The focus of my story today is Seattle head coach Pete Carroll’s evaluation of quarterback Russell Wilson through seven games.
Carroll acknowledged the rookie has had his share of struggles this season, but that overall he’s pleased with Wilson’s progress so far this season.
The Seahawks have been in all seven games, and Wilson had led the Seahawks to a pair of fourth-quarter comeback wins.
But Carroll pointed out that Wilson has played poorly on the road, where he has thrown two touchdown passes and seven interceptions and has a 55.7 passer rating.
Wilson has thrown six touchdown passes and no interceptions and has a 116.9 passer rating at home.
“He’s done some pretty extraordinary things,” Carroll said. “I think he’s played within the format that we have setup for him well. He’s played particularly well at home, not as well on the road, and we noticed that the numbers are quite a bit different there.
“He’s grown, he’s corrected things, and he’s totally in control poise-wise in the games and in the situation. … I think he can do special things. There are just not very many kids that are as well prepared to take on the workload and the stress of it and the pressure and all of that, as he is. I think he’s done OK.”
Here’s a closer look at the stats for the five starting rookie quarterbacks through Week 7.
|Robert Griffin III||133||189||70.4||1,601||7||3||15||3-4||101.8|
ESPN’s Mike Sando provides some silver lining for the Seahawks after the team’s 13-6 loss at San Francisco. Marshawn Lynch rushing for over 100 yards for a second straight game against San Francisco and sacks by Greg Scruggs and Jason Jones are among them.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks need to throw the ball more. O’Neil: “Unless the Seahawks want to continue white-knuckling their way through the final nine games of the season, they’re going to have to start opening up the offense. That means putting a little more on the quarterback’s plate.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com discusses which Seattle players have earned a Pro Bowl nod through seven games. Fan voting has begun at NFL.com, and you can vote here. Farnsworth mentions Brandon Mebane, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch, Earl Thomas and Max Unger as possible candidates.
Neil Hornsby of Pro Football Focus includes Chris Clemons Lynch, Mebane and Sherman on his NFC Pro Bowl list as we near the midpoint of the season.
The Seahawks are No. 11 in the AP Pro32, which is distributed by the Associated Press. There are some interesting – and mostly glowing – comments from some of the voters here.
Elliott Harrison of NFL.com has Seattle at No. 7 in his weekly power rankings.
Pete Prisco of CBS Sports moves the Seahawks down to No. 11 in his weekly power rankings.
KJR-AM’s Mitch Levy talks with Seattle cornerback Brandon Browner about facing Detroit receiver Calvin Johnson in this audio link.