There’s nowhere to go but up.
That’s the assessment of Dave Boling of The News Tribune on the performance of the quarterbacks in the first day of training camp for the Seattle Seahawks.
In the three-way battle for the starting quarterback job between Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson, Boling writes that each had their bright moments, but also combined for a collection of overthrows, misreads, tipped balls and interceptions.
And that’s not a good thing, considering that solving the quarterback issue is the No. 1 priority for Seattle head coach Pete Carroll at this year’s training camp.
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Boling: With a solid rushing attack and an elite defense already in place, an efficient, upper-half quarterback would be enough to put the Seahawks on the road toward long-term division contention.
“If all three fizzle, well, we’re all familiar with what 7-9 seasons feel like.”
My story today talked a little bit more on Carroll’s decision-making process in determining a starting quarterback, along with the aggressive play of Seattle’s ball-hawking defense. Here’s what Flynn had to say about the QB competition: “In training camp, it’s most important that you not look ahead. Really, you have to take it one day at a time, one slice at a time. Because if you start thinking about the first preseason game or what’s going to happen at the end of training camp, that’s when you start falling into mind traps.”
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times writes that the Seahawks are facing something unfamiliar in Carroll third year as head coach – high expectations.
Steve Kelly of the Seattle Times says the quarterback battle is the great unknown for the Seahawks, but also the key to whether or not this team has a successful season.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com offers this report from practice, which includes the highlight of the day, Richard Sherman’s interception return for a score.
More Farnsworth: He breaks down Day 1 of the quarterback competition.
John Boyle of the Everett Herald writes that Seattle’s three-man quarterback competition should not be an excuse for Carroll if the team struggles this year.
Curtis Crabtree of KJR-AM notes that Marshawn Lynch appeared to be in shape and moving well during the first day of practice.
Liz Mathews of ESPN 710 Seattle talks with receiver Antonio Bryant, who says “I feel like a Corvette.”
Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com says that Seattle’s quarterback competition is the No. 1 position battle in the league. Rosenthal likes Flynn to win the job.