Mailing it in: Readers write on Russell Wilson
There was a quarterback controversy in my in-box following Saturday's exhibition game only this one had nothing to do with whether Russell Wilson should get a shot to start an exhibition game ahead of Matt Flynn and everything to do with the focus of Sunday's game recap on his performance.
Here's a sampling:
"Yes Russell Wilson's stats are better than Flynn's and he is playing well but [Terrell] Owens dropped the best thrown ball of the game. Why didn't you mention that?"A most fair point, Mr. Rice. Flynn did have the best-thrown ball of the entire game, and it's enough to wonder had that ball been completed, would the quarterback comparison have been nearly as interesting? Flynn's passing yardage would have more than doubled, he would have had a touchdown and Seattle would have led at halftime for the second consecutive week.
"Why would you write an article about a backup quarterback doing so well against the second/third team defense of the Denver Broncos? I know that you are not that ignorant to think that Wilson will be a better first-string quarterback than Flynn. All you are doing is trying to stir the pot for the selfish gain of yourself. You yourself probably have never played any type of organized ball. Hence the attempt to scramble the minds of devoted fans who are trying rally behind their team. Allow the rookie to learn the game and quit trying to divide the fans/team. He will in time be a definite force to be reckoned, but not right now. Cool your heels."
With all due respect, Mr. McIntosh, there is nothing cool about me, least of all my heels. But your criticism is well-taken, not of my forgettable athletic forays, but about the need to put Wilson's performance in the proper context: It's coming against the lesser tiers of the opponent's defense. This is 100 percent accurate, and something I've tried to point out. Specifically, Wilson's willingness and success in scrambling out of the pocket would be much different against a first-unit defense.
So why focus on Wilson? After all, Tyrell Sutton outrushed Marshawn Lynch in Saturday's exhibition game, yet that was rendered a footnote and not a headline. Well, there is no question about Lynch's status as the starter. In announcing Wilson would be part of a quarterback competition, it at the very least inferred the possibility the rookie could catapult himself to the top of the depth chart. I don't think I'm alone in looking at Wilson's second-half performances and wondering if it merits at least a look with the first-unit offense in an exhibition game situation.
"I was a little disappointed to see your headline for the Seahawk-Bronco game. I watched the game. It is a true statement that Wilson did 'sparkle' when he played. It is, at best, an 'apples to oranges' comparison to state that Wilson outplayed Flynn and, at worst, a misleading editorial statement inappropriate for a news piece.
"My disappointment with you is that you seem to have succumbed to the temptation of rabble rousing a controversy to create interest in the readers, rather than allow the objective facts and proper context to those facts generate an informed debate.
"It's not the end of the world or something that will affect my life, but I thought you should know some readers still care about such things as how a headline reads. I hope that this was an aberration and not an indication of how the Seahawks will be covered this season by you."
This is without a doubt the politest pointed criticism that I received. Well stated, sir.
"Nice write up about Russell, but remember one thing: He has a degree from N.C. State, was at N.C. State for four years. I believe when talking about a player you should list the school where he has a degree, not here he only played for one year.
"Russell is a special player, he can extend the play and make something out of nothing. N.C. State fans were very lucky to see him play, in fact we were very lucky to see two great QBs, Russell and Phillip Rivers.
"Russell has a lot of East Coast fans, more importantly N.C. State fans wishing him and the Seahawks nothing but the best.