Monday cyber surfing: ‘Hawks face winning expectations for first time under Carroll

Good morning, here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, July 23.

Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times discusses the increased expectations the Seahawks face heading into 2012 after the team has shown glimpses of greatness through two seasons under head coach Pete Carroll, “Now comes the really hard part — actually winning. The replenished Seahawks will face that pressure for the first time. But every team on the brink of a breakthrough must go through this. The encouraging thing is that, with Carroll in charge, it’s not like the Seahawks have been babied to this point. Carroll applies pressure daily in his competitive-based program. Even when the Seahawks have been comically overmatched, he has coached them as if preparing for a championship run. It means that, though the Seahawks are operating under new conditions, they don’t have to change much to adjust to it.”

John Clayton of ESPN.com answers reader-submitted questions in his latest ‘mailbag’, and takes a look at some of the notable training camp battles around the League, “The most interesting battle to watch is the three-way quarterback fight in Seattle. Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson battled equally in OTAs and in minicamp. Competition is great, but part of this year’s training camp is getting that quarterback ready for the opener with fewer practices to get the offense to respond. The Seahawks have only 12 practices before their first preseason game. The training camp portion of the preseason contains only 15 practices. There are only five more practices over the final two weeks of the preseason. That’s 20 practices and four preseason games. Having good competition at quarterback is one thing, but at some point, Carroll and other coaches around the league need to focus on getting that starting quarterback ready for the opener.”

Here at Seahawks.com we showcased a series of Seahawks Insider’s over the weekend, including video segments with Kam Chancellor, Zach Miller and Russell Wilson. Digital media host Tony Ventrella discusses everything from the players’ 2012 expectations, their football careers to date, and how they got to where they are today.

Don Banks of SI.com answers 10 questions around the NFL as teams prepare to enter training camp, and offered this on if there really is going to be a three-way quarterback competition in Seattle, “We know how much Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll likes the word ‘competition,’ because he uses it more than Bill Belichick drops the ‘it is what is’ chestnut on us. But not all competitions are created equal. Logic tells us free-agent addition Matt Flynn is in the driver’s seat in Seattle, ahead of both 2011 starter Tarvaris Jackson and rookie third-round pick Russell Wilson. But Flynn’s meager track record — two NFL starts — means there’s no reason to anoint him the clear-cut No. 1, so Carroll didn’t. He wants Flynn to work and earn the job in the preseason, because it’ll count for more in the locker room if he does. That’s just the way the NFL works. The QB storyline will consume all the oxygen in Seattle’s training camp, but in reality, it’s Flynn’s job to lose. If the Seahawks were happy with Jackson, they wouldn’t have signed Flynn and spent their highest pick on a quarterback in 10 years by taking Wilson. And despite Carroll’s infatuation level with Wilson’s potential, the smart and resourceful rookie figures to be a Wildcat package option this year, with a better chance of beating out Jackson for the backup job than truly pushing Flynn for the starting gig. Unless he falls on his face(mask) in August, Flynn should be the last man standing under center in Week 1.”

And finally, for a broader look around the NFL Peter King of SI.com is back from vacation and gives us his version of ‘Monday Morning Quarterback’, after the column was taken over by guest-writers the last four weeks.


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