So I realize in putting out the call for Seahawks questions on Twitter that I should have asked for a hashtag to make it cleaner for embedding the questions themselves.
I’ll do that next time.
But there some good questions submitted today that I want to answer, so I’ll just copy and paste the question and the Twitter name of the person asking the question.
So here we go:
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Q: @itsleroy asks: What do you think Russell Wilson needs to work on the most now that he’s entering his 4th year in the league?
A: Recognition of defenses and along with that, getting blocking assignments set at the line of scrimmage. You heard the coaches talk a lot about this at the midway point of last season — probably the most overt challenge they had ever publicly levied on Wilson in his Seattle career. And that was in part because they went into the season with increased expectations for Wilson in his ability to set blocking assignments and/or change out of bad plays at the line of scrimmage, something all quarterbacks are expected to improve upon with experience.
Wilson, as might be expected, met the challenge head on. The most striking example of his late-season improvement comes in reviewing the Arizona games. In the first, at home, Wilson was sacked seven times. In the second, on the road about a month later, the Seahawks gained a franchise-record 596 yards. While lots of factors contributed to the differing offensive performances, a big one — in the eyes of coaches — was the improvement by Wilson from the first to the second game to get the blocking set prior to the snap. It’s a really subtle part of the game, obviously, and one that is hard for anyone on the outside to really judge since we don’t know the play call or audibles, etc. Sometimes, what looks like a linemen getting beat is really a confusion in assignments, or simply the line not being aligned right. That’s something that falls in large part on the quarterback and an area where the Seahawks will continue to expect Wilson to improve.
Q: @GridrironWhisper asks: Care to predict who will be Russell Wilson’s backup if it isn’t TJack (Tarvaris Jackson)?
A: Sure — B.J. Daniels. While the Seahawks may experiment with Daniels in a number of different roles this season, he remains first a quarterback and will always be available in that capacity. At the moment, Daniels and free agent R.J. Archer are the only other quarterbacks on the roster. If Jackson re-signs, I would imagine that both Jackson and Daniels would be active on gamedays. But if Jackson does not re-sign, I don’t think it’s out of the question that they would just go with Daniels as an active roster guy, given Wilson’s history of durability. But I also think this question will likely be moot as I think the odds are that Jackson will re-sign.
Q: @ESambatino asks: What (will) Seattle do with the 63(rd) pick?
A: A great and obvious question to which I don’t think even John Schneider has a clue at the moment. Teams almost always answer “best player available” when asked about their draft priorities. But that’s often a cover for teams drafting at the top who know that players X, Y or Z are likely to be available when they pick. But with Seattle not drafting until 63, but then having 10 more picks from that point until 248 — and not a ton necessarily differentiating a lot of the players by that point — the Seahawks are certain to not lock into anything until they assess who remains on the board. Seattle will undoubtedly want to finish the draft having addressed certain positions — receiver, offensive line and defensive line being the most obvious. But if some player at another position is there at 63 that maybe they have graded in the top 30, or something, they may find that too much to pass up.
I’ll get to more questions soon.