Why Seahawks' Russell Wilson Deserves to Start Week 1 of the Regular Season

Josh SteinContributor IIIAugust 16, 2012

Could this be the face of the Seattle Seahawks' new franchise quarterback?
Could this be the face of the Seattle Seahawks' new franchise quarterback?Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Awestruck is a word that could probably describe most Seahawk fans after watching our rookie third- round draft pick tear it up in Seattle's first preseason game.

175 yards and a touchdown while completing 75 percent of his passes wasn't even the highlight of his day. His 32-yard bootleg touchdown capped off a signature day that left many questioning whether Matt Flynn actually should be the starter this year.

And calling for Russell Wilson may not be a bad idea. Wilson possesses all of the needed qualities of an NFL starter, which makes him a perfect candidate for the quarterback spot that Pete Carroll has desperately been trying to fill.

Wilson comes from a background that favors transition. He has transferred schools in college and adjusted perfectly to the new system. He has had equal time with the Seattle system as Matt Flynn has and looked more comfortable Saturday.

He also has a pretty strong arm that measures up to Flynn's, but has speed and agility not matched by any other QB on the depth chart. His 20 yards a carry prove his ability to read a defense and react to open gaps.

Although he doesn't have any regular-season experience, he has played in many big games during his time at NC State and Wisconsin, most notably in the Rose Bowl last year. And even though college football games aren't really of the same magnitude of the professional level, his leadership and confidence can carry over.

Fortunately for him, his inexperience won't really have much bearing on whether or not he starts because his main competition has only two career starts in the NFL. Flynn has never played significant minutes in an important game because he has always been in the shadow of Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay.

The final reason why Wilson should get the nod in Week 1 is not because of his physical attributes, but because of his mental awareness and maturity. He has amazing decision-making and composure that allows him to stay focused even after a mistake and also lets him learn from his error and fix it as early as the next set of downs.

All in all, Russell Wilson seems to be the smartest and most reliable choice for the Seahawks' Week 1 starter and, depending on his play, for the future of this team. His measurables, as well as his intangibles, are remarkable—and he could be the final piece that places this young Seattle team back on the map for many years to come.