Thursday, August 2, 2012

Training Camp Battles: Flynn vs Jackson vs Wilson

     Seven months ago, Matt Flynn was a nothing; just a second-string quarterback with a successful college career and one pro start under his belt. However, by the time Week 17 rolled around on New Year's Day, the Packers were assured to have a first round bye, and therefore safe to bench their star quarterback, Aaron Rodgers. Flynn ended up throwing for 480 yards and six touchdowns, while breaking two separate records in the process. He may not have gotten any more playing time, but Flynn was on everyone's radar. One of those watching was Seahawks head coach Pete Caroll. Once the LSU-alum became a free agent, Carroll quickly scooped him up, signing him to a 3-year, $26 million contract. As for Tarvaris Jackson, this ex-Viking had by far his best season in 2011, throwing for 3,098 yards, 14 TDs, 13 INTs, and a passing percentage of 60.2. He may have disappointed many due to his poor play from 2006 to 2010, but in 2011, Jackson finally showed what he is capable of. Sadly, Jackson was unsuccessful in raising his team's record, which stayed at a mere 7-9. The final nomination goes to the rookie out of Wisconsin, quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson led the Badgers to an 11-2 record, a Big Ten Title, and a spot in the Rose Bowl. By the end of the regular season, his 3,175 passing yards and 40 total touchdowns ranked him ninth in the Heisman voting. The third round pick might not be the favorite in this competition, but he is not a bad number three option.

Bottom Line: Flynn appears to be the leader and rightfully so. If the newly acquired free agent were to cool off, and Seattle begins to struggle, Pete Carroll will return to Jackson as head-honcho,

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