The quarterback “tug-o-war” will continue into the Seahawk training camp. With a brief time off between OTA’s and camp, neither incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson, Free agent Matt Flynn, or rookie Russell Wilson have successfully pulled ahead of the QB race.
“Jackson throws a great ball, but has questionable decision-making,” states Dave Boling on ESPN. “This resulted in some mistakes near the end of halves and games during the 2011 season.”
This is nothing new. All Seahawks fans are aware of the several times Jackson had a chance to take control of a game and fell short. Granted he had been playing most the year with a possible career ending injury, the Charlie Whitehurst project had flopped horribly, and there was no solid back up to the incumbent starter, this was a better season than most of us, myself included, had expected to have. My only concern on this issue is that Jackson had several chance to start for Minnesota, one in a playoff against the Eagles, which led them to losing that game and their first playoff since 2000 in 2008.
“Flynn’s throws aren’t as impressive as Jackson’s,” said Boling, “but he makes up for that deficiency with accuracy and timing. As the caretaker of a balanced offense…Flynn could be a safe choice.”
I can see Flynn becoming the guy here. Carroll likes to play the safe bet. Hints the use of Jackson last year due to his relationship with then new offensive coordinator Darrell Bevel, who came over with Jackson and wide receiver, Sydney Rice from Minnesota. Fans screamed for Whitehurst to start, after his controlled win against the St. Louis Rams that would inevitably send the Seahawks to the playoffs of 2010 and one of their greatest performances since their Superbowl run. Flynn will most likely be in, but Carroll will continue the “competition” until probably after the preseason games.
“As for Wilson, the Wisconsin product has shown the ability to make NFL-caliber throws,” continues Boling, “as well as buy himself some time with his feet.”
Wilson has a big role to fill and will most likely be placed in the third string position. He will be the long-term project to train under whomever takes on the starting quarterback position. I see Portis being pushed to the practice squad and being used as a reserve. There isn’t much more to Wilson that I can add that hasn’t been already said on this site.
Though seeing is believing, it is truly hard to gauge a quarterback performance without the use of a serious threat. With no contact rules being implemented in the OTAs this season, Coach Carroll will be unable to make a solid decision until he can see his guys in the real thick of it. Preseason will be the final chance each will have and I am certain that Seattle will not have its official “guy” until week one against Arizona.
“I can’t tell you that there’s anything that’s happened other than to say we’ll stay with the same format going into (training) camp,” Carroll said Thursday. “I don’t think that will change. T-Jack will go first and away we go. But other than that, let the games begin.” (from seahawks.com)