|Wilson seemingly has a real chance to win the starting job. (AP)|
At this point, coming off an enormously-successful performance in a big preseason win against the Chiefs in Kansas City on Friday, you have to wonder if Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson is now the favorite to win the starting job.
Coach Pete Carroll hasn't come out and said so, but the way Wilson played Friday, dissecting the Chiefs defense, and with high-priced free agent acquisition Matt Flynn plagued by a sore arm, it seems as though it might be Wilson's job to lose.
“He's done everything we've asked him,” coach Pete Carroll said, via the team's official website. “When John [Schneider, the GM] was excited about drafting him and we got the momentum going to make that pick, this is guy we hoped that he would be.”
That third-round pick of Flynn -- which, at first, looked so strange because of Flynn's signing -- is looking like a strong selection these days. He led the Seahawks to scoring drives on Seattle's first six offensive series Friday, and he looked better than he has all preseason (and, let's face it, he's looked pretty good the entire time) -- overall, he was 13 of 19 for 185 yards and two touchdowns to go with two carries for 58 yards.
“I just try to relax as much as I can -- relax my mind, just play football,” Wilson said after Friday's game. “I prepare myself in every way possible. I get there early. I leave late. I try to always mentally prepare myself and visualize being successful.”
But here's the important question, as posed by Rapid Reporter John Breech: has Wilson done enough to win the starting job? Maybe so, but at this point, Carroll isn't ready to name a No. 1.
And we're still unclear on Flynn's health. As the Seattle Times writes, Flynn didn't practice Wednesday because of a sore arm and it apparently bothered him again Friday while he was warming up before the game.
Carroll has downplayed the arm soreness, but if Wilson continues to play this way and Flynn can't get back on the field to respond, that sore arm seemingly could cost Flynn what many of us assumed was his starting job.