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Morning links: Live chat with Rob Rang on Thursday

Post by Eric Williams on April 16, 2013 at 11:25 am with 82 Comments »
April 16, 2013 11:25 am
Arizona quarterback Matt Scott runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Arizona quarterback Matt Scott runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com published his annual “Diamonds in the Rough” series today. And Arizona quarterback Matt Scott, whom the Seahawks worked out recently, is at the top of the list.

Rang asks if Scott can transform into this year’s Russell Wilson. Also, we’ll be hosting a live chat with Rang this Thursday at 6 p.m. here on the blog. So make a note of the time and date, and bring your draft-related questions.

Rang: “A year ago I listed Russell Wilson in this space and it is precisely because of the success that he, Robert Griffin III and 2011 second-round pick Colin Kapernick had a season ago that I anticipate Scott contending for a spot within the first 100 picks of the 2013 draft. Like these three young NFL stars, Scott is a dual-threat at the quarterback position and one who demonstrated touch, velocity and accuracy while throwing five times as many touchdowns as interceptions last season. With only one full season as the starter after backing up Nick Foles, Scott is admittedly a work in progress but one I feel has the upside to warrant developing.”

The NFL regular-season schedule will be announced on Thursday, 5 p.m. Pacific time.

The Seahawks have the 11th toughest schedule in the NFL heading into 2013.

Elliott Harrison of NFL.com lists Seattle’s matchups with New Orleans and San Francisco on his list of the top 13 games in 2013.

Adam Caplan reports that former Jacksonville offensive lineman Eben Britton worked out for Seattle recently. Britton could serve as depth at offensive tackle if Frank Omiyale does not return in free agency.

Brock Huard and Danny O’Neil of ESPN 710 Seattle talk with Seahawks safety Earl Thomas in this audio link. Thomas had this to say about the addition of Antoine Winfield. Thomas: “I’m excited. He’s going to help us not only as far as his play but the mental side of the game. A lot of people don’t realize how much hours we put into just studying film and just trying to see what the offense is trying to do to us, and with him being in our corner and in a film room with him, we’re all gonna pick his brain. He’s been here a long time and he’s had a lot of success in the league, and I’m excited to see how he attacks the game and I’m definitely going to be watching.”

Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes about the series of functional movement tests the team’s strength and conditioning coaches perform on players to measure improvements in flexibility.

Former Seahawks Kennard Cox and Jameson Konz are two of 18 players invited to tryout for the Jaguars.

Larry older of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that the Saints have signed Seneca Wallace to a one-year deal.

Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports profiles the Trufant family, with Lloyd and Constance Trufant’s youngest son Desmond expected to be a first round pick in this year’s draft.

Mike Freeman of CBS Sports writes that NFL scouts have told him that the read option is forcing team to re-think the role of edge rushers.

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  1. SandpointHawk says:

    Mike Freeman didn’t even mention Russell Wilson. How soon they forget…

  2. Man, would I love to hear Flynn half-loaded, pouring out the story of what happened in Seattle last year. Then again, it might change my (mostly) rosy view of JS and PC, so nevermind….

  3. CDHawkFan says:

    I haven’t seen that the Winfield deal is final, but guess it has?

  4. Matt Scott, is a one year starter and not as accurate. Teams will overpay (drafting too early) for him. I’m just glad we won’t be one of them.

    Now that we have the best Slot CB, we can rest the honey badger talk….thank god. Teams will overpay for him as well.

    I hope the DT, S.Williams from NC will be there at 56th pick. Or Jessie Williams.

  5. Man, would I love to hear Flynn half-loaded, pouring out the story of what happened in Seattle last year. Then again, it might change my (mostly) rosy view of JS and PC, so nevermind….

    In that interview, Flynn seems pretty stoked to have the chance to compete for a starting job, and he doesnt come across as bitter…not that NFL.com would put anything of that nature up on their site lol!

    Good luck Flynn, Ive always hated the Raiders but with McKenzie there, Davis 6 feet under, and an underdog qb, I cant really hate them any more.

    Now, the Stealers, Whiners, and Pats?! Yeah, I hate THOSE guys!

