Pete Carroll stunned a lot of people when he proclaimed rookie Russell Wilson the Seahawks starter before Week 1. Since then, Wilson's stats have been pedestrian as he's completed just 60 percent of his passes for 594 yards (5.9 yards per attempt), four touchdowns and four interceptions.
Naturally, fans and media alike are screaming for Matt Flynn, who the Seahawks signed in the offseason, to take over. But Carroll isn't jumping ship yet, confirming Seattle would roll with Wilson at least for the immediate future.
"We're going with Russell right now," Carroll said Monday via the Seattle News-Tribune. "He's working his tail off to get it right, and where all of the focus goes to the quarterback position, there's a lot of guys who figure into what's going on, and he's one of them. So we're just trying to get better."
As I pointed out Sunday on Twitter, Wilson's three interceptions against the Rams weren't entirely his fault. Doug Baldwin egged one catch and Anthony McCoy fell down on another. The second pick came when Wilson got hit while throwing. So let's ease up on pinning all the blame for Seattle's loss on Wilson's statistics.
Then there's this: Flynn might not be ready to play yet.
"We have a little bit of a problem with Matt," Carroll said. "Matt's still not full speed, and anybody that thinks, 'OK, let's go with the other guy,' well, he can't practice yet. He can go in and throw it and make it through a game. He can throw it. He throws 15 throws a day, a couple days a week. And so that's not really enough to get him ready to go in a game plan."
It's possible that Carroll is simply stalling. The News-Tribune's Eric Williams points out that Carroll informed reporters prior to the Seahawks game against Green Bay that Flynn was fine. There wasn't much calling for Wilson's job after he threw the Hail Mary to beat the Packers.
And Flynn himself said he's "ready to go whenever I need to go," so stalling for time is certainly a possibility. But all Carroll needs is one good performance from Wilson to keep the dogs off his back, and I'd be willing to bet there's a good chance he gets it in Week 5 against the Panthers.
Not only is Carolina's defense bad, but Wilson will be playing in front of a pretty friendly crowd. He is from Virginia but played at North Carolina State from 2007 through 2010, and despite transferring to Wisconsin to play the 2011 season, remains a fan favorite in the area.
The stars aren't necessarily aligning, but seeing Wilson put up good numbers against a bad defense during his homecoming game (Andre Brown did something similar two Thursdays ago) would justify Carroll's decision and take some of the heat off both Carroll and Wilson.
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