Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson was impressive during his first career NFL preseason start on August 24, 2012. Wilson completed 13-of-19 passes for 185 yards with two touchdowns against the Kansas City Chiefs. He also had 58 rushing yards on two scrambles.
The Seahawks improved to 3-0 following a 44-14 victory. They've outscored their opponents 101-41. They've scored at least 27 points in each of their games.
An outside observer wouldn't expect a quarterback controversy from an offense that has averaged 34 points per game. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll faces this exact predicament. Carroll must choose his starting quarterback before his team starts the regular season on September 9. The Seahawks will play the Arizona Cardinals in Glendale, Arizona.
Matt Flynn was the favorite to win the job. Flynn signed a three-year, $26 million contract this past offseason. Flynn has completed 17-of-26 passes for 102 yards with an interception. He had a sore elbow that kept him out of the Chiefs game.
There were people who thought that Russell Wilson needed more time to develop. He hasn't needed it so far. Wilson has completed 35-of-52 passes for 464 yards with five touchdowns and an interception. Wilson also has 150 rushing yards on 10 carries. That scrambling ability is an element that Flynn can't offer.
Will the Seahawks bench someone whom they just signed to a $26 million contract? The Cardinals are another NFC West team who faces a similar scenario. They signed Kevin Kolb to a five-year, $63 million contract in 2011. Kolb is competing with John Skelton for the starting job. That quarterback battle has been more like "Who isn't the worst" than "Who is the best."
This is an encouraging situation for Seahawks enthusiasts. They've gone from Tarvaris Jackson as their starting quarterback to having one of the NFL's deepest quarterback depth charts in 2012. If the Seahawks continue to have strong quarterback play to go along with their defense, they'll be a legitimate threat to the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC West.