  6. SandpointHawk says:

    Mike Florio talks with the Seattle Seahawks General manger, John Schneider about his amazing draft last season with Russell Wilson and becoming a contender in the NFL.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/16/pft-live-0416-john-schneider-mock-draft-5-8/

  7. SMH, Denver Broncos will have the best record in the AFC again and John Elway will get all the credit again….

    I’m still mad he finished second in the Executive of the year race. He didn’t do anything special!!!!

  8. Macabrevity says:

    Okay guys, since you’re all begging me for my draft prognostication (j/k) here it is…

    In the 2nd round, we take….
    Exactly who we would’ve targeted if we’d had a 1st round pick, but now getting that same player in the 2nd round our FO is hailed as genius-level trend-setters rather than having to hear the talking heads chant ‘reach’ again and again.

    3rd round….
    As above.

    :)

    Okay, I know, useless post, just as jacked as all the rest of you, and getting antsy!!!

  9. Singularitarian says:

    Matt Scott’s not doing it for me. I haven’t really seen a qb I like this year. That doesn’t mean that there can’t or won’t be one

  10. STTBM, I’m curious as to what you think Flynn could say to ruin your picture of the FO. Didn’t he get a fair shot? They may have thought he was “the deal” when they signed him. Doubt they promised him anything. Jackson felt abused but what the h…, they competed and got outplayed. Don’t think its all that complicated. There are always two sides to every story. I’m not putting Flynn down, but I think he got well-rewarded for his contributions last year.

  11. Thanks for that audio with John Schneider.

    A few things that stood out to me from the interview:

    1. Percy Harvin let his Agent know that he was interested in the Seahawks, and Harvin was aggressive about getting a deal done.

    2. John mentioned that they create the draft board specifically for our team with the implication that other teams wouldn’t get the value we will from the same picks. This should be a good reminder that our picks are unlikely to line up with the mocks again this year.

    3. He also seemed to dismiss the notion that we have only a few spots to fill. He went on to talk about how he also must consider existing salaries and who we have to step in as the next man up to replace players who move on.

    4. He also said his salary models account for the fact that QB, LT, and pass rusher are premium positions, which are expensive to fill.

    I’d love to spend a few hours discussing draft strategy with Schneider.

  12. chuck_easton says:

    tealskin,

    What STTBM is referring to is the report from a camp insider that stated Flynn outplayed Wilson during training camp, but the FO had made it’s mind up to go with Wilson despite him not having the same practice level.

    Flynn (and Jackson) both felt somewhat miffed that there wasn’t a true competition and that the final decision was to push Wilson to prove that the FO knew what they were talking about.

    There is even talk that the players themselves were pro-flynn over Wilson.

    As it turned out, everything worked out just great as Wilson rose to the occasion. But at the time of training camp the inside word is the players were all pulling for Flynn and were not happy with the choice to go rookie.

  13. yankinta says:

    yeah, a KJR Radio Host or CoHost called RW a Teacher’s Pet. That he wasn’t good enough cuz he’s short and was only a Rookie….. I was SMH,, cuz I knew he was the real deal from day one….

  14. Screensmoke says:

    Yankinta-I’m starting ro think your the 2nd coming!

  15. yankinta says:

    MUST SEE THIS UPCOMING MOVIE – WESTERN PROMISES (BEST MOVIE IN 2013)

    http://www.nfl.com/videos/movie-trailers/0ap2000000160017/49ers-vs-Seahawks-Western-Promises

  16. STTBM-If you need to rekindle your hatred for the Raiders, just go to a bar that’s showing a game of theirs.

  17. We should find out soon enough what Flynn brings to the table as a starter with Oak. I think he’s got what it takes IF he has protection.

  18. Matt Flynn reminds me so much of Matt Damon. Kinda weird.

    I’m interested to see what he can do. I just know we have the right guy in Russell Wilson.

    There is not a guy in the league I’d rather have. I’m not saying he’s the best in the NFL. He’s just the perfect fit for Seattle.

    GO HAWKS!

  19. chuck_easton says:

    Not that it will mean anything for the Seahawks. They caught lightning in a bottle with Wilson and have no reason to look back.

