Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is a "real true vet," according to coach Pete Carroll. But will Carroll and the Seahawks ask Wilson to throw more this year? Not if Carroll's past offers any clues.

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RENTON — Every season he’s been in the NFL, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has thrown more passes than the year before.

Last season, his fourth, he threw 483 times, 31 more than the year before and 90 more passes than his rookie season. And yet 16 quarterbacks attempted more passes than Wilson. All but four teams threw more than the Seahawks.

This is a pivotal year for Wilson. Marshawn Lynch is gone. The offense is Wilson’s, and he treated NFL defenses like the “C team” over the final seven games last season. But will that translate to more passing?

Probably not.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has been clear and consistent on this topic, and so have the numbers.

The Seahawks have finished in the bottom five in passing attempts each of Wilson’s first four seasons, while also ranking in the top three in rushing attempts.

In 2011, Carroll said he didn’t want his quarterback to “drop back and throw the ball all day long. That’s not our style of playing.”

Before Wilson’s third season, in 2014, Carroll told season-ticket holders the Seahawks were “absolutely committed” to being a running team. He proudly said the Seahawks had run more than anyone else the last few seasons.

He mockingly looked for a guy in the crowd who had asked if the Seahawks might air it out.

“Who was asking about the passing stats?” Carroll said. “Who was that? Where was that guy? No, it’s interesting. The teams that ran the ball the most last season: San Francisco, Seattle. We ran the ball more than anybody; or I think threw the ball the least is really the way you can look at it.”

That got a little laughter from the crowd, but Carroll kept going.

“There’s something about that,” he said. “This game of football has always been about the physical side of it. It’s always been about the aggressive, tough, take-care-of-the-ball mentality built off of defense and special teams. But we close the loop on toughness by being committed to the running game.”

He mentioned New England and Tom Brady and all the success the Patriots have had passing. “But in our mentality, we want to be as physical, as tough and as hard to deal with as any football team that you have to play,” Carroll said. “So we have to be committed to the running game to get that done.”

Wilson is more refined, more capable of reading defenses and helping the offensive line. The Seahawks are expecting him to be better.

But better might not translate to more. Not unless Carroll changes his philosophy.

This is an imperfect study, but here are Wilson’s average passing attempts from wins over the last four seasons (Naturally, Wilson tends to throw more in losses when the Seahawks are playing catch up):

2012: 23

2013: 25

2014: 27

2015: 28

The 2014 and 2015 averages seem right in the ballpark of what’s reasonable for year five (He averaged 31 attempts in the final seven games last season). Wilson has thrown more passes each season, but Wilson and the Seahawks have always been on the NFL’s low end for attempts.

The Seahawks have never really cared about Wilson’s passing stats. They’ve cared about his style. Is he making big plays on third down or in the red zone? Is he influencing the game?

That’s always been and likely will be again the biggest criteria.