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Pete Carroll: Seattle Seahawks coach admits he “probably wouldn’t” have been at the helm this long without Russell Wilson


Carroll has been the head coach of the Seahawks since 2010 and drafted Wilson in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
Together the pair enjoyed great success, leading the Seahawks to back-to-back Super Bowls in 2014 and 2015, winning their first attempt and losing heartbreakingly to the New England Patriots in 2015.

However, Wilson suffered a broken finger in week five of this season, an injury that required surgery. He’s been out of the Seahawks roster since his uncertain return.

After the Seahawks’ loss on Monday night, a game in which substitute Geno Smith and the offense struggled to move the ball, Carroll admitted he wouldn’t have lasted that long with the squad if he didn’t. There hadn’t been eight Pro Bowler Wilson times.

“Let’s put it this way: I’ve been here for a long time. And if we hadn’t had Russell, I probably wouldn’t have been here for a long time, ”said the 70-year-old.

“Because think of all the magic he’s created over the years. He’s got numbers and stats, and fourth quarters is and is and stuff. One of the most winners in NFL history. And it will be really fun when he comes back and plays football for us again this year. And we owe a lot. “

Monday’s loss to the Saints is the Seahawks’ third straight loss and means they slide to a 2-5 record this season.

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And while Carroll couldn’t provide an update on their star quarterback’s return, he said his team will continue to fight until he does.

“We miss him, and in the meantime we’re going to keep fighting and clawing and doing what we can,” Carroll said.

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