Man, I kinda have to feel sorry for Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn. I mean, the guy went from holding a clipboard behind Aaron Rodgers to — according to Seattle — holding a clipboard behind rookie Russell Wilson. Wilson, who has tossed five preseason touchdowns to one interception and basically looked awesome doing it, beat out Flynn for the starting job despite the Seahawks paying Flynn $26 million over three years this offseason.
With Wilson earning the starting nod, that means we will see a record five rookie quarterbacks starting the first week in the NFL, something that would have been unheard of a decade ago. So why is it that we have it now? While some will argue that the 'win it now' nature of the NFL has pressed coaches to play QB's immediately instead of grooming them, I personally believe that this new youth movement is the result of two things; the evolution of the NFL game to a more college style passing attack and the overall advancement in physicality and intelligence of the kids in the college ranks. Let's face it, the kids coming out of college now are both more intelligent and basically more matured physically than ever before.
While this trend of rookies making an immediate impact at positions where they haven’t much before may not work for everyone, but expect the Seahawks of the world to give the Wilson's of the sport ample opportunities in the future. The one time they may be right will far out-strip all the times they were wrong.
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