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Wilson not scared of Seahawks quarterback competition

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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said recently that contracts wouldn’t play a part in his decision-making at the quarterback position.

That’s great news to the one who will make the least money this year.

Third-round pick Russell Wilson didn’t sound intimidated in the least, during an interview with KJR in Seattle, via SportsRadioInterviews.com.

“No, I’m not afraid at all of being a starter at all,” Wilson said. “I’ll be ready to go whenever my name is called. … It’s just like I always say, and I don’t know if you follow me on Twitter at all or anything like that, but I always tell people that are close to me that there’s no time to sleep. I’ve got no time to sleep. You’ve always got to be ready to go.”

Nothing against Wilson, but if he wins the competition, Seahawks fans are the ones with reason to fear.

Seattle just spent to bring in Matt Flynn ($19 million over three years, with $10 million guaranteed), and they have holdover Tarvaris Jackson at $4 million non-guaranteed.

If Wilson beats out Jackson (not inconceivable), the Seahawks can save a significant amount by releasing the former Vikings starter.

But if Wilson beats out Flynn, that’s a lot of money wasted.

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28 Responses to “Wilson not scared of Seahawks quarterback competition”
  1. swingondeesenuts says: Jun 11, 2012 2:33 PM

    For a team with as many holes as the Seabags to waste $19 on a career back up AND a 3rd round pick on a guy who can’t play at the NFL level just shows that Pete Carroll belongs in College, not the pros. He would have never left USC if the Reggie Bush scam wasn’t about to break. With an improving NFC West look for Carroll to go 6-10 and be canned in 2013.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 11, 2012 2:36 PM

    Russell always tells people close to him “there is no time to sleep”, and those people answer, “Please Russell, just shut up for a while, I’m sooo tired…”.

  3. barackfan says: Jun 11, 2012 2:36 PM

    Russell will see playing time.

  4. qdog112 says: Jun 11, 2012 2:43 PM

    If money and not talent, is the determining factor on who starts, then each player should wear a price tag, so we know what to expect and loud to boo, when he stinks. You know, give them their money’s worth. If Wilson beats out Flynn, just take the loss and move on. You certainly don’t wanna throw good money after bad.

  5. achamarro1 says: Jun 11, 2012 2:46 PM

    Jackson’s days are numbered. Wilson is a very smart qb and is a hard worker he will take the backup position and jacksin will be released. Thats a easy guess. Why keeo him on board for 4 mil

  6. blacknole08 says: Jun 11, 2012 2:46 PM

    Welcome to PFT Darin!

    Topic: Wilson could very well win this competition, but they have to play Flynn as the Seahawks have invested a good chunk of money in him. Then again Flynn could turn out to be Scott Mitchell or Kevin Kolb; he’s only started 2 games after all. But the Hawks won’t know until they throw Flynn into the fire.

    If they figure out their QB situation, this could be a team on the rise. They have arguably the best secondary in the NFL, young pass rushers, and Marshawn Lynch. This could be a team on the rise in 2012.

  7. xplicitpits says: Jun 11, 2012 2:47 PM

    From what I’ve heard, is there is a good chance Tarvaris will be asked to restructure his contract or get cut, if he’s not the clear cut starter by the time August rolls around.

  8. blackfootkiller says: Jun 11, 2012 2:49 PM

    You sound like a fan boy writing something like this.
    It’s not YOUR money so why does it matter what they spent trying to find a QB? Seattle isn’t in any kind of salary cap bind, and in today’s NFL 19 million over 3 years is chump change for a QB. Even if Flynn doesn’t pan out, the loss on the investment is very manageable.

  9. anactualnflowner says: Jun 11, 2012 2:49 PM

    In situations like these you have to assume that the Seahawks look at it as in they have a total amount of money invested in 3 quarter backs for which they are paying a premium hoping that the best of the 3 can be a pretty good QB.

    If you are a team that is winning games on the heals of good QB play, worrying about the salary cap in the future is a good problem to have.

    My only issue is that QB might not be a position where competition breeds success. QB might be a position where competition might create confidence issues, limited reps, and also possibly divide the locker room.

  10. theashleyguy says: Jun 11, 2012 2:57 PM

    If Wilson beats out Flynn that is a moderate amount of money wasted by the Hawks (at least modest by NFL quarterback standards), not a lot of money wasted like you wrote here. Nearly every sports site (this one included) has commented on what a smart business deal the Seahawks made regarding Flynn. I am inclined to think that Flynn’s going to win the competition but if Wilson does, that would be spectacular. What a nice problem to have! We really can’t lose on this situation.

