What they’re saying about the AP’s No. 20-ranked Seahawks

The AP Pro32 Poll is out and the Seahawks ranked No. 20 out of 32 teams in the Associated Press rankings of NFL teams.

Here’s what the panel of voters are saying about the Hawks (ranking in parentheses):

Chris Berman (ESPN, 20) — 4-0 preseason with young, eager team always a good sign.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 19) — If Russell Wilson is as ready as he looks, this team will be better than expected.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 18) — Rookie Russell Wilson talented, but is he ready to be an NFL QB?
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 25) — Russell Wilson doesn’t have a ton of juice at WR … very average group.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 24) — Russell Wilson one of most refreshing stories of season. Now comes hard part for 5-10 QB. Playing games. Will be a work in progress. We suspect Matt Flynn will get chance before long.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 26) — Russell Wilson will become first rookie to start at quarterback for Seahawks since Rick Mirer in 1993.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 20) — I’m nervous about anyone who starts a 5-11 rookie at quarterback.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 20) — Tucked away in upper left corner of NFL map, Pete Carroll quietly building a winner.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 17) — Maybe surprise team of 2012. Russell Wilson sparks offense and receiving group coming together. Defense is physical and secondary is biggest in NFL.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 19) — Team that finished strong in 2011 needs competition to bring best out of QB position. Surprise, surprise, it’s Russell Wilson that emerged as starter.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 20) — Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson picked apart Kansas City’s defense in preseason to win starting spot. Can he still thrive when games are for real?
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 23) — They are taking gamble on Russell Wilson, but they still can turn to Matt Flynn if Wilson struggles.

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