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Seahawks have a decision to make at quarterback

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Last year, when the Seahawks signed Tarvaris Jackson, he was installed as the starter over Charlie Whitehurst even before Jackson could practice with the team, due to the finalization of the labor deal.

This year, with Tarvaris Jackson entering the second year of an $8 million contract and Matt Flynn signed to a deal with a maximum value of $8.67 million annually, the question becomes whether coach Pete Carroll will keep Jackson at the top of the depth chart, open the job for competition, or hand it to Flynn.

To close the deal, Carroll probably had to promise to pencil Flynn in as the starter.  Based on Carroll’s handling of the arrival of Jackson in 2011, Carroll may prefer to use ink at this point, in order to ensure that there will be no misunderstanding within the locker room regarding the leader of the team.

Either way, there once again will be a highly-compensated backup in Seattle.  And a starter who may or may not able to become a franchise quarterback.

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38 Responses to “Seahawks have a decision to make at quarterback”
  1. apooster says: Mar 18, 2012 6:00 PM

    The Seahawks still think the Vikings are jerking Tarvaris around.

  2. twodat says: Mar 18, 2012 6:00 PM

    From watching Flynn at LSU and at GB, he is more decisive than Jackson. Really like Jackson. Flynn better.

  3. charly0418 says: Mar 18, 2012 6:04 PM

    The only QB who wouldn’t be an upgrade over Tarvaris Jackson is Jamarcus Russel. Good signing by the Seahawks

  4. trbowman says: Mar 18, 2012 6:05 PM

    T-Jack’s salary would be pretty high for a backup so he could even be cut

    I’m not so high on Flynn as others but he’s far and away better than Jackson.

  5. blacknole08 says: Mar 18, 2012 6:05 PM

    There’s no way this is an open competition. Flynn is the new starter in Seattle. Good thing they didn’t overpay like the Cards did for Kolb.

  6. benmci says: Mar 18, 2012 6:06 PM

    Time will tell if this will be a good move, could be worse you cold have Colt McCoy

  7. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: Mar 18, 2012 6:09 PM

    When you have two, you have none.

    Figure out who you want as your franchise leader and let them lead.

  8. bigjdve says: Mar 18, 2012 6:11 PM

    While I feel for Jackson because he can never seem to catch a break, he really isn’t a good prospect for starter.

    I don’t know if Flynn is or isn’t.

    However at this point, the unknown with potential is better than the known who isn’t

  9. duanethomas says: Mar 18, 2012 6:11 PM

    No decision to make, Flynn is the starter and Jackson has to reduce his salary or be gone.

  10. nomoreseasontix says: Mar 18, 2012 6:16 PM

    The fact that any NFL team would have Jackson at the top of the depth chart is something I find puzzling.
    He must be great in practice. I just don’t see it…

  11. jackshine says: Mar 18, 2012 6:22 PM

    Always Compete.

    Carroll will have every job open, and Flynn will win it.

  12. fumblenuts says: Mar 18, 2012 6:24 PM

    Just like when Matt Hasselbeck came to the Seahawks from Green Bay he had to grow into the role.

    Hasselbeck was the QB that took them to Super Bowl.

    Give Flynn the starting job and a good supporting cast and the sky is the limit for this kid. :)

  13. jhorton83 says: Mar 18, 2012 6:25 PM

    This is actually a question? Is there anyone that seriously thinks they signed Flynn just to “compete” with Jackson? Barring injury, Flynn will be the starter week 1. There’s no question about it.

  14. pizzon says: Mar 18, 2012 6:26 PM

    Its amazing how badly some teams evaluate talent. who in their right mind thought jackson was worth giving a contract? way to waste time and money. I guess you can have a ton of capspace and find ways to screw it up..

  15. trbowman says: Mar 18, 2012 6:29 PM

    “While I feel for Jackson because he can never seem to catch a break, he really isn’t a good prospect for starter”

    Can’t catch a break? The guy did nothing for a couple years only to get inexplicably handed a starting job with no competition involved.

