While much of the quarterback debate in Seattle has focused on Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn, Eric Edholm of Pro Football Weekly believes the third player in the competition – rookie Russell Wilson – is not receiving enough attention, and ultimately could win out as Seattle’s starting quarterback this year.
Edholm places Wilson in his list of rookies that could surprise this season.
Here’s what Edholm had to say:
Something tells me people are wildly underrating his chances to win the starting job, if not in camp then perhaps shortly thereafter if Matt Flynn doesn’t blow some minds (I already have eliminated Tarvaris Jackson from this race, as you can see). Wilson is a different kind of animal. … He’s a tremendous leader and thrower, and I could not care less about his height. I think head coach Pete Carroll agrees with me, and is struggling mightily to keep a poker face about how much he likes the kid. Coordinator Darrell Bevell will find ways to work Wilson outside the pocket, and the return of WR Sidney Rice makes this a very strong group of receivers, with Baldwin finding a home in the slot. Watch out for Wilson — I think he’ll be one of this summer’s biggest surprises.”
This news apparently came as a surprise to folks who follow the league nationally, but it’s something we reported here at the end of minicamp two weeks ago.
Basically, nothing has been decided yet. No one is really ahead in the three-way battle between Jackson, Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson, and Jackson will continue to get the first reps because he’s the incumbent starter.
While nothing has changed, I do get a sense in talking with Pete Carroll that a decision will be made sooner rather than later once training camp begins at the end of July. I would be surprised if the competition extended beyond the second preseason game at Denver on Aug. 18, and perhaps the team will make a decision after the opening exhibition game at home on Aug. 11 against Tennessee.
Here’s what Carroll had to say about the matter two weeks ago:
We can expect a little dead time now, but it’s only five weeks until camp starts, and seven weeks until the first preseason game. A great deal remains to be done by the start of the season. You know that Schneider and Carroll consider cut dates around the league as another free-agency period, so there may be some roster tweaking before the first game.
But as it stands now, what are your main areas of concern? The start of another season breeds optimism, of course. That seems warranted in Seattle, and we’ve discussed a number of reasons for it recently. …
Here’s a fair point for discussion as The Sporting News grades each NFL team’s off-season moves. The Seahawks penciled out at a C-minus.
A lot of heads shook on draft day when they took Bruce Irvin in the first round, but that’s making more sense as we see the potential he has to address their major off-season need – a pass rush. Irvin could be even more valuable as Chris Clemons’ contract status causes disruption. In the practices I watched, I don’t think any of the young guys progressed as much in a short time as Irvin, who looked increasingly …
First a story from Seahawks.com’s Clare Farnsworth about an interesting Seahawk experiment, the conversion of draft pick J.R. Sweezy from defensive lineman to guard. The Hawks took Sweezy in the seventh round with the full intention of making him a guard although he never played the position. At 6-5 298, Sweezy will probably work to get some more meat on him. In some of the early workouts we were allowed to see, you could tell he was still figuring out the rudiments — like the snap count. But as OTAs wore on, he developed a nice head-up, butt-down set-up …
The question was raised: Can the Seahawks be a top-10 defensive unit again? They finished ranked No. 9 overall, and hovered around the top half most of the season, providing a show of consistency. I think more impressive was their rating in “scoring defense” – No. 7 at 19.7 points per game.
From that starting unit, they lost only middle linebacker David Hawthorne, a crucial cog, of course. But Hawthorne was slowed by injuries much of the season.
I think the raw stats from the whole season, then, are misleading, and projections for this season are more valid when …
Maybe you do this too. When watching NBA games these days, I picture some of these guys on the football field. Kevin Durant, while a spectacular athlete, is designed solely for scoring points in basketball. But LeBron James, Russell Westbrook … or in the old days, Karl Malone? Oh, man. Westbrook, with amazing quicks and hops at 6-3, 190, could be a spectacular cornerback. But is LeBron a tight end or pass-rush end? Or, heck, maybe even a quarterback in the Cam Newton mold – except even more physically imposing.
The relevance of this preamble in a Seahawks blog? …