Off the field, Russell Wilson has been having the best year ever. On the field, things aren’t going well between him and his teammates, specifically Richard Sherman. Reportedly, the team believes that Russell is dividing the Seahawks and he’s taking the blame for why they haven’t won multiple Super Bowl championships.
Russell Wilson has been with the Seahawks for 5 seasons and in each of those seasons, the Seahawks have made the playoffs. In all five seasons, they’ve even won a Super Bowl, however, Richard Sherman reportedly believes the team “should have won multiple Super Bowls by now.”
“He’s always looking at what other people are doing,” a former assistant coach said of Sherman. “He’s made it personal. It’s your fault we’re not winning. It wears guys thin.”
In a report byESPN’s Seth Wickersham, Sherman believes coach Pete Carroll “hasn’t held Wilson or many young Seahawks to the defense’s championship standard.”
ESPN says that Richard Sherman isn’t the only player on the team who believes Wilson has received preferential treatment with the coaching staff.
“Wilson has been a divisive figure almost from the moment he earned the starting job, long before he became the most famous and highest-paid Seahawk. It seems to go beyond the normal jealousy aimed at most star quarterbacks. Teammates privately seem to want him exposed, but ask them why, or on what grounds, and their reasons vary,” Wickersham reported. “After the Super Bowl against Denver, team management ‘fell in love with Russell,’ in the words of a former high-level staffer; defensive players would see him in executives’ offices and wonder, ‘Why not me?’ Pettiness grew. In 2014, Bleacher Report reported that some black teammates ‘think Wilson isn’t black enough.'”
The drama between Sherman and Wilson has been brewing for a while behind the scenes. In June 2014, Sherman yelled “You f—ing suck!” at Wilson after intercepting him in practice. A fight broke out, leading to Carroll having to hold a series of meetings about the team lifting each other up, not tearing one another down.