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May 11, 2012; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) passes during a minicamp scrimmage at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

Russell Wilson and the Seahawks' QB Competition


With the recent news that Russell Wilson is now a contender for the starting job, the QB situation in Seattle is becoming increasingly interesting.  According to reports, Wilson had a tremendous minicamp and has catapulted himself into contention for the starting position.  Do I think that this is likely to happen?  No; however, I do think this is good news in general.

There are many who believe that an all-out competition between newly signed Matt Flynn, returning starter Tarvaris Jackson, and Wilson is just making a messy situation.  On a lot of teams, this issue might create locker room drama that tears a team apart from within.  But, ever since Pete Carroll came to Seattle, he has preached the sermon of competition.  It doesn’t matter who you are, you can lose your spot at any time.  Carroll and Schneider draft people with the mental ability to thrive in this type of situation.  They have had great success so far.  Undrafted receiver Doug Baldwin came in and became a top target for the team.  Players are hungry, and if they lose that drive and their stats drop, someone else will take their place.

This brings me to Tarvaris Jackson.  I realize that many people disagree with me, but I would never start Jackson another game, ever.  I know he is a good guy. I know he wants to play well, gives it his all, and plays through injury.  I just don’t think he has the ability to make good decisions.  Jackson would pass when he should take a hit; get sacked when he should have thrown it out of bounds; fumble when the game was on the line.  This breaks the back of any team.  Too often, he looked like Chicken Little in the pocket and panicked.  You can’t blame it on a new offensive scheme, he had the same OC.  He’s also not a rookie.  Before Sidney Rice got hurt, Jackson would force throws to Rice at the expense of open receivers and first downs.  I just don’t believe that Jackson has the ability to reach the next level and continuing to start him would be detrimental to the team.

My ideal roster order for QBs would be Flynn, Wilson, Jackson/Portis.  With the not-sizable, yet not-miniscule amount we are paying Flynn, it behooves the Seahawks to start him and see what he can do.  He has shown flashes of greatness and we need to see if he can consistently do that for us.  My gut tells me that he can and I can’t foresee any situation in camp where Jackson would crush Flynn in competition.

Wilson should be the #2 QB for two reasons.  First, Seattle needs to establish QB lineage or at least a totally reliable backup (like Charlie Batch in Pittsburg).  Seattle needs to avoid repeating the loss of a key element of the offense (i.e. Hasselbeck) and being left empty handed under center.  Wilson has a lot of detractors, mostly because of his height, but it wouldn’t be the first time that the critics would be wrong. Secondly, Jackson is a free agent after this season.  I cannot see any situation in which he is re-signed by the Seahawks.  Therefore, he has maybe a little trade value right now and none in the future.  If Wilson can develop behind Matt Flynn, Seattle can possibly trade him to another team for some draft picks a la the Seattle-San Diego trade that brought in Whitehurst.  Focusing on developing Wilson as a #2 QB offers more benefits than watching Jackson throw a game away backing up Flynn. I’d rather lose a game and give Wilson experience, than lose a game because we wanted to see Jackson flail around aimlessly some more.

Hopefully, the quarterback competition settles a lot of these issues and Seattle can enter the season with a solid and foundationally sound offense.  It’s hard not to see the potential for greatness when you look at the individual offensive components.  The Seahawks need to solidify the critical element of QB and everything else should fit together.

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Tags: Matt Flynn Pete Carroll Quarterback Russell Wilson Tarvaris Jackson

  • Hawk_Eye

    Nice article. We already know what Tavaris Jackson can do. I would keep Josh Portis as our third quarterback.

  • Brunswick

    This article bothers me, having watched Russell play at NC State for 3 years as a starter then dominate the Big 10 his last season at Wisconsin I don’t think that Pete Carroll is ignorant enough to “develop” a player so he can put himself in a better position for trading up later on. THE DUDE IS A PLAYER and even better has more drive than anyone on the field. Theres a dark horse in Seattle and I would be surprised if he DIDNT start this Fall.

  • ValScott

    THANK YOU! For saying what we all know! Cut Jackson, save the $4.4 million in cap space & move on! I, for one, cannot bear another season of mediocrity under center. The thing now, is to see if JS/PC will cut their losses & send Jackson packing. I doubt that any team would give a 7th round pick for him, but hey, he is marginally better than Curry, BUT NOT BY MUCH! I hope that we see Flynn as the starter & Wilson as his backup & possible heir to the thrown.

  • HanleyBonynge

     @Brunswick Trading Wilson is only one option. If Wilson is as good as you, and Carroll, are saying, then he could start, or be next in line when/if Flynn moves on.  I would rather have a solid QB secession system in place than simply developing players to trade.

  • Hawkman

    Great article, couldn’t agree with you more. It was blatantly obvious that Tjax could not read more than half the field at a time, even after six years of the same diet. Everything you stated was nuts on !

  • Hawkman

     @BrunswickThink you missed it , the guy he wants out is Tjax not Wilson!
     

  • Hawkman

     @HanleyBonyngeI believe he is talking only about trying to get something in trade for Tjax not trading Wilson.
     

  • Hawkman

    We must be from the same planet for everything I read that you write I agree with nearly 100%- That is definately unusual.

  • glor

    Totally agree with everything you have said, I wouldn’t be surpised if TJ isn’t on the roster come week 1.