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Pete Carroll plans to take his time picking a quarterback

Tavaris Jackson, Pete Carroll AP

The Seahawks gave each of their three quarterbacks one day with the first-string offense during this week’s three-day minicamp, but head coach Pete Carroll didn’t get any closer to deciding which of the three will be with the first-string offense when the season starts.

Carroll said at the conclusion of minicamp that he plans to take his time choosing a starter among Matt Flynn, Tarvaris Jackson and Russell Wilson, and he may not make a final decision until close to the start of the regular season.

It’s going to take us until we start playing games, we’ll see something happening,” Carroll said, via the Seattle Times. “At this point, they’re doing everything they can do with the opportunities, and they look good. I can’t tell you that there’s anything that has happened then we’ll stay with the same format going into camp. T-Jack will go first and away we’ll go. Other than that, let the games begin. It will be really exciting to see what happens.”

Most people assume that Flynn was signed as a free agent because the Seahawks expect him to start, that Wilson was drafted as a project who might be the Seahawks’ starter some day, and that Jackson’s status as last year’s starter means nothing for him this year. But Carroll insists that he’s giving all three of them “an even shot,” and that he and his staff will only make their decision after they’ve seen all three quarterbacks compete for the job.

Still, the reality is that Flynn is the heavy favorite. Carroll believes competition makes a training camp better, but at the end of that competition, it would be a major surprise if the Seahawks’ starting quarterback is not Matt Flynn.

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51 Responses to “Pete Carroll plans to take his time picking a quarterback”
  1. drgreenstreak says: Jun 14, 2012 6:54 PM

    Pete Carroll plans to take his time picking a quarterback…..

    Easy as how he picks his nose. The highest paid one will start. Just like at USC!

  2. insanelomein2 says: Jun 14, 2012 6:56 PM

    That’s Pete Carroll’s way of saying “See ya Tavaris”

  3. gooselife says: Jun 14, 2012 6:56 PM

    In Pete I trust

  4. dasportsninja says: Jun 14, 2012 6:57 PM

    Translation- We don’t have any good QB’s. If the Hawks has a legit QB under center, they would be a Superbowl contender. Great Running Game. Defense looks top 10. Solid Recieving Corps. Decent O-Line. No QB!

  5. kylexitron says: Jun 14, 2012 7:01 PM

    and queue the trolling criticism for Pete, even though he’s only doing the smart thing that makes the most sense, unlike what so many other teams do and just assume the highest paid guy should start, rather than watching them all work with the team and picking the guy that gets the best results out of the other 10 guys on the field.

    Anyone who just assumes Flynn should start becuase of his contract obviously hasn’t looked at the contract very closely.

  6. gooselife says: Jun 14, 2012 7:09 PM

    Translation- We don’t have any good QB’s. If the Hawks has a legit QB under center, they would be a Superbowl contender. Great Running Game. Defense looks top 10. Solid Recieving Corps. Decent O-Line. No QB!

    I think flynn will be serviceable and end up winning out……I bet he’s a top 12 or so QB at the end of the season…granted, that’s speculation. Go hawks

  7. thehatefulnerd says: Jun 14, 2012 7:11 PM

    Matt Flynn=Joe Montana+Matt Damon

  8. cuffhimbanano says: Jun 14, 2012 7:12 PM

    Since when does any team decide open quarterback competitions in June anyways?

  9. sportsmeccabi says: Jun 14, 2012 7:26 PM

    Takes time to sort through trash I guess.

  10. fumblenuts says: Jun 14, 2012 7:28 PM

    In all fairness to the QB’s he SHOULD pick on by the 3rd pre-season game at K.C.

    My money is on Matt Flynn to take the job as #1 followed by Wilson as the back up.

    Word out of Seattle is that TJack is STILL very inconsistent…..

  11. roastmeforbeingacardsfan says: Jun 14, 2012 7:33 PM

    Thumbs up-Carroll will shock the world and start Wilson.

    Thumbs down-He starts Flynn.

  12. packfaninpackland says: Jun 14, 2012 7:34 PM

    I’m telling you, by mid-season or sooner, the starter will be Russell Wilson.

    And Seahawks fans, you’ll be glad it is. The kid just does NOT make mistakes.

