The competition for who will be the Seattle Seahawks' starting quarterback when the season gets underway is up to three, according to head coach Pete Carroll. After the three-day rookie mini-camp wrapped up May 13, Carroll was impressed enough to give Wilson the shot publicly.
"Here's what I'm going to say about it, he's in the competition," Carroll said. "He showed us enough, he's in the competition."
That's the biggest tell of just how well Wilson did, that Carroll made a public statement saying the rookie would be in the mix. The fact is, of course, that he's a QB, so there will always be at least some level of consideration. To put it out there for the press and fans to chew on means he really is giving the rookie a shot. If Wilson is the best QB on the field before the first game, he will have earned the starter spot.
Joining an elite club?
If he were to be named the starter, Wilson wouldn't be the only one from this rookie class. Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III have already been told they will start for their teams. For the latter, the Washington Redskins have an interesting fallback plan. By drafting another great rookie QB prospect in the person of Kirk Cousins, they set up an interesting dynamic. Plan B for a RGIII bust?
The money Seattle agreed to for Matt Flynn and the impressive game he had versus the Detroit Lions put him as the obvious favorite, but Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell might like to give Tarvaris Jackson another shot if he looks decent in camp.
Whoever it is, the Seahawks are primed for a good season
The speculation will probably conclude Flynn will be the starter with Jackson and Wilson competing for the primary backup spot, but it's far too early to give too much credence to speculation. Whoever is taking the snaps, the improvements made to what was building last season on offense and defense will give him the chance to perform. The Seahawks may not take the NFC West from the 49ers, but it will be a battle, and both are going to the playoffs.
Jeff Musall has been a fan of the Seattle Seahawks since he was a kid living in a small Idaho town in the late '70s and became a football fan.
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