    My hope is that Wilson continues to grow as a leader and as a polished playcaller, all the while Flynn goes on to show he is a very capable starter down south.

    That would show that Seattle did know what they were doing. Flynn would have been fine, but Wilson is special. That is a win for all parties.

  20. HonHawksLSB says:

    Wow. Tim Ryan and Pat Kerwin talking about Antoine Winfield pick up on Sirius/XM Radio and they are saying reports are Minn was unwilling to guarantee any of Winfield’s salary and that is why he chose Seattle.

    They love the pick up for the Hawks and think this could be the most dangerous secondary in the NFL. Duh…

    They are breaking down a future match up of the 49ers and think that the only mismatch would be going 4 wide and isolate Winfield to take him out of the slot. Talking about putting Crabtree in the slot also.

  21. SMH = “Shaking my head”?

  22. tealskin says:

    Chuck, the three-way competition took away from everybody in pre-season. From what I saw of Flynn in the pre-season games I was underwhelmed. My guess is that most veterans need to be won over by a rookie. Wilson was a “pet” picked to prove how right the FO was? As it turned out, they were right. We’ll see how Flynn does when given the chance. Don’t wish him ill, but I have no doubts who the better QB is.

  23. seahawksteven777 says:

    Over/under on the number of games the Seahawks are in prime time? I’d have to say we have 4 or 5 of them. :)

  24. yankinta says:

    Yes, SMH = “Shaking my Head”

    Seahawksteven777, I counted at least 5. Here’s the list again. You can count on East Coast Biased Talking Heads complaining about Seahawks getting too much PrimeTime,, the next day though. smh..

    FOR SURE :
    @ Colts (Russell Wilson vs. Andrew Luck)
    @ ATL (Rematch)
    @ 49ers (Top 2 teams in the NFC/NFL)
    vs 49ers (Top 2 teams in the NFC/NFL)
    @ Texans (Top 5 teams in the NFL)
    Maybe :
    @ NY Giants (??)
    vs. Saints (Rematch of the playoff game 2 years ago??)
    vs. Vikings (PH versus old team)
    vs. Rams (maybe??)

  25. tealskin–Who knows what really went on behind closed doors? According to the article, Flynn was actually a gunslinger in practice and camp, regularly leading the recievers downfield, and was outplaying the other two qb’s by such a margin the players were already on his side and sure he would be the starter. His take was Flynn took the safest option in the preseason games because the recievers werent as open, and he wanted to prove to Coach that he could play ball-control and wasnt going to gamble in games unless asked to.

    Also, at the time I was suspicious of Carrol and companies comments, as the reports from camp attendees seemed to say Flynn was doing very well, yet that wasnt the way Carrol portrayed it. Damning him with faint praise, as my father would say. I smelled a rat at the time, and to me they seemed to be tilting the field towards Wilson.

    Again, who the hell knows? But its damned interesting. And depending on how things shook out, I might end up losing a lot of respect for Coach and company, so perhaps its best we never know the dirt.

    As it stands, Wilson is a gem, and everything looks rosy.

    As for Da Raiders, I may not hate them as much any more, but their fans are often detestable. We have a bunch where I live, and they are what you’d expect; low class. (Sorry Eric! I realize not all Raiders fans are that way!)

  26. And while T-Jack kinda got the shaft, his real last chance was the first scrimmage, where he threw a ton of balls in the dirt, and completed something like 2 of 12 passes. I thought then (esp viewing and listening to Carrols reaction) that Jackson was done as a hawk then and there, the rest was just useless drama.

    Yeah, the three-way hurt all three qb’s. Good thing we wont be having any of that this year.

  27. tealskin says:

    I think back a year about the alternate reality available. Flynn beats out Jackson (most likely) and Wilson rides the bench for a season to gain experience. What would their record have been? I think, it wouldn’t have been as good(maybe much worse). So is that the scenario that we would prefer. I’m just questioning the second-guessing.

