Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll went on 710 ESPN in Seattle with Brock and Salk Wednesday morning to discuss the play of quarterback Russell Wilson, and how he handled the pressures of his first regular-season game under center.
Carroll was pleased with Wilson's overall performance, noting that he was "rock-solid" in bringing the Seahawks "just inches" from a season-opening victory.
How was Russell Wilson, in general, throughout the game?:
"He was rock-solid. He's fine. We were able to communicate with him clearly. He knew what had happened and where we were going. ... He was able to adjust during the game. We put some balls on hands and we needed to come up with some catches. Doug [Baldwin] had what would've been an amazing catch for a touchdown, knocked out both front teeth on the play, so he gave up everything he could to make the play. ... Somewhere we've got to make that play to make the win. It could've been the throw a little bit, could've been the catch a little bit, but we've just got to do a little bit better. It was just inches from being a win."
When asked about his decision to make Wilson the starting QB, Carroll was clear that they are sticking with the rookie as their choice.
Now that we're a week into the season, do you feel good about the way the quarterback battle shook out?:
"It went the way it did; it went the way that all of the information told us. And I don't think that had anything to do with what happened [Sunday]. ... If anything, Russell helped us enormously to get out of trouble and to make some of the situations less painful than they were. He ran for a couple first downs, did a couple really nice things getting rid of the ball when he was under duress and those are things that are rare that quarterbacks can get out like he did."
Seattle has their first home game this weekend against the Dallas Cowboys, which should prove to be an even stiffer test for Wilson than the Cardinals were. It should be interesting to see what adjustments Wilson makes in his second game as a pro.