When the Seattle Seahawks signed Matt Flynn to a $26-million contract this offseason, everyone thought he would start for the Seahawks. And I'm sure he thought so, too.
But now, the Seahawks and their fans are celebrating another young quarterback.
Russell Wilson outplayed Flynn and Tavaris Jackson during training camp and the preseason, as he worked very hard to earn the starting job. In his first regular season game, he looked rusty, but he also threw what could have been the game-winning touchdown.
In Week 2, however, Wilson performed very well. He made great throws inside and outside the pocket, throwing a touchdown and setting up more with his great performance. The Seahawks electrified the home crowd with a 27-7 win over the Cowboys.
Wilson threw just 20 passes, but he completed 15 of them and threw a touchdown. He mixed that in with a 112.7 passer rating and his first NFL win, something that has to make him happy. Wilson earned the starting quarterback job, and he's now showing his doubters why he is starting.
The Wisconsin product has been able to make all kinds of throws, and he is throwing the ball to the right receivers at the right times. Wilson impressed me a lot with one throw against the Cowboys, when he hit Anthony McCoy on the run for a touchdown.
But, then again, he impressed me with almost all of his throws.
Wilson always seemed to throw the ball to the open man. His receivers and tight ends did a nice job getting open, and Wilson fit the ball into all windows. He has proved time and time again that he knows how to make great throws no matter the circumstance.
If a defense covers all the receivers and leaves a hole open to run, Wilson will sprint through it. He is a great decision maker, as you can tell. His ability to navigate a defense and throw the ball so well is amazing, especially considering that he's a rookie.
Most rookie quarterbacks don't take their teams far, if anywhere. Unfortunately for the Seahawks, the San Francisco 49ers reside in their division, but some people think the Seahawks can win the NFC West. It's certainly possible.
Marshawn Lynch is a great running back, and he can be defined accurately by anyone as long as they watch this run. Wilson doesn't have a great group of receivers, but he's already been making them look better. Plus, the Seahawks defense certainly looks good.
As long as Wilson doesn't get hurt and continues to play to the best of his ability, the Seahawks can fly to the playoffs for sure. Getting deep into the playoffs may be a bit of a stretch for this year, but Wilson has shown that he's capable of playing under pressure.
Defenses are on their toes the whole game since Wilson can burn you for sleeping on any play. He is fast, he has a strong arm and he is accurate. He has proved that he knows how to make the right decisions, and when those skills are packaged with some experience next year, you can expect the Seahawks to go very far.
Even this year, you can expect the Seahawks to make the playoffs. They're a talented team, and football fans everywhere have to be impressed with the way Wilson and the Seahawks obliterated a decent Cowboys team.
So, as long as Seattle keeps playing like this, they can and will go far this year—and for years to come.