My opinion on the matter is likely to change half a dozen times in the next three weeks, but one thing has never wavered: the final three quarterbacks on this roster should be, in some order, Matt Flynn, Russell Wilson, and Josh Portis.
In other words, so long Tarvaris Jackson!
There are two very obvious reasons why the Seahawks should NOT keep Tarvar. For one: you know what you’ve got with him. He’s an okay game manager who will rarely win you more games than he loses you. Give him a comfortable lead and a strong running game and Tarvar will come through. Give him a deficit and a 4th quarter comeback and he will almost always fail you. He’s a big arm, but not a big game quarterback. He has had ample opportunity to prove that he’s an elite-level NFL quarterback and all he has shown is that he’s somewhere between the middle of the pack and the end of the road. I know that doesn’t make any sense, but when you’re talking about Tarvar, you understand.
The other obvious reason is: there is no point in keeping the guy if he’s not going to be part of your future.
It appears that Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson can both start in this league. Whether that’s true or not remains to be seen. Whether they can start and SUCCEED also remains to be seen. But, right now, from what little I’ve seen and from what little more I’ve read, I think these guys have some sort of a future in the NFL.
I also think that Josh Portis can be a quality backup somewhere. The kind of guy to spell your starter if he gets injured, who will run around and make a few plays, who will entice a disgruntled fanbase to chant his name when things are rough.
Tarvar can also be a quality backup, but that’s his best-case scenario. He can come in and manage a game for you when your starter goes down, but rarely will he come in and bring your team back from the brink. Tarvar needs to be a backup on a veteran team with all the pieces in place to be a perennial Super Bowl contender. A backup to a QB who has already proven to be a Top 5 guy in this league. Where he can just sit and wait to be called upon (which, hopefully for that team’s sake, will be never).
There’s no point in keeping Tarvar around as a backup on a young, up-and-coming team looking to establish something in this league. Any of the three other guys on this team can EASILY be as good if not better than Tarvar in that backup role. The only prudent thing to do is get rid of him and let him try to catch on somewhere else before the season starts.
As for the battle between Flynn and Wilson, honestly I’m torn. I’ve had such high hopes for Matt Flynn, I’ve spent so long talking myself into this guy, that I just kind of want to see if he’s the real deal or not. On the flipside of things, I haven’t really been talking myself into this guy for THAT long. And, if he’s not going to be the guy, then I’d rather Russell Wilson spend his rookie season getting acclimated to the NFL game before we’re ready for the real push next year.
I’m keeping realistic hopes for 2012. The Super Bowl for the Seahawks is so far out of the question it’s not even funny. The playoffs … maybe. But, 2012 more than anything will be a building-block season. If the Seahawks are able to push through into the playoffs, then NEXT year we can discuss contending for a championship. But, if these Seahawks start Flynn and they DON’T make the playoffs – or, even worse, if these Seahawks make the playoffs in spite of Flynn’s poor play – then 2012 has been a total waste and everything gets bumped back at least a year.
I’m not getting any younger, people!
The last thing I want to see is Flynn come in and struggle. But, here’s the deal: I HAVE to know! One way or the other, I have to know if Flynn is the guy or not. I’ve paid for my ticket, I’ve got my bucket of popcorn and my large Orange Fanta, now I need to know if this movie is Oscar-worthy or Razzie-worthy. I wish I had a time machine, or some kind of crystal ball that would just TELL me if I’m wasting my time or not! But, no, I’ve just got to wait this out.
Russell Wilson is the ultimate insurance policy. You know those inane bumper stickers that say, “My other car is a Porsche” or something? Russell Wilson is our Porsche. Except, he’s more like a previously-owned Porsche. Do we have something that will run like a top? Or will it break down on us as soon as we hit the freeway?
You know what’s almost as bad as having no hope? Having too much hope. If the Oakland Raiders are at the no-hope end of the quarterbacking spectrum (too old, no young guys with any promise), the Seahawks are at the opposite end of the too-much-hope spectrum. Is Matt Flynn the next Matt Hasselbeck? Or is he the next Kyle Orton? Is Russell Wilson the next Drew Brees? Or is he just another too-short pipe dream who flew too close to the sun?
I just want to go to sleep and not wake up until the Seahawks are in the Super Bowl, is that too much to ask?
Honestly, I think it’s too early to have an opinion. I know the Seahawks have to make a decision sooner rather than later, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Russell Wilson get a chance to start this Saturday. Give him the first half, let him do his thing; give Flynn the second half, let him do his thing. Then, based on that, either switch back to Flynn for Game 3 (and going forward), or stick with Wilson and don’t look back. I’m sure I’ll have an update to this debate after the game in Denver.