The three-man rotation in the competition for the Seahawks’ starting quarterback job came full circle today as incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson again took the No. 1 reps – just as he did when training-camp practices began Saturday.
And coach Pete Carroll used the opportunity to talk about the improvement Jackson has made simply because he is healthier after playing most of last season with a damaged pectoral in his throwing shoulder.
“He’s quicker. He’s niftier than he’s been. He’s in great shape,” Carroll said after a two hour-plus practice. “He came in to win this job, as did both the other guys, too.”
The other guys would be free-agent acquisition Matt Flynn and rookie Russell Wilson. As had been the case in the first three practices, each QB had his moments today.
In a two-minute drill, Jackson sustained his drive with a third-down pass to tight end Zach Miller, setting up a field goal by Steven Hauschka. Flynn then completed three of five passes, including a 37-yarder to just-signed wide receiver Antonio Bryant and a 17-yarder to wide receiver Ricardo Lockette, setting up another field goal by Hauschka. Wilson then displayed nice touch on a 30-yard pass to rookie wide receiver Phil Bates, laying the ball over rookie cornerback Donny Lisowski. But his possession ended when Lisowski intercepted a third-down pass in the end zone.
In the final full-team segment, Jackson and wide receiver Doug Baldwin hooked up for an 18-yard gain on a third-and-9 play. The No. 1 unit again settled for a field goal, but it was the only score produced during the defense-dictated drill.
All part of Carroll’s “hermetically sealed” plan to take a look at his QBs in as many situations and circumstances as possible.
“We’re extensively looking into everything that’s going on,” Carroll said. “As we accumulate plays, we look at them in terms of concept of the play, we look at them by situation, we look at the overall work, we separate it by 7-on-7 and team. It’s as in-depth a study as you could possibly do. We’re getting a lot of good information.”
And they will stay with the rotation, Carroll said, so Flynn will get the No. 1 reps Thursday when the players return from their first off day of camp.
I'm more hopeful than sure they'll be healthy for the full length of the season...your guess is as good as anyone else's
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Seahawks fans are going to see a quarterback they can be proud of when Flynn takes the field. The mistakes Jackson makes by holding the ball too long or throwing into coverage show up on the practice field. Flynn does not make those mistakes. His biggest downside so far is a lack of mobility that could lead to a few sacks. He has been sacked eight times in his two starts. It will be important to see how he reacts to getting hit, and how he performs as the game wears on. Making the throws he is making in practice is one thing. Doing it after getting hammered a few times and playing a few hours of football is entirely different
They've been showing the start of the practices live on the Seahawks site. Caught some of it while at work
Link to today's practice - an hour long video
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Big change in reps today. Flynn 35 Wilson 22, Jackson 15. Roughly...
I hope it stays this way...which it won't, Wilson's day is tomorrow I think
Bad day for Flynn, better day for Russ
Matt Flynn got the most reps, but Russell Wilson was the best QB
Quarterbacks did not split reps evenly for the first time in training camp. It was Flynn's turn to run with the starters, but that has not mattered until today. More details can be found here. Flynn did not take advantage of the opportunity he was given. The team spent much of the day focused on red zone situations. Windows are small. Decisions must be quick. Passes must be accurate. In Flynn's first red zone duty in full team drills, he went: incomplete, sack, interception (Brandon Browner), drop by Golden Tate, incomplete. On his last rotation he went: short pass to Deon Butler, drop by Charly Martin that was picked off by Browner, incomplete, throw away, complete to Marshawn who beasted up the middle for a TD, incomplete. The defense was stellar today, which I will touch on shortly, but Flynn struggled. No sugar coating that
Day 8 of the QB Battle: