Matt Flynn will start for Seahawks again this week
Matt Flynn remains the leading candidate to be the starting quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks.
That comes as no surprise given the offseason investment the club made in the free agent.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll announced today Flynn would start the team’s second preseason game Saturday at Denver, according to Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times. Flynn is expected to play the first half and be replaced in the second half by rookie Russell Wilson.
“We're going to start Matt," Carroll said. "Kind of keep the same format in this game as well as we did last week. We thought that we gained a lot of information, but we need to see it come back again. We're going to bank on the experience that T-Jack has that he can hold off and push Matt and Russell out there and see how they do out there."
Carroll maintains that T-Jack – Tarvaris Jackson – remains in the running for the starting job. But he didn’t play in the preseason opener and isn’t expected to this week. He gets one day per week in practice working with the starters and the coaching staff certainly saw plenty of him last season.
"I think this is the right way to do it," Carroll said. "I think this is where they sit right now. This is kind of what I thought would happen. I did consider that (starting Wilson) as one of the possibilities, and it was going to be based on making the progress that we're making.
"Matt has done a really good job of commanding all of the stuff. He understands the game in great depth, and he gives us a veteran presence even though he hasn't had a lot of starting time because he recognizes the defense. He's well into the whole understanding of what's going on on the other side of the ball, and it's still a challenge for Russell to catch up with all the stuff. He's battling to get that done. There's a difference right now."
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