RENTON, Wash. — Despite the continued struggles of the Seattle Seahawks offense and the worst passing production in the NFL, Pete Carroll is not ready to make a switch from rookie Russell Wilson at quarterback.
Carroll said Monday that Wilson remains the Seahawks' best option despite throwing three interceptions in Sunday's 19-13 loss in St. Louis. Seattle's passing offense is last in the league with just 523 net yards in four games. Wilson is completing 60 percent of his passes, but the big chunks of yardage are largely missing.
"We're going with Russell right now," Carroll said. "He's working his tail off to get it right, and where all of the focus that goes to the quarterback position, there's a lot of guys that figure into what's going on, and he's one of them. So we're just trying to get better."
Potentially this would be a chance for Seattle (2-2) to consider giving backup Matt Flynn an opportunity after both of Seattle's losses have been somewhat due to problems with the passing game. In the opener at Arizona, the Seahawks offensive line failed to protect Wilson adequately, while his three interceptions in Sunday's loss to the Rams were his first since the season opener.
But any decision to give Flynn a chance is also complicated because the Seahawks are unsure whether a sore elbow that limited Flynn at the end of the preseason would be fully able to handle the starter's workload. Carroll said on his weekly radio show on 710 KIRO-AM, that Flynn is not fully healthy, even though he has not been listed on any injury reports since the first week of the regular season.
Romeo Crennel stepped to the podium in the auditorium beneath Arrowhead Stadium after another embarrassing loss and announced that Matt Cassel will remain the Chiefs' starting quarterback.
The fact that the Kansas City coach made the stark declaration without anybody asking the question spoke volumes about Cassel's performance the first four weeks of the season.
The embattled quarterback has thrown a league-leading seven interceptions, including three first-half picks in Sunday's 37-20 loss to San Diego. He has also fumbled the ball away three times, and was bailed out of another apparent fumble by the officiating crew.
First, the good news for the New York Jets: Santonio Holmes' left foot is not broken.
X-rays were negative on the wide receiver's foot after he was injured during the Jets' 34-0 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Holmes is still expected to be sidelined for at least a few weeks, and that's bad news for an offense that is struggling mightily. Coach Rex Ryan said Monday that the team was awaiting results of an MRI exam
Holmes went down on the first play of the fourth quarter.