For this week and the preseason opener, Matt Flynn is the Seattle Seahawks’ starting quarterback.
Beyond Saturday night against Tennessee, Coach Pete Carroll is keeping it a mystery.
“You’ll need to wait and see,” Carroll said. “Wait and see taking one week at a time.”
The decision to make public the QB preparation for the preseason opener is the 1st definitive move Carroll and the Seahawks have made in their 3-way QB competition. Flynn will take all the reps with the 1st-team offense for the rest of this week — starting with Wednesday’s practice – and play the entire 1st half. Rookie Russell Wilson will play the 2nd half against the Titans, leaving incumbent Tarvaris Jackson on the sideline as a spectator.
Jackson worked with the No. 1 offense in last Sunday’s scrimmage and in practice on Tuesday, but will see his reps cut significantly the rest of the week as game preparation starts to kick in.
“T-Jack came in great shape, he’s quicker than he was, he worked his tail off in the offseason,” Carroll said. “You could tell his arm is robust, he’s fully recovered, he knows what we are doing, he’s solid with everything, and at this time I think that I can make a little bit of a shift and cut down his reps so we can get a really good look at Matt and at Russell.
“To make a major decision like this, it’s about your information that you gather, and I want really, really good info coming in so that we can make a fairly clear-cut choice as we do it.” Football spreads
What Carroll wouldn’t answer is whether this is the beginning of a shift away from Jackson and towards the 2 newcomers. Jackson played 14 games last season, earning locker room respect for playing through a painful pectoral injury for almost all of the year and helping Seattle rebound from a 2-6 start. Yet he could never finish games the way in which the Seahawks wanted. Four times last season at home, Jackson failed in the 4th quarter and was one reason Seattle missed the postseason.
Jackson has looked good during training camp, but now it’s Flynn and Wilson’s opportunity to take a step ahead.
“To do this and get lots of info early, we had to revolve the QBs with the receivers as well so they were given to throw to the same guys and we could figure that out, which our coaching did a great job of doing, but now as we get ready for the game, we’ll zero in with the fellows the QBs will actually throw to in the game, so which will help a little bit for continuity,” Carroll recounted.
Flynn was one of the latest independent agents on the market in the offseason. But Seattle added another layer of insurance by drafting Wilson in the 3rd round out of Wisconsin. Wilson performed well during offseason workouts and minicamp and has flashed at times during training camp but also showed some predicted rookie struggles.