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Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll Says QB Wilson Has to Save Himself From Opponent Pressure

Russell Wilson

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll knew that of all the statistics from Thursday night’s preseason 18-11 loss to the Minnesota Vikings one would stand out — the four sacks that quarterback Russell Wilson endured in the first half.

So Carroll decided to head off that topic quickly during his post-game meeting with the media, addressing it in his opening comments before anyone could ask. And in his answer he made it clear that the blame may have been more accurately placed on Wilson for not getting rid of the ball more quickly than on a rebuilt offensive line that has been the topic of much conversation in the off-season, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports.

“I know that you are looking at the sack numbers and thinking ‘oh geez, what’s that mean?”’ he said. “We really, we need to get the ball out. We need to throw the ball away and get rid of it so we don’t take the big plays (losses). … Russ can do a better job to help us there when we get stuck.

“Sometimes we try really hard to get out to try to make a bigger play when the pressure eventually gets there. But on rhythm, we were fine a few times. We need to get the ball out and stay quick with it like we want to and not let the rush get to us. When you don’t, then you suffer negative stuff that makes it hard to get going.”

Russell completed just 5 of 11 passes for 77 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. The most glaring number on his stat line was the four sacks, a major problem area for the quarterback, and one that could see him eventually get injured if he keeps holding on to the ball for too long.

The Seahawks will be back in action at CenturyLink Field on Thursday, August 25th at 7pm as they host the Dallas Cowboys. There are plenty of Seahawks tickets for sale for the key third preseason matchup as the Hawks look to get on track after their loss to the Vikings.

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