Things evidently reached a boiling point between Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks last season.
Before their Thursday night game against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 11, Wilson reportedly met with Seattle's coaching staff to discuss the team's offense. They were coming off a 23-16 loss to the Los Angeles Rams at the time, a game in which Wilson struggled and turned the ball over three times.
Pete Carroll wanted to take the team in a more conservative offensive direction after the team was relatively aggressive during first half of the season. But as Michael-Shawn Dugar, Mike Sando and Jayson Jenks of The Athletic detailed, things came to a head during that meeting, as Wilson's proposals to tweak the offense were rebuffed.
That's certainly not something that Seahawks fans will want to hear, as it indicates that there is a major difference in philosophy between Wilson and the Seahawks coaching staff. And that has led to some tension within the group that has leaked out in recent weeks.
While the Seahawks went 6-1 in the regular season after that meeting, they lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Rams. Since then, Wilson has publicly expressed his frustration with the team's inability to put quality blocking in front of him and he has become the subject of trade rumors as a result.
Just because there's tension between the team and Wilson doesn't mean that Wilson is going to be traded. Nor does it mean that he's even available. But it's clear that the Seahawks need to extend an olive branch to Wilson and demonstrate that they value him as the top-tier quarterback that he is.
A good first step was allowing Wilson to have some input on the team's new offensive coordinator, Shane Waldron, who Wilson said is going to be "great" in his role. Now, they'll have to convince him that they're willing to invest in his protection.
After that, the final thing that must be settled is how the offense will be run. Will it be the traditionally conservative model Carroll is accustomed to watching? Will Waldron have significant input in his first year as a coordinator?
Or will Wilson get his way and get a chance to aggressively push the ball downfield as he did in the first half of the season?
Only time will tell.