Two distinctly different Quarterbacks for Seattle

Aug 7, 2012; Renton, WA, USA; NFL: Seattle Seahawks quarterbacks Tavaris Jackson (7), Russell Wilson (3), and Matt Flynn (15) wait for a training camp drill to begin at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

Well, we’ve  seen the two new QB’s on the same field in a game for the first time.  Without paying too much attention to the fact one played with the first team and the other with the second team, what I saw were two really different styles of play.  Both played pretty well for their first game although mistakes were made.  Those are going to happen in a first game.

Flynn played a very controlled style, stayed in the pocket most of the time, and made a lot of very accurate short and medium throws.  His pace with getting the offense up to the line was quick and he seemed to be checking off receivers and not locking in on one as the play unfolded.  He was 8 for 8 before throwing an interception in the second quarter.  He ended his stint with only one incompletion on a dropped pass by McCoy and one interception.  There were a couple of sacks where Flynn actually seemed to step forward into the pressure.  He didn’t seem to have the mental clock ticking on those plays.  There were no long throws down the field for Flynn and no big plays.

Now, on to Russell Wilson.  He gets the ball from center and seems to want to leave the pocket almost immediately.  It was hard to tell if that was by design or just his reacting to the play, but he had a lot of plays where he rolled out to the right, presumably to get a better look at the field.  His throws were hard and accurate although he made a couple of bad decisions on throws.  His one interception was a throw to the end zone that should have been high and towards the back of the end zone.  One has to believe Wilson will replay that a few times in the film room.  He later had a nice 40 yard touchdown throw to Braylon Edwards where he put the ball up where his receiver could battle for it, and Edwards came down with it.  It was the kind of play where a receiver develops trust with his quarterback.  Wilson showed off his running throughout the half, but in the 4th quarter he had a stellar touchdown run from about 35 yards out that really highlighted his elusiveness and his speed, freezing the last possible tackler at the 5 before diving into the end zone.  The thing I noticed with Wilson was he makes the defense tired chasing him all over the field.  This can be a real difference maker for Wilson because a tired defense will eventually beat themselves.  That may become an advantage for Wilson in his bid for the starting job.  Wilson will wear the opposition out, Flynn won’t.

So, who do I think won the day at QB for the Seahawks?  Wilson… by a mile.  The guy was unstoppable.  I want to see Russell Wilson start next week against a #1 defense.  If he can do to them what he did to Tennessee Saturday, I think he could be the favorite to win the job.  Flynn was good, but Wilson was crazy good.  He will leave defenses shaking their heads in the future.  How soon the future happens may surprise some people, but not Pete Carroll.

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  • Hawk_Eye

    I look for Russell Wilson to get the number one reps next week. The other thing I noticed is I believe Russell Wilson is a better leader. How do I know this? All his team mates gravitated towards him and played harder for him.

  • ChrisPBacon710

    Remember what the last article said. This is the first real glimpse of the two QBs and just because Wilson had a couple big plays against 2nd and 3rd string players does not mean that he should be ahead of Flynn.
    Flynn made great decisions the only bad pass he made was the int. the pass was too low and the backer made a good play but it was right on target. Wilson’s int in the end zone was a pretty poorly/under thrown ball.
    All in all I think we are much better off with either #15 or #3 than we were last season I just believe our best chance lies with Flynn and his accuracy and superior decision making.
    Wilson may be the QB of the Seahawks future but Flynn is the QB of the present. Just my 2¢

  • Michael Bernazzani

    I’ve been saying RW since we drafted him, but they both looked good. Flynn takes those sacks, Wilson doesnt. I still feel Pete wants the mobility that RW provides. #12thMan

    • 12thMan_Rising

      Wilson’s refusal to stay in the pocket, even with just the smallest amount of pressure, will result in a lot of broken plays/sacks against 1st or even 2nd team defenders. he was out there against 3rd and 4th stringers. keep that in mind.

      • 12thMan_Rising

        That came off overly negative. wasn’t intended. Wilson played well. I was just trying to keep things in perspective.

  • Hawkman

    Two thoughts – Both are better than Tjax without question. Then the play calling was decidely different ( O coordinator) 1st half to 2nd half. Plus they both need to actually get a chance with the complete FIRST unit. The first string WR’s weren’t out there with either. AND they were not getting open at all for Flynn against the Titans first string D. Braylon got some good seperation for Wilson in the @nd half but that was against 2nd and 3rd stringers. No decision could possibly made from this except that Tjax is out or should be !