Pete Carroll: There were games when Russell Wilson was ‘the best player on the field’

Posted by Clare Farnsworth on February 22, 2013 – 12:16 pm

Russell WilsonINDIANAPOLIS – Spoiler alert: If you’re tired of reading gushing accounts of Russell Wilson’s rookie season, do not continue.

But if you’re not, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll heaped more effusive praise upon the quarterback who did so much during the 2012 NFL season.

It was after Carroll had completed his podium stint at the NFL Scouting Combine on Friday. A few reporters followed Carroll into the hallway at Lucas Oil Stadium and one asked about Wilson being the best player on the field during the Seahawks’ playoff victory over the Redskins and their playoff loss to the Falcons.

“I do agree with that,” Carroll said. “I do agree that at the time and those places, I thought he was the best player on the field. What’s really exciting about that is that’s what John (Schneider, the GM) came to me and said during the early part of his senior college season, ‘This guy is the best player on the field. Wherever he goes, he’s going to be the best guy, just by his command of the game and his style and athleticism and all of that.’

“It was really exciting. From the second half of the season, there were many games where he was essentially the best guy out there.”

What’s really exciting moving forward is how good Wilson can become.

“He’s got a lot of room to grow,” Carroll said. “He’s just getting started. So it’s really an exciting time for us and for Russell as well.”

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