May 30, 2012; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn (15) participates in a passing drill of an OTA practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE
Pete Carroll has announced that Matt Flynn will receive all the first team snaps for the rest of the week and then will start Saturday's preseason game against the Titans, with Russell Wilson slated to play the second half. Carroll said (paraphrasing) that the team knows what Tarvaris Jackson brings - he has 30+ starts in his career - and the team needs to get a better idea what they have in their free agent signee and 3rd round draft pick. Carroll noted that starting Wednesday, Tarvaris Jackson's reps will begin to get dialed back a bit as Flynn and Wilson prepare for Saturday. He also said that Terrell Owens will not play this week, so hold off on that popcorn until next week.
As for what this little development means in the big picture of the quarterback competition, your guess is as good as mine. I'm sure that some will speculate this spells the end of Tarvaris' time in Seattle, and others will downplay it to mean the Seahawks simply want to see Flynn and Wilson in rare game action, and that Jackson is still very much in the race. Regardless, I do think it's the right call for a team that needs to settle this thing sooner rather than later; Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson have exactly two starts to their collective name and are much greater unknowns, for good or bad. My guess is that a lot still depends on how these two look over the next couple of weeks, and the coaching staff will likely continue to espouse the QB competition well into weeks three and four of the preseason. But, we shall see.
Press Conference: Pete Carroll - Pete Carroll talks about the Seahawks quarterback situation and the addition of Terrell Owens to the 90-man roster.