  11. volsunghawk says: Jun 11, 2012 3:01 PM

    Why would Hawks fans have reason to fear? Flynn’s contract isn’t even remotely crippling – especially if he ends up as the backup.

    Sure, if Seattle had given Flynn a Kolb-level deal, then you’d have to worry about such a large percentage of the cap just sitting, but that wasn’t the case.

    In the end, there’s no guarantees that Flynn turns out to be anything other than the next Scott Mitchell or Rob Johnson. Until he wins the job and proves he can be a franchise QB, all Flynn is is a guy with a couple of nice starts in relief mode for a SB caliber team.

    And if Wilson beats Flynn out, that means he’s able to overcome any concerns about a lack of experience AND whatever significance Flynn’s contract represents. I think Hawks fans would (for the most part) be fine with that scenario, because it means the QB position has been upgraded.

  12. rodge1 says: Jun 11, 2012 3:07 PM

    He should be scared of the competition in Seattle. Those are 3 sure-fire backup-QB’s he’s competing with.

  13. hatesycophants says: Jun 11, 2012 3:31 PM

    Please stop comparing Flynn to Scott Mitchell. Mitchell was a drunk and a loser, but he started in Detroit and led them to the Playoffs twice. Seattle would be lucky if Flynn has half the career Mitchell had. What’s laughable is that any team would pay Flynn “starter” money based on two insignificant games.

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

  14. heyguru1969 says: Jun 11, 2012 3:39 PM

    Funny how everyone is talking about the QB’s, and not about the guys paid to get open and score. Nearly every QB in the league would be on the hot-seat explaining a lack of success with the likes of Ben Obomanu, Golden Tate, Deon Butler and Doug Baldwin as your receiving corps. Holy crap! Take away Zach Miller at TE (not that difficult for a decent D), and you’ve got yourselves a real bunch of subs and scrubs compared to the rest of the League. Pete Carroll had better hope this gang surprises everyone, or he’ll be headed out of town on a rail.

  15. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Jun 11, 2012 3:47 PM

    gantt is correct. a 19 million dollar deal is a lot for a guy who may not be the starter. 24-26 million is a lot of money invested in 3 unproven qbs (and there’s no guarantee that even 1 is a franchise qb).

    here is some perspective. cam newton signed a 5 year $20 million dollar deal.

  16. volsunghawk says: Jun 11, 2012 3:51 PM

    hatesycophants says:
    Jun 11, 2012 3:31 PM
    Please stop comparing Flynn to Scott Mitchell. Mitchell was a drunk and a loser, but he started in Detroit and led them to the Playoffs twice. Seattle would be lucky if Flynn has half the career Mitchell had. What’s laughable is that any team would pay Flynn “starter” money based on two insignificant games.

    Go Lions! Go Badgers!

    ——

    He led them to the playoffs twice? I always thought Barry Sanders had more to do with it than a guy who never completed 60% of his passes.

    In the end, though, the point is that Mitchell was supposed to be this great prospect based on limited appearances. And what he turned out to be was pretty much your average journeyman QB. There’s a very good chance Flynn ends up in that same mold – which is one reason why the Seahawks didn’t break the bank for the guy.

    But if you’re truly put off by the comparison, fine. Substitute Elvis Grbac in there.

  17. colinsnooks says: Jun 11, 2012 3:57 PM

    Seahawks WRs are scared of the QB competition though.

  18. fargovikesfan says: Jun 11, 2012 4:13 PM

    Maybe if Jackson gets released Chilly will convince Shurmur to bring him to Cleveland so that he can continue to lump his moldy clay or whateverthehell he said when he traded up and wasted a draft pick on him.

  19. offthelows says: Jun 11, 2012 4:22 PM

    it’s an understandable philosophy especially when you don’t have an established upper tier QB, which the Seahawks haven’t had for awhile as Hasselbeck had declined in his last 3 years in Seattle. That said, I don’t buy a competition that is on equal footing. Flynn would have to bellyflop, because bottom line is, the owner would be asking what the heck are you doing with my money, spending $6 million a year plus on a backup QB? Flynn doesn’t have huge second contract money as a starting QB, but it’s very hefty as a backup.

