My story today focuses on the quarterback competition. The Seattle Seahawks are heading into the final week of offseason workouts with the opening of the team’s final minicamp on Tuesday.
And while Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said none of the quarterbacks involved in the three-way battle for the starting job has moved ahead, he indicated that Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson are a bit behind Tarvaris Jackson because they are still learning the team’s offense, while Jackson is more familiar with it by virtue of his seven years with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell’s system, both in Seattle and Minnesota.
“Russell and Matt both have ground to make up because they’re learning new systems,” Carroll said. “And they both are doing exceedingly well at that, but they have more ground to make up.”
Carroll also said the players’ respective salaries will not influence the decision on who wins out as the team’s starting quarterback.
“Draft picks and money and stuff like that is not going to play in the decision at all,” Carroll said. “We’re going to go with what it looks like through the competition and how they play, and the results of that, and how we feel about that.”
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports says the idea of coaches like Carroll creating a level playing field in a quarterback competition with the reduced number of reps in offseason workouts and training camps nowadays is probably unrealistic.
Clifton Brown of the Sporting News ranks Marshawn Lynch No. 15 on his list of the top running backs in the league, with guys like San Diego’s Ryan Mathews and Cleveland’s Trent Richardson – who hasn’t played a snap in the league – ahead of him. All I can do is shake my head on that one.
Greg Mellen of the Long Beach Press-Telegram takes a look at how the justice system failed Brian Banks, who was recently exonerated from rape and kidnapping charges.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated has an interesting conversation with league commissioner Roger Goodell on improving the safety of the game and helping players better transition to lives after football once their careers are over.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post runs down how defenses break down personnel groupings of the offense they are going up against.
John Livingston of The Daily times of Farmington, New Mexico writes about Seattle receiver Charly Martin returning to home to host a football camp next week.