Time to catch up on some links from the last few days. …
— SportsonEarth’s Mike Tanier rates the best and worst quarterback situations in the NFL, and while he writes a lot about Russell Wilson, he does not include the Seahawks as one of the five best QB situations. It speaks again to the ambiguities that Wilson’s play often elicits —- the team’s rise since he took over is undeniable, but he doesn’t rank as high when viewed strictly on statistics. That’s not to say that’s what Tanier is doing here. But Wilson’s lack of Manninig-esque stats often seems to be a way out for those who rate QBs and don’t always know what to do with him.
Even looking from a non-Seattle perspective on this, though, it seems like a case could be made for Seattle having a top-five QB situation. Maybe Wilson has yet to put up really big numbers, but he has proven he can win a Super Bowl. And Tarvaris Jackson is a pretty stable backup, having made 34 starts in his career and holding a respect in the locker room uncommon for most No. 2 QBs. Hard yet to know exactly what to make of Terrelle Pryor and how he will fit into things. But Seattle could have a No. 3 QB this year who at least has started essentially a full season in the NFL. All for roughly $3 million or so this season (a price tag that will go way up in 2015, but for now gives Seattle about as cheap of a quality QB situation as could exist).
Tanier, though, reserves his harshest judgment for former UW star Jake Locker. Tanier rates Tennessee’s QB situation as the worst in the NFL and writes of Locker that:
After three injury-marred seasons, Locker still looked like a toolsy rookie last year. He locked onto primary receivers, threw short passes too late, and had the ball placement of a blindfolded man trying to smell open receivers. Unlike most scrambling quarterbacks, Locker is not a good passer on the run: take him out of the pocket, and his passes look like baseball sliders. A coach looking to do a lot of read-option might have a chance to rehabilitate Locker, who runs like the wind and has a killer fastball. But (new Tennessee head coach Ken) Whisenhunt is not a read-option guy.
— Cornerback Tharold Simon was the winner of ESPN’s fan vote to pick a training camp surprise. We’ll offer our own thoughts on this topic soon.
— Packers fullback John Kuhn recently said at a banquet that the Seahawks and 49ers are “teams we’re looking forward to beating in the playoffs.”
— A hydroplane is honoring the 12th man.
— FootballPerspective says Wilson, at 25-1 odds to win the NFL MVP award, is a good play.
— Michael Bennett and Brandon Mebane rate well in this look at the best pass-rushing seasons in recent history.
— Here’s a complete list of training camp reporting dates and locations.
— Finally, speaking of Wilson, he graces the cover of the NFL’s official record book this year:
— Gil Brandt (@Gil_Brandt) July 14, 2014