  28. MoSeahawk12 says:

    I think we open the season, week one in SF. It wouldn’t surprise me if we finished the season against them in Seattle. I think the league will continue playing up this rivalry. They have been back loading a bunch of division games at the end of the season and we will again see the Rams, Cardinals and 49ers during late December. This year we win the games we should have and don’t lose the division by half a game to the 9ers. I think it will close to the end and we pull out the west with the 9ers second and the Rams third. We’re not going to start this season with training wheels like last year at AZ. Week one can’t get here soon enough!!

  29. chuck_easton says:

    tealskin,

    Nobody’s second guessing at all. As both STTBM and I both said, in the end the right call was made and Seattle has the frnachise QB they’ve been trying to find for decades.

    It sounds very much like it’s a good thing Wilson is the young man that he is or this could have gotten ugly in the locker room. Good on Wilson for stepping up.

    Now we root for Flynn to show he has what it takes with his new chance. Not because we don’t like Wilson but because it shows that Seattle did indeed have two very good QB’s on their roster and didn’t make a ‘mistake’ in signing Flynn. We know that drafting Wilson was the right move. But we know that after the fact. At the time it would appear that even the vets were not sold entirely.

  30. chuck – Shame on you for not being either/or. If you like Wilson – you must want Flynn to die and vice versa. That’s what it seemed like at times in the past.

    Where has pabs been?

  31. tealskin says:

    Seems like this subject was beaten to death a year ago. Still can’t understand why the FO would sit the QB thats outperforming, and you tried hard to sign and paid well, and start a rookie 3rd rounder that nothing is expected from. Fail to see the logic. Why wouldn’t it make as much sense to try to justify the acquisition of Flynn?

  32. chuck_easton says:

    Well my guess is that the FO saw something in Wilson, the person, the man, the professional, that hadn’t shown itself on the field. Even if Flynn was outplaying Wilson in practice something about the person screamed leader. You can’t coach heart, intellegence, determination to succeed. The guy’s got it or he doesn’t. Wilson has that.

    Flynn may have been the better performer in Camp, but Wilson and his work ethic just screams to be noticed. Those type of guys don’t come around often and when you see it, to grab it. The fact that he has the talent to go along with it is icing on the cake.

    But, by all accounts Wilson was every bit the rookie to start the year. That is why the team put the ‘training wheels’ on for the first few games.

    So, yes, I’m a Wilson fan. He is the undisputed leader of my favorite team. But I am also rooting hard for Flynn to succeed. Not because I think he got cheated in Seattle, but because it shows that he was more than capable. He just walked into a buzzsaw, a phenom, a once in a decade type of player that cannot and will not be denied his time in the spotlight.

    How is that not supporting Wilson?

    If supporting Wilson means I hope Flynn turns out to be the second coming of Ryan Leaf does that not indicate that I don’t think Wilson could do it unless his competition was garbage? I tend to think the opposite. Flynn would have been a very fine starting QB for Seattle.

  33. tealskin–Sure, the subject was beaten like a dead horse. But we had less information then. Its fascinating to wonder how the drama played out in real time at VMAC. Nobody is second-guessing the choice to go with Wilson, just wondering how the decision was reached and perhaps some second-guessing of the method. It would be insane to argue with the end result, at least IMO.

    I think their deal (FO and Coach) was that they never believed Flynn was the long-term franchise qb, and werent willing to bet their jobs on him, even for one year. And they wanted the credit for finding a gem in Wilson. And, by starting Wilson, they would have bought themselves more time–1-2 years at least–than if they had gone with Flynn and Flynn struggled. If Flynn had started, and sucked, and then they put Wilson in and he stunk, they wouldnt have looked too good.

    But had Wilson struggled, they would have still limped through the year and done okay and they would have next year as well, because a short rookie showing promise but struggling is more palatable to fans and owners than a high-priced FA busting.

    Or they could have played Wilson for 5 games, and if he handnt improved enough, they could have gone back to Flynn and still they would have had more time. It was a shrewd bet that turned in their favor, but it sounds like it wasnt totally above-board competition. And if so, that could undermine Carrols philosophy and cred with the players, so its probably left to speculation.

    Its all about making your job secure, and about JS and PC getting credit for finding a hidden gem. And it was the right call, though as I said, perhaps they didnt go about it in the most fair or truthful manner. That is unknown and unprovable by those of us who werent there at the time, but its interesting.

