Even if the Seahawks wanted to change quarterbacks right now, which they don’t, they can’t.
Rookie Russell Wilson threw three picks in yesterday’s loss to the Rams, and some of the early hysteria has cooled in the Pacific Northwest.
But Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said on 710 ESPN this morning (via John Boyle of the Everett Herald) that backup Matt Flynn’s sore elbow would keep him from going through a normal week’s work right now.
That gives Wilson at least a temporary reprieve, though it’s clear the Seahawks want to make it work with him.
“The issue that we have — we think that Russell is busting his tail to do everything and he’s getting better. . . we have a little bit of a problem with Matt,” Carroll said. “Matt’s still not full speed. Anybody that thinks, ‘Let’s go with the other guy,’ well he can’t practice yet. He could go in and throw it and make it through a game. He throws 15 throws a day a couple days a week, so that’s not really enough to get him ready in a game plan. . .
“So that’s not even an issue for us yet.”
The distinction’s an important one. Flynn hasn’t appeared on an injury report yet, since he’s well enough to take the No. 2 share of reps in practice (which would ostensibly be few so Wilson could get all he could).
But if he had to take starter reps on Wednesday and Thursday, that might not be the case.
So until he is, the quarterback controversy is a moot point in Seattle.