QB of the future?
With news coming out the last few days about Seattle Seahawks rookie QB Russell Wilson battling it out with Matt Flynn, and Tarvaris Jackson for the starting spot, (even though it is speculated that Jackson will be traded or released before the start of the season) I thought I’d give you my top 5 reasons why he will be the next great Seahawks QB.
“He’s showed us enough…He’s in the competition…”
Pete Carroll was quoted as saying after only three days of rookie mini-camp. If that doesn’t give the rookie a little bit of an ego boost, I don’t think anything will.
#5: The most recent big game experience on team
While Russell Wilson was leading his Wisconsin Badgers to the Rose Bowl, our two other current QBs were either riding the pine, or leading a team to a 7-9 record.
Sure, the Big Ten isn’t the SEC, where Flynn played his college ball, but it sure is a lot bigger than whatever conference Alabama State plays in, which is Jackson’s Alma Mater.
The Rose Bowl is the biggest spotlight in college football. With more fans and pressure than either Flynn, or Jackson have seen in a while, throwing this rookie to the bulls will be a piece of cake for Wilson.
And what can you say about a man who first red shirted, then was released from his scholarship at NC State, and then became the starter of a Wisconsin team that went on to win the conference?
#4: Arm strength
With the exception of a certain QB that used to wear the number 8, the Seahawks really aren’t used to having a big arm back behind the line of scrimmage.
Maybe if Warren Moon had come a little earlier in his career, this would be a different story, but with the likes of Dave Krieg, Rick Mirer, or Trent Dilfer taking snaps, it’s no wonder we were the laughing stock of the NFL for so many years.
Wilson is a man who averaged just under 3,000 yards passing in his four years in college, and averaged 27 touchdown passes as well. Those are huge numbers coming into his first NFL camp.
#3: Versatility out of the back field
The Seahawks had a taste of this last year, but with the way the NFL seems to be heading with the triple option QBs, they will need a lot more out of their play caller.
Russell Wilson can be that guy for them. Maybe they won’t go all out Denver Broncos Tim Tebow style, but a mobile QB is a must in today’s game.
Wilson averaged 357 yards rushing per four years, while scoring an average of 6 rushing TDs a year as well. Better numbers than Jackson and Flynn, but the college game calls for it more than the NFL game does.
#2: Pure Athleticism
Prior to Wilson coming over to Wisconsin, he was a two sport star for the Wolfpack at NC State. His baseball background should help out his mobility out of the pocket.
As the sort of pick that would make ex head coach Mike Holmgren green with envy, Wilson could be used in at least two other offensive spots for this team too.
But it looks like Pete Carroll has his eyes on Wilson being the QB of the future for the Hawks, which is a good thing.
#1: Nobody else is getting starter money either
With the addition of free agent Matt Flynn this off season, everybody in the NFL world thought he would be the starter, Jackson included.
But, the Hawks are only paying him about $2 million a year, hardly starting QB money for this league. Could be the Hawks had their eyes on Wilson dropping into their laps this whole time.
Regardless, paying a back-up QB $2 million a year is a lot better than paying him somewhere in the $5-7 million range like the Arizona Cardinals are paying Kevin Kolb.
So, there is no incentive to have to start Matt Flynn from a coaches standpoint.
Carroll seems to like Wilson so far, it is early, but I think he gets a damn good shot at starting the first pre-season game.
And from there, we will see.