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Matt Flynn to start Seahawks’ preseason opener

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Matt Flynn has the early lead in the Seahawks’ quarterback competition.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll announced today that Flynn will be the starter when the Seahawks open the preseason on Saturday against the Titans.

Flynn, who will take the first-team reps at practice this week, is expected to play the entire first half. Rookie Russell Wilson may play the entire second half, as Carroll said that the Seahawks’ coaching staff doesn’t need to see last year’s starter, Tarvaris Jackson, because they already know what he can do.

That doesn’t necessarily mean Flynn will beat out Jackson and Wilson, win the quarterback competition and start Week One of the regular season, but it does suggest that Flynn is in the lead. And that’s no surprise. When the Seahawks signed Flynn in March, the idea was not to pay him $19 million over three years, with $10 million guaranteed, to be a backup. And as of Saturday, Flynn is the Seahawks’ starter.

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30 Responses to “Matt Flynn to start Seahawks’ preseason opener”
  1. hulkhogansays says: Aug 7, 2012 4:16 PM

    Reality is going to bite when Owens, Edwards and Winslow are yelling for the ball in the huddle.

  2. champ1118 says: Aug 7, 2012 4:20 PM

    Translation: Tavaris we already know you’re terrible. We just hope that we can fleece another team into giving us something for you like the master Andy Reid does (ref: AJ Feely, McNabb, and Kolb).

  3. xxsweepthelegxx says: Aug 7, 2012 4:24 PM

    I hope Flynn succeeds. Although his stats were inflated playing against secondaries like the Pats and Lions. Best of luck to him

  4. bfl8 says: Aug 7, 2012 4:26 PM

    Well hopefully the 3 of them realize that this might be their last chance to play in the NFL and will shut up and put up.

  5. benchwarmer69 says: Aug 7, 2012 4:29 PM

    K2 isn’t going to like this…

    Not enough room for that many egos.

  6. dennisatunity says: Aug 7, 2012 4:33 PM

    Yes, reality might hit when Owens, Edwards, and Winslow are all yelling for the ball, but what a nice problem to have. Add those three to Baldwin in the slot, Zach miller at the other TE position, and maybe a healthy Rice (not likely, I’m afraid), and we are starting to get quite a receiving corps. But you know what? Flynn can sort it all out.

  7. chawks1 says: Aug 7, 2012 4:39 PM

    YESSSS!!!!!! Flynn is going to be a serious 100% upgrade for the Hawks! Here we go baby!!

  8. bjamesa says: Aug 7, 2012 4:39 PM

    I’m an unbias fan and I am already saying that by seasons end Flynn will be considered in the top 5 NFC QB’s and he will be the reason the Seahawks de-throne the 49ers in the West. The ‘Hawks had a solid defense last year and now being able to move the ball in the air (and on the ground with Marshawn) they’ll be as good as anyone, especially playing in front of their raucous home crowd.

  9. scoobaj says: Aug 7, 2012 4:41 PM

    If you look at this team without your hater glasses on, you would see a very talented team that can make some noise… Pete, T.O. and Braylon are easy targets but they will make you eat your words this year

  10. ninefingers9 says: Aug 7, 2012 4:49 PM

    Every time Tarvaris Jackson gets demoted…Brad Childress should get another titty twister!

  11. Keyser Söze says: Aug 7, 2012 4:54 PM

    Pete Carroll would be wise to start Tavaris Jackson and save Flynn (Kevin Kolb 2.0) for the 2013 season. After all the ego’s are gone….

  12. chazzmon says: Aug 7, 2012 5:01 PM

    They should just cut T-Jack, I like Josh Portis better than him as the 3rd string. Now the hope is that Lynch doesn’t get suspended, cause if Flynn is the real deal this team will be ready to ball!

  13. tangysizzl says: Aug 7, 2012 5:15 PM

    Kevin Kolb 2.0 huh, Flynn is nothing like Kolb, Kolb can’t stay healthy to save his life and Flynn has never missed a game or a practice in his entire time in the league, going on 5 years now.

    Sure hes only played two full games but hes played in a bunch of them mostly in garbage time.

  14. Nevis says: Aug 7, 2012 5:24 PM

    Decent young D, but…

    Unsettled, inexperienced QB situation, stud RB facing suspension and two washed up prima donna’s chirping for the ball.

    Yeah, this isn’t a trainwreck waiting to happen or anything.

  15. discosucs2005 says: Aug 7, 2012 5:29 PM

    Before we start calling Flynn “Kolb 2.0″ why don’t we watch him play a little (and I don’t just mean one or two games while he’s still getting in a rhythm with his new team). I’m a 49ers fan so no body wants to see him fail more than I do, but he hasn’t even had the opportunity yet. This is like calling a draft pick a bust before they play a game.

