During his career, he's been sacked 394 times! And that doesn't include Playoff Games! Admittedly, some of those are on him, but the majority are on the Seahawks inability to provide protection. No wonder he spends around a million dollars a year on keeping his mind and body fit!
Look at what the Saints have done for Drew Brees over the years. That's our blueprint. It's going to cost, and sacrifices are going to have to be made, but at 32 years old, this is what Russell needs.
This is my personal opinion, but I don't see his comments as being directed towards John Schneider, the Scouting Department, or the current starters on the Offensive Line. This an indictment of Pete's occasional propensity to ignore the importance of things like the Offensive Line.
In the past he's invested in the OLine, but he didn't have the right people making the decisions. I don't think Pete has a handle on the Offensive Line, which is why he hired Tom Cable and gave him so much power. But, IMHO, he gave Cable way too much power, and we ended up wasting resources on players like James Carpenter, Mark Glowinski, and Luke Joekel. Then we trade away Max Unger for Jimmy Graham.
This last year they wasted 7 million dollars on Greg Olsen. This may have been to placate Russell Wilson who asked for "Superstars" at the Pro Bowl. If so, I hope Russell learned from that.
But I still think it's reasonable for Russ to want to be in on the prospective Offensive Line upgrades and decisions. Let him know who they are interested in, why they are interested in those players, and where they rank overall in team needs as well as available draft capital and cap room. Help him understand the process because as a fan, it has been lacking, and I think Russell feels the same way.
Change the failed process. Damien Lewis was a great start. As was Shell. But stop drafting "versatile" players! Like Big Ray Roberts said, "Get a player with a Phd at Center, a Phd at Left Guard! Not someone that can "play all along the line."
I don't believe that Russell should be allowed to make the final decision, but get his input, make him understand the where and why. Like sacrificing other players so that they could sign Greg Olsen. No More! No more Jimmy Grahams, no more of that nasty little kick returner that screwed us, no more players that we have to give a big contract to after we paid a king's ransom to get them here (except for Jamal Adams).
Get a better return on your investments! Protect Russell better, and have plays that protect the Offensive Line from Elite Defensive Lines!
Per Brock Huard, the Bills HC said that "The Rams offense was an Offenive Linemen's dream!" Why? Because it made their job easier. It protected them, and allowed them to protect Jared Goff! That's why!
And I have every confidence that Waldron will give the OLine that kind of "protection."
But before that happens, Pete needs to step in to the background, after he gives JS the okay. And JS, Shane Waldron, and Russell Wilson need to go over how they can best protect Russell, by protecting their Offensive Linemen. Please! No more Iupatis! What. A. Waste!
Russell's doing the right thing here. He could sit back and "hope" that Pete doesn't "Blow off the Offensive Line" by signing a lot of scrubs and hoping for the best. Or by overriding the draft board to get his defensive guys.
No more Pete! No more letting Fletcher Cox go to the Eagles so that you can get Bruce Irvin and an extra draft pick!
Let's get some quality pocket protectors that will give Russell more time to throw, and a scheme that will protect everyone from Aaron Donald!