  20. theashleyguy says: Jun 11, 2012 4:33 PM

    heyguru1969
    You are absolutely right about the quality of the receiving corps here. They haven’t done anything (although now you would have to add Kellen Winslow to your positive comments about Zach Taylor). We didn’t have a single receiver who even finished in the top 40 in 2011. There are two issues that would suggest Pete Carroll won’t get run out of town:
    1. Nothing happens in a vacuum. The receivers weren’t that strong but is that because of mediocre QB play (Jackson finished ranked 20th)? Because of an offensive line that is one of the youngest in the NFL? Or poor receiver play? Obviously a combination and not just the receivers.
    2. Pete Carroll and John Schneider inherited a terrible team in which EVERYTHING needed to be fixed. They fixed the defense in a hurry and it will probably be in the top 3 this year. They have started on the offensive line (jury is still out on that one). The QB situation may not be fixed but it is going to be significantly better. The tight ends look like they will be tremendous. Rice is beginning to look like a too-often-injured bust but I think next year we fix the receiving situation.

    You can’t fix it all immediately. In the real world, a complete team overhaul takes 3-5 years. Personally I think he is doing a tremendous job.

  21. trollhammer20 says: Jun 11, 2012 4:58 PM

    I just don’t see Carroll going with anyone other than the guy who is going to give them the best shot to win games, whoever that may be.

    What’s worse? Going 9-7 with a rookie, or 6-10 with a guy who’s getting paid more? That said, I’d be surprised if anyone other than Flynn is under center. I think the job is his to lose. Even if he’s only as good as Jackson in practice, there’s a chance he’ll make better decisions in pressure situations during the season. That’s where Jackson didn’t get the job done.

    As for the Cam Netwon salary comparison, that’s laughable. If the salary rules hadn’t changed, Cam would be making twice as much as all three of Seattle’s QBs combined. Free agents have paid the dues of the rookie contract and are eligible for bigger paydays….as it should be.

  22. savannahrose44 says: Jun 11, 2012 5:13 PM

    No Seahawk fan fears loss of money here. Flynn’s contract is extremely team friendly. The only thing we fear is another year of crumby QB play. Time to put that fear to rest.

  23. savannahrose44 says: Jun 11, 2012 5:21 PM

    heyguru1969 says:
    Jun 11, 2012 3:39 PM
    Funny how everyone is talking about the QB’s, and not about the guys paid to get open and score. Nearly every QB in the league would be on the hot-seat explaining a lack of success with the likes of Ben Obomanu, Golden Tate, Deon Butler and Doug Baldwin as your receiving corps. Holy crap! Take away Zach Miller at TE (not that difficult for a decent D), and you’ve got yourselves a real bunch of subs and scrubs compared to the rest of the League. Pete Carroll had better hope this gang surprises everyone, or he’ll be headed out of town on a rail.

    “You know nothing John Snow.”

  24. Jeff says: Jun 11, 2012 5:39 PM

    I’m glad Wilson has been playing well in OTAs and mini-camp, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. He’s a rookie QB and they haven’t put the pads on yet. TJack doesn’t get much credit, but he played tough when the O-line struggled early in the season. Wilson would have to blow us away in training camp to end up starting.

    The fact that he’s even in this competition right now (notice that Josh Portis is not) is a great sign for his future with the team.

  25. marko959 says: Jun 11, 2012 6:53 PM

    I think Matt Flynn has the chance to be just as good as Matt Hasselbeck was in Seattle. Don’t know if that’s good or bad.

  26. randallflagg52 says: Jun 11, 2012 10:35 PM

    marko959 says:Jun 11, 2012 6:53 PM

    I think Matt Flynn has the chance to be just as good as Matt Hasselbeck was in Seattle. Don’t know if that’s good or bad.

    ==================================

    Matt Hasselbeck was a darn good QB back in the day, especially considering he was throwing the ball to nobodies.

  27. joetoronto says: Jun 12, 2012 6:44 AM

    Run, Pete, run!

  28. sweetnlow44 says: Jun 12, 2012 2:36 PM

    Come on, Gantt. Flynn’s contract isn’t crippling the Seahawks like you make it sound. 10 mil guaranteed over 3 years is nothing for a guy with potential. If he proves himself worthy in those 3 years he’ll be rewarded. If not, it’s not like a Kolb deal where they gave up a huge contract, picks, and one of the best corners in the league to get him.

    Flynn’s the favorite. TJack is a decent qb as long as he’s not pressured. That’s why he’ll always be mediocre at best.

    A healthy Rice and Williams would help the Qb’s out quite a bit, but unfortunately that’s not likely.

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