    Wilson was close to flawless here in Madison for the Badgers, and for those that say he is too short … he played behind the biggest O-Line in the nation, and still led the country in passing efficency.

    If you put his numbers in the NFL QB rating formula, he had an even better season in 2011 than Aaron Rodgers did, and THAT is saying something !

    If we could not get him as a back-up in Green Bay, I am glad he’ll get a chance in Seattle.

    Good luck Russell.

  13. Gordon says: Jun 14, 2012 7:34 PM

    Dennis Erickson 2.0

  14. mnnightowl says: Jun 14, 2012 7:55 PM

    Sounds like more jerking Tarvaris Jackson around, huh Pete? Carroll’s quote from 2011 ranks as most proposterous statement ever after this offseason.

  15. millerhour says: Jun 14, 2012 7:56 PM

    To whoever said this is a Superbowl team if they have good QB play… Love your enthusiasm.

  16. captainwisdom8888 says: Jun 14, 2012 7:58 PM

    If you compare Tarvaris to the other QBs currently in Seattle, considering he knows the verbiage and overall system better, you can make a case for him to be the starter. But when you compare Tarvaris to the rest of the QBs in the NFL, you’re reminded that he’s not going to lead a franchise to a superbowl any time soon.

    The job is Flynn’s to lose, the team is too heavily invested in him to deny him the starter’s role. As far as Russell Wilson, he’s a smart dude with great character. This kid is a good piece for the future and he’ll be the backup this season. Don’t sleep on the rookie, his physical gifts and ability to make all the throws will become apparent after he learns the intricacies of the offense.

  17. eegwaybeegway says: Jun 14, 2012 8:13 PM

    I applaud Pete Carroll for taking his time to make this big decision. It may define his coaching future.
    I’d be surprised if he doesn’t hold out until after AT LEAST the second preseason game to name his starter.
    In all honesty, I believe that it will come down to Tarvaris or Flynn as the starter, with Wilson being given a year to observe and grow within the Seahawks system. Whoever doesn’t start between Flynn and Tarvaris will be the primary backup. These days, you pretty much need 2 quality QBs to get through the season and the Seahawks would have a pair of talented players in Tarvaris and Flynn.

  18. samapoc says: Jun 14, 2012 8:22 PM

    Flynn got minimal attention while leading LSU to a championship. He got minimal attention this offseason after outdoing Aaron Rodgers, Jesus of football, last season. And he’s not getting respect now.

    But he’ll start. And the Seahawks will be a better team with Flynn who has the capability to run an offense as well as any qb in the NFL.

  19. thejuddstir says: Jun 14, 2012 8:24 PM

    I thought Petey said that the Vikings “never gave TJoke a fair chance and kept jerking him around” sounds like it’s Peteys’ time to jerk him around. LMAO

  20. donnymacjack says: Jun 14, 2012 8:29 PM

    Gotta like Packfaninpackland’s comments. It’s REALLY hard not to pull for Wilson. But gosh, when standing next to Flynn and T-jack, he certainly does look short. On the otherhand, if you have a smart coaching staff they will scheme ways to give him passing lanes. Rollouts, 8-step drops where he can step up into a lane, sprint options, etc.

  21. One Up the Bum says: Jun 14, 2012 8:31 PM

    T Jack almost always looks good in training camp. That’s why he was deemed the starter for so long in Seattle and Minny. But put him in game situation and he usually sucks ass.

  22. qdog112 says: Jun 14, 2012 8:45 PM

    Flynn is the heavy favorite, not because of anything he’s done on the field, it’s because the media keeps saying it. Take the man at his word, let it play out and stop trying to influence the decision.

  23. discosucs2005 says: Jun 14, 2012 9:13 PM

    “The highest paid one will start. Just like at USC!”

    Ok, that was pretty funny.

  24. macker1283 says: Jun 14, 2012 9:21 PM

    Why is Tavaris Jackson still in the league? And if you are considering Tavaris Jackson as your starting quarterback, what point is there to even playing the games?

  25. squared80 says: Jun 14, 2012 9:45 PM

    But Petey said that TJack was THE guy when they signed him. Remember how much TJack got ‘jerked around’ in Minnesota (I guess ‘jerked around’ means being handed the reigns to an NFL franchise mulitple times and failing).

    I hate hypcrites.

