Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes about the Seattle Seahawks offensive line struggling to protect quarterback Russell Wilson against the Arizona Cardinals.
Boling said in evaluating Wilson’s performance you have to consider the constant pressure he was under from Arizona’s defense, due in part to Seattle’s poor pass protection.
Boling: He was sacked three times and took seven hits, and when he wasn’t sacked or physically abused, he was hurried, or his receivers were blanketed. And, at times, he misfired on his own.
Four of the five linemen up front are veterans, joined by rookie right guard J.R. Sweezy. They should be better. It is not surprising that the Cardinals’ talented defensive front beat them on occasion – physically – but they shouldn’t have fooled them as frequently as they did.”
Grantland writes that Russell Wilson got lost in the forest of Okung: “Pete Carroll kind of backed himself into a corner here by giving Wilson the keys from the jump. Think about it: He is a classic, mid-season, “We’re 2-5 and we’re gonna give Wilson a chance now” case. Then, boom, change of pace and the Seahawks rattle off four in a row with Wilson replacing Flynn. As a lover of football and someone who is a little vertically challenged, I want Russell Wilson to succeed as much as the next (short) guy. But I have a feeling the change of pace is going to be Flynn, sooner or later.”
Ben Muth of Football Outsiders writes that Wilson has whiff of Rick Mirer to him: “He’s a mobile guy, who played on a real good college team. I’ve only seen him a little bit, but when he’s moving, he’s looking to just get away, not to make plays down the field. Plus, they both got drafted by the Seahawks.”
Muth goes into more detail and makes some interesting points, but Mirer was in a running offense at Norte Dame, while Wilson has been groomed in more of a passing offense at North Carolina State and Wisconsin. And I think Wilson is more poised right now than Mirer ever was.
Brian Billick of Fox Sports ranks the five rookie QBs debuts, putting Wilson at No. 2 on his list. Here’s what he has to say about Wilson: “I’m not sold on the idea that Russell Wilson is the future of the Seattle Seahawks, but he had a decent debut for the blue and green. Although his statistics left a lot to be desired, it was what he did on the final drive that pushes him ahead of Luck.”
Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports isn’t buying the Russell Wilson hype: “The story of Wilson fighting his way to the starting lineup for Seattle is a great, inspirational tale. However, the realities of starting a small quarterback were demonstrated in the loss to the Cardinals. Wilson is a great athlete who can extend plays. But the thing that happens as soon as Wilson gets pressured is that his eye level changes and he can’t find receivers downfield. He basically becomes a runner almost immediately. If you want to see the difference, watch Roethlisberger and then watch Wilson. That’s not to say Wilson can’t play in the NFL. It just means that if first impressions are accurate, Wilson’s future is as a backup.”
ESPN’s Mike Sando writes the pass interference calls were up in Week 1.