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Seahawks splitting quarterback reps three ways in OTAs

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Pete Carroll is doing more than paying lip service to the idea that the Seahawks have a three-way competition for the quarterback job.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald passes along word that the team is giving equal reps to Matt Flynn, Tarvaris Jackson and Russell Wilson at their Organized Team Activities this week. Carroll and General Manager John Schneider have been pushing the open competition all offseason, Schneider did it Wednesday on PFT Live in fact, and it seems they are sticking to their word.

For now, at least. It’s important to remember that this is just the OTA period of the offseason and teams are spending it getting some idea of what they have on hand heading into training camp and the season. This caveat could be attached to just about any story about who looks good, who looks bad and just about anything else that gets tweeted into the universe from practices around the league, but it has a lot of bearing on the Seahawks competition.

Once they get to training camp (or even minicamp in June), the team will have to pare things down to at most two quarterbacks because they won’t have enough reps to keep the three-way dance going. Wilson still has to be considered the least likely to wind up as the starter, but if he does enough to push himself to the number two spot it will make things interesting for Jackson.

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32 Responses to “Seahawks splitting quarterback reps three ways in OTAs”
  1. bearsrulepackdrool says: May 24, 2012 6:02 PM

    I’m rooting for Russell Wilson.

  2. justjoevideo says: May 24, 2012 6:15 PM

    See Ya Tavaris :(

  3. jikkle49 says: May 24, 2012 6:24 PM

    It’s always a red flag to me when a coach has a QB competition especially a 3 way one.

    It usually means you have a bunch of average at best QBs and you have to compete to see who’s slightly better than the other

    OR

    Or you’re clueless on offense and you can’t evaluate who should be penciled in as your starter. Thus wasting valuable reps that your starter needs to build chemistry with the offense and it’s weapons.

  4. drgreenstreak says: May 24, 2012 6:38 PM

    Rah Rah Pete! Play ‘em all in the regular season. Be innovative. Hell, you’re waaaayy smarter than these pro coaches.

    Hell Pete, you produce QB’s for the NFL all the time. You got this.

    RAH Rash Rah! Go Seahawks Go!

  5. tatum064 says: May 24, 2012 6:39 PM

    Its good to push Flynn…who is the obvious starter given the money he was paid….Carroll has a good atmosphere there, but one of those guys …well, basically Flynn has to take it to the next level to come out of the NFC West.

  6. chazzmichaelmichaels says: May 24, 2012 6:41 PM

    That wacky Pete Carroll!

  7. tonythenose says: May 24, 2012 6:51 PM

    Im all for having more than one guy at a position but this smells like a recipe for disaster. If you think Tavaris can possibly start for you why sign Flynn and draft Russel??

  8. mullman7675 says: May 24, 2012 7:07 PM

    Flynn is the guy, it’s all smoke and mirrors. Jackson could be shipped out easily if the kid performs better than expected.

  9. kylexitron says: May 24, 2012 7:17 PM

    Tavaris was signed last year because he knew Darrel Bevel and was available to a team that otherwise had Charlie Whitehurst, who is not good at football.

    The Seahawks didn’t over-pay for Flynn given his potential upside but they still realize that’s what it is – potential upside.

    They drafted Wilson becuase of his potential upside as well.

    Tarvaris deserves as hot becuase he played injured last year and impressed his teammates and knows the system better than anyone, and though I think he’ll be the odd man out, it woudln’t be beyond Pete to name him the starter to give Flynn and Wilson more time to grasp the offense and mesh with the personnel.

    So while in most cases I would agree that a ‘3 QB battle’ is usually not a good sign, things have already been bad for my ‘hawks QB wise lately, and I’m not sure exactly how you justify critiquing the move and Pete Carrol when he’s simply trying to find a starter out of so much potential upside.

    I’m not sure what anyone else would have him do that would be more responsible. Just name one guy the starter? He did that last year with Tarvaris, but that was easy to do with no offseason and a QB and OC that have worked together for years and only made sense.

    It would make no sense to name anyone the starter when you have an offseason to observe and then decide. That would be inanely short-sighted.

  10. rvabronco says: May 24, 2012 7:17 PM

    I live in Richmond, Va and I saw Russell Wilson play high school ball at Collegiate and I knew this kid was something special. I really don’t think his size is a big issue. He played behind a huge line last year at Wisconsin and he only had something like 5 passes batted down. Kid’s a winner.

  11. Deof Movestofca says: May 24, 2012 7:39 PM

    I’m not criticizing the Seahawks for signing Flynn, but it’s going to be embarrassing to all those who chided the ‘Phins for not doing so if he doesn’t win the starting job.

  12. therealbleedcoltsblue says: May 24, 2012 7:40 PM

    I wonder what has Matt Flynn done, that the talking heads on this site think he’s way better than T. Jackson.

    Obviously the Seahawks have not picked a starter because splitting the reps three ways, but I’m curious as to why since signing Flynn this site seems to have demoted T Jack to #2.

    Interesting…

  13. essentialsausage says: May 24, 2012 7:46 PM

    Three scrubs. At least they don’t have Tebow.

  14. deathtoromo says: May 24, 2012 7:56 PM

    College shenanigans don’t work in the NFL. 3< 1.