  26. saintsfan26 says: Jun 14, 2012 9:47 PM

    Pete Carroll is a doosh

  27. zn0rseman says: Jun 14, 2012 9:57 PM

    The Seahawks paid $42 million to get TJoke and Crutches (Sidney Rice) from the Vikings.

    Thanks!!!!

    Vikings Fans

  28. zn0rseman says: Jun 14, 2012 10:01 PM

    One Up the Bum says:

    T Jack almost always looks good in training camp. That’s why he was deemed the starter for so long in Seattle and Minny. But put him in game situation and he usually sucks ass.
    —————

    I beg to differ. TJoke was intercepted 3 times in 7 on 7 drills against the second team defense while using the first team offense for the Vikings in 2008. He has been drastically outplayed by every backup he ever had, including Tyler Thigpen, Brad Johnson, Gus Ferrotte, Sage Rosenfels and Joe Webb. Yet still he was given the starting job by Brad Childress and Darelle Bevell… which is why Wilf fired them both.

  29. mrmarcus55 says: Jun 14, 2012 10:12 PM

    I wished I coulda seen Slippery Pete’s face when Payton Manning gave him that stiff arm at a denver airport.

  30. wadinmypants says: Jun 14, 2012 10:19 PM

    Carroll is a douche.

    Never has a team been successful or won a championship not knowing who their go to quarterback is in June.

  31. blackfootkiller says: Jun 14, 2012 11:27 PM

    A lot of half wits on here spouting off about Pete and the Hawks…You can almost smell the fear percolating off from these dolts that have no idea what is brewing in Seattle.
    Pete will pick his Jedi when he is ready…Me thinks the rest of the league holds it’s breath in a collective anticipation…

  32. discosucs2005 says: Jun 14, 2012 11:30 PM

    I don’t think Seattle fans have anything to worry about. It’s not like their cap situation is in dire straights. If Flynn turns out not to be the guy everyone say last game of the season last year, it’s not like your team will be crippled for years or anything (and as a 49er fan I definitely wish the opposite were true).

    Although it’s often inflated in these threads, the Seahawks are building a solid defense that could compete with quality offense. I don’t put much stake into their running game (in the same way I don’t put much stake into the 49ers even though I know how good both teams backs can be), but with an improved line and a good QB this team will be competitive in a playoff kind of way.

    I think the trick is to take your time finding a QB and not force anything, and that’s what it seems like Carroll is doing (much to my chagrin as a 49er fan).

  33. jnova80 says: Jun 15, 2012 12:09 AM

    How about the guy that won a couple of games and you awarded a $26 million contract?

  34. skolvikesskol says: Jun 15, 2012 12:13 AM

    Where r all the shehawks fans who all about tjack last year? U kept telling us how great he is etc. T wack is back!

  35. eegwaybeegway says: Jun 15, 2012 12:35 AM

    I beg to differ. TJoke was intercepted 3 times in 7 on 7 drills against the second team defense while using the first team offense for the Vikings in 2008. He has been drastically outplayed by every backup he ever had, including Tyler Thigpen, Brad Johnson, Gus Ferrotte, Sage Rosenfels and Joe Webb. Yet still he was given the starting job by Brad Childress and Darelle Bevell… which is why Wilf fired them both.
    ———————————————-
    Yeah, and you Vikings doorknobs have such a top-notch team to cheer on now with all of Wilfs firings. The Purple are coming off the worst record in franchise history and their future is BLEAK.
    Don’t worry about Tarvaris. If he’s the starting QB when your pathetic Vikings come to town in November, he’ll blow their doors off … but will be too classy to smile about it.

  36. ialdrich1214 says: Jun 15, 2012 12:57 AM

    Matt Flynn can’t clearly beat out T-Jack but how many stories have I read about the Phins “missing out” on him? They passed. Plain and simple. But how would Joe Philbin know anything about Matt Flynn? Dolphins: “They may be young but the’re ready”.

  37. packfaninpackland says: Jun 15, 2012 1:00 AM

    To: “donnymacjack”

    Yeah, he is short. 5′ 11″ but he throws straight over the top.

    Only had like 5 balls batted down all year last year for the Badgers.

    Unbelievably smart. Hard worker. A good kid. And a great competitor.

    You’re gonna love him in Seattle.

