Pete Carroll: Russell Wilson is “a million miles ahead of where” he was in 2012

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says that quarterback Russell Wilson is a lot further along this year then he was last year.

“He’s threw a couple of balls today, things that we talked about over the offseason that he’d like to take a shot at, and he did it today just to see what would happen with full awareness of why he was doing it,” Carroll said, per the News Tribune. “We were talking about trying to throw the deep ball last year over guys’ outside shoulder; we’re just a million miles ahead of where we were. He’s the kind of player that will affect other guys – he affects everyone around him – and hopefully that will help everyone play better and faster.”

There’s no doubt that Wilson is the Seahawks starter.

“The leadership role is already established, and also just the reps,” Wilson said. “Last year I was splitting a third of the reps all the way through August pretty much, so I think that will give me a bit of a boost and get me ready for the season. I’m excited about that, we have a great offense with a lot of great players with the addition of Percy Harvin, with the guys that we already have, the running backs that we have, the tight ends, and it’s going to be a good thing.”
Wilson has been working on his legs this offseason.
“I’ve worked on my legs a lot more,” Wilson said. “That’s kind of the main thing that I’ve been working on all offseason in terms of squatting a lot more and doing a lot more of movement stuff on my feet just to have that strong base. I’ve gained a couple of pounds here and there in my legs.”