Art Thiel of Sportspressnw.com writes that he’s not shocked rookie Russell Wilson has pushed Matt Flynn for the starting quarterback job this early in his pro career.
Thiel: If Wilson does well Friday, life will grow complicated for Carroll and Flynn. But they’re big boys. At least, that’s the presumption. Flynn sat out practice Wednesday, with Carroll explaining it was to “rest his arm” and not because of injury, pout or punishment.
Whatever. The complexity for Carroll and Flynn is one of options, not desperation, as was the case last season with the hire of Jackson. The Seahawks have built a team where defense is first, the running game second and passing is third. They need a quarterback who can manage the operation, avoid mistakes and be as good in the red zone as midfield.
Practice reps are always helpful, but of dubious value as a primary metric for modern-era quarterbacks. You know what’s a bigger deal on the Seahawks’ offense? The fact that assistant coach Tom Cable is back.”
710 ESPN Seattle’s Jim Moore writes that Wilson seems like the best option, but isn’t a sure thing.
Here’s my story on Sidney Rice starting his first game of the exhibition season.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com talks with receivers coach Kippy Brown about the wide open competition at his position. Browns says he’s waiting for someone to step up and make plays consistently.
Doug Farrar of Yahoo Sports writes that Russell Wilson’s most impressive attribute so far has been his ability to improvise and effectively create plays outside the pocket.
710 ESPN Seattle’s Brock Huard says that Matt Flynn can’t let his frustration affect his play on Friday in this video link.
Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com ranks Pete Carroll in the middle of the pack of his NFL coaching rankings.
Gil Brandt of NFL.com says offensive lineman Breno Giacomini and linebacker Bobby Wagner are two players who need to step up for the Seahawks to flourish.
Kerry Byrne of Sports Illustrated wonders if Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson can survive a year of T.O.
Pat Kirwan of CBS Sports writes that Seattle offensive tackle Russell Okung is a player to keep an eye on for Pro Bowl consideration – if he can stay healthy.
Bill Barnwell at Grantland pens another interesting article and how new technologies available can help provide a fuller picture of what’s going on in an NFL game.