Why Seattle Seahawks Must Commit to Russell Wilson Long-Term

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistOctober 14, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 07:  Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 7, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The Seattle Seahawks found a diamond in the rough in rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, and now the Seahawks must embrace the future and commit to Wilson long-term. 

Wilson, a third-round pick out of Wisconsin, managed to win the quarterback battle this offseason and has since helped to make the Seahawks a relevant team in the NFL once again. 

While the Seahawks have another option in former Green Bay Packers backup Matt Flynn, the smart play for the Seattle front office at this point would be to go all-in with the rookie quarterback, for better or worse in 2012. 

Let's examine why Wilson is the long-term answer for Seattle. 


Steady Progression for a Rookie

Wilson has by no means been perfect thus far in his rookie campaign, but he has been the perfect quarterback for the Seahawks. 

With 1,108 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions, Wilson has performed well considering the fact he was only a third-round pick and not expected to start this season. He does not have the hype of an Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III but has still managed lead one of the more formidable teams in the NFL.

The best part about Wilson? We're hardly scratching the surface of his potential. Wilson may be considered short, but he has the ability to extend plays with his feet and beat opposing defenses in multiple ways. 

Wilson is still developing, and his prime in the next few years could make him one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL. 


No Better Options

While some have been crying for Matt Flynn to take the starting gig from the rookie Wilson, Flynn has shown nothing to deserve the spot at this point. 

Flynn was a highly-publicized backup of the best quarterback in the league in Aaron Rodgers. Thanks to one outstanding game in Rodgers' absence, Flynn managed to parlay that into a big payday with Seattle and an assumed starting role.

The fact that a rookie outplayed Flynn for the starting job this offseason should immediately silence anyone clamoring for him to start. Clearly the coaching staff does not believe he is worthy of being a starter or he would have been the starter in Week 1, or would have taken the job when Wilson struggled. 

The only way Flynn takes the starting role at this point is if Wilson suffers an injury.

In the future, the Seahawks are not going to have a high enough pick to land a better prospect in the NFL draft, so going all-in with Wilson at this point is the only way to go. 


The Future is Now With Russell Wilson 

Pete Carroll and the Seahawks made their decision in the 2012 NFL draft and now have to work with Wilson. They elected to throw him to the fire, and he has succeeded to this point.

It hasn't been perfect, but anyone expecting more from a third-round pick is being unrealistic. 

The future is now. The Seahawks have a great roster around Wilson and could contend for the division this season with Wilson under center. 

As the talent around Wilson develops, he will as well. The young roster has a lot of growing up to do, but with Wilson under center, the future is bright in Seattle. Wilson is the long-term answer for the Seahawks, but patience is required.