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Former exec thinks Russell Wilson will eventually be Seahawks QB

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The Seahawks have stressed the competitive aspect of their quarterback situation, though most expect Matt Flynn to be the guy to start the season. But one former NFL evaluator thinks rookie Russell Wilson’s the best of the lot, and will eventually win the job.

I think he is the future, there’s no question,” Tony Softli told the “Bob and Groz” radio show on 710 ESPN in Seattle. “Flynn, Jackson, they better not open the door because this guy will slam it shut.”

Softli’s a former college scouting director with the Panthers and Rams, so it isn’t an unqualified opinion.

While Wilson’s physical stature has come under scrutiny, Softli said Wilson “throws a better ball” than Drew Brees (which may be a bit of a stretch, there Tony).

“This guy is 5-foot-10 and five-eighths,” Softli said. “That’s the only reason that he went that late in the draft. A steal by [general manager John Schneider] and coach [Pete] Carroll to get him in the third round.

“You’re going to have to roll him out, you’re going to have to play him a little bit like Wisconsin did. But I think this guy can also stand in the pocket and really deliver some nice balls. I like everything about this guy.”

So did the Seahawks obviously, and there are enough signs pointing Wilson’s way that Softli may be right someday, even if he’s not quite the next Brees.

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5 Responses to “Former exec thinks Russell Wilson will eventually be Seahawks QB”
  1. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jul 13, 2012 1:23 PM

    Well, we can all agree that “Captain Composure” isn’t the QB of the future.

  2. rajbais says: Jul 13, 2012 4:06 PM

    I feel that he will to.

    If there’s no positive commentary about Flynn or Jackson. Carroll might as well insert him as the starter.

    My goodness. Maybe Ron Jaworski should have shortened his QB list to 25 from 30.

    Off the list:
    Matt Flynn
    Peyton Manning (didn’t play in 2011)
    Tim Tebow (He and Sanchez are two quarterbacks. Two QB’s = No QB!)
    Kevin Kolb (He’s going to miss playing time with his way of playing)
    Matt Moore (David Garrard is leading)

  3. seahulk9 says: Jul 13, 2012 7:51 PM

    I personally hope he starts, Flynn doesnt exude the confidence or leadership that wilson does. Wilson has a great arm and is for more athletic as well.

  4. onbucky96 says: Jul 13, 2012 8:05 PM

    Remember, Jaws thought Kellen Clemens would be the best QB from his draft class. He should start a scouting service with Matt Millen. Good Luck Russ, you’ll need it there w/those WRs.

  5. nepaseahawk says: Jul 13, 2012 11:55 PM

    russell exudes leadership and confidence .. i believe he is the only qb in seattle with the potential to be great

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