    That’s more of a chance than a lot of guys get. T Jack simply wasn’t good enough this year to stop Seattle from looking for a franchise QB.

    The pectoral was a tough break but that’s really it.

  16. jenniferxxx says: Mar 18, 2012 6:32 PM

    If he bombs it’s just a cap hit. At least you didn’t cough up high pick and a starting CB too. Looking at you Arizona….

  17. jpb12 says: Mar 18, 2012 6:36 PM

    Carroll says it’ll be a competition.
    Way to get your ass fired there Pete. Create some division around the QB position.

    That always works right?

  18. scottdragosnai says: Mar 18, 2012 6:36 PM

    Jackson actually played well down the stretch, the Seachix are a scrappy team, fits well with Fynn’s style.
    Scott Dragos NAI

  19. waitingguilty says: Mar 18, 2012 6:37 PM

    I expect that this article will be the only one I ever read that actually proposes Flynn is not the clear cut starter.

  20. doe22us says: Mar 18, 2012 6:41 PM

    Flynn i dont buy, good luck throwing to Rice (sorry he is always injured) and slow footed Big Mike. Yeah they have that undrafted guy but whatever. Remember you dont have GB’s arsenal anymore.

  21. trollhammer20 says: Mar 18, 2012 6:43 PM

    You aren’t paying Flynn that much to come in and compete.

    Good deal for both parties. Seattle gets the most-talked about name in free agency (other than Manning) and a guy who’s ready to try and make a name for himself. Flynn gets paid, and if he does well, will get paid a lot more in three years. If he doesn’t, Seattle can move on to the next candidate without a deal that eats money off the cap for the next five or six years.

    Had Tavaris made better decisions with the ball, or led even one fourth-quarter comeback last season, Seattle probably drafts a project QB and goes into next season with him as the starter. He had his chance, and didn’t get it done.

  22. bigjdve says: Mar 18, 2012 6:46 PM

    trbowman: The reason I said seem is because he really actually has gotten plenty of opportunities. How many years did he have in Mn before they finally just chucked him.

    You are right, he has been given some chance that are more than others have or will get.

  23. bn2n2me says: Mar 18, 2012 6:53 PM

    Once again another black qb being treated like the rotten step child..when will this EVER end. Tavaris was hurt half the year, lost his no 1 receiver and they STILL almost made the playoffs! Matt Flynn will NOT beat out Tavaris, and even if he is given the job(like most qbs over more capable and competent black qbs) he will still suck! He couldn’t beat out your whipping boy(excuse the pun) Jamarcus Russel who still has MORE talent than half the starting qbs in the league..but thats beside the point. Bottom line, this was a bad move for Seattle, but doesn’t matter to me I’m not a Hawks fan but I am a black man, who jus wanted to call BS when I see it(which is MOST of the time on these blogs as it has to do with Black qbs, kinda like ANY one thinking lucky andy is better than RG3? lol, laughable, not a chance).

  24. jshawaii22 says: Mar 18, 2012 7:05 PM

    Tavaris was never brought in to be the ‘long-term’ answer. His contract was two years.
    He was brought in so – #1: because PC/JS didn’t want to resign Matty H and #2: to lose enough to put us in the Luck/Matt Barkley race, but damn if he didn’t go out and win too many games last year, so now we have Flynn.

    Seahawks have lots of cap room this year and will not cut TJack. He will be the B/U this year, and one of the best in the league.

    js

  25. deeppurple23 says: Mar 18, 2012 7:21 PM

    TJack does not play the good backup. He says the right things to the media but screws with the locker room.

  26. pftcensorssuck says: Mar 18, 2012 8:14 PM

    @bn2n2me:

    Dude, get out of the sixties.

    Black quarterbacks are no longer a novelty or a rare thing.

    Funny thing about playing quarterback in the NFL; teams don’t care whether you’re black or white. They only care whether you suck or you’re good.

