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:
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.