Don’t give up now
The Seattle Seahawks have found themselves embroiled in quarterback controversy since last season ended. With the loss of Charlie Whitehurst and the signing of Matt Flynn, things got really interesting in Seattle.
So began the 3 headed race that never was to be the new Seattle Seahawks starting quarterback.
After week 3 of the preseason, Wilson was named starter and given a full vote of confidence from Pete Carroll and John Schneider. After 4 games, though, people are starting to question whether or not Flynn should be given a shot to start over the rookie.
I realize the Seahawks are in a situation where they have a legitimate chance to make the playoffs, but changing quarterbacks during the season can be harmful to a team. In my humble opinion, at least. Russell Wilson is a legitimate quarterback and will help this team get to the playoffs. Replacing him now would be detrimental to this team.
With all that being said, here are my reasons why Russell Wilson should STILL be the man in Seattle.
He’s being handcuffed
If you have noticed, Russell Wilson is still playing slightly different from the pre-season. He was airing out passes, taking shots downfield and was pretty successful in doing so. This season, though, the Seahawks have not taken many shots downfield. Many blame Wilson for not making the effort to find the deep ball guy, but it really comes down to the plays that are coming in from Darrell Bevell.
Bevell is on a hot seat of his own for the way he has been calling plays and it shows with the public uncertainty over Wilson’s performances. What people don’t realize is that Wilson doesn’t have the freedom of a Peyton Manning…he isn’t calling his own plays.
Pete has come out and said that he was basically handcuffing Wilson for the time being and wants him to be a game manager. And he has done that pretty well. His stats aren’t gigantic like people hope, because his job is to compliment Marshawn Lynch by opening the run game up with a few completions here and there.
His job for the time being is to eat clock, move the ball, and get into manageable situations. That’s all they’re asking from him right now. And he’s doing it perfectly.
Who the hell calls a QB option with 3rd and 2 anyway?
The Seattle Seahawks wide receiver corps has been as uncertain as anything this season. With lingering injury issues all over the place, the team hasn’t seen the same set of receivers consistently. Not only has their playing time be inconsistent, but their performance has been just as inconsistent.
I was a big fan of the Braylon Edwards signing when I saw that he still had gas left in the tank. It seems he may have expended that gas already, because he has been terrible in the regular season. If you watch him closely during the game, you will find that his route running is lazy, he doesn’t complete his routes, and he doesn’t make the extra effort to find a way to get open when he sees Wilson is in trouble.
Sidney Rice is healthy, but has almost been a non-factor. In the pre-season, Wilson went straight to Rice, successfully I might add. During the regular season, though, Rice has failed to be that explosive #1 receiver the Seahawks were looking for.
It’s hard to throw passes to receivers who don’t get separation, and that’s the big problem with the Seahawks receivers.
Golden Tate has been the only consistent in the receivers and for that has become the go to guy. Rightfully so.
Unless this stuff cleans up, Wilson is going to have a hell of a time succeeding at the position. Hell, anyone is.
The season started off shaky on the offensive line. Not only were they giving up stupid penalties, but they were allowing guys to blow through them like nothing. The last couple weeks things have shaped up for the most part, but when a quarterback gets knocked around a lot in a short period of time, he’s going to be a little extra cautious, especially when he sees the line collapsing before his eyes.
If the protection continues to get better and keeps Wilson sacked as little as possible, he can get comfortable and find his rhythm instead of worrying about someone coming through or around the line to kill him.
He’s still a rookie
Russell Wilson has the intelligence, demeanor and command of a veteran quarterback, but we all have to remember he’s still a rookie. Rookies make mistakes at times and it has shown a couple times this season. That’s not to say that Matt Flynn wouldn’t make the same mistakes, but Wilson is an easy target being fresh out of college and not having the benefit of sitting in wait behind a veteran quarterback.
Rookies will play like rookies and there’s no getting around that. Have patience, though, folks. This kid’s already good. He’s about to become really good in no time at all.
My argument against Matt Flynn
Matt Flynn seems to be a talented quarterback.
You can’t tell for sure, though, because he hasn’t had many chances. Even in college, he only started 1 season there. He’s started 2 NFL games in his career. Those 2 games were for the Green Bay Packers.
Flynn’s talent is unquestionable. What people fail to realize is that quarterbacks in Green Bay are a product of a system and beneficiaries of great receivers. This doesn’t question the quarterback’s talent level, but it gives us reasons as to why someone like Flynn would come into a game and throw for 500+ yards and a ton of touchdowns.
Flynn was not impressive in preseason. Not when he got to start the first 2 weeks and not even really when he got to play against second and third teams. Some can make the argument that he didn’t have Doug Baldwin or Sidney Rice.
Well, he did have Sidney Rice, because they threw him out there in the 3rd and 4th games of the preseason. It still wasn’t pretty.
To the naysayers: the defense will still be here the next couple seasons. The season is young and lots of things can happen.
I realize people want to move on to the next thing when the current situation is not working out like they want. That’s society today.
People need to relax and let this thing happen, though.
Being a fan of the Seattle Seahawks takes lots of patience and dedication. Stay patient, keep your cool, and enjoy watching this kid play.