After an amazing outing by both Matt Flynn and rookie Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll still has yet to name his starter.
Concern is growing in the “Emerald City.” Fans are beginning to wonder what strategy coach Carroll is using in these preseason games. Two seasons ago, the Seahawks lost their beloved quarterback, Matt Hasselbeck, to free agency. Out of no where, Tarvaris Jackson showed up and was dubbed the starter. The Charlie Whitehurst project looked to have been coming into its own after a conservative outing against the St. Louis Rams. Whitehurst pulled off the win, got the Seahawks into the playoffs and followed the season with some impressive games during preseason. However, even after coming in for an injured Jackson and beating the Super Bowl champion, New York Giants, Whitehurst fell very short in his following two starts.
Welcome in 2012.
Whitehurst has since been sent back to whence he came in San Diego. Jackson still remains a possibility for the starting position. Enter Flynn and Wilson.
Flynn had a lot to prove. With only two official starts under his belt with a team who is notorious for having an explosive receiving corps and phenomenal pass protection, he broke records in Green Bay before leaving into free agency that raised his value tremendously. With the issues that Arizona is having with the big purchase of Kevin Kolb, who can not seem to stay healthy or impressive, teams around the NFL have been a lot more reserved about “unproven” free agents. During his preseason outing, Flynn should great poise and control in the pocket. He had one pick that he described as some “miscommunication” with the other players. Carroll even stated that it was a missed assignment by the running back to “sell the play fake.” His accuracy and his game management skills were impressive, even if he didn’t take a chance down the field.
Wilson was a true star last weekend. The rookie showed a glimmer of what the rest of our seasons could look like, hooking up with Braylon Edwards on a 39-yard touchdown pass, his first of his NFL career. His pocket presents, ability to scramble and throw accurately on the run, his big arm, and speed were showcased beautifully. The only concern is that he did all of this to a second and third string defense, although he was also playing with the Seahawks own third tier talents.
The concern with the fans is the lack of chemistry that may be occurring between the quarterbacks and receivers due to Carroll being gun-shy as to who should start. The coach stated that he had seen Jackson all last season and “knows what he has to offer.” Many people don’t believe that he brings enough. It is uncertain who will be getting the reps the upcoming weeks and who will be starting in Denver. Wilson has shown great ability in control and accuracy, which should allow him the starting job against Peyton Manning’s Broncos. It would be nice to see how the kid handles a number one defense like Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller.
It would be in the teams best interest to pick a starter soon. Carroll knows he has all the preseason to come up with his decision, but his time frame may be hurting the offense. He may have another trick up his sleeve, by talking highly of Jackson and sitting him out, Carroll may be attempting to raise the incumbent starters value before a trade and be keeping him off the field he will remain healthy. Bring in your conspiracy theories, Seattle is full of them as of right now.
With all the pieces seeming to fall into place, along with great outings from both possible sign callers, Seattle shudders at the idea of coming home from work after week four of the preseason and seeing Jackson’s name as the starter.