While the world is affixed on what the QB competition in Seattle is doing, there are a few behind the scenes battles that are going on. The middle linebacker competition can be found here. There are plenty more battles going on here in Seattle that need to be addressed. While the QB battle is going to remain the focus of everyone around the world, the Seahawks, and 12th man need to be aware of another.
Points. The main focus on a football team is points. What team can put up the most, which selection of players allows their respective teams to out score their opponent. The QB battle is an important one because the QB is the one leading the charge. What happens when he can get them close, but he just can’t finish it off? That’s right, the kicker.
Here in Seattle we used to have a talented, unwavering kicker that could hit anything inside of the 50 yard line. He played for several years before leaving here to join up with a division rival, and become one of the most hated ex-Seahawks. Josh Brown was a gifted kicker, he usually nailed anything when his number was called. Per Espn.com Brown nailed 116/145 of his kicks hitting 80% of the time.
Once Brown skipped town, the Seahawks called on an aging reliable kicker by the name of Orlindo Mare. Mare himself was an extremely focused kicker that managed an outstanding 87% of his kicks in three years, nailing 73/83 of his kicks, as well from espn.com. Mare got motivated after an enraged Jim Mora called him out after missing two kicks for the Seahawks.
After Mare departed for greener grass elsewhere. The Seahawks pulled in another kicker by the name of Steven Hauschka. While Hauschka has only been here in Seattle for one year, he has managed a respectable 83.3%, nailing 25 of 30 kicks.
Pete Carroll praises competition. He says it brings the best players to each position, and allows the team the best chance of winning. So who exactly did the Seahawks bring in to compete with Hauschka. An undrafted rookie out of Purdue named Carson Wiggs. Wiggs is another outstanding kicker that has put a lot of work into his kicking. His four-year stint at Purdue he racked up 56 kicks on 76 tries. That only adds up to a 73.7%. In his senior year, Wiggs made 19 of 25 kicks missing two kicks under 40 yards per Washingtonpost.com.
In the preseason we should see two gifted and outstanding kickers. Be on the lookout for who Pete Carroll calls out onto the field to attempt the tries when the QB(whoever it turns out to be) cannot make it far enough. The battle will be between number 4(Steven Hauschka) and number 6(Carson Wiggs). Chances are very good that only one of these kickers make it to the regular season to play with the Seahawks to amass more points. Who is your vote? Who holds the better chances?