Seattle Seahawks: What to Make of Russell Wilson's Hot, Inconsistent Start

Eli Nachmany@EliNachmanyCorrespondent IIIOctober 15, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 14: Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks passes against the New England Patriots at CenturyLink Field on October 14, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Patriots 24-23. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Thanks to a stout defense and a little bit of luck, the Seattle Seahawks are an impressive 4-2 on the season with big wins over the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots marking a strong start.

Under center is Russell Wilson, a 5'11" rookie signal-caller whom the Seahawks drafted in the third round of the most recent NFL draft. By all accounts, Wilson is having a 'good' year.

Statistically speaking, the rookie has performed well, having completed 95-of-152 (62.5 percent) of his passes for 1,108 yards, eight touchdowns and six interceptions in four games.

Looking past the numbers, the quarterback has guided his team to a number of key victories early in the season and it's easy to make the judgment that starting Wilson is the right decision for a young Seattle team.

All of that being said, while we can't disregard the Seahawks' success in the win column, backup quarterback Matt Flynn should be the starter here.

Prior to the Patriots game, Pro Football Focus ranked Wilson in the middle of the pack as a passer in different stats like accuracy and adjusted QB rating.

After a solid showing against the Patriots, though, it's not all that far off to say that Wilson is just a good game or two away from being considered a 'Top 10' signal-caller on the season.

While his cumulative totals on the season may be impressive, go back and consider how Wilson got to where he was.

In a Week 1 tilt against Arizona, the Seahawk quarterback was only able to put up 16 points and couldn't manage to put the ball in the end zone on a last-second drive as his team succumbed to a better Cardinals squad. Wilson was 18-of-34 (52.9 percent) passing on the day, throwing for 153 yards and averaging a measly 4.5 yards per attempt.

After a good performance managing the game in Dallas and letting Marshawn Lynch run the team to victory (Wilson was 15-of-20, throwing a lot of high-percentage checkdown passes), the signal-caller was back to his erratic ways against Green Bay.

Facing a struggling Packers secondary, the quarterback finished his day 10-of-21 (47.6 percent) passing for 130 yards and a stroke of luck at the end propelled the Seahawks to an undeserved (depending how one looks at it) victory at home.

With a chance to take the season and run with it in St. Louis, Wilson was again below average. While he completed 17 of his 25 passes against the Rams, the quarterback turned the ball over three times on interceptions and couldn't muster more than 13 points in a loss.

Head coach Pete Carroll has done an excellent job disguising Russell Wilson's deficiencies as a passer by giving him high percentage throws and fabricating this player's case as a solid quarterback.

While backup Matt Flynn may not be worlds better than Wilson, the former LSU standout is a savvy veteran who would allow Carroll to open up the offense and throw the ball deep. Just watch the game film of the Packers game against the Lions in Week 17 last year when Flynn had the game of his life.

Not only did Flynn prove that he can beat teams over the top with pinpoint deep accuracy, but the quarterback showed that he can throw a wet football with precision.

Russell Wilson is not as good of a quarterback as he gets credit for. While he's done some great things for the Seahawks that no one can diminish, Matt Flynn would be the better option to lead this 4-2 team into the playoffs.

An inconsistent player at quarterback can and will be the ultimate doom of the Seahawks if the team ultimately hopes to make a postseason run.