Russell Wilson’s weather in Seattle came to an abrupt halt in March 2022 after 10 seasons with the Seahawks, two trips to the Super Bowl and one championship.
But a month before his trade to Denver, Wilson asked Seattle’s owners to fire head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider, according to a report by The Athletic.
Wilson reportedly wanted Seattle chase sean paytonwho recently stepped down as head coach of the New Orleans Saints.
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A lawyer for Wilson sent a letter to The Athletic, calling the claim that Wilson called for Carroll and Schneider to be fired «totally fabricated.» The Seahawks declined to comment.
On Friday, Wilson posted on Twitter, denying the report and calling Carroll a «father figure.»
«I love Pete and he was a father figure to me and John believed in me and selected me too,» Wilson wrote. «I never wanted to get them fired. All any of us wanted was to win.
«I will always have respect for them and love for seattle.»
In an interesting twist, Payton and Wilson are now a couple after a disastrous first season in Denver for Wilson.
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Wilson arguably had the worst year of his career in 2022, completing just 60.5% of his passes and throwing just 16 touchdowns to 11 interceptions.
The Broncos went 5-12 and fired the first year head coach nathaniel hackett after only 15 games.
Hackett’s firing led to the hiring of Payton, who left FOX after just one year as an analyst and signed a five-year deal in Denver.
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In Seattle, Carroll and the Seahawks made the playoffs with Geno Smith under center, going 9-8 in the regular season before losing to the Seattle Seahawks. san francisco 49ers in the wild card round of the postseason.