Training camps are open all over the NFL, press conference transcripts are falling from the trees and filling our inboxes.
Some significant comments immediately catch the eye. Others, hidden deep in the document, are not visible until one has a chance to get a closer look at what the players and coaches are saying.
Here’s what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters the other day regarding the transition from Russell Wilson or Geno Smith or Drew Lock in quarterback. In fact, he compared Wilson’s departure to a college quarterback’s departure from high school.
“You guys forgot that I coached in college for a while,” Carroll said. “Guys were graduating all the time. Heisman Trophy winners have graduated. You went to the next guy. You always miss when the guys leave. You can see it and you start planning and working and you can succeed, whether it’s Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart, John David Booty or Mark Sanchez. All these guys played for us and won all these games. I’ll take it easy, but I’m really determined to make it work.”
So, according to Carroll, it’s no different than replacing a college quarterback who left.
“There is a lot of work to develop the players and provide them with the necessary experience and material they need so they can play the way they are capable,” Carroll said. “It’s a hell of a difficult position to play. It’s so demanding. Fortunately, we have talented guys. Geno, we’ve known for a long time that he’s talented. He played behind Russ. When he had the opportunity to start playing last year, he was on the ice for quite some time, he did some great things and we see it, and we saw it in the offseason. Drew had a very, very good off-season with us. He just falls behind and learns and he catches up. But he is a really talented player. They’re not exactly the same, but they’re both big guys who can throw and run. We’re just going to wait and see what happens. [Jacob] Eason got good results today too, and he’s been doing it all offseason. All these guys know how to throw football. We can use the whole field. We’re going to blow it up and we’re going to do all the things we love to do.”
While many think Locke will be a starter, Smith was the number one option throughout the offseason. A veteran with ten years of experience continues to take first place.
“We’ll just see how the competition plays out, but Gino is in the lead right now and he’s ahead,” Carroll said. “He doesn’t look back. He goes for it. Drew is not going to back down. Something must happen. Jake will be there if we need him. It will be interesting to see.”
Carroll refused to take the bait when asked to name a schedule for picking the winner. He also declined to say when Locke would receive first-team representatives. But, apparently, someday it will happen.
“We have to do everything,” Carroll said. “We have to make the competition show us something. You’ll see, you’ll see how it goes.”
They will need to make the right decision for the first week. Because Russell Wilson didn’t graduate from Seattle College. Instead, he transferred to the University of Denver and will return to face his old school on the first Monday of the season.