Too Many Quarterbacks in SeattlePosted: August 3, 2012
Pete Carroll loves himself some competition. I actually like his theory, the more the merrier. However, there is a position on the field that a lot of competition can be counterproductive. Quarterback. Most people would agree that quarterback is the most important position on the field in football. The quarterback dictates plays and controls where the ball goes on every play. In today’s NFL, there are so many pre-snap reads a quarterback has to make, it is imperative you have someone back there with a lot of reps. Before that step even takes place, there is the timing with the wide receivers, which is crucial to the success of the offense.
The Seahawks have Matt Flynn, Tavaris Jackson and Russell Wilson all taking snaps with the first team in the first week of training camp. This is ridiculous from a fan’s standpoint. Most Seattle fans are expecting an improvement from last year’s 7-9 record and without a stable quarterback, the offense will fall behind. The offense was the problem last year for the Seahawks. The defense carried the team by being seventh in points allowed and ninth in total yards allowed. I will cut the offense some slack, because the lockout gave little time to work together and offense takes more time to learn and develope rhythm. This brings me back to the point of having one quarterback taking most of the snaps. Get everyone on the same page.
One of the worst things people can do at a game is chant for the backup QB. Waiting around to pick a starter creates an opportunity for this. All you Seahawks fan can remember the crowd yelling,”Chaaaarrrr…lieeee, Chaaaarrr…lieeee!” You might have even been one of the idiots doing it. There is a reason Charlie Whitehurst was the backup, he sucks. No, he seriously does, go look at his stats. Rarely, is the backup quarterback better than the starter or even as good. Go ahead and try to name them. Don’t peek ahead to some of the rare cases. Steve Young was behind Joe Montana, Aaron Rodgers was behind Brett Farve, Tom Brady was behind the god that is Drew Bledsoe, and hopefully Matt Flynn was behind Rodgers and there isn’t many more (although, if you can think of some more, drop them in the comments of the webpage. I am interested to see more).
The Seahawks have a chance for big things this year. Messing around with the quarterback to prove a point about competition isn’t something that needs to be done. Figure it out quick. Name Flynn the starter and let’s get this party started. Get him the reps with first team guys and get the season started on the right foot.