Aug 11, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; NFL: Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn (15) participates in pregame warmups against the Tennessee Titans at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll announced Tuesday that once again, Matt Flynn will get the start this weekend in Seattle's game against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Flynn started last week against the Titans and went 11 for 13 for 79 yards with an interception as he played the entire first half; Russell Wilson started and played the entire 2nd half and went 12 for 16 with 124 yards, a touchdown and an interception, and ran for another score. Because Wilson impressed, there has been some speculation that the Seahawks would switch things up and start the rookie out of Wisconsin this week to see how he would fare with the first-team unit and against first-team defenses, but it looks like Carroll and the Seahawks will stick with this Flynn-then-Wilson system for the time being.
Pete Carroll has said multiple times during this QB competition that the coaching staff has a very detailed and specific plan in place on running this three-way competition between Flynn, Wilson, and Tarvaris Jackson, who also apparently has not been ruled out and was given first team snaps at practice today (Carroll mentioned that he is trying to keep Jackson fresh). Carroll said that Jackson, though frustrated, has not yet asked for a trade or release.
Whether the announcement of a starter will come following the game this weekend remains to be seen, but at the moment it looks like Flynn is the front-runner. As Danny O'Neil pointed out, Carroll made sure to note that "this is where they stand right now," in terms of the depth-chart.
In other news, Sidney Rice returned to practice today in a blue (contact-allowed) jersey, but will not play on Saturday. WR Doug Baldwin (hamstring), WR Ricardo Lockette (hamstring) and LB Barrett Ruud (knee) returned to practice today as well. John Moffitt had surgery on his injured elbow, and according to prior reports, is expected to miss two to three weeks.