Pete Carroll thinks Russell Wilson is pressing.
The Seahawks dropped to 0-2 this season after they fell to the Bears 24-17 on Monday. Carroll discussed Wilson’s performance in the first two games during an interview with ESPN 710 one day after the loss.
“I’m finding Russ over-trying a little bit,” Carroll said (via NFL.com). “He’s pressing in difficult situations to try and see if he can come up with a way to make something happen instead of just getting rid of the football.
“In the long yardage situations, he needs to throw the football a couple times … We need to get rid of the ball and just give up on a play because it’s not happening and not take an additional pressure. So that just adds up and it makes it hard on him.”
Wilson has completed 41 of his 69 passes for 524 yards with five touchdowns and three interceptions this season.
But, the Seahawks offensive line has struggled as Wilson has been sacked a league-high 12 times.
“The momentum of the rush building on you is a factor, and we’d like to eliminate that. That does go right to Russell’s competitiveness,” Carroll said. “He’s a battler and he’s going to try to figure it out, and he has so many times. But maybe not then, not now, not in these (situations), and keep us forward a little bit better so we don’t have to take the negatives. The negative plays are really difficult. It kind of adds up on you somewhat.”
The Seahawks will face the Cowboys in Week 3 action Sunday.