RENTON, Wash. — Throughout training camp and the preseason, Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson insisted all was well.
Whatever discussion happened in the offseason concerning Wilson's future with the team, they said, was A, mostly a hyped-up media creation; and B, old news.
But, the nature of the NFL and the white-hot media attention it attracts assures that every utterance is examined with a Zapruder film-like intensity in even the most normal of times.
Given the subtext of the Wilson trade rumors last spring and the idea that whatever happens this season will determine if such talk arises again, and every interaction between Carroll and Wilson this year will be magnified that much more.
Which leads to this week, and the discussion that developed following the team's stunning 33-30 overtime loss to Tennessee in which Seattle blew a 14-point fourth-quarter lead, the biggest home collapse of the Wilson/Carroll era.
On his radio show Monday on 710 ESPN Seattle, Carroll indicated he wished Wilson had been more conservative on what turned out to be the team's only possession of overtime. Seattle got the ball at its own 13 after forcing Tennessee to punt, at which point the Seahawks needed only a field goal to win the game.
Seattle went three-and-out after two incompletions and a sack.
On first down, Wilson threw incomplete to Tyler Lockett on a pass in front of Seattle's sideline about 30 yards downfield. On second down, he overthrew DK Metcalf about 17 yards downfield. On third down, Wilson took a sack at the 1-yard-line.
Seattle punted, the Titans got the ball at the Seahawks' 39 and needed just four plays to move into position for the game-winning field goal.
"I wish Russ could have helped us there and just made completions for us," Carroll said on his radio show Monday. "We needed to just move the ball there and change the field position, at least, in overtime."