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NFL: Wilson-mania Will Cost Coach Carroll
Russell Wilson has captured the hearts of Seattle Seahawks fans and he may just win the QB battle over prized free-agent signing Matt Flynn. This will go down as a mistake if Coach Carroll gambles on the 5’10” (he is listed at 5’11” though that is said to be generous) former Wisconsin QB.
For the record, I believe Wilson is a “baller” who can be a capable backup QB in the NFL who may rally a team if your starter went down injured. Wilson brings a skill set to the table that had NFL scouts wanting to roll the dice on this kid as developmental project. It provoked Carroll to come out in the preseason and state that Wilson would compete for the start with Jackson and Flynn.
The ego of Peter Carroll is telling him to prove to the naysayers that he can win with a QB who bucks the trend. The ego of Peter Carroll is yet again going to get him in to trouble. What is the game plan for Carroll? Does he come across as a Head Coach with a plan? Hardly. Whether it be throwing money at a prized free agent (Flynn) that may be sitting on the bench come week one or the questionable signings of a couple aging free agent Wide Receivers, you have to wonder where the head of Carroll is at. It would appear to this fan that Carroll makes it up as he goes preferring the media spot light as much as any coach outside of New York.
When the Seattle Seahawks drafted Russell Wilson in the third round he became the highest draft pick for an under 6’ QB in the last 15 years. This says something for the talent of the guy though it also tells you that QB’s less than 6’ are rare breeds that have had little success in the NFL. Doug Flutie had some success in Buffalo and San Diego in recent times, though the success stories are few and far between. That cannot be argued.
Drew Brees is a 6’0” QB who has become the case FOR Russell Wilson, why? You’re talking about a once in a generation QB that is an exception to the rule. Brees is a special, special player that will be a first ballot Hall Of Famer. Does anyone honestly believe Russell Wilson is a Drew Brees waiting to happen despite being an inch or two smaller? I don’t think so though I hope he can prove me wrong.
I love what Wilson has done in opportunities presented this preseason though I am adamant that the hype being created is only due to the fact we have football starved fans looking for a reason to discuss football. Wilson passes the “eye test” though common sense and my football IQ tells me this is only going to end badly for those heralding Wilson as “they guy who will buck the trend for the smaller QB!”
Matt Flynn is the guy who can have this Seattle Seahawks team challenge for the NFC West and preseason favourites - the Harbaugh led San Francisco 49ers. Flynn, like Wilson, is an unproven commodity though in limited opportunities he has shown he is more than capable of stepping to the plate. The six touchdown performance against the Detroit Lions was his breakout performance that should ensure he gets the first opportunity for Seattle.
I watch sport to be proven wrong, not right and I hope Wilson serves me up some humble pie. I just don't think we are witnessing a QB who can prove history and the law of averages wrong in bucking the trend that a 5'10" QB can be a long term starter in the NFL. Wilson's small frame will cop a pounding in the NFL and like Michael Vick, I think you will see a guy who sees a lot of time injured if he is indeed deemed a starting QB.
Coach Pete Carroll will cut short his NFL coaching career if he goes with Russell Wilson this season. Seattle are a team on the rise who can challenge for the NFC West title with Matt Flynn leading the offense. Flynn may not feature on the highlight reel as much as Wilson though he will give you solid numbers and veteran leadership. Let's not ignore the fact that he has been learning the trade from the game's best in Aaron Rodgers and his frame will withstand the week to week punishment dished out by the NFL's QB hungry defenders.