Russell Wilson, Seahawks’ starter against Chiefs
Seahawks rookie QB Russell Wilson has earned his 1st start in the team’s 3rd preseason game, coach Pete Carroll asserted, and team sources say a strong performance could raise him into a starting role for the 2012 regular-season opener.
Carroll informed the QBs, including Matt Flynn, the free-agent pickup who had started the team’s first 2 preseason games but didn’t make the official announcement till Tuesday.
“We told you we were are going to need preseason to figure this thing out and I think we’re moving along certainly and I don’t have any concern about the timing of this apart from we need information and we want to figure it out,” Carroll said. “This is about competition. This is what we’ve always been about and if someone doesn’t see it that way then they don’t understand us and I can’t do anything about that. This is a great competitive opportunity to watch and for me to manage as a coach and it’s exciting and it’s been fun to watch it through and we’re going to finish it up the next couple of weeks.”
Wilson will take lots of 1st-team reps as the Seahawks prepare to face the Chiefs. Carroll plans to play Wilson with the Seahawks’ starters thru at least the 1st half. Flynn could get some 1st-team reps to start the 2nd half dependent on the flow of the game.
“We’re going to wait after the game and see what happened and see what it feels like and talk it all out and see all that you can possibly see in analyzing it and move ahead with confidence,” Carroll expounded. “I’m real confident we’re doing the right thing. I don’t have any hesitation in this.”
While Flynn has been steady, Wilson has provided the Seahawks with more dynamic plays between the 2 QBs, albeit against opposing team’s 2nd-string defenders. But a team source also noted that Wilson has played with 2nd-teamers, in the main, and has produced several big plays despite shoddy pass protection. He’s also got converted 54% of third-down possessions, a source noted.
Wilson has completed 22 of 33 passes for 279 yards this preseason, throwing for 3 touchdowns with one interception. He has also got dashed for 92 yards and a touchdown. Flynn is 17-of-26 for 102 yards with no touchdowns and one interception.
The Seahawks also wish to see how Wilson handles the pressure of a starting assignment in contrast to coming off the bench in a relief role, which has been one of the eventualities the team hasn’t ruled out as part of its game plan in 2012.
“Getting out there and playing against 1st team defenses and playing with the first team offensive line will certainly help me as I continue to go on,” Wilson related. Online Sportsbook
Although Carroll understands that typical knowledge normally would call for Flynn to start, he has also got noted to his staff that traditional wisdom did not call for the Seahawks to use a 3rd-round pick to select Wilson, who’s 5-foot-10, out of Wisconsin.