The Seahawks entered their offseason looking for an upgrade at the QB spot.
They felt they got that when they handed Matt Flynn a three-year deal worth $26 million this offseason. Now, he’ll do the same thing he did last season in Green Bay – hold a clipboard as the number two QB.
That’s because of the shocker announcement of the preseason made Sunday by Pete Carroll and John Schneider, who declared rookie Russell Wilson as the new QB in Seattle.
Carroll announced Sunday night that the rookie quarterback from Wisconsin will be the starter when the Seahawks open the regular season on September 9th at Arizona.
Wilson beat out both Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson, who the team is moving to the Buffalo Bills.
“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,” Carroll said on a conference call Sunday night. “It was a legitimate competition as we said from the beginning and with the opportunity he’s taken advantage of he deserves to start.”
Wilson outplayed the other QB’s for the Hawks, having solid games against Tennessee and Denver. He clinched the job in his latest outing vs the Chiefs, going 13-of-19 passing for 185 yards, two touchdowns and a passer rating of 134.8. And if he didn’t show enough with his arm, Wilson added another 58 yards rushing.
“This isn’t just based on the quarters we’ve seen him play. This is based on the practice and the challenges that he’s undertaken here on the practice field,” Carroll said. “We’ve combined everything and with the circumstances that have been presented he won this opening challenge here.”
The question now – will he be able to keep the job with Flynn, who is going to make a lot of money watching, waiting in the wings as the hungry backup.
“He is so prepared. He doesn’t seem like a first-year player,” Carroll said of Wilson. “He seems like he’s been around. He gets it, he understands and he is a tremendous leader in that way. He doesn’t do anything but the right thing in all of his work and his preparation and his competitiveness has been demonstrated again.”