Don Banks of Sports Illustrated writes that the Seahawks three-way battle at quarterback between Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson is one of his top 10 storylines in the league with training camps beginning this week. Banks:
The QB storyline will consume all the oxygen in Seattle’s training camp, but in reality, it’s Flynn’s job to lose. If the Seahawks were happy with Jackson, they wouldn’t have signed Flynn and spent their highest pick on a quarterback in 10 years by taking Wilson. And despite Carroll’s infatuation level with Wilson’s potential, the smart and resourceful rookie figures to be a Wildcat package option this year, with a better chance of beating out Jackson for the backup job than truly pushing Flynn for the starting gig. Unless he falls on his face(mask) in August, Flynn should be the last man standing under center in Week 1.”
Pro Football Focus takes a look at NFC West training camp battles, and of course focuses on the quarterback position for Seattle.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that we should be careful to vilify athletes like Marshawn Lynch before we have all the information. Boyle: “Lynch screwed up if he drove while intoxicated. No one is arguing that, least of all him. If convicted, he will have to regain the trust of his employers and make amends with the family, friends and fans he let down. In that case, we shouldn’t defend what he did, but we shouldn’t make him out to be a monster either.”
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times writes that playoff expectations for the Seahawks this season are not a crazy dream. Brewer: “The Seahawks are exactly what a rapidly emerging team should be: Exciting but scary. They’re talented enough to finish 10-6 and make the playoffs. They could also go 7-9 again, or even slip to 6-10, especially if a starting quarterback doesn’t emerge.
The Seahawks are ahead of the rebuilding curve. This season will define whether they truly ditch the R-word or are left to answer tough questions about why they’re not there yet.”
Bill Barnwell of Sports Illustrated debates which player is the best running back in the league heading into 2012, and he settles on Baltimore’s Ray Rice. Marshawn Lynch receives honorable mention, and Barnwell lists Shaun Alexander as the best runner in the NFL from 2004 to 2006.
The news of the day is the NCAA imposed a four-year ban on Penn State, fining the school $60 million and vacating all coach Joe Paterno’s victories from 1998-2011 in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.