Seattle Seahawks: Having Many QBs Compete Is a Good Thing for Pete Carroll

Danny WebsterAnalyst IIIMay 14, 2012

Russell Wilson will be competing for the Seahawks' starting quarterback spot this year.
Russell Wilson will be competing for the Seahawks' starting quarterback spot this year.Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

It's safe to say that the Seattle Seahawks have addressed their quarterback situation tenfolds.

Already having Tarvaris Jackson on their roster as a proven quarterback, the middle-of-the-road Seahawks dove head first into the free agency pool and signed coveted backup quarterback Matt Flynn from the Green Bay Packers to a three-year contract worth $26 million in the offseason.

But the rain of quarterbacks didn't stop falling in Seattle, when the Seahawks made a surprising move in the third round by drafting Wisconsin star quarterback Russell Wilson with the 75th pick overall.

There's no doubt that from now until the season opener against the Arizona Cardinals on Sept. 9, Pete Carroll has a huge decision to make as he enters his third year as head coach, in an attempt to bring Seattle back to NFL prominence.

But the good news is, having three quality quarterbacks at your disposal may be the best thing that could happen for the future of the Seahawks going forward—and better yet, Carroll's future as head coach in Seattle.

Seattle's playing with house money in terms of their quarterback situation. With two veterans that haven't quite proven themselves in the NFL, along with the news that Wilson will be competing for the job as well, the Seahawks have nothing to lose.

Well, except their credibility as a franchise.

Analyzing the quarterback situation as is, there's noticeable pros and cons that come with who will behind center for Seattle come Week 1.

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson #7 of the Seattle Seahawks throws a pass during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona.  The Cardinals defeated the S
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Flynn comes in as the big-money guy with a lofty contract that would almost guarantee him the starting job right now. The knock on him is that he's only had a couple of starts in his NFL career and there's a rightful level of concern for that. 

But the two most memorable games were against the New England Patriots where he filled in for an injured Aaron Rodgers and last year against the Detroit Lions where he broke almost every single-game passing record for a Green Bay quarterback.

Jackson has been given the opportunities due to his potential when he was in Minnesota, now in Seattle. But the label of "franchise-caliber quarterback" hasn't come remotely close to his name. The complicating dilemma that lies with Jackson is that he can only continue to get better, but he's a true veteran at 29 years old.

After a year in which he won the final five of the last eight games of the year, Jackson threw for over 3,000 yards for the first time in his career, but only threw for 14 touchdowns. The room for improvement is there, but who knows if the pressure of two quarterbacks gunning for his job will catch up to Jackson.

Wilson is the option that has the less to lose by being the starter. As a rookie, he has an excuse to have his ups and downs. Plus, he has a chance to work with receivers who are near his experience level in Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin. It also doesn't hurt to have a Pro-Bowl running back in Marshawn Lynch to take the pressure off of you either.

Having these quarterbacks is difficult for Carroll is tough, but it'll give him clarity as to who the best choice is for the long term. He's made it clear that every player on the Seahawks will have to earn the right to get their spot and that includes the quarterback position. And if one doesn't get the job done in a significant amount of time, then Carroll can immediately put the next guy in.

However, Carroll's job is on the line in the next year or two. The good news for him is that the San Francisco 49ers have grabbed hold of the NFC West and won't be letting it go any time soon. But the time has come to stop producing 7-9 seasons and get some winning records back in Seattle. There's no room for error.

Otherwise, the forecast in Seattle will be cloudy with continuous rain and no chance for sunlight any time soon.