Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll announced Sunday night that Russell Wilson will start Seattle's final pre-season game and will be the opening day starter. There seems to be so much unnecessary talk about the expensive free agent acquisition Matt Flynn being a bust and is the Seahawks version of Cardinals beleaguered QB Kevin Kolb.
People slow down and relax. Wilson the undersized 3rd round draft choice has played himself into a starting role and has the confidence to handle the pressure as seen in the first 3 dress rehearsals this pre-season. His statistics are clearly better this pre-season (see dropped TD by Terrell Owens). Russell Wilson also had some help by Matt Flynn developing tendonitis in his throwing elbow recently. Flynn was a scratch this week against KC due to pre-game complaints that led the staff to sit him.
Does anybody remember Tom Brady last year throwing more interceptions than usual later in the year? Rumor has it he had trouble gripping the ball and it led him to getting cortisone injections and practice week rest starting in November. Now doesn't it make sense the Seahawks would take the pressure off of the newly acquired expensive QB and let him rest a couple weeks and get healthy to then give the capable inexpensive rookie a run for his money?
Fantasy players, Diehard Hawks fans lend me your ears. Matt Flynn is guaranteed about 10 times the money Wilson is this year but do not worry about it. Wilson will get an early welcome to NFL football on the first few Sundays this season and Flynn will be well rested and ready to earn his unproven salary by the 4th week of this NFL season. I predict Flynn will be the starter by then and Wilson will get his chance to be a regular rookie in this league attached to a clipboard and wearing a headset...