Matt Flynn will start for the Seattle Seahawks when they open preseason action Saturday night against the Tennessee Titans. The plan is for the prized free-agent addition to play the entire first half. Rookie Russell Wilson will handle duties in the second half, leaving Tarvaris Jackson, the starter from 2011, on the sideline.
It’s the latest design in Pete Carroll’s three-way quarterback competition and at least a decent sign Flynn is in the lead right now. The Seahawks know what they have in Jackson after watching him perform a year ago. So, they will focus on the two newcomers. Presumably, a decision isn’t too far off because the longer a quarterback competition drags on, the bigger distraction it can become.
So far, it’s been fine for Flynn. At least that is what he said during a visit on KJR in Seattle.
“If you start thinking about stuff like (like practice reps) and thinking about stuff that you can’t control, then that’s when you start falling into traps and you start not performing well on the field,” Flynn said, according to sportsradiointerviews.com. “So, we all know the situation that we’re competing, and any one of us quarterbacks is gonna say, ‘Yeah, we’d like some more reps,’ but we know that it’s a competition. So it’s not our job to control the amount of reps. It’s just our job to go in there and perform when we do get them.”
We’ll see what Flynn does with his big chance on Saturday. Carroll has said he wants to make a decision sooner rather than later. A big outing will help him make his choice.
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