Friday, September 21, 2012
BBAO: Bud Grant advised Seahawks on QB
By Kevin Seifert
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Here's an interesting side note to the Seattle Seahawks' decision to draft Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson, whose height -- just under 5-foot-11 -- had challenged conventional wisdom about the physical makeup of successful quarterbacks.
As Pete Dougherty of the Green Bay Press-Gazette writes, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll reached out to former Minnesota Vikings coach Bud Grant, whom he had worked for in 1985. Carroll probed Grant about the pros and cons of Hall of Fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton's relatively diminutive stature at 6-feet.
Carroll: "[Grant] relieved any concerns that I might have had, just because of the way he talked about what Fran was like. I know there’s not a lot of guys like this, but Russell's that exceptional and that unique. So we thought we had a real good one, and it's looking like he's on his way to a good start to his career."
So if Wilson and the Seahawks defeat the Green Bay Packers on "Monday Night Football", perhaps Grant can share in the victory.
Continuing around the NFC North:
- Packers linebacker Erik Walden worked on getting his life in order after last year's legal troubles. Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel explains.
- The Detroit Lions insist that safety Louis Delmas has not suffered a setback in his recovery from knee surgery last month, but coach Jim Schwartz acknowledged Delmas is still "week-to-week." Chris McCosky of the Detroit News has more.
- Lions offensive coordinator Scott Linehan on what's wrong with quarterback Matthew Stafford, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press: "Nothing in my mind. I think he's done a great job of preparing for the games and executing the game plans. Sure, there's a few plays we'd like to have back, but he's played within everything that we've asked him to do, and he's worked at such length at other parts of his game that may not necessarily show up on the box [score], that as time goes on are going to pay off for us."
- Justin Rogers of Mlive.com checks in with Lions linebacker Stephen Tulloch and defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch as they prepare to play against the Tennessee Titans, their former team.
- Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher on quarterback Jay Cutler, via Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune: "I didn't pay attention to it locally or nationally. Everyone was asking me about it, but I still haven't seen what happened. And I don't really care what happened. Whatever happened, it's over with now. We've moved on. It doesn't seem to be an issue. Someone told me there was a mutiny against Jay in our locker room. If there was, I didn't know about it. I guess we're supposed to be mad at him, but things happen on the sideline."
- Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton has three sacks in two games, notes Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com.
- Bears special teams coordinator Dave Toub vowed that his group will stay aggressive, writes Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.
- Minnesota Vikings opponents are continuing to throw the ball at will against their defense, writes Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com.
- The Vikings didn't find out that linebacker Erin Henderson had a concussion until Wednesday, notes Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune.
- The Vikings have taken defensive tackle Kevin Williams off the field on some third-down situations, which Williams called "shocking." Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has more.