My story today wraps up the quarterback competition from this week’s minicamp. Of course, we asked head coach Pete Carroll about a 100 different ways when he’ll start narrowing down the three-way battle for the quarterback job.
This isn’t Carroll’s first rodeo, so as you can imagine he’s not giving up who he thinks is ahead. Carroll said the team will go with the same format of rotating incumbent Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson with the first unit during the opening days of training camp.
So some folks have asked me to give them my opinion of who’s ahead at the end of the offseason work. My answer? Ask Pete.
But seriously, the Seahawks used the OTAs and minicamps to gather as much information as they can on each player and install the base plays of the offense. I’m sure the coaching staff will grind through the practice film and try to glean as much information as they can on the three quarterbacks leading up to training camp in late July.
But I don’t think you can fairly evaluate where they are at until you’ve seen them in live gave situations.
For now, all three players showed their strengths over the course of the training camp.
Tarvaris Jackson – He probably has the strongest arm of the three in my opinion, throws the deep ball well and can stick a throw in a tight window. He also has the best command of the offense because of his experience with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell over the past seven years, and is a good leader.
Matt Flynn – He plays with good anticipation, gets the ball out quick and in my opinion looked the best in two-minute situations. He has a good command of the huddle and seems to play loose with a bounce in his step.
Russell Wilson – I think he throws the most accurate deep ball of the bunch, throws a very catchable ball and perhaps is the most dynamic leader of the three. Very athletic and throws well on the run.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com notes that undrafted rookie free agent Donny Lisowski had an impressive interception on Thursday, and former Seahawks safety Lawyer Milloy showed up for practice.
ESPN’s Mike Sando offers his thoughts on Seattle’s final day of minicamp.
Kevin Calabro and Jim Moore of ESPN 710 Seattle talk with fullback Michael Robinson in this audio link. Robinson also says that Russell Wilson throws a very catchable ball.
Brock Huard and Mike Salk of ESPN 710 Seattle talk with offensive lineman Breno Giacomini in this audio link. Giacomini says that Marshawn Lynch call him “The Big Russian”, even though his parents are from Brazil. Giacomini also says if he needs some backup heading into a dark alley he’s taking Mel with him, which is the alter ego of Lemuel Jeanpierre. It’s a pretty good listen if you have some time this morning.
Gary Horton of Scouts Inc. lists running back Leon Washington as one of the top 10 versatile players in the NFC. You must be an ESPN Insider to view this.
According to KOMO News, for Seahawks safety and USC product Kevin Ellison, currently playing for the Spokane Shock, was arrested on federal arson charges after starting a blaze at his apartment by setting his bed on fire. According to the report, Ellison said that God told him to do it.
Zac Jackson of Fox Sports Ohio talks to Cincinnati cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones, and the guy known for “making it rain” said he volunteered to speak about his past transgressions at the NFL’s rookie symposium later this month.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post takes a closer look at the prep work players will do the next six weeks to make sure they are in shape for training camp.