    If a better quarterback comes along, black or white, your a$$ is GONE. Are you going to suggest that Donovan McNabb was racially discriminated against too?

    My friend, suckiness knows no color barrier.

  27. snoqualmieterry says: Mar 18, 2012 8:33 PM

    I do like that TJack plays hard and plays even though he was injured. Have any of you tried to throw with a chest injury? The only personnel decision Peter Carroll made was Charlie Whitehurst. We have a very young o line. It was smart bringing in a journeyman QB while the o line improved. Matthew Hasselbeck would have been killed by week two. At worst, Flynn replaces Whitehurst. At best, he becomes a starter. If they both fail, we draft Barkley or Husky QB Price. (yes, I think he will be a goog QB)”

  28. teddybayer123 says: Mar 18, 2012 8:38 PM

    The two of them together don’tske for one good starting NFL QB. Whi cares? And Petey spends waaaaaaay too much time on that signature hair-do.

  29. gmsalpha says: Mar 18, 2012 9:50 PM

    Unproven young guys should always get an opportunity, and if they raise some eyebrows when they get their chance, I like to see them succeed. Most of them turn out to be garbage, but you only find out by putting them in.

    Everyone was waiting to see what Curtis Painter would do in Manning’s place, and he just wrote his ticket to the AFL. Had he taken the Colts to a 6-10 record with that “roster”, he might be the new guy in Miami.

  30. ktgooch says: Mar 18, 2012 9:57 PM

    Other than draft picks, this is the same as whitehurst 2 years ago. Plus jackson has to be pissed about former green bay qb’s screwing up his staring gig

  31. ole says: Mar 18, 2012 10:13 PM

    wonder if T-Joke will remain as the offensive Captain next year. Nice try Pete, but this is the NFL not the Pac 10, grow a pair.

  32. mamaknowschild says: Mar 18, 2012 11:46 PM

    I think Pete is making the right move is stating there will be a competition.

    Tarvaris has the hearts of the players, remember he was voted captain by the players, he has shown an ability to play hurt and was a human punching bag at the beginning of the season as the o-line was figuring things out. However, he keys on receivers, especially Rice, I thought they were dating the way he would focus on him and no one else. He takes forever to get the ball out of his hands. On average it took him 4.5 seconds to make a decision and throw. To compare Kirk Cousins took 2.5 and Kellen Moore took 2 sec (I thought the Hawks would draft a new QB). The last frustrating thing, I don’t think he ever audibled at the line of scrimmage (no huddle only exception). He just went with the play and hoped for the best.

    Flynn has only 2 reg season starts under his belt, but has shown great leadership and comfort in the WCO. But he will have to win the job. Proven commodity over the unknown, let the battle begin and may the best man win.

  33. mamaknowschild says: Mar 19, 2012 12:04 AM

    From b2n2me: (which is MOST of the time on these blogs as it has to do with Black qbs, kinda like ANY one thinking lucky andy is better than RG3? lol, laughable, not a chance).

    On the surface you’re right it should be a close call between Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck except in one very important part, durability.

    Here are the amount of games that RGIII played in college

    2008 – 12 games
    2009 – 3 games (ACL injury, redshirted the rest of the year.)
    2010 – full season
    2011 – full season

    Lets compare with Luck

    2009 – full season
    2010 – full season
    2011 – full season
    no significant injuries to speak of.

    Statistically both very similar, except of course the ability to run. But for a QB the main attribute is intelligence, both show that in spades. Risk of injury is a big deal when they will be the “face of the franchise”. I need mine on the field, not in a baseball hat and jacket on the sideline.

  34. tittsburghfeelers says: Mar 19, 2012 12:41 AM

    What decision is there to make? You give Flynn a $26 million contract and guarantee $10 million just to sit him on the bench? Wouldn’t make a damn bit of sense to me if they did that but who knows…it is the seachickens

  35. packerfanfordecades says: Mar 19, 2012 12:54 AM

    I don’t want him to win any post-season games against the Packers, but other than that, I hope Matt does just terrific!!

