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Ewww! he has cooties!
Ah, finally, the coup de gras.
Overall: Bye bye, Tarvaris Jackson
What we learned:
1) Matt Flynn will take what a defense gives him.
Due to a lack of deep threat receivers (Ricardo Lockette, Doug Baldwin, Terrell Owens, Sidney Rice), the Titans employed a lot of Cover 2 zone on Saturday. This effectively took away deep passes, but left soft spots five to 10 yards down the field. Flynn took full advantage of this, and completed all but two of his passes (and one incompletion was an egregious drop by Anthony McCoy). Don't assume that this means he's afraid to throw downfield.
On the contrary, what earned him the starting spot for Saturday's game was actually his downfield accuracy shown in practice. Matt Flynn was playing smart football, perfectly employing the West Coast schematics. His lone interception was a poor decision, but it was not entirely Flynn's fault. The play was supposed to involve a play fake, but the running back immediately went into blitz protection mode, nullifying the fake. The middle linebacker, who Seattle targeted with the fake, did not hesitate as was intended but instead dropped into coverage to make the play. In essence, it was more of a broken play and a smart read by linebacker Colin McCarthy than a Flynn screw up.
2) Russell Wilson is electric, dynamic, confident, and all that other good stuff.
Wilson made great throws for the most part, but his performance was marred by the redzone interception. That pick was a simple rookie misread and subsequent underthrow that Wilson will grow out of. His ball to Edwards was a tad underthrown as well, but Wilson's recognition of single coverage and trust in his playmaking receiver are important quarterback traits that he displayed quite well on that play.
He did roll to his right almost exclusively, which was a trick that worked in college but won't work quite as well in the NFL. If we can see more pocket throws from Wilson, perhaps against first string defenders, we will have a better gauge to see if Saturday's performance was fluky or if Wilson really does possess that talent that we all think he has.
3) Tarvaris Jackson can't be feeling good after this game.
Both quarterbacks delivered performances that Tarvaris couldn't emulate in the 2011 preseason or regular season. Pete Carroll likely won't get rid of him just yet, but his days in Seattle are assuredly numbered.