Every general manager who loved Russell Wilson coming into the draft now knows they didn’t love him enough to pull the trigger a round early.
Apparently, when the Seahawks drafted him with the 75th pick in the 2012 draft, the first call they received was from a grumpy then-Eagles head coach, Andy Reid. Reid was hoping to snag Wilson 13 picks later.
“I don’t think (Seahawks GM John Schneider) specifically thought the Eagles were any more of a threat than other teams — I don’t know that — but I know that Andy called us right after the pick, though, and gave John some trouble about it,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said Wednesday, via ESPN.com. “They’re old friends. But we were really sweating it out. We wanted him the whole way, and John had it figured obviously perfectly for us to get it done. There were a couple other teams that called in right after that, too. Andy was the first guy to call, though. We felt very fortunate.”
He added: “(Andy) was just giving John a hard time for taking his guy. Kind of regular banter that happens during the draft.”
For the first time in five years, this anecdote won’t be followed by the obligatory paragraph on Eagles quarterback woes. While Seattle clearly has the better team and player right now, they face a rookie in Carson Wentz who looks anything but green. Wentz has completed 65 percent of his passes so far for 2,121 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions. While his numbers and expectations are coming back to Earth a bit, nothing about the game looks too complicated or grandiose for him.
In that sense, Eagles fans might be able to finally tuck this story away and realize that good things come to those who wait — and wait and wait and wait. Especially if Wentz can lead an upset bid on the road in the league’s toughest stadium to call plays.