Tony Softli, an ESPN NFL insider and former personnel executive for both the Carolina Panthers and St. Louis Rams weighed in on the three-way quarterback battle during his radio interview on ESPN 710 in Seattle.
Softli joined Seattle’s “Bob and Groz” on Wednesday and explained how he felt about the possibility of Matt Flynn starting, rookie Russel Wilson taking over before season’s end, and how incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson will be the “odd man out.”
“I think he is the future, there’s no question,” Softli said. “Flynn, Jackson, they better not open the door because this guy will slam it shut.”
Softli continued describing Wilson as the fourth best quarterback in the draft, next to Andrew Luck, RG3, and Ryan Tannehill. Yet five other quarterback managed to get picked up before Seattle grabbed Wilson off the board. The Wisconsin product stepped up and made the two-way battle between Flynn and Jackson a lot more interesting during his rookie camp, which is obviously saying something. Softli noted that he was “a steal by Shneider and Carroll to get him in the third round.”
Wilson glaring negative still remains, his 5’10″ stature. Softli discusses how Seattle can better deal with this issue.
“You’re going to have to roll him out, you’re going to have to play him a little bit like Wisconsin did,” he said, “But I think this guy can also stand in the pocket and really deliver some nice balls. I like everything about this guy.”
During another interview on “The John Clayton Show,” he declared that he believed that Wilson will “overtake” Flynn and take up the sign caller position sometime down the stretch of this season. He believes that the money paid for Flynn, $10 million guaranteed, means nothing about who will become the starter. Jackson, according to Softli, will not have a very good chance, despite what other articles and comments may be saying.
”I think that once he picks up this offense he’ll be ahead of Flynn not only athletically but positional attributes as well,” Softli said. “I like what Flynn brings to the table because he does have some experience, and I think it’s going to be a good competition between the two, but when it’s all said and done I think Wilson will be the guy.”
Back and forth we go. Everyone has their opinion, including this writer. I too believe that Wilson will be the future of the Seahawks franchise. All in due time of course. Miami has decided to sit their new rookie Ryan Tannehill, the eighth overall pick in the draft due to hoping to train him further, and yet Wilson made the three-man competition worth watching. Jackson has too many glaring errors that need to be looked into. His timing and defensive reads have been a weak portion of his abilities, yet his arm strength and playing through his injury last season were both commendable and should be noted. Flynn makes things consistent and not too flashy. However, as the coaching and managers staff has stated, he has “wowed” them yet. In time Wilson will become the starting quarterback, he’s got to much talent not to be. It will just depend on how well the players in front of him succeed. Hopefully Softli will be right and Wilson will become “the guy.”
(quotes and info pulled from mynorthwest.com and espn.com)