NFL coaches and talent evaluators are such because they actually know what they’re looking at when they see a quarterback in practice and in games.
But it will forever be a part of the NFL to see fans and front offices disagree fundamentally on the best course of action for a team. Take, for example, the Seattle Seahawks, who have just named Russell Wilson the Week 1 starting quarterback. The move comes as a shock to many because of the team’s offseason push to acquire former Green Bay Packers backup Matt Flynn.
Flynn was brought in to be the starting quarterback, but Wilson, a third-round draft pick has impressed Pete Carroll and the coaching staff so much, that it’s had to alter its decision-making and go with Russell to spark the offense. The season hasn’t started yet, and hyperbole often accompanies preseason hope.
But ESPN’s Adam Schefter made a statement that is as hilarious as it is intriguing — he called Wilson a “mini” Cam Newton.
The fundamental problem with the statement in itself is that fans and coaches alike don’t quite know everything there is to know about Cam Newton. We’re still all digesting the marvel we saw last season when it comes to the former national champion at Auburn. Next, it’s still the preseason, and thee’s still no real football in the books in 2012.
So could Schefter be right?
Carroll has been singing the praises of Wilson throughout training camp, explaining that the former Wisconsin standout has grasped the playbook in impressive fashion, despite the team not dumbing anything down for him in order to make it easier to digest. And then there’s the preseason games, where Wilson has put together an impressive array of moves and decision-making, all of which have been validated by impressive statistics that beat out Matt Flynn in nearly every major category.
So the jury is still out on Wilson, but right out of the gates, it’s going to be an interesting ride in Seattle.
Michael C. Jones is the Editor of Sports Out West. You can follow him on Twitter for more insight @MikeJonesTweets.
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