The Seahawks are now 2-2, and have the lowest ranked passing offense in the NFL. Like we didn’t see this coming.
But Seahawks fans, I guarantee you, we’re not the only ones who foresaw this possibility. The front office and Pete Carroll had to know this was a possible route this season would take when they decided to start a rookie quarterback.
There are some, and by some I mean many, who are calling for Russell Wilson to be benched, and for Matt Flynn to start. To them, I say be patient. Let the process work.
There is no way that Pete can bench Russell after four games, two of which were Seahawks victories. Rookies need time to adjust to the speed of the NFL and the disguised elements of pro defenses. That’s just a fact. Now, Russell does have physical limitations where are becoming more increasingly prominent, but this isn’t news. We all knew he was short. The big guys over in Renton knew he was short. Nothing’s changed.
There’s almost zero chance that a rookie quarterback is going to step in, light the world on fire from the get-go, and lead his team to a 3-1 or 4-0 record in the first quarter of the season. Seattle has taken the right approach, with trying to bring him along slowly, rely on the defense and special teams, and eek out a couple of wins against quality opponents. The time will come to open up the offensive playbook, and I’m sincerely hoping that the time is VERY VERY soon. But in the meantime, we have to let the quarterback develop and learn. Will we lose a game we probably should win because of it? Yeah, probably. But most of us had the Seahawks starting the season at 2-2, didn’t we? What have we really lost in this first quarter of the season?
This Seattle team is built much like the 2009 Baltimore Ravens. A stinging defense, top of the line running game, and a rookie quarterback. Those Ravens, with Joe Flacco, posted 185 yards per game through the air for the entire season, which saw them starting out 2-3. They finished the season 11-5, wrapped up the final wildcard spot, and lost in the AFC Championship game to the eventual Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
Look, I’m not saying Russell Wilson is the next Joe Flacco. I’m not even saying he’s going to be a quality starter in the NFL. All I’m saying is that if this team was willing to take a flier and let him start the beginning the season, it HAD to be with the realization that it could be a process that would result in lost games early in the year. To pull the plug on that process at this point would make no sense. It’s like a poker hand that you feel is pretty good. If you think you’ve got the winning hand after the flop, and put your money in, you’re not going to fold on the turn or the river unless the cards that come out would benefit a hand you’re afraid of.
With a 2-2 record that I anticipated from the start, nothing has changed to where we should fold on Russell Wilson.
Who knows? He could be the best hand at the table.