The month long debate over who would become the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks is over. On Sunday night, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll announced that Russell Wilson would start the team’s final preseason game and would be the starting quarterback for the Seahawks in week one of the regular season. Wilson’s play on the field has been superb this preseason.
Wilson was embroiled in a three-way quarterback race with Matt Flynn and veteran Tarvaris Jackson. Flynn was the presumptive favorite to land the starting job in Seattle after the team signed him in free agency and handed him $10 million in guaranteed money. Jackson has reportedly been dealt to the Buffalo Bills and failed to appear in any of the Seahawks three preseason games. It’s being reported that Flynn is dealing with an elbow injury.
I have watched two of the Seahawks three preseason games and will be watching their 44-14 win over the Kansas City Chiefs later today. What Wilson has shown me is the ability to make plays and if things break down, he is very good at improvisation. He possess great mobility, illustrated by his 150 rushing yards and a score on ten attempts this preseason. Wilson is also fearless when it comes to pushing the ball downfield in the vertical passing game. If he were a few inches taller, Wilson would have been a first round selection in April’s draft.
In his action in the last three games, Wilson has completed 35 of 52 passes for 464 yards, tossing five touchdowns and just one interception. Seattle has quietly gone 3-0 this preseason while scoring 101 points and limiting opponents to just 31 points. Regardless of starting a rookie quarterback, this is a Seattle team that can be sneaky good this coming season.