Last week, the Seattle Seahawks announced that Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson would receive the bulk of the playing time tonight while veteran QB Tarvaris Jackson would sit. Heading into the game, I basically assumed that the quarterback drama surrounding the Seahawks was typical “coach speak” from Pete Carroll with the starting nod eventually being handed over to Matt Flynn. Having watched the Seattle game this evening, I now see the problem the Seahawks have in naming a starter after watching rookie QB Russell Wilson play.
Flynn started the Seattle game this evening, and was solid in his debut. At one point, Flynn completed eight straight passes. He finished the evening completing 11 of 13 passes for 71 yards and an interception.
Russell Wilson entered the game and he brought a different sense of energy. He has a bigger arm than Flynn and the Seahawks changed up the play calling. Flynn was limited to short, precision routes while Russell threw downfield more often and was involved in more designed roll outs.
Wilson’s first touchdown was an impressive 39 yard throw to veteran Braylon Edwards. The Wisconsin product showcased some exceptional mobility, moving the chains and extending plays. Wilson rushed for 59 yards on three carries. 32 of those yards came on a touchdown run and he had another 23 yard scamper which was negated by a penalty.
Wilson’s knock has been his size. He is listed as 5′ 10″, after seeing him play for the first time this season, if he had come in listed over 6 foot, he would have gone much higher in the NFL Draft.
The quarterback situation in Seattle just got much more interesting. I would grade Russell out higher than Flynn tonight, but is he prepared to start in Week One of the regular season. I would doubt it, but I think the hand writing is on the wall for veteran Tarvaris Jackson.
Jackson is heading into the final year of his contract with the Seahawks and is slated to earn $4 million this season. The Seahawks handed Matt Flynn $10 million in guaranteed money this offseason and I can’t see the Seahawks keeping three quarterbacks on the roster this season.Personally, I think Jackson will become the odd man out as the team tries to eventually trade the veteran or outright release him.
Wilson’s performance was stellar this evening, but I would like to see him facing an opponent’s first team defense in order to see if he can replicate his performance from tonight.