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Seattle Seahawks position battles: *My* pick for quarterback

Four in camp…who wins?

The Seattle Seahawks went all out in hopes for a legitimate starting quarterback this off-season. Picking up the talented Matt Flynn in free agency, and drafting hopeful stud Russell Wilson in the 3rd round of this years draft.

Both were brought in to challenge incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson for his job. Which I think will ultimately result in Jackson’s dismissal from the team.

In the last two weeks, I have done pieces in which I spell out the reasons why Russell Wilson will be, and won’t be the next great Seahawks QB.

But in my eyes, I see Matt Flynn being named the starter. Unless there is a freak injury, this is hands down his gig. You just don’t bring in a free agent like him to sit on the bench, no matter what happens in camp.

Bred to succeed

With a history of playing in the national championship game with LSU, and being the backup in one of the most storied franchises in all of the NFL, Flynn has the resume to be a long time starter in this league.

Just look at what he did last season in his lone start for the Packers. 400 plus yards passing! Those were Aaron Rodgers style numbers, who just happened to be his mentor in Green Bay.

I’m sure that Rodgers was a little happy to see him go, knowing that the move makes him that much more valuable to the Packers.

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Coach Carroll brough in Matt Flynn to be the starter of this team. (Photo Credit / US Presswire)

Style of QB that we need

With the past years second half success, Pete Carroll wants to start up where we left off last season.

And what better way to do that than bring in a QB with pocket passer status like Flynn.

Jackson did a good job with this team last year, but his willingness to run from the pocket instead of staying in and being tough is something that Carroll wanted to address.

Flynn is a man’s man style QB. He will take the hit while the ball is coming out of his hands. Like a younger version of Brett Favre, he will hold the ball till the very last moment, waiting for the most opportune time to find his open receivers.

Not saying that scrambling to avoid a sack is a bad thing, but to take off for a two yard gain instead of waiting that extra second to find your receiver will not win you too many ball games.

The reality

This is why Flynn will win, and Jackson will be looking for a new job.

We pay too much to have either one of them sitting on the bench, and that is why I believe we brought in Wilson as well in this years draft.

Jackson will land on a team, no problem. He may not make it onto a team early enough to become a starter this year, but he will be a valuable backup for a team.

Flynn is the QB we have been looking for ever since the demise of Matt Hasslebeck. Coach Carroll finally got smart and gave up on Charlie Whitehurst, and Jackson was the best available at the time, biding time for a franchise QB to become available.

As fans we always want to win now. And for the better part of this century, we have. But sometimes you have to have faith in management that they are doing what’s best for the team.

If that means eating a season and waiting for next years free agency class, then that’s what’s best for the team.

I am still having a hard time with this, as I am very stubborn, and very impatient. But I think that PCJS got it right on this one.

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  • BkRansford

    While I completely agree with most of your article, I will be critical for the fact that you measured Matt Flynn’s success against the 22nd passing defense in the league – the Lions. That 2011 Lions team was in the bottom third of the league in every single defensive passing category.

    Regardless, Flynn posted astonishing numbers against them, deservedly so. I agree, paying TJ $4M dollars to sit on the bench is ludacris, but I have a hard time seeing that Tavaris will be cut. Why not keep two capable QBs on the roster for a mere $6M, combined.

    Josh Portis will be let go – hopefully retained after passing waivers – but highly unlikely he’ll make it past Miami, KC, and many other teams.

    We have our number one in Flynn, and capable two in Tavaris, while the formidable Wilson invokes a true QB competition. Isn’t that the Pete Carrol Plan?

    I do think that Flynn will eventually win the job – but I don’t expect Pete to essentially hand the job to him; he has to earn it, but Tavaris and Russell will have a deciding say in the official outcome. I just have a hard time seeing Tavaris being cut at this point.

  • http://twitter.com/punk_libertine Dogstar34

    I cant see TJack being let go before the season starts. Even if he doesn’t win the starting job, he knows the system and is familiar with the receiving corps and a team needs a backup who is able to step onto the field and take command if necessary. As much as Josh Portis shows promise, I think he’s the one on the outside looking in at this point. Russell Wilson is the future, Flynn is the present.

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