Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson may not have been ruled out entirely of the starting position in Seattle.
Within the discussions of Flynn verses Jackson, it seems as though Wilson’s chances have been brushed aside, if not all together passed over. Tony Softli, the former personal evaluator of the Carolina Panther and the St. Louis Rams, says otherwise.
Softli has been stated in saying that Wilson is a “star in the making” and that Flynn “will have his hands full in training camp.”
Matt Waldman of Football Insiders has gone as far to say that Wilson is comparable to that of another 6′ quarterback in the major leagues, none other than the New Orleans Saints prodigy Drew Brees. Waldman goes on to do an extremely in-depth analysis of the ex Badger, describing his abilities to improvise, throw receivers open, his quick play action game, and much more. You can view his in-depth article here.
“Considering the examples from Wilson’s junior year in the Atlantic Coast Conference where he’s effective on deep passes off play-action, throws receivers open, and improvises on the move, his potential to develop into an NFL quarterback is better than his height may indicate,” Waldman writes.
So why are we over looking an obvious player choice? Wilson’s stats are quite impressive when he was at Wisconsin. With 309 attempts, he completed 225 of his passes for a total of 3175 yards. That’s a 72.8 percent of his throws. He also throw 33 touchdowns and only allowed four interceptions. Four. That is an impressive statistic. Wilson is quick on his feet and can change a play on a moments notice to adjust for better results.
Mike Sando of ESPN.com chimes in on Wilson as well and how his arrival in Seattle may have been destiny to begin with.
“There has been nothing inauspicious about Wilson’s beginning to this point,” Sando writes. “He’s fallen into a perfect situation, one featuring an open-minded coaching staff, no established starter and a zone scheme requiring quarterback movement.”
It would appear that this quarterback competition is the “Never Ending Story” in Seattle. Until “Falkor the Luck Dragon” flies in and picks the “chosen one” for Pete Carroll, it will be our duty to keep our minds open to the idea that it may not end up being who we all think. Carroll himself is already tired of the questions about the situation.
“I keep telling my people up there that I’m gonna be patient, so you guys got to be patient or it’s going to be hard on you,” Carroll told NFL networks Lindsay Rhodes. “I gotta wait until we can figure it out.”
Information obtained from ESPN.com was used for the purpose of this article