Seattle Seahawks: Matt Flynn Has Won Starting Quarterback Job

August 20, 2012 – 11:42 pm by Ryan Phillips

Publicly the Seattle Seahawks are maintaining that they are still in the midst of a three-way quarterback competition, while in reality the contest is already over. Tarvaris Jackson, Russell Wilson and Matt Flynn have all been trying to win the starting job, but sources close to the team told us Monday night that Flynn has the job locked up.

For the past few weeks Flynn has been running with the first-team, while Wilson has been acting as the backup and Jackson looks like the odd man out. The 27-year-old Flynn has started both preseason games for the Seahawks, but hasn’t exactly been impressive.

In two preseason starts, Flynn has completed 17 of 26 passes for 102 yards, with no touchdowns and an interception. To be fair, Flynn has been under near-constant pressure so far this preseason and has been sacked three times.

Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times claims the competition is over though, simply because Flynn is the only guy running against the opposing first-team defense and he’s working with the starters in practice.

After signing Flynn to a three-year, $19.5 million deal ($10 million guaranteed) this offseason the Seahawks would be smart to hand him the reins to the offense and give him a chance to build something. They didn’t pay him that much cash to be a backup.

According to our sources it’s Flynn’s job for now and he’ll probably hang on to it for at least the first half of the season unless something completely disastrous happens.

UPDATE: The Seahawks have announced that Wilson will start the team’s third preseason game Friday night. But we’re hearing this is just an audition to see how Wilson does with the first team and that Flynn is still the likely starter when the regular season kicks off. 

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  1. 11 Responses to “Seattle Seahawks: Matt Flynn Has Won Starting Quarterback Job”

  2. I would be very disappointed in Pete if he did not give Wilson a chance on Saturday to start. I would question the legitimacy of the competition, since Wilson has looked like a starter, against backups, and Flynn has looked like a back up against the starters.

    By Fuson on Aug 21, 2012

  3. Flynn is the smart choice without question. If you add in all the drops ( especially from TO) his QB rating is better than wilson , against the first stringers! He has yet to actually work with the starting WR’s and yet is patient and calm. He needs the snaps to get up to speed before the start of the regular season , fore he is WAY behind almost all other QB’s in that regard.

    By Hawkman on Aug 21, 2012

  4. I know Flynn from his days with GB. I also know of Wilson when he was at WI. While I haven’t seen either of them in Seattle, I think Wilson is the more athletic of the two, but Flynn is the better QB. He has NFL experience and knows how to pick apart the defense like Aaron Rodgers does. Give him adequate protection and he will take the Seahawks to new heights!

    By Ricky on Aug 21, 2012

  5. If pass protection doesn’t improve, Matt Flynn will be unable to execute this offense. Russell Wilson has the wheels to partially compensate for poor pass protection and should be given the starting QB. and yes, he can command the offense and throw accurate passes. He also makes good decisions. I like Matt Flynn and think he would be a tremendous QB with the right offensive line. As far as pass protection goes…this line is OFFENSIVE!

    By JimboM on Aug 21, 2012

  6. I say the other two guys (Wilson & Jackson) are/were fighting for the second string backup spot.
    Flynn will be fine.
    Coach Carol is a really awesome D mind!
    I say wait for the balance to form, this come season opener!!!
    Smooth operator.
    I know it might sound kind of girly, here it goes; “so you better treat it right!” ;)

    By Chris Columbus on Aug 21, 2012

  7. I dont understand the QB competition! Sorry, Russell Wilson has beat out Flynn(unproven). I would go out on a limb and say Russell wont lose more than 4 games all season if healthy. Pete you pickd up a Amazing Qb in the Draft! Let him play! Home field advantage is important in the playoffs.

    By cougs69 on Aug 21, 2012

  8. Just remember, with Pete, It Ain’t over Til its Over, and the Fat Lady sings. Heck we all know training camp and tryouts will last through All the cutdown dates> Oh yeah, why are the QB’s running (Flynn in particular)? Living in San Antonio you get nothing but Dallas Cowgirl info! Is yhe “O”

    By Dan Osier on Aug 21, 2012

  9. Is the “O” line messed up already?

    By Dan Osier on Aug 21, 2012

  10. I dont know about the I.Q. of some of these people who are tryn to make out that Flynn is a better Q.B. his experiance is all about sitting the pines,, while at the least the kid Wilson has been on a starting Collage team, copetition, is the key here, and the kid is way ahead in recent activeity, not to mention the fact that half the second stringers u mention are mostly pro’s from other teams tryn to make a spot somewhere else, playin alot harder than some of the so called first teamers who, if ya watch are not playn to damn hard in the preseason, in case they get hurt. NO, I think the copetion is over and the kid won,, weather or not he gets to play will be determined by weather or notthe coaches will admitt they made a huge mistake by taken the guy in the first place,,, think about it???

    By kot on Aug 21, 2012

  11. what has been seattles problem the last few years. the “O” line, can’t pass protect.. it effected Hasselback, who has proven he can pick apart a defense if given time, but was always scrambling and trying to make plays on the run.. not his strong suit. so he struggled most of the time. bring on T Jack.. well he’s proven time and time again, he can’t make decisions fast enough, holds onto the ball way too much and takes costly sacks way too much. the line appears to have the same problem from what i can see, this means we need a quarterback who can A: scramble and make plays on the run, and B: can make quick decisions and avoid costly sacks… Russel wilson has proven he can do both of these, where flynn, shows he is not very mobile, and takes way too many sacks… the only advantage Flynn has over wilson is time in the league, NOT FIELD EXPERIENCE, he”s only played but two games, whooptie doo!!!! wilson is the better athlete, has the better arm, better legs, and to me, he already carries himself as a team leader… give him a shot, whats the worst he could do Friday.. not lead the team to a touchdown. well flynn’s already done that in both pre season games…

    By HAWKER81 on Aug 22, 2012

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