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July 17, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Wednesday links — Is Carroll a middle-of-the-pack coach?

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Training camp remains just over a week away, which means it also remains the time of year for NFL writers to compile list upon ranking upon rating.

One published today, by Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com, rates every coach in the NFL.

And in what might be a surprise to Seahawks fans, Prisco places Pete Carroll (above in a John Lok photo) at No. 15, behind the likes of Marvin  Lewis (13) and Rex Ryan (14).

Here’s what Prisco says of Carroll:

He’s done a nice job in Seattle, and his team is on the rise, but he has just two double-digit winning seasons in seven years as a head coach. His career record also has him only four games over .500. That’s just OK. He’s a hot coach now, but his record has him ranked in the middle.

Obviously, Prisco isn’t considering Carroll’s USC success. Seahawks’ fans, though, I think  do take some comfort in what Carroll  did at USC, assuming it shows he has what it takes to build, and then sustain, a consistent winner.

But as Prisco, when it comes to simply assessing Carroll’s NFL record (and his relative failures with the Jets and Patriots), the jury is out, making this something of a “prove-it” season for Carroll.

IN OTHER NEWS. …

— The Seahawks are mentioned a couple times in USA Today’s list of 13 burning questions for this season;

— Grantland.com offers an intriguing look at the “Gang of Four” rookie quarterbacks from 2012 and which ones will  continue to succeed, and concludes of Russell Wilson that “if the Russell Wilson who was torching the league at the end of the season is the guy we see in 2013, he’s the best quarterback amid the Gang of Four;”

Mike Sando of ESPN.com talks to Doug Baldwin in a piece noting that amid all the negative publicity in the NFL of late, there are lots of players doing lots of good, as well;

— Sando also has his daily look around the NFC West;

— Sando also offers another comparison of Wilson and Colin Kaepernick;

Chris Wesserling of NFL.com rates Seattle’s receiving corps No. 7 in the league;

— Finally, Wilson appears to be getting ready for the season:

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