Flynn, Jackson, Wilson All In Hunt To Start In Seattle

3-way quarterback race in Seattle, Wilson 'absolutely' in it

7/30/12 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

Jul 28, 2012; Renton, WA, USA; NFL: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) scrambles out of the pocket during a scrimmage at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US's Peter King stated via Twitter that rookie quarterback Russell Wilson (third-round pick out of Wisconsin) is "absolutely" in the hunt for the Seattle Seahawks' starting quarterback job in Week 1.

Head coach Pete Carroll has held the same stance since the draft that incumbent quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, recent free agent acquisition Matt Flynn, and Wilson all have an equal opportunity of earning the starting position.

Flynn has been the favorite to land the job after the Seahawks signed him to 3-year $19.5 million deal. However, the hype around Flynn has come from a very small sample size, as he's only started two games. In one of those games, he posted a gargantuan line against the Lions of 480 yards and 6 touchdowns, but that still doesn't necessarily mean that he's the answer for Seattle at quarterback.

Jackson, who started 14 games for the Seahawks last season, didn't do terribly during his first season in Seattle. He threw for nearly 3100 yards with a 60.2% completion percentage and 79.2 QB rating, which gets much worse in this league. On the other hand, there's also plenty of room for improvement with those numbers.

Wilson is the most intriguing candidate in Seattle. He was a third-round pick that wasn't expected to go until the fourth-round or later due to his small size and short history of success in college. However, Football Outsiders gave Wilson the highest ever grade with their Lewin Career Forecast system. The system takes into account a range of variables, including completion percentage, improvement from junior to senior seasons, and physical size. Here's a link to a full explanation of the system.
January 2, 2012; Pasadena, CA, USA; Wisconsin Badgers quarterback Russell Wilson (16) runs looks to pass against the Oregon Ducks during the first half during the 2012 Rose Bowl.  Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE
Since 1998, the top three rankings (excluding Wilson) have gone to Robert Griffin III, Philip Rivers, and Drew Brees, so the system seems to score relatively accurately. The system only scores players drafted in the first three rounds, so players like Tom Brady aren't eligible.

A high Lewin Career Forecast score in no way means that Wilson should be immediately stuck into the starting role, but it is worth considering that he is in the company of other quarterbacks who have had, or are expected to have, great success in the NFL.

This quarterback battle is far from over, and I'm sticking with Matt Flynn as my prediction for the Week 1 starter, but it seems to truly be up in the air right now. All three of these players players could end up starting at some point should the Seahawks struggle this season. You probably already know that you don't want to be starting any of these guys on your fantasy team. Matt Flynn at quarterback will probably have the best effect on Seahawks' skill position players. Though the fantasy implications won't be huge, it will be an interesting situation to monitor through the preseason.
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7/31/12   |   Jess   |   35116 respect

I think those numbers for Tarvaris Jackson are skewed; he played a couple of really good games and severally really bad games. He had more turnovers than touchdowns, between INT's and lost fumbles. He held on to the ball far too long (there were open receivers).To me, a torn pectoral doesn't excuse that. And anybody who says Jackson stepped it up at the end of the season obviously is just going by Seattle's W-L record and doesn't know how the Seahawks got those wins. It wasn't thanks to Jackson, in any case.

I really hope that Carroll is toying with the media and that they have more of an idea who the starter will be than he's letting on, and that that QB is building chemistry with the receivers and taking the majority of the snaps as we speak. It can't be good for a team for this to be up in the air so close to the beginning of the season. It's stressing me out.