    I noticed something on the Green Bay sideline during that final regular season game when Matt did so well. I noticed that lots of Packer players got more and more genuinely happy as Matt continued to build up completions and yards and TDs. They were cheering for Matt the person. It made me feel terrific. It made me feel that Matt could easily become a strong team leader … in Green Bay or someplace else. It increased my respect for Matt because his peers respected him and cheered for him. To me, that was even more important than the yardage accumulation.

    Go Matt!!

    To the extent Matt has success in Seattle, it shall be another feather in the cap of the Green Bay scouting organization ….. not that there is much room for more feathers in that cap.

    .

  36. grannyvi4 says: Mar 19, 2012 12:55 AM

    bn2n2me says:Mar 18, 2012 6:53 PM

    Once again another black qb being treated like the rotten step child..when will this EVER end. Tavaris was hurt half the year, lost his no 1 receiver and they STILL almost made the playoffs! Matt Flynn will NOT beat out Tavaris, and even if he is given the job(like most qbs over more capable and competent black qbs) he will still suck! He couldn’t beat out your whipping boy(excuse the pun) Jamarcus Russel who still has MORE talent than half the starting qbs in the league..but thats beside the point. Bottom line, this was a bad move for Seattle, but doesn’t matter to me I’m not a Hawks fan but I am a black man, who jus wanted to call BS when I see it(which is MOST of the time on these blogs as it has to do with Black qbs, kinda like ANY one thinking lucky andy is better than RG3? lol, laughable, not a chance).
    ======================
    Are you on drugs????? What decade are you living in? Time to join the rest of us in the 21st century. TJack was given many, many chances in MN and he never got it done. He was kept on long after the fans wanted him gone. And Jamarcus Russell??? You really wanna bring him into it? Yes, he had talent but he didn’t want to do the work and THAT’S why he’s no longer in the NFL.

    And btw, jacka$$, there are plenty of negative comments on this site on white qbs — Tebow, McCoy, Palmer, Smith, Kolb, even Rothlisberger, Romo, and pretty boy Brady. In fact, I would suggest there’s more criticism against white qbs than black. So take your racist attitude and stick it where the sun don’t shine.

  37. jprcox says: Mar 19, 2012 1:20 AM

    wait! does this mean Seahawks are out of the Manning sweepstakes??

    lol

  38. gatesn23 says: Mar 19, 2012 10:14 AM

    bn2n2me says:
    Mar 18, 2012 6:53 PM
    Once again another black qb being treated like the rotten step child..when will this EVER end. Tavaris was hurt half the year, lost his no 1 receiver and they STILL almost made the playoffs! Matt Flynn will NOT beat out Tavaris, and even if he is given the job(like most qbs over more capable and competent black qbs) he will still suck! He couldn’t beat out your whipping boy(excuse the pun) Jamarcus Russel who still has MORE talent than half the starting qbs in the league..but thats beside the point. Bottom line, this was a bad move for Seattle, but doesn’t matter to me I’m not a Hawks fan but I am a black man, who jus wanted to call BS when I see it(which is MOST of the time on these blogs as it has to do with Black qbs, kinda like ANY one thinking lucky andy is better than RG3? lol, laughable, not a chance).
    ———————————————-

    Anybody else sick of arrogant black people that still pull the race card on everything? ITS THE FU**ING NFL DUDE. Most of their great talent comes from the black community. Mario Williams, Antonio Gates, Andre Johnson, I could keep going. Im a Vikings fan and I can tell you from years of watching this bum, that him being black has NOTHING to do with his repeated benching. He makes horrible decisions and panics in the pocket. The reason he gets so many chances is because he has potential. But he never seems to meet that potential. And…… did you really bring up Jamarcus Russel……? That doesnt show your bias opinion at all… bahhaha. Grow up dude and get in the 21st century with the rest of us.

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