The assumption going into the Seattle Seahawks’ quarterback battle was that Matt Flynn’s contract would be one prohibition on the team from naming Russell Wilson the starter.
Head coach Pete Carroll scoffed at that notion when he announced Wilson will open the season under center.
Former Super Bowl champion head coach Brian Billick told “NFL AM” Wednesday morning the decision, in general, isn’t hard to make from a talent evaluation perspective, but can be tough to explain to the man writing the checks.
“It’s not hard as a coach if you make the evaluation that this guy gives you the best chance to win,” Billick said. “It makes it hard to go to your GM or for you and the GM go to the owner and say, ‘Well we gave a 2nd round pick for Charlie Whitehurst, he didn’t quite work out, we gave $10 million to this guy Flynn but we actually think this rookie quarterback is our best chance to win.’ At some point ownership is going to look at that and say, ‘Well I hope you are right because right I’m not sure you know what you are doing with regards to quarterbacking.’”
Carroll isn’t under any heat in Seattle now, and if Wilson plays the way he’s displayed he’s capable of Paul Allen won’t be asking that question anytime soon.