    And it works both ways, lets not anoint him a top 5 QB yet either. He might be very good for all we know so far, but top 5 after season 1 with a new team is a pretty lofty expectation. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to think that it’s going to take him awhile (a season maybe) to get comfortable with a team and an offense.

    tl;dr – why don’t we see him play before we start labeling him as gold or garbage?

  16. schmitty2 says: Aug 7, 2012 5:34 PM

    Not playing Jackson because they know what he can do?? Thats his nail in the coffin

  17. olympiacham says: Aug 7, 2012 5:40 PM

    It’s either gonna be a train wreck or a bullet train coming right at yah. Defense was 9th last year with one of the worst offenses. If they get an average Offense that’ll make the D that must better. Kinda like San Fran last year.

  18. seatownballers says: Aug 7, 2012 5:50 PM

    Flynn to win! Tjack will back up in case of injury! Lets do this

  19. saints4evah says: Aug 7, 2012 5:55 PM

    Nice to see an LSU kid do good…you go Matt!!!

  20. osiris33 says: Aug 7, 2012 5:59 PM

    Nevis, you’re out of touch. Fearsome D, Lynch will NOT be suspended and we now have a QB that can get the ball to a bunch of good, young WR’s. You’re going to be shocked at how good this team is with a real QB.

    Tarvar to the Chargers! They need a backup now that touchdown Jesus is hurt.

  21. meytonpanning says: Aug 7, 2012 8:19 PM

    Pete Carroll is a no nonsense coach. If Edwards, TO and Winslow cause trouble they’ll be out.

    The QB competition is still in place. Tavaris is way better than people think. He plays similar to Alex Smith. He’s also still developing.

    I think Tavaris will start week one.

  22. packfaninpackland says: Aug 7, 2012 8:38 PM

    Russell Wilson will be the starter in Seattle by week 6 at the latest.

    He’s just too good. I watched him here in Madison last year and the kid just does not makes mistakes.

    Even how he does in the pre-season wont be a fair assessment, because he’ll be playing with 2nd and 3rd teammers mostly.

    Give the kid a chance and you wont be disappointed !

  23. jimmysee says: Aug 7, 2012 8:42 PM

    Flynn can deal with outsized egos.

    For the T.O. Edwards Winslow wide receiver crew this is the last stop cafe.

    And Flynn is the guy running the show.

  24. rubicon202 says: Aug 7, 2012 9:25 PM

    I’d love Tavaris to the Chargers! What INTS & sacks expected…Flynn>= Cassel/Korn on the Kolb

  25. rubicon202 says: Aug 7, 2012 9:28 PM

    @tangysizzl hes been healthy for years as a back up during garbage time…

  26. theaxmancometh says: Aug 7, 2012 9:38 PM

    Wasn’t it $26m for 2 yrs?

  27. prplpuzzetrz says: Aug 7, 2012 9:57 PM

    Meytonpanning?????
    R U Drunk? Tarvaris is better than people think? Seriously?
    There is not a better QB in the league if your starter gets hurt, and u need a guy to step in for 5 plays until the circling birds have disappeared from the head if the starter! BCuz T-joke doesn’t have time to think, but as soon as the monarch’s have a chance to land(butterfly’s to the idiots in the room) he completely falls apart!
    He has had 6 years to prove his worth & GEL…. His is at best, Not worthy of a starting role! If Carrol starts T-Jax over Flynn or Wilson, I will lose all faith in him. & from a Vikings fans angle, I actually like Pete Carrol, i think TO was a steller pick up , overpaying for Rice was silly, though

  28. theaxmancometh says: Aug 7, 2012 10:03 PM

    *3 yrs

  29. wreckindeck7 says: Aug 7, 2012 11:22 PM

    @meytonpanning this is coming from w vikings fan, so listen up. I had to watch Tjack suck for 5 yrs. If he was so good, why’d we call Brett Favre? TJack(a.k.a Deer In The Headlights) vant throw to save his life. Everytime he drops back he looks more scared than the last. He fumbles the ball so damn much you wud think it was made of oil. He has more ints than tds. We spent 2nd round pick on him 2006. BUST. AND hes injury prone. To sum this up. HE SUX!

  30. vegagreenleaf says: Aug 8, 2012 12:46 AM

    The Mariners have sucked all year, no surprise there. So, I must look forward to watching the Hawks this year. The possibility of a great season is there, much like the 49ers last year. If the 49ers come back to Earth (which is likely in my opinion), the Cardinals keep sending out Kolb, and the Rams stay the Rams, the Seahawks could annihilate the division. Here’s hoping the football gods shine a little light on the Hawks in 2012 and early 2013.

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