When the 2012 National Football League season began, there was some shock among fans of the Seattle Seahawks when it was announced by coach Pete Carroll that rookie Russell Wilson would be the team’s starting quarterback. There were many fans that I’m sure wanted free agent pickup Matt Flynn to take over the team. As this season has gone on though, it looks more and more like Carroll was a genius for making the move.
The Seahawks are running on all cylinders as the season concludes with 150 points over their last three games including a pounding of the San Francisco 49ers this week. When Wilson started the season at quarterback, I thought that Seattle was deciding to take a step back and had no plans to make the playoffs. The Seahawks are now a win and some help away from getting a first round bye in the NFC playoffs.
Carroll must have known what he was doing when he decided to start with Wilson from the first week because Wilson matures more each week and with the power running of Marshawn Lynch and a great defense, the Seahawks will be hard to beat. It will be important for Seattle though to get a home game as Seattle is undefeated at home but just 3-5 on the road. If Seattle does finish with the No. 2 seed and a home divisional playoff game, I don’t see any team going to Seattle and winning that game. The home field advantage in Seattle is startling while Carroll has put himself into the race for Coach of the Year with the gutsy call on Wilson.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.