When the Seattle Seahawks signed quarterback Matt Flynn to a 3-year, $26 million contract during free agency, most automatically assumed that he would begin the 2012 season as the Hawks starting QB. However head coach Pete Carroll isn’t a throw all your eggs in one basket kind of guy and looked to the draft to acquire Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson in the third round.
Now, following a three-day rookie minicamp, it appears as though there is a full blown competition lined up for the starting quarterback position during the Seahawks training camp.
According to a report on ESPN, Wilson did all that was required to be in contention for the starting spot. “He’s showed us enough,” said Carroll. “He’s in the competition.”
As I stated earlier, it looks as though the starting QB position is any of the current Seahawks QB’s to lose — and that includes 2011 starter Tarvaris Jackson. Jackson struggled last season even though he shattered his career passing record, notching 3,091 yards on the season. He also threw 14 touchdowns passes but recorded 13 interceptions in the process, ending the year with a 79.2 rating.
But lets read between the lines here, Seattle’s front office didn’t seek out, and land, Flynn so he can continue to be a backup. I don’t think that is what Flynn signed up for either. The former Green Bay Packer backup was asked to step in for five games (1 start) last season and forced eyes to pop when he filled in admirably for Aaron Rodgers.
In 2011, Flynn threw 49 passes and completed 33 of them for a total of 518 yards. However his six touchdowns against just two interceptions in a short span of time is what really drew the interest of multiple teams during free agency.
Even though Carroll stated that the starting quarterback spot is up for grabs, my assumption leads me to believe that Seahawks fans will see Flynn as their starter once the season gets under way. In my opinion the more intriguiging story is the battle for the backup spot in Seattle. There I believe where Wilson’s best chance is. I will also go on record to say that Wilson will see a ton of playing time throughout the preseason so the coaching staff can get a real good gage on how well he responds in a game situation at this level.
If nothing else, Carroll’s words are a huge confidence booster for the young quarterback!