Should Pete Carroll decide to replace rookie Russell Wilson with Matt Flynn as the Seahawks’ starting QB — which, the way hear it, he has no intention of doing, despite the growing number of close team observers suggesting a change under center might be in order — would Flynn be healthy enough to fully handle the job?
That's a difficult question to answer, according to team sources, considering that the tendinitis in Flynn’s right elbow that played a major part in him losing the job to Wilson in the preseason is an injury that Flynn has never had to deal with before.
“The thing is, they’re giving Wilson the great majority of reps in practice, because they feel he just really needs them,” one team insider said. “Matt can make all the plays and all the throws, but if he suddenly had to step it up at an accelerated pace, there are some concerns about how the elbow might hold up.”
As it stands, Flynn continues to spend most of his time on the scout team — a role, we hear, in which he excelled while imitating Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in the week leading up to the Seahawks’ Week Three victory over the Packers.
“A lot of the players said he was a real key to that win,” the insider said.
In the meantime, Wilson has come down to earth in recent weeks, particularly when operating on third downs and in the red zone.
“He’s far from the only one at fault,” the insider said of the passing offense’s ineffectiveness. “Everybody talked before the season about all the receiving weapons he had to work with, but the receivers have been just as big a problem. The biggest problem has been Doug Baldwin, who was so good in the slot last season. Injuries have really made him a nonfactor.”
There are also many close observers who believe different play-calling might help cure the team’s red-zone woes. “You’ve got (league-leading rusher) Marshawn Lynch moving the chains to the 20 (yard line),” the insider said. “There are many saying, ‘why even throw the ball (inside the 20) if he’s so good?' ”