Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is speaking his mind again.
The last time he was this vocal, the veteran mentor constantly denied trade rumors for Russell Wilson.
CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson shared what Carroll said about the two players.
Pete Carroll: I can’t imagine not having D.K. Metcalf. An extension is in the future at some point.
On Geno Smith: We have high hopes for him. He knows our system. He sat almost 4 yrs. Took a couple games to get his feet under him. I think he has a competitive opportunity.
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Carroll said, “I can’t imagine not having D.K. Metcalf. An extension is in the future at some point.”
As for Smith, the one-time Super Bowl champion stated, “We have high hopes for him. He knows our system. He sat almost 4 yrs. Took a couple games to get his feet under him. I think he has a competitive opportunity.”
However, those high hopes will only be met if they re-sign Smith to a contract.
The veteran quarterback is still without a team and bringing him back will give Lock and Jacob Eason some competition at quarterback.
But granted that they get him back, will he do enough to make Seahawks fans forget about Wilson?
The Seahawks Must Admit The Rebuild Phase
Letting Wilson and Bobby Wagner go is tantamount to pressing the reset button.
They’ve made the most of their current roster and it’s time to start the post-Legion of Boom era.
If the Seahawks want to compete, they know deep inside that Smith or Lock are not the solution.
In their division alone, the defensive units of the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers, and Los Angeles Rams will chase them around the field.
If they are rebuilding, there’s also a chance that Metcalf will choose to go elsewhere.
He might not want his prime years to go to waste, leading him to test free agency once his contract with Seattle is up.NEXT: Pete Carroll And Seahawks Remain Open To Improving At QB