Seattle Seahawks: Why Russell Wilson Is the Wrong Choice to Start at QB

Thomas HolmesCorrespondent IIIAugust 28, 2012

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 18:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks warms up before a game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on August 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Following Russell Wilson's torching of the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday night, "Russell-mania" went from being a small, yet growing phenomenon to a widespread epidemic across the better part of the Pacific Northwest by Sunday night, after head coach Pete Carroll announced he would be the Seahawks Week 1 starter.

To this point, Wilson has won everything but the evening gown portion of the competition between him, Matt Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson since joining the team this spring.

Fact is, it hasn't even been close.

So why is he the wrong choice to start for the Seahawks?

Good question. It's so good that, before I start to explain, I'll provide everyone who wishes to defend Wilson a comment you can a means of saving you time. 

Russell Wilson is the MAN!  How can you NOT see that? Are you living under a bridge blindly typing this on a typewriter? He's done everything that's been asked of him and more while Matt Flynn has been beyond awful. Stop making excuses for a career backup that had one good game last year when we have arguably the biggest steal of the entire draft ready to go right now! He's not Seneca Wallace 2.0, he's Drew Brees 2.0. Get it straight!

Just copy and paste. 

Now right before you click to "Post Comment," can I ask you the small favor of hearing me out first?

Watching Wilson on Friday night was a joy for anyone who follows the Seahawks. His poise and presence are something to behold, as the game seemed to slow down for him at times—especially on the one scramble early in the second quarter that netted the 'Hawks 27 yards. 

For three weeks, Wilson has done it all to help the Seahawks move the chains and score against all comers. 

By comparison, with Flynn at the controls, the offense moved at a snail's pace, struggled on 3rd-and-long and he couldn't connect with his receivers for anything more than a few short passes.  

After three weeks, what choice did Pete Carroll really have? 

What's obvious is that Carroll chose Wilson in part because he is doing everything necessary and more.

What's not so obvious is that Wilson is also helping mask some of the team's issues in regards to the current offensive personnel that most teams struggle with in preseason and early on in the regular season. 

Wilson, in short time, has shown that he can kill two birds with one stone as a multifaceted weapon that can potentially take care of the passing and running early on this season, while roles are defined, people get healthy and each unit solidifies—whether it be the offensive line, receivers or running backs. 

In a way, it's a brilliant play by Carroll. Roll the dice with Wilson to see if you can steal a few wins early on in the season as opponents try to establish themselves while potentially struggling to contain the poor man's version of Robert Griffin III. 

Meanwhile if Wilson fails, you've got Flynn in the bullpen. 


At that point, Carroll can turn and say that coming out of a "fair" competition, Wilson was the best choice, but now it's time to give Flynn a shot and the fact is that no one can really argue about it...except perhaps Tarvaris Jackson.   

But what about Flynn?

As ridiculous as this may sound, I believe that at some point he does deserve a real shot. After all, this isn't Charlie Whitehurst we're talking about, given that Flynn has a winning track record every chance he's been given to play. 

Unfortunately, this preseason, Flynn hasn't caught a break and it's sad to think that forcing passes to Terrell Owens or his drop of what could have been a touchdown in Denver might have made the difference. 

Of course, it's hard to buy that right now as Wilson seemingly has the world on a string. 

Yet once teams start to catch up with enough game film to plan for Wilson, things might change and how he responds could make all the difference in whether the 'Hawks win or lose.

Up to this point, he looks like the kind of guy who could very well rise to the occasion, but that's an awful lot to expect of a rookie on a team with postseason expectations, so understand that the competition isn't over necessarily.    

For now, though, it should be a win-win as either Wilson is the franchise quarterback we've all been waiting for or, if necessary, Flynn should be ready and itching to play. 

In the event that Flynn is needed, the situation regarding the 'Hawks' complementary pieces by that time could be better-suited for him to succeed, provided everyone is reasonably healthy and in their established roles.  

Fingers crossed that whatever happens, it ultimately helps the 'Hawks win.