The Seattle Seahawks are in an interesting position when it comes to the quarterback position. On the one hand, they have several viable options when it comes to their signal-caller for 2012. Unfortunately, you could also look at that a different way. Seattle may not have a go-to quarterback that can clearly win the job over the rest of the field. You don't necessarily expect the Hawks to have picked a QB just yet, but if anything it does not appear that we are much closer to making a selection.
Ironically, the guy that many think may be out when this is all resolved could have the advantage right now. That player is Tarvaris Jackson, who knows the system and will be able to show short-term mastery of what Seattle has done in the past. Russell Wilson is a rookie, and even though Matt Flynn has played, his experience almost makes him a rookie as well. Therefore, Jackson might be the guy that Pete Carroll turns to for stability. That won't make some fans happy, particularly those that are starry-eyed about Matt Flynn and his amazing performance against the Lions in 2011.
What will decide?
You have to wonder what factors are going to influence this decision. Obviously, the team will go through training camp and they will give each quarterback some reps in pre-season games. I will be interested to see if Carroll announces his starter fairly early in the process, or if he will keep everyone guessing until the very end. You don't want him to rush this decision, as quarterback is a crucial position. However, if this team is going to make a run, they will need time to get used to their leader.
Interesting, but worrisome
There is certainly a level of intrigue attached to this quarterback battle, but at the same time I don't know if I like this lack of resolution. The quarterback position is so important in this league, and teams with QB issues just do not perform well during the season. From that standpoint, I can understand Carroll's patience, as he doesn't want to have a revolving door. Still, he can't wait forever, and at some point he will need to make a commitment. Something tells me we won't know much more at the end of minicamp.
The author lives in Los Angeles, but grew up in Seattle and still roots faithfully for the Seahawks. He has been rooting for the Hawks since the old school days of Jim Zorn and Steve Largent. You can follow him on Twitter @tpheifer.
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