Dave Boling of The News Tribune defends rookie quarterback Russell Wilson keeping his job in favor of Matt Flynn – at least for now –even though he’s last in the league in passing yards.
Boling: “Flynn looked efficient and cool under pressure in the preseason. But Wilson also has taken some big-time hits and remained upright and healthy. He has compensated in some cases by evading potential sacks.
So, giving Wilson another chance to start, this time on the road at Carolina, is debatable, but defensible.
And to be fair, the Seahawks should do this — let Wilson be himself. Cut him loose. Let him play the way he did in exhibition season. He’s thinking too much and that’s taking away from the instinctive play that might be his strength.
And if it doesn’t work out, you give it another close look the following week. That’s what you do if a competition really is open.
ESPN’s Mike Sando also argues for sticking with Russell Wilson.
Art Thiel of Sportspressnw.com wades into the murky waters of Pete Carroll’s coach speak in an attempt to decode what the Seattle head coach actually said about Matt Flynn’s injury situation. Thiel: “At stake here is Carroll’s credibility, because a number of Seahawks’ followers have believed that Wilson was not ready to start and is getting the start primarily because Carroll had so much ardor for Wilson’s intangibles, makeup and against-all-odds story. Flynn, by dint of NFL service time and experience, is better suited to get wins now.
“The argument has merit, although I leaned 51-49 to start Wilson because defense, special teams and Marshawn Lynch were sufficient to carry him through his training-wheels period. And it’s still about that close. Despite the travail, the 2-2 Seahawks are a little closer to 4-0 than they are 1-3.”
KJR’s Hugh Millen critiques Wilson’s performance in this audio link.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes about the Seattle’s struggles on third down.
Cole Schultz of Pro Football Focus breaks down Seattle’s success running the ball against the Rams, giving kudos to Marshawn Lynch, Robert Turbin Russell Wilson.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times takes a closer look at what we learned from the Hawks-Packers game.
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports writes that teams in the NFL still are scoring at a record pace. That’s interesting because Seattle is going against that trend with it’s ability to keep opposing team out of the end zone with its stingy defense.
Yahoo Sports drops Seattle from No. 11 to No. 16 in their NFL power rankings.