Is Matt Flynn the Answer to Seattle Seahawks', Pete Carroll's QB Dilemma?
Matt Flynn has to be the answer for Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks.
After all, the Seahawks' didn't pull him from a backup quarterback position in Green Bay to once again fill the backup role in Seattle.
And then Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson was selected in Round 3 of the 2012 NFL Draft and all of a sudden the Great Northwest was mingling in "Titletown."
Flynn will get his second straight preseason start for the Seahawks on Saturday night when Seattle travels to Denver, with rookie Russell Wilson expected to play the second half in a similar format to what the team followed last week against Tennessee.
With less than one month until Week 1 kicks off, though, anything can still obviously happen. All three of Seattle's quarterbacks have much proving left, but time is of the essence.
So is Flynn the answer?
Well to find out, let's dissect the Seahawks' offense for the 2012 season.
Beast-Mode Must Be No. 1 Priority
First off, no matter who wins the Seahawks' starting role the philosophy must focus around running back Marshawn Lynch.
After two disappointing regular seasons between 2009 and 2010, Lynch solidified his beast-mode mentality with one postseason run. As for 2011, Lynch enjoyed his best season ever with 1,204 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Plus, the man is only 26 years old, so Lynch has a few years of dominance remaining. Here, all three quarterbacks are the right answer because Tarvaris Jackson fed the beast last season and Wilson comes from a pro-style set in college where Montee Ball was a Heisman Trophy finalist.
Flynn would just benefit from a strong ground game, namely play-action, as Green Bay wasn't a run-oriented team. From his potential in one game, though, you can imagine Flynn's production in a balanced offense.
Nevertheless, if Seattle gets away from slamming between the tackles, it won't matter who's under center.
Week 1 Starter Needs Small Room For Error
Regardless of the opening game signal-caller, Pete Carroll must have small room for error.
Jackson proved in 2011 that he deserves another chance to start with a decent year to build from. Flynn had the single greatest performance in Packers' history and Wilson transitioned emphatically well for the Badgers.
Thing is, the Seahawks have quite the difficult schedule in 2012 with the entire AFC East and NFC North outside the division, including the Cowboys and Panthers. When you combine everything, that's nine legitimate playoff contending teams (yes, even Carolina and Arizona).
Flynn's mobility and mechanics to set up in the pocket bode well against more explosive opponents like the Packers, Cowboys, Lions, Patriots and Panthers. Not to mention he knows NFC North defenses, having backed in an excellent Packers' system for the past four years.
Wilson doesn't have any pro experience, but he's a rookie so that's a given. Jackson, however, has been in the league since 2006 and has never really developed despite his 2011 endeavors.
In short, though, Seattle has to find the quarterback that will click because there's no time to waste once the real games begin.
Who is the Man?
If Matt Flynn ends up starting, how will the Seahawks' 2012 regular season pan out?
It's Matt Flynn, period.
He may have less pro experience than Jackson, but Flynn comes from a fortunate situation where he developed immensely well. That Packers' game, despite not mattering in terms of the postseason, was a brief glimpse of his capabilities.
Flynn brought some of that deja vu back to Lambeau Field in Week 17 of 2011 and the Seahawks jumped at the opportunity. Wilson is just the fail safe—as he was only a third round pick—because no rookies this year outside of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III were NFL-ready.
As for Jackson, he's unfortunately the odd man out.
Perhaps if Tarvaris would have bombarded defenses last year with 4,000 passing yards he would have been a more viable option for Seattle. The high-powered fast-pace attack that Flynn displayed, however, was never evident of Jackson in 2011.
Nine times did Jackson attempt 30-plus passes, and the Seahawk's were 3-6 in those games.
Not to mention Flynn threw six touchdowns in one game against a playoff team, whereas Jackson threw 14 scores all season.
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