Seahawks must pare down QB competition soon

Jul 12, 2012, 6:17 PM | Updated: 6:22 pm
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By 710Sports.com staff

Different analysts with NFL experience have shared a similar opinion when it comes to what the Seahawks are doing at quarterback: a three-way competition at that position can’t be dragged out during training camp.

Last week, former Pro Bowl quarterback Kurt Warner told “Bob and Groz” about the challenges quarterbacks face when switching teams, his opinion being that presumed starter Matt Flynn needs all the reps he can get while learning a new offense and adjusting to new receivers.

Tony Softli, a former front-office executive, agreed when he joined the show on Wednesday.

ESPN’s Tim Hasselbeck told “Bob and Groz” on Thursday that he thinks the competition should have been narrowed down to two by now. His reasoning: splitting reps three ways gives each quarterback less time playing with and against first-team players, something coaches need to see to make their evaluations. The quarterbacks need as many reps as possible to master the offense and establish themselves as leaders.

“I think that needs to happen sooner than later,” Hasselbeck said of making it a two-way competition. “If you’re splitting the reps three ways all throughout training camp I think it’s going to affect the play of your quarterback position in a negative way.”

Bob Stelton and Dave Grosby share their thoughts in the video below.

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Related: Tony Softli thinks Russell Wilson will eventually be Seahawks’ starter

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