Matt Flynn has good day in Seahawks' 3-way QB competition
Tarvaris Jackson and Russell Wilson have good moments, but Seahawks coach Pete Carroll doesn't expect a decision soon.
Seattle Times staff reporter
You might have a better chance of winning the $128 million Powerball this week than prying meaningful information from Pete Carroll about the Seahawks' quarterback derby.
He won't handicap the race between incumbent Tarvaris Jackson, newcomer Matt Flynn and rookie Russell Wilson.
But Carroll said no matter what happens, the decision on who starts the Sept. 9 season opener at Arizona isn't likely to be made until after a couple of exhibition games.
"I know we're going to need the games to see stuff because these guys are going to do really well," Carroll said. "They're not making a lot of mistakes and they're not way off base on any of the things that they're doing. So everybody is making solid progress. ...
"So it's likely going to go to games. We'll see."
If Thursday was any indication, it's going to be a tight battle.
No quarterback was sensational during the first organized team activity open to the media. Flynn, however, avoided turnovers and miscues that tormented the other two.
The former Green Bay Packer, who signed a three-year, $26 million deal in March, displayed good command of the offense while quickly getting the ball out of his hands and lofting passes for big gains.
"At this level, everybody is a competitor and everybody wants to win every snap," Flynn said. "It's kind of a lot of fun to chirp around with the defense and to talk back and forth. And get out there and see who wins the day."
Carroll said Jackson and Flynn had big days Wednesday, and Flynn appeared to continue the momentum Thursday.
The former Louisiana State player acknowledged that a highly scrutinized three-way quarterback competition can be taxing.
"You've got to be yourself," Flynn said. "You've got to go out there and you can't look at what the other guy is doing because you can't control it. You can control what you can do and try to beat yourself from the day before. You try to get better each day."
Carroll said he's equally dividing repetitions and time each quarterback gets to work with the starters.
Jackson took the bulk of the reps with the No. 1 offense Tuesday, and Flynn got the lion's share Wednesday. Thursday it was Wilson's turn.
During the noncontact practice, the 5-foot-11 rookie from Wisconsin was effective rolling out and scrambling.
However, he fumbled a snap and struggled at times throwing out of the pocket, particularly during an ugly four-play stretch in a seven-on-seven drill that included a sensational diving interception by safety Kam Chancellor and two overthrows.
Jackson also threw an interception when rookie linebacker Bobby Wagner picked off a short pass. Jackson had another attempt tipped and was whistled for a sack.
Otherwise, he zipped passes all over the field.
"They're all making progress," Carroll said.
• Defensive end Chris Clemons missed the voluntary practice Thursday for undisclosed reasons. Rookie linebacker Bruce Irvin also was absent to attend funeral services for Bill Stewart, his former coach at West Virginia.
• Receiver Golden Tate fell and injured his hand Wednesday. He's wearing a cast and did not practice Thursday. Other players who didn't practice included OL Russell Okung (pectoral), OL John Moffitt (knee), OL James Carpenter (knee), WR Mike Williams (fractured fibula and ankle), LB Barrett Ruud (groin and knee) and CB Walter Thurmond (leg surgery). WR Kris Durham (shoulder) and SS Winston Guy (shoulder) sat out, but might return next week.
• The Seahawks will hold seven more workout sessions over the next two weeks before their June minicamp.
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