Carroll Names Flynn the Starter for Preseason Week One

Tarvaris Jackson took the bulk of the reps with the first team during Tuesday’s practice, that will change, however, starting Wednesday.

Pete Carroll announced that Matt Flynn will take the bulk of the first-team reps the rest of the week in preparation for Saturday’s preseason opener, and Flynn will start against Tennessee and play the first half, not only that, but rookie Russell Wilson will be the No. 2 quarterback in practice the rest of the week, and will play the second half of the preseason game, with Jackson apparently not playing at all Saturday night.

Now Carroll did not say that this is the end of the quarterback competition, and he pointed out that Jackson knows the offense, and that the Seahawks know Jackson, so he doesn’t need as much work, but this still can’t be a good sign for last year’s starting QB. Below is the full transcript of Carroll’s comments on the situation.

“We have had a plan in motion here throughout, and we’re to a point right now where we make a little transition. The way this has worked out, I wanted to make sure that we got a good physical evaluation of the guys up to this point, whenever it took.

“Matt has done a fantastic job so far, he’s learned the system, he’s on it, he can make all of the adjustments, all of the calls, he sees the defense really well, I love that he’s moving well in the pocket. All of the things we’re asking him to do, he’s fit that together so far, but now I need to see him in a situation where he takes over and see what that looks like.”


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