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Russell Wilson vs. Matt Flynn: Why Seahawks Should Stick with the Rookie

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 18:  Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks drops back to pass against the San Francisco 49ers during the first quarter of an NFL football game at Candlestick Park on October 18, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Todd PheiferAnalyst IIIOctober 19, 2012

Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks were unable to take down the San Francisco 49ers and take sole possession of first place in the NFC West, losing to the Niners 13-6 on Thursday night.

It was a tough game to watch because Seattle certainly had opportunities. They could have won this game. In the second half, the Seahawks just seemed to run out of steam and the San Francisco offensive line took control. 

Do not put the blame on Wilson and call for Matt Flynn to swoop in and save the day. 

After all, usually when Marshawn Lynch goes over 100 yards, Seattle is in good shape.

The Hawks lost because they could not stop the run. Period. 

Frank Gore. 8.2 yards per carry. Need I say more?

Admittedly, were Wilson’s stats bad? Yes. In the National Football League, 9-of-23 for 122 yards and a pick are not exactly Pro Bowl numbers.

Also, his pick was ugly. It was a desperate throw under pressure that should never have been hurled. Wilson has been savvy enough to throw the ball away in similar situations. Not this time.

Still, he certainly had his moments. He still looks very comfortable in the pocket, and for the most part he knows when to get moving. Wilson has the ability to be a “running” quarterback but he does not look to immediately take off.

In today’s NFL, that is a good thing.

Another problem in this game was dropped passes. Could a few more balls from Wilson have been a bit closer to the mark? Probably. However, there were a couple of key passes that simply had to be caught.

As noted by ESPN, “He had several deep balls in the first half that were right on target but the receivers couldn't come down with the football.”

Exactly.

This was a game of momentum, and Seattle seemed to lose it at just the wrong moments.

I am sure there will some calls for Matt Flynn. Some fans want to see what the $25 million man can do.

Save it.

Perhaps Flynn is the “prototypical” quarterback that the Seahawks need. Perhaps if he were put in the lineup we would start seeing dazzling passing performances on a weekly basis.

Somehow I doubt it. And, we may never know.

If you switch quarterbacks now, you are starting over in terms of game flow and rapport with receivers. Certainly there are times when teams need to make a change.

However, now is not the time.

The loss to the Niners is obviously a disappointment, but San Francisco is a good team. Seattle still has the talent and drive to be a playoff team. The Hawks will rebound.

Wilson will get there. He will lead this team to success.

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