Russell Wilson made waves on Tuesday when he stated that he’s “frustrated with getting hit too much.” That indictment of the talent on the Seattle Seahawks offensive line put the team on public notice.
But Tuesday’s Zoom call with reporters was also our first chance to hear Wilson’s thoughts on Seattle’s new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron. During his introductory press conference, Waldron confirmed that he spoke to the Seahawks franchise quarterback during the hiring process and again after being chosen for the job.
Waldron said all the right things during that presser. He discussed an attacking mindset, the need to cater the scheme to fit the personnel and why being balanced doesn’t mean conservative.
Wilson shared his eagerness to get working with Waldron.
“I think Shane is going to be a great coach,” Wilson said on Tuesday. “I think he’s got great knowledge of the game. He’s a good person. You can tell he has that ‘it’ factor and wants to be great.”
Wilson said that NFL rules prohibited them from talking ball much. The conversations were much more about getting to know one another.
Waldron will have his work cut out for him. As a first time play caller, he’ll need to showcase his creativity and his ability to make in-game adjustments. His biggest challenge might be keeping both Wilson and Pete Carroll happy, two individuals who might not always agree on the best course of action for the offense.
That’s a tomorrow problem, though, as there’s a universal belief in the organization that Waldron is the right man for the job.
“I think he’s going to be a great offensive coordinator,” Wilson said. “I think he’s got everything you’d want in terms of his knowledge of the game and his experience, especially being with Sean McVay and Sean having so much experience in that (coaching) tree. He’s got some good stuff to him.”