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A few minutes with Matt Barkley

Post by Eric Williams on Feb. 22, 2013 at 10:16 am with 8 Comments »
February 22, 2013 10:16 am
USC quarterback Matt Barkley (Eric Williams/The News Tribune)
USC quarterback Matt Barkley (Eric Williams/The News Tribune)

Quarterback Matt Barkely has lost a little bit of his shine heading into this year’s draft after a disappointing senior campaign with the Trojans.

However, the USC product still believes he’s the best quarterback in the draft, even though most draft analysts have West Virginia’s Geno Smith rated ahead of him.

It seems unlikely the Seahawks would take a quarterback like Barkley in the first round because Seattle would have to move up to get him, and they already have a potential franchise quarterback in Russell Wilson.

Still, Carroll has a good relationship with Barkley. He started him as a true freshman while serving as the head coach at USC. Carroll compared Barkley to Wilson in terms of his knack for being clutch in late-game situations, along with his competitive nature.

“It allowed me to grow up fairly quickly, and face the fire,” Barkley said about Carroll naming him the starter as a true freshman. “I learned a lot that freshman year. I had some great moments, had some not-so-great moments. But just that game experience I think helped me leading into my sophomore year. And I still remember things to this day about that year, in terms of game situations and handling adversity, that I’ve brought with me to help me over my career.”

For his part, Barkley said he’s not looking to come into the league as a backup.

“It would be an opportunity to learn,” Barkley said. “But my plan, and what I hope to do is to start right away, and to make an impact right away. So we’ll see what happens, and where I end up. But my goal is to be playing come September.”

Barkley measured in at 6-2 ½ and 227 pounds. His hand length was 10 1/8. Barkley will not throw at the combine because he’s still rehabbing from shoulder surgery, but he’s expected to be fully healed by the time his pro day comes around on March 27, and will throw then.

Barkley also was asked about the trend of read option quarterbacks having success in the NFL the last two years. Barkley said he considers himself more of a pocket passer, and that there will always be a need for signal callers who can consistently make plays from the pocket.

“I think the NFL you’re always going to have to be a passer,” he said. “It’s a passing game. And as much as the read option is successful, I think the Super Bowl-winning quarterback is similar to how I play. And that style and that tradition, I don’t think that will ever fade.”

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  1. Carlsonkid says:

    There’s no way the Hawks would even sniff at Barkley with Wilson and Flynn on the roster already .

  2. It may be a very wise move sniffing and selecting Barkley. One less QB available to QB hungry teams. Flynn’s value goes up considerably if we take a QB off the board. Also, he’s a really good QB and that never hurts to have on your team!

  3. OregonHawk says:

    If Barkley is a pocket passer, that does not fit the profile that Pete wants. IE someone with Wilson’s abilities so the play book can stay the same.

  4. Helenahawk says:

    Nah, he’ll go to high, and wouldn’t be the value the Hawks need from a high pick. Schneider and Carroll aren’t the type to waste a pick like that. I am dying to see what they come up with this year. They had it all working well last year!
    Wonder how the draft pundits will respond, with the egg on their faces from last years comments? Most of them won’t even acknowledge their gaffes. But I bet they are more careful with their criticisms.

  5. Regardless of who is playing behind center it is the coaches job to maximize the talent that he has on the field. Obviously a pocket passer is not going to have read-option plays called for him but that is a small fraction of our offense. What would have to change is the level of pass protection. Wilson and Lynch both make the O-Line appear better, simply by their respective abilities. I highly doubt that our coaching staff wants RW to have to scramble out of the pocket to extend plays. Ideally he, or whoever is qb, can sit back there and pick their nose while waiting for a receiver to come open.

    Wilson, first and foremost is an accurate passer inside our outside the pocket. If he wasn’t, the fact that he has great ability to extend plays with his legs wouldn’t mean diddly squat.

  6. Soggybuc says:

    What Galena said basically, they still had tons of standard runs and pocket plays installed. like any good coaching staff they only leaned on the read option heavily when the opposition couldnt stop it.

    Don’t forget Barkley was Pete’s guy for a long time. rumor is PC was watching Barkley from the 8th grade on. really shouldn’t have been a shock when he went with RW as starter last year, he did the same thing with MB when at USC. whats a bigger leap of faith? starting a 4 year major conference Qb who played at a high level as a NFL rookie or starting a High school kid at a top 20 major conference BCS contender.

  7. OregonHawk says:

    What I was trying to say, is at the end of this last season I remember Pete saying that he would like to find a QB with the same style of play as Wilson for a backup

  8. You bring in a scrambling Seneca/Portis/Tavaris type of player if RW goes out and you have what? A big drop off. This isn’t a Kap coming in for Alex Smith type of situation. Flynn fits nicely behind RW because he’s good and the O coordinator will figure out which of the plays in the play book Flynn can pull off. Same story with Barkley.

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