  38. themackstrong says: Jun 15, 2012 1:16 AM

    I don’t think I have ever witnessed one of these drawn out QB battles turn into a spectacular season. I think splitting all those reps while other starts are perfecting their offenses is a mistake. Pete Carroll has done some great things in Seattle, turned around the whole roster and has a pretty tough D on Sundays. If he doesn’t start winning more than he’s losing he’s going to be on the hot seat without question. Flynn is the guy who I think has it, Wilson can back him up and maybe turn into something. Jackson will be out next season.

  39. seattlecoug says: Jun 15, 2012 1:27 AM

    More than likely Flynn will be the starter with Wilson the backup — but for all the dbags in here that simply say “oh my God, the Hawks paid all that money for Flynn and he’s not automatically the starter” — it’s just money man. The Hawks aren’t close to the cap. If Flynn doesn’t pan out, so what? They move on.

    And you Viking fans are idiots.

    Go Hawks!

  40. badintent says: Jun 15, 2012 1:28 AM

    Ground and Pound ,Not MMA but Hawks ball this year. Any of you bloggers can hand the ball off.The longest throw will be an 8 yard button to the TE. Our O line can run block but not pass block.Hawks will lead the NFL in Field goals.El Nino weather year, Tons of rain all ready in Seattle. No good for passing.

  41. seahawksbmx says: Jun 15, 2012 1:53 AM

    discosucs…a cool 49er fan. I knew there had to be at least a few out there.
    People continue to bust on the NFC West, but the division is on the rise. Hell, last year’s SB Champs lost to 2 of our teams and would have been 3 if not for a monster 4th Qtr. comeback against the Cards.

    For the topic at hand, I’m gonna go out on a limb and predict Flynn gets the gig.

  42. seehoxrun says: Jun 15, 2012 5:23 AM

    Saintsfan26 half of your team is suspended and Pete Carroll is a doosh ? LOL idiot

  43. pftcensorssuck says: Jun 15, 2012 5:58 AM

    If you’re pinning your Super Bowl hopes on Tavaris Jackson, you really need to take a strong look in the mirror.

    That’s all I’m saying.

  44. joetoronto says: Jun 15, 2012 6:13 AM

    gooselife says: Jun 14, 2012 6:56 PM

    In Pete I trust
    *************************************************
    Sucks to be you then.

    Keep running, Pete!

  45. japadacktle49 says: Jun 15, 2012 6:53 AM

    @thehatefulnerd

    There is no = to #16 you were joking I take it?

  46. trollhammer20 says: Jun 15, 2012 8:44 AM

    saintsfan26 says:
    Jun 14, 2012 9:47 PM
    Pete Carroll is a doosh
    _____________________

    Oh, look there goes Marshawn Lynch.

    Actually, I have to admit, seeing Alex Smith punk you guys for a long TD in last year’s playoffs kind of took some of the impact off Lynch’s run the year before. Oh well, at least Alex didn’t throw Tracy Porter eight yards with his left hand, right?

  47. bdawkins20 says: Jun 15, 2012 9:00 AM

    does it really matter, scott mitchell, i mean matt flynn will be the starter. stop the games.

  48. thacloser86 says: Jun 15, 2012 12:10 PM

    That nineties approach Pete Carroll has isn’t working in todays football that’s the quickest way he’s gonna find himself back in college football and thinking what he couldve done better. Let’s be realistic here T Jackson and Russell Wilson re not NFL starters at least bring in some real QBs. DAMN

  49. mrseaballs says: Jun 15, 2012 12:25 PM

    Pete Carroll is the best thing to ever happen to the Seattle Seahawks. This team will not only win, but will do it in a very entertaining way. The defense is huge. And fast, strong, and very talented. They were good last year sending 3 of the 4 secondary starters to the pro-bowl. Rookie Richard Sherman should of went too but didn’t start all year. They have added speed at LB and major improvements at pass-rush. This is a top 5 defense. The offense is solid too. If Flynn or Wilson gets it hitting on all 8 forget about it…S.F.

  50. backindasaddle says: Jun 15, 2012 2:04 PM

    Rah Rah Rah!!!!……. Jump Up and Down and Shake our Pomp Pomps!!!!!

  51. bonnette95 says: Jun 15, 2012 2:48 PM

    Matt Flynn will have the starting spot, he played well for greenbay

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