The Seattle Seahawks were not anticipated to have much success going into the 2022 season. Instead, they were able to defeat the Denver Broncos, who were led by Russell Wilson, the quarterback they had exchanged for.
Pete Carroll, the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, was questioned about whether the victory was “validating” during an appearance on Seattle’s 710 ESPN Radio. Carroll then said that he “simply wanted to win” and that the experience was “very fulfilling” for the former teammates.
Pete Carroll discusses his desire to defeat Russell Wilson and the Broncos
Mike Salk questioned Carroll about why it meant so much to the former players, and Carroll replied, “You figure that out.”
Following the game, former players including Doug Baldwin and Richard Sherman tweeted their reactions to Seattle’s victory over Denver.
The Seahawks dealt quarterback Drew Lock, tight end Noah Fant, defensive lineman Shelby Harris, and many draft picks to the Broncos in exchange for Wilson this offseason. Wilson led the Broncos into Lumen Field before the game, and the Seahawks crowd booed him.
Denver had many chances to win the game, but Seattle’s pressure led to fumbles on running backs Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams on back-to-back drives in the end zone.
Then, on Denver’s final drive of the game, Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett elected to substitute kicker Brandon McManus for Wilson on fourth-and-five just past midfield in order to try a 64-yard field goal. The kick was bad, so Seattle won 17-16 as a result of the poor decision.
With that, Carroll’s team is in first place in the NFC West, just like everyone predicted after Week 1. In fact, they were the only team in that division to win.
The Los Angeles Rams were pummeled by the Buffalo Bills, the Arizona Cardinals got blown out by the Kansas City Chiefs, and the San Francisco 49ers were defeated by the Chicago Bears in soggy Soldier Field.
In case you could not tell in the clip above, the win over Wilson and the Broncos meant a lot to Carroll.