A full-blown quarterback competition often makes it harder for the player who wins the job to compete with opposing defenses.
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who emerged from third on the depth chart to win the starting job last season, performed very well despite his relative lack of preparation, given the sharing of reps. This year, he realizes the benefit of being the starter from day one.
“It makes a huge difference, in terms of being a starting quarterback so early because you get all those extra reps,” Wilson said, via quotes distributed by the team. “Having those extra reps and being in situations, when the game is on the line, that type of situation, visualizing that type of success. You really have to be in those situations; more times than not. Knowing the actual plays, understanding the time it takes to get the ball out, with ones vs. ones every day. And our defense is one of the top in the National Football League. So we have to go against these guys every day. It’s so competitive. To be able to get three times more reps this year makes a huge difference.”
One of the guys with whom Wilson competed last year has returned, in Tarvaris Jackson. Joining him behind Wilson is Brady Quinn.
“The quarterback room is awesome right now,” Wilson said. “To be with coach [Carl] Smith, we have coach Dave Canales with us too, our assistant quarterback coach. And then to have Tarvaris and Brady in there, there’s a lot of experience in that room. And to have Tarvaris and Brady, two very intelligent guys who’ve been through the fire, to have that discussion with them on a daily basis is fun too. So we relax, and we make sure that we are always getting our work done. We have a great relationship, as you guys can probably hear we are always talking football, and always talking about what we could have done better. So they come up to me if they think I could have done something better. I come up to them if I see anything. So we have that relationship which is really good.”
Wilson was really good last year. With his talent and his work ethic and more opportunities to prepare during camp, he could be even better in 2013.