Seahawks QB Russell Wilson is 'miles ahead' of last offseason

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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says that Russell Wilson is ahead of the learning curve entering his second year in the league.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll had effusive praise for second-year quarterback Russell Wilson, telling the Tacoma News Tribune that he is "a million miles ahead" of where he was last season.

"He threw a couple of balls today, things that we talked about over the offseason that he'd like to take a shot at, and he did it today just to see what would happen with full awareness of why he was doing it," Carroll said. "We were talking about trying to throw the deep ball last year over guys' outside shoulder; we're just a million miles ahead of where we were. He's the kind of player that will affect other guys - he affects everyone around him - and hopefully that will help everyone play better and faster."

Wilson entered his rookie year in a three-way battle with Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson, but he ended up winning the job and led the Seahawks to a 11-5 season and playoff win. Now the unquestioned starter, Wilson has been working on his weight. He's now up to 215 pounds after weighing 209 last season.

Complete Seahawks coverage at Field Gulls

With no QB controversy to speak of in Seattle, Brady Quinn and Jerrod Johnson will battle for the backup job after Josh Portis was released.

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