Russell Wilson got his first preseason start as the Seahawks’ quarterback on Friday night, and he put on a show, completing 13 of 19 passes for 185 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions as Seattle dominated Kansas City, winning 44-14. So does that mean Seahawks coach Pete Carroll is ready to proclaim Wilson the starter for the regular season?
Not yet. Carroll praised Wilson after the game but refused to say who the starter will be when the season begins.
“He’s done everything we’ve asked him,” Carroll said of Wilson. “When [General Manager John Schneider] was excited about drafting him and we got the momentum going to make that pick, this is the guy we hoped that he would be.”
At this point, if Carroll were to name Matt Flynn the starter over Wilson, he might have a tough time selling it to the Seahawks’ locker room. Everyone in Seattle seems to be buying into Wilson as the guy who can do the most to help the team win and win now.
“He’s really mature,” said tight end Kellen Winslow, who caught a touchdown pass from Wilson. “He doesn’t get rattled. And he’s a pro, already. Everybody’s got work to do, but he’s about his business.”
Seahawks receiver Golden Tate said he’s been impressed with Wilson’s leadership.
“It’s just something that he stands for and how he handles himself. The things that leave his mouth,” Tate said. “You get a feeling that he’s just very, very special. You don’t know what it is, but you get that feeling. You get excited to see him get on the field, because you never know if he’s going to throw a perfect touchdown pass or juke a safety to extend the drive. It’s hard to put into words, but it’s just good to have a guy who seems comfortable sitting back there. He’s just a very, very special player, and I’m excited to see him grow.”
We may all watch Wilson grow on the field, as a rookie. He looks ready to start. Even if Carroll isn’t ready to make his decision yet.