Wallace starts campaign for full-time job


Consider these last two weeks a prolonged audition for
 quarterback Seneca Wallace.

The longtime backup for current Seattle Seahawks starting
quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, Wallace recently stated publicly
that he would like to earn a starting job in the league, which could
include a chance to compete for a job in Seattle.

“I’ve been here and been on a great team the last six years
and we’ve been in the playoffs, been in the Super Bowl, so
I wanted to be a part of this and still do,” Wallace told The
Monty Show on Sporting News Radio on Tuesday. “At the same time,
in the back of your mind, you always think if I got the opportunity
 to go somewhere and be a starter would I want to do it? You always
think about it, but right now my mind is here in Seattle and trying
to win these last two games for Mike (Holmgren).”

Wallace reiterated those thoughts after practice Wednesday,
 saying he always dreamed of starting in the NFL, but that
 his focus was on finishing the season strong.

While it’s unlikely Wallace would have an opportunity to start
in Seattle if Hasselbeck is healthy, he has proven this season
when healthy he can be a productive quarterback in the league.

Wallace’s numbers this season have been solid. He’s played in
eight games, starting six, throwing for 1,107 yards with eight
touchdowns and just one interception. Wallace has an 88.9 passer
rating and a 56.9 completion percentage. And since returning to
the starting lineup two weeks ago against New England, Wallace has
shown more mobility after recovering from nagging leg injuries earlier
in the season, showing off his ability to move around in the pocket
to create more time to throw.

Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said Wallace has the skills to be an
everyday starter, but he needs to commit to working toward that
goal during both the season and the offseason.

“He’s convinced he can do this,” Holmgren said. “Then, now you gotta
 work like you’re the starter in your preparation, not like you’re
the backup. And you say everyone works the same, everyone doesn’t
work the same. If you’re going to start the game you’ve got to be
ready to go. The backup, he studies the same, but it’s different. ...
 You’ve got to commit.

“It’s gotta be you’re life during the season. And then along with
that great preparation comes very good judgment. It should happen
for him. He’s proven himself to me many times.”

Williams to debut at left tackle

USC product Kyle Williams worked with the first unit at left tackle
 in anticipation of his first NFL start on Sunday against the Jets.
Just elevated from the practice squad a month ago, Williams has been
 inserted into the starting lineup because Sean Locklear, who was
filling in for Pro Bowl left tackle Walter Jones, dislocated his
left big toe in the final play of the game against St. Louis. Williams
 said he’s looking forward to the opportunity.

“I think come game day I’ll be revved up,” Williams said. “Right now
is kind of the calm before the storm. I’m kind of just taking it all
in right now and then come Sunday, just letting it loose.”

Williams missed the first month of last season after getting released
 during training camp before the Seahawks signed him to the practice
squad in October. Williams said just before Seattle brought him back,
 he was working with a family friend in Las Vegas who manages musical
 acts like Hootie and the Blowfish in hopes of getting into the field,
 with the possibility of building a long-term career.

“I liked the job,” Williams said. “It was a job. It sounded exciting
and I was looking to start a career because you don’t know what’s going
 to happen in the NFL.”

Extra points

Holmgren described the possibility of Hasselbeck (back), Locklear (toe)
and linebacker Leroy Hill (stinger) playing on Sunday as “Grim, grim
and grim.” Hasselbeck will serve as the team’s third quarterback and
will be active on Sunday, Holmgren said. ... Safety Jordan Babineaux
was held out of practice as a precautionary measure after receiving a
concussion during Sunday’s game against St. Louis, but should be ready
for Sunday’s game.