  15. sea3369 says: May 24, 2012 8:04 PM

    Why does everyone say a 3 qb comitition is bad? For starters we/they havent even seen two of them play with our receivers up untill right now why not take a look at all three? Flynn wasnt over paid. Wilson could be the future? I think we all need to not get our panties in a bunch and let this play out. Pete and John no exactly what there doing .

  16. fdugrad says: May 24, 2012 8:06 PM

    TJ’s contract will send him packing. It is too costly given his performance. Perhaps he will catch on with another team.

  17. drgreenstreak says: May 24, 2012 8:19 PM

    Go Pete Go! Rah Rah Rassshhh

    Carroll’s Clowns

    Hey, how ’bout that Thunder? Sonic Thunder?

    have a cup o ‘ Joe

  18. randallflagg52 says: May 24, 2012 9:00 PM

    I don’t get on people hating on Pete Carroll. One, look at all the mid to late round draft picks and other teams castoffs they have on that roster playing at a very high level. Two, Carroll is and always was a defensive coach and that defense is on the verge of something special. Their secondary is one of the best which is amazing since they are full of guys going into their second and third years in the NFL. Best safety duo in the NFL and they are both entering their third year.

    As for the guy who said they overpaid Flynn, why don’t you look at his contract? How they worked that out with guys like Kolb costing much more (including traded players, and draft picks as well as money) is awesome. Is he the answer? I don’t know but he is less risky than Kolb. If not thats where Wilson comes in, who care about height, he played behind a massive OL for the Badgers. If he can do it on a line filled with future NFL talent, why can’t he behind a pro line?

  19. Troy Larson says: May 24, 2012 9:03 PM

    Wha??? You mean they’re NOT HAPPY with that standout QB Tarvaris Jackson? The guy who’s had more chances to prove he’s worth a piss than any other QB with his skillset and FAILED every time?

    Who are the guys who keep giving this guy a chance??? HE IS WORTHLESS. Give him the heave ho and move on.

  20. sea3369 says: May 24, 2012 9:14 PM

    Well said randellflag52

  21. mwcarolina says: May 24, 2012 9:37 PM

    i think in the end, Flynn starts and Wilson likely earns the backup spot and Jackson is either 3rd string or cut, though it will likely be a tough race for 2nd. Wilson is a rookie. i think Flynn wins the job though.

  22. dolphinatic says: May 24, 2012 9:38 PM

    T. Jack can’t read the D. Athlete, playing QB, who doesn’t poses the smarts to run a pro O. Flynn and Wilson will battle it out. Flynn will win and Wilson will develop into a great trade piece a yr or two from now. Wilson will be a very Brees/Flutie type winner, but short guys always have to get their shine on the pine early on.

  23. catquick says: May 24, 2012 9:53 PM

    They better pick a guy before training camp or their season will be over before it starts.

  24. rcali says: May 24, 2012 10:44 PM

    Good luck with Wilson as your QB at any point in the future.

  25. Soulman45 says: May 24, 2012 10:45 PM

    If you got 3 QB’s you have none.

  26. totallydisgusted says: May 24, 2012 10:50 PM

    The three way competition thing is BULLS%&T! We all know that Jackson stinks on ice. Give Flynn the work develope Russell and see if you can create a competition between those two. If they pan out you have two good qb’s or one good qb and trade bait.

  27. packfaninchitown says: May 24, 2012 11:07 PM

    Flynn is going to steal the show, those other two will be eating his dust in a West Coast scheme.

  28. tialen says: May 24, 2012 11:08 PM

    If Flynn and Wilson are both better than TJack, so be it. But I would say this, I would take Tjack anyday over Alex Smith

  29. lolb23 says: May 24, 2012 11:31 PM

    Russell Wilson’s gf morphed into a Tyrannosaurus Rex while reading this story.

  30. tweeter75 says: May 24, 2012 11:42 PM

    Pete Carroll trashed the Vikings, saying Jackson got a raw deal in Minnesota.

    Those of us who had to watch Jackson be our starting QB while he was in Minnesota remember seeing a guy who obviously didn’t do his homework and had the deer in the headlights look every time he took a snap.

    I didn’t watch him play in Seattle, but there’s a reason the Vikes dumped him.

  31. eegwaybeegway says: May 25, 2012 4:25 PM

    I could see this competition going into training camp, where each of three contenders get a start in the preseason. I’m for this. It’s necessitated because Flynn’s sample size, although impressive, is way too small. Obviously Wilson hasn’t played at the pro level yet. With Tarvaris under center in the second half of the season last year, the Hawks went 5-3 and a missed gimme field goal by Hauschka against Arizona in the season finale was the only thing between Jackson finished the year out 6-2. That translates to a 12-4 season, something I’d take every time.
    And I watched Tarvaris in Minnesota and he doesn’t deserve the kind of smear tactics he gets on this board. He had a .500 W-L record and threw for more TDs than picks in a time that was basically a learning-curve portion of his career. He also sat behind Favre the last two years of his stint there, so you couldn’t even gauge his abilities in that scenario.

  32. hansenbrothers says: May 25, 2012 11:29 PM

    Flynn should get them all. Dumb.

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