Former NFL player Matt Bowen, writing for the National Football Post, gives Seattle Seahawks head coach props for sticking to his overarching philosophy of competition, even after paying quarterback Matt Flynn a significant sum of money as the team’s potential starter this season.
Here’s what Bowen has to say about Carroll’s recent comments that money or high draft selection will not factor in his decision on who starts at quarterback in the three-way battle between Flynn, Tarvaris Jackson and Russell Wilson.
I dig that. I really do, because that’s not always the case in this league depending on the coaching staff (and front office) you play for. And true competition forces daily accountability on the practice field, in the meeting rooms and throughout the preseason schedule. More importantly, it provides real opportunities for anyone in a uniform when they are given reps.
Produce or give up your job to someone else.
I’m old and washed up when it comes to the game of football at the pro level. But if I could go back, the way Carroll coaches would be very attractive to me as a player. Because it sounds like there are no guarantees (at any position) on the Seahawks roster.
And that's how it should be when you are competing for jobs and money.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com profiles center Max Unger, who has emerged as one of the leaders on the offensive line entering his fourth season.
Clark Judge of CBS Sports writes that the quarterback competition is the biggest storyline heading into the start of minicamp today for Seattle.
Dave “Softy” Mahler of KJR-AM talks with Seattle receiver Ben Obomanu in this audio link.
Vinnie Iyer of the Sporting News ranks Matt Flynn No 24 among the projected starting quarterbacks in the league.
Rivers McCown of Football Outsiders takes a closer look at play action offense in the NFL. The Seahawks ranked among the top 10 offense in running play action about 22 percent of the time. And they showed some effectiveness because of the team’s ability to run the football. Houston is at the top of the list – no surprise with the Texans’ ability to run the football.