  34. I could care less about proving JS and PC right about Flynn, I just think they guy has worked hard and deserves a chance to start. Too bad he has to start for a messed-up low-talent team like the Raiders, but better than riding the pine right?!

    I think Flynn will be a good player, and I see nothing wrong about rooting for him. Rooting against him is classless.

  35. seahawksteven777 says:

    I’m just glad Carroll went with Wilson. More athletic, mobile, bigger arm, and harder working (it’s tough to outwork Wilson I would assume.)

    Flynn might be a good starter but he seemed kinda average to me from what I saw. Nothing wowed me like Wilson did with his play in the preseason last year.

    I wish Flynn well but I don’t think he’ll shine in Oakland. Not with that roster they have down there.

  36. chuck_easton says:

    Let’s say Flynn goes lights out and suddenly we are looking at a Seattle/Oakland Superbowl. Ok, now I’m in fantasy land, but hey it’s the off-season.

    That would make for an exciting build up with the national media! Of course if that were to actually happen I’d be rooting for Flynn to die the death of a thousand papercuts for that weekend. But it would make for some fun TV viewing. :)

  37. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    #56 kyle long that s where my money is.

  38. tealskin says:

    One more and then dropping it. Not advocating sainthood for PC/JS just giving them credit for what I see was a gutsy call(and sticking with it). Would have been much safer to have gone with Flynn. No controversy, but no sizzle. Seems some people are criticizing them for making the right decision. Sounds petty to say they made decision to make themselves look smart. FO’s are always having to re-evaluate, re-calculate, make adjustments, change their minds in order to stay ahead of the game. If feelings are hurt, sorry, but T.S. Tough biz all around.

  39. tealskin–re: “Tough biz all around.” Exactly! Flynn may have gotten caught up in the reality that new GM’s and coaches know they have to get a solid starter soon, and Carrol was on year three so he was running out of time. Of course PC and Carrol took into account how to secure their own jobs–its hard to win football games if youre fired! Not saying they did the wrong thing, or even for the wrong reasons; just that only part of the story is out there, and recent info sheds some interesting light on the process.

  40. Singularitarian says:

    please. Give it up guys. There was no conspiracy. It was very obvious what happened. D Jack never had a true shot, Wilson showed more upside and a faster line of imrovement, and had better production. He got the starting job. They were obviously not super impressed with Flynn as they just traded him for a ham sandwhich. If they thought they had Peyton Manning he would have been treated as if he were Peyton Manning. They drafted Wilson “hoping”(Carroll’s words) that he was the man they were seeing and hearing about. Turns out he was. There is no Flynn conspiracy here. Nobody else wanted him either.

  41. Singularitarian says:

    Maybe he does great in Oakland, probably not. I won’t be routing for or against him, I really could care less what he does as appossed to any other qb in the league. Being an overpaid backup on a team I route for for 1 year doesn’t make me wish you the best, or the worst.

  42. chuck_easton says:

    Nothing to ‘give up’. Seattle has their franchise QB they have been trying to find for years.

    Flynn didn’t get a chance to show if he is or isn’t an NFL starting calibre QB. Wishing him the best in Oaktown.

    How does that make me anti Wilson?

  43. chuck_easton says:

    And as to why I should care about Flynn? Despite the situation and what had to be a bruise to the ego Flynn appeared to be nothing but a team guy.

    I don’t get why I am supposed to suddenly hate him because he’s no longer a Seahawk?

    It’s one of those quirks about Seattle fans. If he’s on our team he’s god, walks on water, can do no wrong. The minute the guy signs elsewhere or gets traded he’s a bum, could never play and the team is better off.

    I can like Flynn the player, just like I can say I don’t particularly like the antics of Sherman and would definitely dislike him if he wasnt a Seahawk.

  44. freedom_X says:

    There’s a lot of revisionism going on here. If Wilson had performed poorly in pre-season, he would not have been named the starter. Period. So much for the idea that the front office predetermined Wilson would start no matter how Flynn performed.

    We were there. We saw how the momentum changed. Have we already forgotten that, just 9 months later?

