Give Pete Carroll credit, he stuck to his word that each job had to be earned. Now following months of battling expected starter Matt Flynn, Russell Wilson has been named as the starting quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks.
He’s also the best surprise that’s emerged this preseason.
In three preseason games, Wilson has completed 35 passes for 464 yards on 52 attempts. He’s also rushed for 150 yards. The third round draft pick’s dynamic play has given no choice for Carroll to start him.
“It’s been a very exciting competition that has gone on, and Russell has taken full advantage of his opportunities and has done everything that we have asked for on the field and more than what you guys could know off the field in meeting rooms and with our players and how he’s represented. He’s earned this job,” Pete Carroll told reporters on a conference call.
However, it’s the factors that went against Russell Wilson that makes his story fascinating. When originally drafted, experts thought Seattle reached for him in the third round. The Seahawks also had signed Matt Flynn to a 3 year, 26 million dollar contact a month earlier.
Besides not expected to be a starter, Wilson had people questioning his physical tools as well. At 5’11, Wilson wasn’t labeled as tall enough to be a successful NFL quarterback. Drew Brees is the exception, not the standard.
While he still has much to prove, Wilson being named starter makes him the fifth rookie quarterback to start week one. Of the five, Wilson is the only one to not be a first round pick.
No one would have been surprised if Seattle had stuck with Flynn since the money that was involved. However, Russell Wilson was just too much of a force to ignore.
“The more competitive situation we put him in, the better he was,” Carroll said. “He just has a real knack for playing the game of football.”
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