August 22, 2012
The Biggest Preseason Game EVAR!!!1!!1!!
On Friday night, the Seattle Seahawks will play the most pivotal preseason game in franchise history. Hyperbole, you say? Nope. Here's why this week's game at Arrowhead is the biggest exhibition game our team has ever played...
The Seahawks have the luxury now of having two very promising young quarterbacks on their roster. Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson have very different quarterbacking aptitudes, but BOTH of them have the potential to become the franchise quarterback who finally leads the Hawks to a Super Bowl victory. I can already hear the groans from Team Wilson, from those who have already assumed that our 5'11" 3rd-round rookie is INEVITABLY going to be our QB (eventually). I don't buy into that assumption at all. Once Matt Flynn wins the starting job, he might not ever give it up. He has the ability and the intelligence to lead the Seahawks all the way to the top of the NFL's elite- Otherwise, PCJS would not have brought him to Seattle.
Once we accept that EITHER of these quarterbacks could be "The One," Friday's game takes on potentially monumental significance. Even though Coach Carroll has said that he might not make a final QB1 decision until after the Oakland game, a standout (or piss-poor) performance from Wilson at Arrowhead will likely force Big Balls Pete to make an immediate decision on our 2012 starter- and whoever wins that starting job for Kickoff Weekend might hold onto it for the next half-decade or more. So yes, this is the biggest preseason game our franchise has ever played. It could set the course for the team at the game's most important position for the next 7-10 years.
I disagree with the decision to start Wilson at Kansas City. I think that Matt Flynn is the better choice to maximize our number of wins in 2012, and I think he needs as many reps as possible to get ready for the Cardinals on September 9th. If he falters, Russell Wilson is sitting there in a glass case waiting for an emergency. That's my thinking, but it's obviously not Pete Carroll's thinking. Plus, what the hell do I know? I wanted us to draft Michael Crabtree a few years back, for fuck's sake.
I'll never root for a Seahawk to fail. I hope RW3 scorches the earth Friday, wins the job cleanly, and grows into some fucked-up hybrid of Cam Newton and Drew Brees. If he doesn't, I think Flynn gets the job, and we roll on to #10winsandaplayoffspot anyway. The worst case scenario in my mind is this: BOTH QBs are "meh" on Friday, and the competition drags on for another week. It's best for the team if Wilson shines like a supernova Friday, but it wouldn't be the end of the world if he stunk out loud either- It would allow PC to name Flynn the starter, and would tamp down the already overheated expectations that are developing about RW3- Then he could learn and grow with significantly less pressure.
Our coach has made a decision I strongly disagree with, but I sure as hell hope it works out. The best news is that we're looking at a competition between two QBs with spectacular potential- I just hope that competition gets resolved one way or another on Friday.
What do you think, sirs?