    It’s true Wilson had a better chance to grab the starting job than most of us thought, but it was far from preordained. The players were spectators just like the fans. They may have seen one thing in minicamps and early practices, but they also saw things change later.

  45. chuck_easton says:

    Freedom,

    I don’t think for one nano second that Wilson hasn’t won over each and every man in that locker room. Testament to who he is as a person as much as a player.

  46. tealskin says:

    Chuck, don’t think people are rooting against Flynn. At worst its meh.

  47. GeorgiaHawk says:

    chuck_easton- And his father was a Lawyer. Should make you feel proud. Lol.

    BTW- I really hope Flynn does well in Oakland. If he does we will have a much happier Eric.

  48. sluggo42 says:

    Geez, you guys need to get another hobby! Endless chewing the same crap, over and over!
    I liked Wilson, Flynn is crap, track blah blah blah…

    Could the draft please get here?..??

  49. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    lol sluggo

  50. Ewalters7354 says:

    Say your last goodbye to Dexter Davis.Waived!

  51. chuck_easton says:

    Not dexder Davis? What is this FO thinking? We’re doomed now. Fire Pete Carroll!!!

    There Sluggo, better?

    ;)

  52. Ewalters7354 says:

    Lol chuck.Good one

  53. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Chuck is chucking it up today. Good to see you post more!

  54. GeorgiaHawk says:

    hawkfaninoklahoma- Where the hell have you been lately?

  55. princeaden says:

    Nice Chuck :)

  56. I remember Schneider and the hopes he had for Davis until he hurt that hip. It’s too bad.

  57. Hey Guys,

    I’m going to write a one year later article on Luck and Wilson and how both franchises struck ‘luck’ in getting franchise QBs (especially the team in the 3rd round). I would like to ask 3 fans of the Seahawks why they wouldn’t trade Wilson for Luck in 2-3 well thought out sentences. You can just post here and I’d say “chuckeaston” from the Seahawks Insider (or something like that). Whoever you are here – if you’re okay getting quoted like that – let me know and I’ll take the first three (good) quotes for it. Nothing bad will be said about you or Wilson.

    Then I’m going to visit a Colts site and get as many comments from their fans why they wouldn’t trade Luck for Wilson.

    The moral of the story is going to be that both have franchise QBs and wouldn’t trade their savior for anyone else in the NFL.

  58. Too bad about Dexter Davis. But the guy never hardly saw the field. Jameson Konz gone too. So much for late-round Leo prospects.

  59. princeaden says:

    BobbyK, I believe Wilson has more of a “Killer instinct” than Luck. When given the keys to the car, like in the second half of the Bears and Falcon game Wilson became the best QB on the planet. Whatever the “it” is that we all speak of, Russell Wilson has it !!

  60. sluggo42 says:

    I wouldn’t trade because even though they both have mad game skills and super smarts, RW has the “little guy”, complex that drives him to be better and more mentally prepared. Luck already knows he is “all that”, because he has been adored his whole life.
    When the pressure ratchets up, the higher level of mental preparedness will succeed. RW will be that person.

  61. Thanks. Only need 1 more from a Hawks perspective.

    (prince) – double thanks – this’ll be the second I’m you’ve been used and I appreciate it!

    Article won’t come out until a day or two before the draft. :)

  62. “time”

  63. FleaFlicker says:

    Funny video of Hass in his new home in Indy. Getting hustled by the rookie 3rd stringer.

    http://msn.foxsports.com/lacesout/matt-hasselbeck-pays-8000-for-jersey-number-after-chandler-harnish-makes-half-court-shot/

  64. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    just been lurking georgia

  65. I don’t know about you but . . . “just trying to see what the offense is trying to do to us, and with him being in our corner and in a film room with him, we’re all gonna pick his brain”

    Reading this made me VERY happy – I know these guys work hard but they clearly also, want to work smart – in todays NFL with reduced time with on field, these guys are going to have to be smarter and better in the film room and learning.

  66. Dukeshire says:

    Bobby- Russell Wilson plays angry, always feeling he has to prove he’s the best player on the field. Andrew Luck patiently allows his talent to take him to his destination. Urgency always wins out over acceptance.

