There wasn’t outrageous debate in the upper Northwest over who should be the Seattle Seahawks’ starting quarterback in 2012.
“Russell Wilson will start against the Raiders (in the preseason finale) and will start the first week of the regular season,” Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said during a conference call on Sunday. “He is so prepared, he does not seem like a first-year quarterback.”
Wilson was so prolific in every facet of his first three preseason games he did not give the third-year head coach much of a choice.
However, that won’t stop the discussion over whether a third-round pick should be starting over highly paid free-agent acquisition Matt Flynn.
“Absolutely they made the right decisions, let me check the numbers here: Matt Flynn’s preseason stats: 7-for-26, 102 yards, one pick. Russell Wilson: 35-for-52, 464 yards, five touchdowns, one pick, he ran for a buck fifty and a touchdown,” Mark Kriegel said Monday on “NFL AM.”
“You could see it the other day against the Chiefs, the team was coming to him (because) he’s become a leader.”
Entering the preseason, many pegged the 5-foot-11 Wilson as a longshot for the backup role, with incumbent Tarvaris Jackson and Flynn blocking his path to playing time. However, Carroll, who has been known to fall in love with certain underclassmen at the University of Southern California, said he would give all three quarterbacks a shot at the starting gig.
“You can’t say ‘Always Compete’ and then undermine your philosophy,” Kriegel said, referring to Carroll’s coaching philosophy. “Ten million or not, he had no choice here; if the coach went the other way, if Carroll went the other way, he undermines all that he’s supposed to stand for.”
With Jackson being shipped to Buffalo, the Seahawks will begin the season with the rookie at the helm and a high-priced free agent on the bench.
“This also goes to show that the Seahawks misjudged Matt Flynn,” said “NFL AM” insider Steve Wyche. “They gave him $10 million guaranteed and he lost out to a third-round rookie. And with Matt Flynn and Kevin Kolb in Arizona possibly being backups that’s ruined it for all future number twos who shine or flash in the preseason.”
He wasn’t looking at you, Nick Foles.