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Russell Wilson Will Be Benched if Third Down Struggles Continue

The Seattle Seahawks little experiment with Russell Wilson might be over pretty soon. Head coach Pete Carroll said on Sunday that Matt Flynn isn’t ready to start just yet but he can and will come in for a relief appearance if Wilson creates such a situation. The coach cited Wilson’s struggles on third down as a reason for needed Flynn to come into games.

The lack of third down production for the Seahawks has been a sticking point for those critical of the rookie form Wisconsin. Wilson was dubiously made the starter by Carroll in the preseason but it appears that this was due to the fact the Flynn is not 100 percent at the moment. The Seahawks made a major play to get the former Packers backup this offseason which raised many eyebrows when the rookie Wilson was named starter over him.

But the unhappiness with Wilson is looking like it will give a shot for Flynn to show his stuff. The former LSU quarterback had one magnificent game in week 17 last year, one that earned him a $15 million contract from the Seahawks who have been struggling to find a replacement under center after the departure of long time signal caller Matt Hasselbeck a few years ago.

So although Flynn hasn’t been officially named the starter, the teaser trailer on such a situation has been released as the Seahawks have publicly put Wilson on notice. The rookie gets a so-so matchup against an up and down Panthers defense later today, and if he can’ get it done we will have our second quarterback change of the 2012 season — both of which have come from the NFC West.

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