Former Badger Wilson beats out former Packer Flynn as starting Seahawks QB
Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
SEATTLE - Rookie Russell Wilson was earned the Seattle Seahawks' starting quarterback job.
That was the word from coach Pete Carroll on Sunday night after he announced that the third-round pick from Wisconsin will start when the regular season begins Sept. 9 at Arizona.
Carroll said he's been extremely impressed by Wilson's performance, not only during training camp and preseason games, but also during minicamp and the Seahawks offseason program.
Carroll says that Wilson does not seem like he's a first year player.
Wilson tweeted after the announcement, "I'm thrilled to get this opportunity thanks to Pete Carroll, my Seahawks teammates and the "12th man" (nickname for the Seahawks' fan base)."
Matt Flynn will serve as Wilson's backup.
Carroll said Flynn is disappointed after signing a free-agent deal in the offseason with the Seahawks with the hopes of being Seattle's starter.