Report: Matt Flynn hasn't done enough to overtake Tarvaris Jackson
According to ESPN, Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson will be the one to take No. 1 reps when the team enters training camp. Furthermore, Matt Flynn simply hasn't been impressive to his new coaching staff.
|The man in the middle, Jackson, for now is the team's No. 1 quarterback. (US PRESSWIRE/AP/Getty Images)|
Quarterback Matt Flynn, who had a couple outstanding games as the Packers backup before embarking on the second-most interesting free agent tour of the offseason, signed a cool $26 million contract ($10 million guaranteed) with the Seahawks in the offseason. Presumably, he was going to beat out last year’s starter, Tarvaris Jackson, (and, ahem, third-round draft pick Russell Wilson) to be the No. 1 guy in Seattle.
So far, that’s not working out like Flynn would like.
ESPN’s John Clayton reported Sunday that, when the team enters training camp, Jackson will be the one to take No. 1 reps. Furthermore, Clayton said Flynn simply hasn’t been impressive to his new coaching staff.
"[Flynn] hasn't wowed anybody in all the offseason program,” Clayton said, via rotoworld. “... It's still gonna be a three-way competition. Because of that, Flynn's going to have to pick things up and wow everybody or at least take control of it during camp. He's not done it yet."
Earlier this month, coach Pete Carroll said no decision had been made regarding his No. 1 quarterback.
"It's going to take us until we start playing games, we'll see something happening," he said. "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."
Obviously, taking the first-team reps early in training camp really doesn’t mean much. Plus, as CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora notes, the battle between Flynn, Jackson and Wilson is as close to a true quarterback competition that you'll find in the league this season.
I still think it’d be a surprise if anybody but Flynn was Seattle’s starting quarterback in Week 1. But considering Flynn is still learning an offense in which Jackson already has spent a season, it’s not all that shocking that Flynn is still apparently behind the incumbent starter.
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