John McGrath of The News Tribune writes that by giving Russell Wilson a chance to earn the starting quarterback job, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll is just following the trend of other teams around the league going with talented, young signal callers.
McGrath goes on to say that Carroll’s decision may not be as unconventional as you think, based on the success of other rookie quarterbacks like Andy Dalton and Cam Newton.
McGrath: When the Miami Dolphins appointed Ryan Tannehill as their No. 1 quarterback Monday, the former Texas A&M wide receiver joined Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck, Washington’s Robert Griffin III and Cleveland’s Brandon Weeden as rookie quarterbacks whose future is now. Should Wilson flourish against the Chiefs’ first-team defense in Kansas City, it’s almost certain he’ll become the fifth rookie QB to earn a full-time gig this season.
In addition to those five rookie quarterbacks, five second-year quarterbacks figure to begin the season as starters: Cam Newton (Panthers), Andy Dalton (Bengals), Christian Ponder (Vikings), Blaine Gabbert (Jaguars) and former Huskies star Jake Locker (Titans).
To borrow a song title from The Who, another influential band that took the same Woodstock stage in 1969 as the Grateful Dead: The Kids Are Alright.”
Derek Stephens at ScoutTheSeahawks.com provides a run down on the performance of Seattle’s draft picks the past two weeks, ranking the players on their performance. Stephens on Wilson: “At first glance, Wilson seemingly picked right up where he left off in PS Week 1, again buying time with his feet, escaping pressure, utilizing play-action and exhibiting good accuracy. On second look, he showed us a little bit more this time around. What I liked about his performance this week, was that he actually stayed in the pocket and made some throws that indicated he could see the field just fine.”
Here’s my story on Wilson getting his first start against Kansas City on Friday.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that Sidney Rice is on the mend. It includes a picture of Rice during practice.
Steve Kelly of The Seattle Times writes that Carroll’s high-stakes, unconventional, three-way quarterback battle could define his legacy in Seattle. Kelly: “Carroll works without a safety net. This game of quarterback roulette only can be played by coaches who are secure in their jobs and supremely confident in what they do. Carroll is both.”
ESPN’s Mike Sando offers his thoughts on Russell Wilson getting his first start: “Carroll and Seahawks general manager John Schneider have kept an open mind about the position. They liked Flynn, but their commitment to him did not preclude the team from using a third-round choice for Wilson, another quarterback. And if there was evidence Wilson might be the better quarterback, Carroll wasn't going to stick to the script with Flynn. There was no script, anyway. The best player was going to play.”
Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald checks in with Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez and others from Wilson’s past, who all say they are now Seahawks fans.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post gives us a couple things to look for when watching Wilson on Friday – playmaking ability, execution against pressure, putting scoring drives together and ball security.
KJR’s Mitch Levy talks with Seattle defensive end Red Bryant in this audio link.
710 ESPN Seattle’s Brock Huard applauds Pete Carroll’s decision to start Wilson.