The Best QB-Coach Tandem?
Seahawks Rolling Into the NFC Title Picture
By brandon walker | November 16, 2019
We all know in the 2010’s Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are the best quarterback-coach tandem in the NFL. But second on the list is Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson. Look at the similarities: both coaches who previously failed in their previous head coaching gigs who found future Hall of Famers in the mid-to-late rounds in the NFL Draft.
The latter duo has done arguably their best job at their respective post so far in 2019. The Seahawks have rolled out to an 8-2 start heading into their bye week on the strength of an MVP caliber season for Wilson, and Pro Bowl caliber seasons from running back Chris Carson and wide receiver Tyler Lockett. On defense the Seahawks, although the defense may not be as dominant as they used to be still ranks eighth in the league on third down with opponents converting only 35 percent of their opportunities.
The Seahawks are trying to implement a bunch of new parts as they traded for Jadaveon Clowney right before the season, and brought in Ziggy Anseh in the offseason. One potential playmaker may have emerged on last Monday night’s game in San Francisco. His name is Quandre Diggs. Diggs was acquired by the Detroit Lions on Oct. 23 and was out for the previous two games with a hamstring injury. He played in all 83 defensive snaps and recorded an interception in the third quarter to set up a three yard touchdown pass from Wilson to Jake Hollister. Linebackers Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright are the main stalwarts from the Legion of Boom era in Seattle.
But the engine of the Seahawks is Wilson. He has thrown for 2,737 yards for 23 touchdowns with only two interceptions while completing 68.3% of his passes. Although Wilson has scrambled less this season, he still has three rushing touchdowns. Carson has had a breakout season for Seattle ranking fourth in the NFL in rushing yards with 853 yards. Tyler Lockett has stepped up to be Wilson’s top target after Doug Baldwin’s retirement. Lockett is fourth in the league in receptions (62), and fifth in the league in receiving yards (793).
Finally, Carroll has molded this team into a mentally tough bunch that has shown to be resilient. The Seahawks are 5-0 on the road in 2019. They are 7-1 in one score games including both games they have played in overtime this year. That speaks to the culture that Carroll has built over the years as faces and names change.
The Seahawks are still chasing the 49ers in the NFC West but with Carroll, Wilson and a team full of playmakers and men with grit they can beat anybody, anywhere.
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