  67. My recollection is that Flynn hurt his elbow and wasn’t available for the 4th preseason game. His elbow along with a weak arm to begin with made the decision easy for the Ariz game. Also, Tavaris didn’t bring anything new to the table. Anybody else remember anything about Flynn’s sore elbow?

  68. princeaden says:

    Sore elbow or not, I believe JS/PC got their guy that could “tilt the field” and were going with hell or high water.

  69. princeaden says:

    BobbyK, anytime I can run my mouth I will gladly jump :)

  70. Russell Wilson possesses the fire, passion, drive, determination and single minded focus to simply be the best. He will always be the underdog. He is the first to work and the last to leave. He leads by example, deflects praise in victory and takes responsibility in defeat. His attitude is infectious. He wins over locker rooms and fans in short order. He is the first franchise QB the Seahawks have ever drafted and I’ll be damned if we are going to trade him for anyone. A consummate professional. He is our “DEAR LEADER” and he is going to bring home the Lombardi Trophy.

    Andrew Luck is lucked.
    Russell Wilson is loved.

  71. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Don’t forget he has bigger hands too.

  72. ChrisHolmes says:

    Andrew Luck wears the horseshoe on his helmet as the successor to Peyton Manning, but Russell Wilson has the inner fire, the desire, the brains, the work ethic and the study habits of Peyton Manning. Wilson desires to be great, and to that end he puts in countless hours watching film, studying defenses, throwing to his receivers and learning how to be the best quarterback possible. Wilson is talented, sure, but he’s out-working everyone else too, just as Manning did when he came into the NFL, and that’s why I wouldn’t trade the guy for Luck. Or anyone else for that matter.

  73. Russel needs to overcome much yet. When players have a breakout year the NFL coaches take notice and scheme to take on any exploitable weakness they believe to exist. What remains to be seen is if RW can outwork their attempts to minimize his impact. Featuring RW would only focus the “all in” battle, that is what Harvin brings to the table.

    Percy will tilt the field away from RW and force the opponents to balance their defense while our running game continues to pound them mercilessly. Well played FO, well played.

  74. HawkFromDay1 says:

    BobbyK – Why I wouldn’t trade Wilson for Luck:

    While exhibiting similar skill sets (mobility, strong arm, smart, etc.), only one of the two won the job through an honest competition. Luck could have been named the Colts’ starter in February; Russell has had the world doubting him for 5 years and had to unseat an FA with a pretty good-sized contract. If a guy can maintain his confidence through that, being down 20 points in the 4th quarter of an NFC Divisional game should be no problem (and, as it turns out, it wasn’t).

    The Bears game last year was the turning point of the season – no doubt – that was as impressive a QB performance as I have ever seen from a Seahawk – Russell beat them with sheer willpower… twice.

  75. hawkfaninoklahoma says:

    I was recently reading a list of the top wide receivers in the NFL. They had three Seahawks wide receivers in the top 25. At #22 was Golden Tate, at #19 was Sidney Rice and according to them the second best WR in the NFL is Seahawks new acquisition Percy Harvin.

  76. GeorgiaHawk says:

    hawkfaninoklahoma, I recently read that list too. I think Baldwin was at #61.
    It will be fun watching this group together.

    BobbyK-
    Another advantage that Wilson has over Luck is their size. Lucks a big, (easier to get to target) that stays in the pocket too long taking far too many hits, (much like Ben) and that will catch up to him one day.

    Wilson on the other hand is harder for the Defense to see, ( one advantage to being shorter) so he doesn’t take on as many hits as Luck. Wilson also has better ability to dodge hits with his quick moves, slids and stiff arms.

  77. Most times he has succeeded but sometimes he has failed, but always I take heart from how Russel Wilson plays the game, the man in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short from time to time – because there is not effort without error and “short”coming, but who strives to do the deed, who knows the great enthusiasms, who spends himself in the worthy cause, who at best knows in the end the triumphs of high achievements and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.

  78. bbnate420 says:

    I’m really tired of debating Flynn/RW. I think it’s high time we go back to the Hass versus TJack debate. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHAHAHHA.

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