Wilson at home, Flynn on the road: Seahawks need to run a 2 QB set
When the New York Jets brought the Sanchez/Tebow show to Seattle, commentators were quick to point out the tandem Quarterback scheme was not an effect use of manpower. The reason may have more to do with the employment and not the concept. The Seattle Seahawks are the best team in the NFL to test this theory and maybe the only team that can make the concept work. Much has been made of Russell Wilson’s progression as an NFL quarterback and it is true that he has outplayed his draft slot and like Tom Brady, the QB’s drafted before him. Despite this Russell Wilson has one glaring shortfall, an inability to win on the road. With Matt Flynn riding the pine now may be the perfect time for Head Coach Pete Carroll to run the two-man system.
Home field advantage is real, many an athlete can attest to that. Is this the reason Wilson is winning at home and losing on the road,or is something else causing his less than mediocre play outside the Emerald City? No matter the reason for the differences in his home and away performances, it is clear at home Wilson is a Superstar, on the road he is a dud. Many fans choose to ignore his shortcomings and continue to proclaim the Seahawks one of the best in the NFL. Truth is at this point they are not even the best in their division. By division record alone they are dead last in the NFC West having lost to each of the three other teams. The best Carroll, Wilson and crew can hope for in the NFC West is .500, but that may be a tall order to fill. With six games to go Seattle’s coaching staff would be wise to let Wilson handle the home games and give Flynn the ball on the road.
This is not an all together new concept in the NFL. In fact it seems the only position that does not take as seat is the Quarterback. NFL teams used to hold to the notion of the “Workhorse” Running Back, while today the two and even three back schemes have become the standard. Think of the implications a move such as this could have on the NFL. Teams would seek carry QBs for different situations. Have the best game manager and two minute drill signal callers on your bench, no problems fans you will get to see them both. Much like the starter/reliever/closer set up in Baseball, football would play the best man for the situation vice just the game.
The Seahawks would benefit in more ways than just a better road record. With two QB’s sharing the load their stats may not be as impressive but their health and durability would not be tested as often as their opponents. Each player would be able to prepare in advance for an upcoming games better because both players would have extensive playing time with the starters, and this would make the back up just that much better should he be needed. Many people have anointed Wilson the QB of the future, they have even attempted to project the number of Super Bowls he will win for Seattle. Wilson does in fact have the potential for a bright future ahead of him but he will not be elite and Seattle will not even win another division for that matter until he starts winning some road games. Then again Seattle might win some Lombardi’s, if they give the ball to Flynn for the games Russell Can’t win.
Andy Plumlee is an NFL writer for TPF and can be contacted at APlumlee@ThePenaltyFlagBlog.com.