughout his 10 years in Seattle. Go 1-0. For Seattle to get there, fans need to be hostile, not hospitable. Whoever the Broncos’ quarterback is, 12 needs to take the sound to 11. and Carol. In a roundabout way, he is given explicit permission to give Wilson the business.
Why shouldn’t Carol do this? He wants to win. And if Wilson has to deal with the noise of deafness that includes the personal derision directed at him, it won’t bother and spoil Pete Carroll’s attempt to win the most important Week One game of his career.
Sure, they are all important. But the Seahawks made a strategic decision to stop paying Wilson a market-level deal and begin their inevitable existence without him on the team. They traded him to a franchise they knew would come to town sometime this season. No one expected this to happen immediately. But it is. Which means Pete Carroll and company have a quick chance to prove they made the right decision.
Hell yes Carol wants to be right. Hell yes he wants the 12s to help him toward that goal.