Aug 11, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; NFL: Seattle Seahawks quarterbacks Matt Flynn (15) and Russell Wilson (3) walk on to the field for pregame warmups against the Tennessee Titans at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

QB Controversy Alive And Well In Seattle

I very much hoped we were past this; that when the Seahawks finally chose a QB, that the 12th man would rally behind him and be supportive. That is unfortunately not the case right now.

It started just after the game did. The Seahawks were less than 3 minutes into the game when first “Matt Flynn would have completed that” comments flashed across my twitter timeline. By halftime, the noise had gotten loud enough that Seattle Times columnist Jerry Brewer felt the need to tweet this:

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When the Seahawks offense scored 13 unanswered pints in the third quarter, the chatter about the QBs quieted down, but it was unstoppable when the Seahawks final drive ended 4 yards short of a victory.

It hasn’t gone away all week either. There’s been claims of an unfair competition that favored Flynn (the same claims that were made by Wilson supporters when it appeared Flynn had won the competition earlier in camp), there have been claims that Carroll played Wilson (and Sweezy at RG) in order to try and get Matt Barkley in April. and there have been claims that Carroll is trying to lose so he can get fired, still get paid, and go back to college football. Clearly the foil-hat brigade is out in full force this week.

Ultimately, I don’t think the Seahawks did enough to win with either QB last week. They didn’t win with Wilson, so we know that one. While I think that Flynn likely makes a few plays that Wilson doesn’t in that game, there was a number of plays that only happened because of Wilson’s athleticism. It becomes a case where what you gain in one area you lose in another, and I don’t think it makes enough of a difference to matter.

This is the thing with rookie QBs. They aren’t perfect early. Wilson will get better. That is something you can count on. I just hope that when he does, that all of the 12th Man will finally be behind him.

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  • Hawk_Eye

    Russell won the job. Flynn is hurt. There isn no controversy.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      not enough people agree

      • Hawk_Eye

        Your right about that. People always want what they don’t have. I still believe our team is not as bad as we looked last Sunday. Bring on the Cowboys!

      • Hanley H. Bonynge

        I think your post earlier this week about the receivers says a lot. I am inclined to believe that Flynn is able to make at least a few more of those reads correctly, but obviously can’t say for sure if it would change the outcome. With Wilson starting, Seattle will be lucky to make the playoffs. He has a lot to learn and if Seattle did stumble into the post season, I don’t see them staying long. Flynn would give us a better chance at this point. If Carroll starts Wilson, then it would be hard to believe that expectations from Paul Allen et al. wouldn’t be adjusted accordingly and Carroll’s job secure. For the fan base, though, it’s a different story.

  • Hawkman

    I will keep saying it until I am completely satisfied . The competion WAS UNFAIR. There are multitudes of on air people that have also brought this up. If RW had played against the way better Denver D (currently ranked #5) and Matt Flynn had started against KC’s meager Defense this would not be taking place – STORY OVER! The preseaon was scripted by PC to acheive his outcome and if not Then why up until the preseason game with KC was veryone sure it was MF. From his camp work also!!!!! Fourteen , that is FOURTEEN passes in the Arizona game that went to the wrong reciever. A Minus 22 in Monday film room breakdown , That would not have happened with Matt Flynn , poor o-line play or not!!!!!

  • prsplayer

    Hawkman: Were you in training camp every day? Are you a professional football coach or talent evaluator? Were you in the film rooms working with these QBs and gauging their knowledge or understanding of the system? Are you on the Seahawks payroll? Then what you think really does not matter. Paul Allen did not hire you as his coach. Pete Carroll does not have to consult you about his decisions. He was not hired simply to make you happy. He was hired to build a winning team. If he does not, he will ultimately be fired. But, so far, he has only built a top-5 defense, an improving offense, and a solid special teams. So, why don’t you get a life and stop acting as if your opinion really makes a difference in what actually happens on the field. If you aren’t a PC fan or are simply a fair-weather fan, then pack your bags and find another team to support until their coach does something to make you whine!