Pete Carroll Mum on Seahawks QB Plan
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RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Pete Carroll continues to be very guarded about his grand plan concerning the three-way battle for the starting quarterback position.
Carroll has been reluctant throughout the first three weeks of training camp to divulge information regarding his quarterbacks. Whether it’s which quarterback will take first-team reps on a given day or a timetable for ultimately making a decision on a starter, Carroll has been evasive.
Even the quarterbacks fighting for the job aren’t privy to Carroll’s plan.
“I’m finding out along with you guys,” Matt Flynn said.
Flynn found out he was starting Saturday’s game against the Denver Broncos during an interview with a local radio station.
“I found out from you guys before I found out from anybody else yesterday,” Flynn said. “I’m just going where they tell me to go and doing the best I can.”
Flynn will get his second consecutive start this weekend for the Seahawks (No. 22 in the AP Pro32). Flynn had a somewhat quiet debut with his new team against the Tennessee Titans last Saturday. He completed 11 of 13 passes for 71 yards with an interception. Flynn was conservative and didn’t force any throws downfield. His longest throw of the night was a 14-yard completion to Zach Miller early in the second quarter.
“There are obviously things, a couple plays here and there that you would like to change; I don’t think that there’s anybody coming out of a game not feeling that way,” Flynn said. “It was a good start and as the No. 1 offense out there we took what the defense gave us.”
Flynn is expected to play most, if not all, of the first half against the Broncos, with rookie Russell Wilson taking the helm in the second half.
Carroll insists that Tarvaris Jackson is still in competition for the starting job but he didn’t play against Tennessee and isn’t expected to play in Denver either. Carroll said the organization knows what Jackson can bring and needs to see more from Flynn and Wilson in order to make a decision.
“We’re going to start Matt and kind of keep the same format in this game as well as we did last week,” Carroll said. “We thought that we gained a lot of information, but we need to see it come back again.”
Despite getting the starting nod for the second straight week, Flynn doesn’t believe it’s an indication that he has an inside track on the starting job. Instead, he’s looking at it as just another opportunity to put his best foot forward in hopes of earning the job.
“I think that it’s another great opportunity for me because I do get to go in there, get reps with the ones, try to get my feet under me a little bit more, and get a great chance to go out there and execute and try to put some points up,” Flynn said.
– Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.