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Morning links: Ex-player gives Carroll thumbs-up

Post by Eric Williams on June 12, 2012 at 7:46 am with 12 Comments »
June 12, 2012 7:47 am
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Former NFL player Matt Bowen, writing for the National Football Post, gives Seattle Seahawks head coach props for sticking to his overarching philosophy of competition, even after paying quarterback Matt Flynn a significant sum of money as the team’s potential starter this season.

Here’s what Bowen has to say about Carroll’s recent comments that money or high draft selection will not factor in his decision on who starts at quarterback in the three-way battle between Flynn, Tarvaris Jackson and Russell Wilson.

I dig that. I really do, because that’s not always the case in this league depending on the coaching staff (and front office) you play for. And true competition forces daily accountability on the practice field, in the meeting rooms and throughout the preseason schedule. More importantly, it provides real opportunities for anyone in a uniform when they are given reps.

Produce or give up your job to someone else.

I’m old and washed up when it comes to the game of football at the pro level. But if I could go back, the way Carroll coaches would be very attractive to me as a player. Because it sounds like there are no guarantees (at any position) on the Seahawks roster.

And that’s how it should be when you are competing for jobs and money.

Here’s my story on Antonio Bryant coming in for a tryout.

Clare Farnsworth of profiles center Max Unger, who has emerged as one of the leaders on the offensive line entering his fourth season.

Clark Judge of CBS Sports writes that the quarterback competition is the biggest storyline heading into the start of minicamp today for Seattle.

Dave “Softy” Mahler of KJR-AM talks with Seattle receiver Ben Obomanu in this audio link.

Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News ranks Matt Flynn No 24 among the projected starting quarterbacks in the league.

Rivers McCown of Football Outsiders takes a closer look at play action offense in the NFL. The Seahawks ranked among the top 10 offense in running play action about 22 percent of the time. And they showed some effectiveness because of the team’s ability to run the football. Houston is at the top of the list – no surprise with the Texans’ ability to run the football.

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    I’m excited for mini-camp this week: Clem finally here. Banks on the field. We’ll continue to learn more about the QB situation. It’s crazy to think, but they’re only 6 weeks from training camp. The season will be here before we know it.

  2. Sarcasticus says:

    I am curious to see where they might try Banks out. I would imagine WILL backing up Hill. Ranking Flynn at 24 when he isn’t even the starter yet is a bit bogus…to those he is ranked above!

    I am also curious to see who is out there on the starting OL. I hope they look to move Carp inside. That pick still bothers me. If they really wanted an Alabama lineman, they only had to wait a couple years. Next year, they might have 3 first rounders, and they are legit.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    Well, Carpenter won’t see the practice field until October, if then.

  4. hawkfan777 says:

    I don’t typically care too much about rankings. They are just so subjective. However, I just don’t understand how Vinnie Iyer can think that Matt Cassel, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Josh Freeman, Mark Sanchez and Alex Smith are better than Matt Flynn, RG3 and Luck. Granted RG3 and Luck have never played a down. I can understand why someone would put them lower because potential doesn’t mean a thing. Still, we know how bad the other guys are.

  5. I clicked on the QB ranking link, expecting to criticize Vinnie Iyer, but I think he did a pretty good job with the rankings, especially the Top Ten. Might have been better to put guys in four tiers. The Top Five are in the Elite tier. The next ten are in the “Darn good” tier. The next 12 are in the “Decent” tier. The bottom five are in the “Trade for TJax” tier.

  6. Antonio Bryant could be interesting…he had major knee issues but he’s only 31 and hasn’t played for a couple of years. Regardless of what he does or doesn’t do in minicamp, I simply love the message it sends to the WRs with contracts: “We are watching you.”

    It seems like nearly every position on the team has a guy behind the starter or starters that’s just waiting for his time, pushing the main guy(s), making them earn their roles.

    So, at worst, bringing in Bryant to push the WRs serves to keep them on their toes. At best, the Hawks find a veteran WR with some gas in the tank that can make plays.

  7. No stone goes unturned. I love this team and organization more than ever. I absolutely expect us to be in the mix this year.

    My goals:

    1. Stay healthy.
    2. Top 5 run offense/defense.
    3. Win NFC West and host a playoff game.

    IF those things happen, we’re well on our way to good football for a long time.


  8. PixelDummy says:

    All I have to say about the Vinnie Iye QB article is that the juxtaposition of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s wig and Matt Hasselbeck’s dome at postitions 20 and 21 is outstanding.

  9. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Agree joreb! And also cut down on the mistakes and penalties.

  10. GeorgiaHawk says:

    It’s great to see the progress that Unger has made. If he and Okung can stay healthy I think we will be solid on the o-line with all the added depth.

  11. raymaines says:

    Joreb: I love your enthusiasm and I totally hope you’re right, but a top five offense is just way out of question. A PC/Tom Cable offense is never ever going to be in the top five. That’s just not what it’s designed to be. Best case scenario would be to get a quick lead, run the ball 50 times, and eat up 40 minutes of clock. Top five is when you’re behind and throwing the ball all over the yard trying to catch up.

  12. Ray, he said top 5 RUN offense.

    LOL @ Fitzpatricks wig.

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