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Pete Carroll: Matt Flynn is ready, but Russell Wilson is our guy

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Early this month, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was saying that any questions about benching Russell Wilson for Matt Flynn were moot because Flynn wasn’t ready to play because of a sore elbow. Now Carroll says Flynn is ready. But he’s sticking with Wilson anyway.

He’s ready to play, he’s ready to go, but he’s never had a chance to practice on a full scale where he’s taken all the reps,” Caroll said of Flynn on WEEI, via SportsRadioInterviews.com. “He had an elbow that was just sore coming through the third week of preseason, and so we started to count his strokes and make sure we gave him a chance to get back.”

Flynn being ready, however, doesn’t mean the Seahawks are ready to give him a chance to unseat Wilson. Carroll said the Seahawks’ priority is to give Wilson all the practice reps he needs.

“Russell emerged as the starter,” Carroll said. “And Russell needs every snap.”

Wilson has averaged only 163 passing yards a game so far in his rookie season, with just five touchdown passes and six interceptions. So it’s easy to see why Carroll thinks Wilson needs every snap. But from everything Carroll says, he has made his decision to give Wilson every snap, and to keep Flynn on the bench.

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26 Responses to “Pete Carroll: Matt Flynn is ready, but Russell Wilson is our guy”
  1. seahawkfan4evr says: Oct 11, 2012 1:03 PM

    Two weeks in a row against bad pass defense hopefully helps that yards per game

  2. joetoronto says: Oct 11, 2012 1:03 PM

    There you go, Seahawk fans. Pete will do what’s best for Pete.

    The best thing for Pete is to stay away from a QB controversy.

  3. sj39 says: Oct 11, 2012 1:04 PM

    Won’t matter much in a few weeks anyway.

  4. Nevis says: Oct 11, 2012 1:05 PM

    Carroll is an idiot. This was a bad idea from Day 1, despite the fact Wilson is a nice story and probably has an eventual future in this league.

  5. huskylawyer says: Oct 11, 2012 1:10 PM

    Do people realize that Russell is a ROOKIE lol. Cam Newton, RGIII and Luck being the exception, ALL rookie QBs struggle or put up mediocre stats. Manning had a gazillion INTs his first year. You ride it out.

  6. coin4me says: Oct 11, 2012 1:13 PM

    Flynn at QB gives the Seahawks the best chance to win. Now if only Pete was the HC that gives them the best chance to win they would be golden.

  7. squared80 says: Oct 11, 2012 1:17 PM

    This is the same clown that said TJack got ‘jerked around’ in Minnesota, and that he was ‘our franchise guy of the future’.

  8. malvord13 says: Oct 11, 2012 1:22 PM

    Jets should trade for him

  9. steviemo says: Oct 11, 2012 1:39 PM

    Flynn is better than Russell, but coaches are hard-headed so that’s how that will go.

  10. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 11, 2012 1:39 PM

    In other news, the Elias Sports Bureau has scrubbed a touchdown from the stats of the team’s Midget Mascot QB, and their Donut Thief WR. Adding an interception, along with a penalty and fine to Tate. Also removed a win from the record of Perma Grin Head Cheatleader, Pete Carroll.

  11. packersgirl80 says: Oct 11, 2012 1:47 PM

    Flynn threw 9 tds and 1 int in his two starts with the packers last year so it makes sense why he’d want to keep wilson as the starter. What a jackass.

  12. norcalmikey says: Oct 11, 2012 1:58 PM

    “Wilson has averaged only 163 passing yards a game so far in his rookie season, with just five touchdown passes and six interceptions.”

    It should be 4 touchdown passes and 7 interceptions. Freaking refs

  13. themackstrong says: Oct 11, 2012 1:59 PM

    squared80 says: Oct 11, 2012 1:17 PM

    This is the same clown that said TJack got ‘jerked around’ in Minnesota, and that he was ‘our franchise guy of the future’.

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    Get your facts straight when you want to start trying to play smart. It wasn’t Carroll, it was our GM Schneider who said he got jerked around. But no one in management or any fan looked at him as the QB of the future. Look at what he was paid and length of his contract. 2 year deal, we were drafting 25th and the other option was Kolb via trade. Give me a break with this talk with no substance.

  14. themackstrong says: Oct 11, 2012 2:06 PM

    The only people calling for Flynn are analysts that don’t really follow the Seahawks. Watch the games and you’ll understand that we are throwing the ball less than any team in the league. As the season goes I’m sure pass offense grows as Wilson develops and I think we watched that in the Panthers game. Flynn would probably do fine but the reality is our o-line isn’t healthy on the right side and Wilson can make the plays on the run when the protection breaks down. Run the ball, top tier defense and plays when you need to be that’s a formula.

