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Does Russell Wilson Deserve Leeway, or Does Matt Flynn Negate Breathing Room?

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 9:  Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks runs out of the pocket against the Arizona Cardinals in the first quarter at CenturyLink Field on December 9, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Kevin Casey/Getty Images)
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Lou RomContributor IOctober 20, 2016

After a couple of shaky Sundays, many fans of the Seattle Seahawks have begun calling for Matt Flynn to replace rookie quarterback Russell Wilson behind center.

To be fair, Wilson has struggled at times, but his numbers are still impressive for a rookie, especially one that happens to be 5'11' at a position that usually boasts guys who are 6'3" or taller.

Wilson has thrown 79 passes for 815 yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions.

But beyond the numbers, Wilson has shown poise in the pocket late in the game, and an ability to extend plays with his feet—playing well beyond his years.

And, he's completing 63.2 percent of his passes, a number most NFL quarterbacks, let alone rookies, would be happy to have.

Such impressive stats for a rookie make it easy to forget how much the Seahawks once coveted Matt Flynn, the former backup quarterback in Green Bay who now sits on the bench—little more than six months after Seattle signed him to a three-year $26 million contract.

Flynn is definitely the more conventional quarterback, a classic drop back passer with height to spare. But that's about all we really know about Flynn.

Sure, we all know about his 480 yards and six touchdowns over Detroit in Green Bay's season finale. But that was a meaningless game against an opponent not exactly famous for its defensive pedigree.

The luster of Wilson's preseason may have worn off a bit in the last few weeks, but the cold hard truth is that Flynn has done nothing to prove he is a better option.

In fact, he is more unproven than the rookie.

Until Wilson has an oh-for Sunday with multiple picks and 100 or so yards there's no reason to pull him in favor of Flynn.

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