May 30, 2012; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn (15) calls a play in the huddle during an OTA practice at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

The Seattle Seahawk QB Competition Rapidly Approaching An Anti-Climatic Ending

With each passing day, the end of the QB competition is getting clearer and clearer. This isn’t going to be one of those competitions that “could go either way” and the the Coach is forced to make a decision. The decision is being made for him on the field.

After 4 days of practice, Matt Flynn has “won” the competition on all 4 days. He’s been the best of the group, and it hasn’t been all that close.

It should also be noted that this isn’t just my opinion, or even just the opinion of the other media members. It pretty clear that the Seahawk coaches agree, because its showing up in the number of reps each player gets.

Russell Wilson is the biggest loser in terms of reps. Yesterday, when it was his turn to get the bulk of the reps, it was actually Flynn who got most of the reps at the end of the practice. Wilson was also skipped in the rotation multiple times today.

Tarvaris Jackson hasn’t been immune either, but his lost reps have been more subtle. You have to look at the number of reps per rotation to even notice. Jackson would get 8 reps, then Flynn would get 9. The time around Jackson got 10 reps, followed by 12 for Flynn. It might not sound like much, but the fact that one QB is consistently getting more reps than the other is a big deal.

I don’t expect Pete Carrol to come out and make an announcement anytime soon. Flynn will get the bulk of the reps on day 5 when he’s scheduled to, and Wilson will start day 6 with the first team and then give way to Flynn more and more and day goes on, and I expect this to happen up until the first preseason game, and I expect Jackson to start that game.

It’ll be between weeks 1 and 3 of the preseason that we will likely see a major change, with Flynn getting 50-60% of the reps overall, and Wilson being relegated to the scout team.

Expect the official announcement to come after Flynn the 2nd preseason game, which Flynn will start, but the decision will be made long before then.

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  • Jefferson Davis

    Of course Jackson isn’t getting as many reps as Flynn; they know what they have in him and he is more familiar with the offense. I say expect Carroll to do what nobody expects and stick with Jackson, who would have had a winning record as a starter last year minus a special teams meltdown against SF. This was with an O-line with 2 rooks & injuries, #1 & #2 receivers who were not at full speed when they were even on the field, a TE that had to help the line by blocking 90% of the time, and a torn peck. Line looks better, receivers have to be better, and Jackson is healthy. It will be hard to abandon a veteran QB who looks like he can get you a winning season for a career backup with 2 starts, however hard the media preaches that he is the 2nd coming of Hasselbeck.

    • 12thMan_Rising

      I’m just reporting what I see in practice. Flynn has been the better QB on each day of practice. and unlike baseball, you don’t have to wait for games to start in order to know what you’re going to get out of players.

      As for the reps, it is a big deal what Flynn is getting more than Jackson. This isn’t just about the competition, it’s about getting ready for the season. Whoever the starter is going to be, they need every rep they can get, and right now, Flynn is getting more of the reps.

  • Dennis A Shimmel

    Jefferson- enough already on Tjax- He is what he is . That is a OK back up at best! Arm strength is not always the detremining factor. As I have stated in past posts! It is more about reaction , vision, anticipation and vision!!!!!! Tjax does not have those quality’s. PERIOD! So get over it and back the future!