Pete Carroll’s Desperate Admission That Seahawks Have Reached Out to Cam Newton Shows Just How Much They Miss Russell Wilson
Russell Wilson has led the Seattle Seahawks to three straight Super Bowl appearances, but his departure to the New York Jets left a huge hole in the team. Pete Carroll was asked about this after Sunday’s game and he admitted that they reached out to Cam Newton.
The Pete Carroll’s Desperate Admission That Seahawks Have Reached Out to Cam Newton Shows Just How Much They Miss Russell Wilson is a blog post from the Seattle Seahawks. In the post, Pete Carroll said that the team has reached out to Cam Newton but it’s too late for them to sign him.
Highlights of the article:
- The Seattle Seahawks (2-4) were defeated in overtime by the Pittsburgh Steelers (3-3), led by Geno Smith.
- The Seahawks have contacted Cam Newton, according to Pete Carroll.
- Russell Wilson is on injured reserve, but Newton doesn’t seem to be Seattle’s best choice.
For head coach Pete Carroll and his Seattle Seahawks, the good times are over. The Hawks are coming off a defeat to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football, a game they might have won if quarterback Russell Wilson had been healthy. Wilson is presently on injured reserve with a finger injury, which has forced him to miss his first regular-season game.
Instead, the Seahawks started Geno Smith as quarterback, who was making his first start in the NFL in almost four years. Seattle fought hard to take the Steelers to OT, but Smith and Seattle’s offense couldn’t overcome Pittsburgh’s defense.
Carroll is left with questions after the Seahawks’ 23-20 loss.
Geno Smith was a terrific player with the Seattle Seahawks, but he wasn’t quite good enough.
The irony of Smith’s night was that he seemed to be very capable.
The Seahawks were behind 14-0 at halftime, but Smith led three scoring drives to open the second half, including two consecutive touchdown drives, to tie the game at 17. He also assisted on the Seahawks’ field goal drive that knotted the game at 20 and sent it to overtime.
Smith led Seattle down the field on a nine-play, 50-yard drive that culminated in a game-tying field goal with 1:30 left in the fourth quarter after the Steelers grabbed the lead with a field goal of their own. On the drive, Smith went 6-for-6 and seemed calm and in command of the offense.
The problem for Seattle was that, despite all of Smith’s efforts to give the Seahawks a shot, the reasons he has been a career backup were on display in some of the game’s most crucial moments.
He was sacked five times and showed a total lack of pocket presence while completing 23 of 32 passes for 209 yards and a score.
With 4:16 left in overtime, Smith was strip-sacked by T.J. Watt, who lost the ball. Pittsburgh defender Devin Bush recovered the ball, and kicker Chris Boswell kicked a 36-yard field goal to give the Steelers the victory.
Head coach Pete Carroll is reportedly considering alternative quarterback possibilities, including Cam Newton.
Pete Carroll, the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, watches his team warm up before their game against the Los Angeles Rams | Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images
In the end, Wilson’s and Smith’s differences were felt by Seattle.
The difference between a future Hall of Fame quarterback and a backup quarterback may make all the difference in a tight game like Sunday Night Football. At the end of the day, Smith’s lack of pocket awareness lost the Seahawks the game.
So it’s understandable that Carroll is searching for explanations in the aftermath of the defeat. Seattle had always expected to make the playoffs, but the Hawks are now in last place in the NFC West, and Wilson may not return for a few more weeks.
With that in mind, Carroll said on Monday that the Seahawks had reached out to 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton.
According to Jason Owens of 710 ESPN Seattle, Carroll stated, “Just so you know, we have spoken to him.” “We’re talking to everyone who may be able to assist us.”
Carroll didn’t go into specifics about his discussion with Newton or any of the other quarterbacks, but it’s worth mentioning that Newton would be eligible to play right away.
The Seahawks must be eager to contact Newton, but that should not be the case.
During the second half of game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Atlanta Hawks and the Philadelphia 76ers, Cam Newton #1 of the New England Patriots reacts | Getty Images/Kevin C. Cox
Remember that the last time we saw Newton, he was dismissed in the preseason by the New England Patriots (2-4) in favor of rookie quarterback Mac Jones.
Newton was Bill Belichick’s starting quarterback in 2020, but he led the Patriots to a 7-9 record in Tom Brady’s first season away from the club. Newton appeared in 15 games with the Patriots, throwing just eight touchdowns and ten interceptions.
The Patriots went on to select Jones in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, while Newton was released after missing training camp due to COVID-19-related issues. He was not inoculated at the time and missed five days of practice.
Newton stated that he was dismissed by the Patriots due to his “aura” and that he would be a nuisance as a backup quarterback. Newton’s MVP days may be over, based on the fact that no team picked him up after the Patriots dismissed him. His free agency status suggests that his “aura” would be too much of a problem even as a backup.
Even if Seattle needs Wilson for a few more weeks, this trade doesn’t make logical.
Newton has been inoculated and declares himself ready to play, but take into account the following facts:
- First and foremost, Newton would need time to get familiar with the Seahawks’ scheme. That’s a logistical issue in and of itself, particularly because Smith has proven that if he can control the football and the pocket, he can effectively run the offense.
- Newton is also at his best when he can control the ball as a power-running quarterback who throws play-action passes on occasion. That’s not Seattle’s offense, and without Wilson, the Hawks seemed to be most successful passing to Alex Collins, Travis Homer, and DeeJay Dallas.
- Last but not least, Newton’s “aura” is genuine. You don’t simply bring in a larger-than-life quarterback like him for a few weeks and expect the locker room to be the same. Wilson’s squad and locker room are here. It’s pointless to change the feng shui, particularly if the Hawks can win the next two games.
It won’t be easy, but Seattle can tread water and survive until Wilson returns.
Monday Night Football will feature a matchup between the Seahawks and the New Orleans Saints (3-2). The Hawks will face a feisty and now one-win Jacksonville Jaguars (1-5) club before traveling to Green Bay to face Aaron Rodgers and the Packers (5-1).
Wilson’s earliest comeback date from injured reserve is Week 10 against the Packers, which means the Seahawks will have to make do with Smith for two more games until Wilson returns.
That, in my opinion, makes a lot more sense than bringing in Newton.
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