Giving his rookie yet another chance, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll reiterated on Thursday that he is going to stick with Russell Wilson as his quarterback even though backup Matt Flynn is good to go.
Wilson has been struggling with interceptions but led his team to a 16-12 win over the Carolina Panthers last Sunday. This week he will face a tougher test as the team plays the New England Patriots.
On Thursday, Carroll spoke on the Boston radio show Dennis and Callahan on WEEI and said the following of Flynn, “He’s ready to play; he’s ready to go. But he’s never had a chance to practice on a full scale where he’s taken all the reps. He had an elbow that was just sore coming through the third week of preseason, and so we started to count his strokes and make sure we gave him a chance to get back. But that was exactly at the same time when Russell emerged as the starter. And Russell needs every snap, so there’s uncertainty to how much he can handle, just because he can still feel it a little bit. But he can play; he’s done great in practice when he’s had the chance.”
As for Russell needing every snap or a little practice, his stats to-date, support this: an average of 163 passing yards per game, five touchdowns and six picks.
Meanwhile, one experienced quarterback will return to the field this week, pinch hitting for his concussed quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs’ Matt Cassel.
Welcome back Brady Quinn. This is his first start since 2009.
The news came after Kansas City Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said on Thursday that Cassel had not been cleared yet for practice.
Crennel said via AP, “We’re trying to put the focus on preparing for Tampa Bay. We got a start on that yesterday. We’re going to try to be competitive and give ourselves the best chance to win.”
With Quinn as the starter, Ricky Stanzi will have the backup role.
Does Quinn give the Chiefs a chance to defeat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?
Last week against the Baltimore Ravens, he was 3 for 3 but with the opportunity to take the lead, it was crushed with an offensive pass interference. The Chiefs instead got the three points.
Back on Dec. 12, 2009 with the Browns, Quinn had less than impressive play, throwing for 66 yards and two picks. He got injured in the game and was traded to Denver Broncos.
We know how that experience went for Quinn.
It was probably time for a change from Cassel, but the Chiefs don’t have any better options.