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Matt Flynn should be Seattle's starter on opening day.
Tarvaris Jackson has started 34 games in his NFL career, but can’t seem to convince anyone he’s worthy of a full-time starting job. He’s got a career passer rating of 77.7 with 38 touchdowns and 35 interceptions. Those aren’t great numbers by any stretch of the imagination, but Jackson is coming off his first career 3,000-yard passing season.
So he should have convinced coach Pete Carroll and the rest of the Seahawks staff that he was ready to be the man, right?
Going 7-9 and only throwing for 14 touchdowns while running the league’s fifth-worst offense won’t get it done.
So the Seahawks went out and got Matt Flynn, who has just two NFL starts. But they were very, very, very good. In those two starts with the Green Bay Packers, Flynn threw for over 700 yards and nine touchdowns. So why isn’t Carroll naming Flynn the starter? Maybe it’s out of respect for Jackson.
If that’s the case, it doesn’t make much sense to throw rookie Russell Wilson into the mix. All Wilson did in college was win. Whether it was at North Carolina State or Wisconsin, Wilson proved that he overcompensates for his lack of height (5’11”) with superior athleticism, good decision-making a very good accuracy and pass efficiency.
Who will win the job?
It’s nice that Carroll has enough respect for Jackson to make it an open competition, and he likes Wilson enough to let him join the conversation. But this job is Flynn’s. It was always going to be after they gave him a three-year, $26 million contract.