  15. zerole00 says: Oct 11, 2012 2:34 PM

    Oh how things have turned. Wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that you guys were saying Wilson was a draft steal?

  16. ndrick731 says: Oct 11, 2012 3:12 PM

    Pete Carroll is a moron. The only way he can create a winning team is to have an advantage. Like he did at USC. Recruiting violations and players being paid are the only way he can win at a college level. He has no advantage at the pro level thus he will always be an arrogant loser. That is until he gets fired in Seattle and goes back to some college program that is willing to take him and And he’s cheating. Of course they’d have to be willing to give up their integrity in the process. But there are plenty of those out there. Pretty much any team in the SEC.

  17. greymares says: Oct 11, 2012 3:49 PM

    malvord13 says:
    Oct 11, 2012 1:22 PM
    Jets should trade for him

    —————————————-why would the Jets trade for him he’s a real Q.B., that would eliminate Rex’s excuse and prove like his father, he knows nothing about offense.

  18. NakedCowboy! says: Oct 11, 2012 3:51 PM

    with that defense… they need to play whoever gives them best chance to win… haven’t been impressed with Wilson so far… of course Carrol seems them daily so he should know who gives his team best chance to win…

  19. raideralex99 says: Oct 11, 2012 4:55 PM

    Seriously you pay big bucks for a qb and you are benching him??
    The defence looks good …. It puts you in position to win and you are playing a rookie qb. I can see if Flynn played bad but heck he hasn’t even seen the field and really what has Wilson really done? Throw 2 ints on one drive for a td.

  20. ottomanismydog says: Oct 11, 2012 5:36 PM

    I wasn’t shocked when Wilson became a starter in the NFL. However I was shocked how soon. confidence is a dangerous thing to mess with, pulling the kid this season could rattle his entire progression as an NFL QB.

    If you start the season with Flynn you give the rookie the opportunity to learn and develop from the sideline without killing his confidence. It’s a dangerous slope if Matt Flynn is on Wilson’s tail this rest of the year.

  21. cliverush says: Oct 11, 2012 5:44 PM

    Pete stated on Boston radio that Flynn still suffered from the effects of tendonitis and he thought another week of rest was needed. Better to have Flynn at the end of the season for the playoffs than hurt him now. The concern of teams facing the ‘Hawks is a defense that is big and fast. Should be a good game.

  22. rockoutwithyourhawkout says: Oct 11, 2012 11:27 PM

    Only rookie QB with a winning record. Should Luck and RG3 be benched also? Your argument is invalid.

  23. rockoutwithyourhawkout says: Oct 12, 2012 8:24 AM

    People also need to stop bringing up the salary issue. Paul Allen isnt paying Matt Flynn millions for sitting on the bench. He is paying for wins. So no matter if the money is on the bench or on the field its gonna be paid regardless. Im sure he is enjoying getting what he paid for. Wins.

  24. hawkron says: Oct 13, 2012 11:46 AM

    themackstrong says: Oct 11, 2012 1:59 PM

    squared80 says: Oct 11, 2012 1:17 PM

    This is the same clown that said TJack got ‘jerked around’ in Minnesota, and that he was ‘our franchise guy of the future’.

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    Get your facts straight when you want to start trying to play smart. It wasn’t Carroll, it was our GM Schneider who said he got jerked around.

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    Actually, get your facts straight. Pete the Cheat said the same thing, and here is his quote, right from this site,

    “He has not been in a good situation,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told Silver regarding Jackson, who was installed as the starter even before he was able to practice with the team. “He’s been jerked around. We wanted to put him in a stable situation.”

    I hate it when fans don’t know basic facts about their team….

  25. hawkron says: Oct 13, 2012 11:49 AM

    As for the story of Flynn hurt and now he’s not, it is another case of PC playing CYA. He never put Flynn on the injured list, and the NFL busted his chops for hiding the injury. Then PC has to come out and say that he really isn’t hurt, thereby showing anybody paying attention that he was lying to you in the first place, to keep his rookie starting and keep the wolves off. But you can always tell when PC is lying, his lips are moving.

  26. gethel says: Oct 14, 2012 5:03 PM

    Don’t care as long as Seattle keeps winning more than losing! If we get into the playoffs with a better record than last season then it’s good and Carroll is the man! Flynn wasn’t ready to go and Wilson was when we needed a starting QB so there you go! Flynn may be ready now, but he isn’t up to snuff yet and would require some full practices to get there? The only way I see Flynn getting in there is if Wilson was injured or started losing every game, which probably won’t happen anytime soon, if ever? We would be even better record wise if our receivers could catch the ball so that’s not on Wilson and even if Flynn was throwing, it doesn’t matter when the receivers drop the ball!

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