RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Even with a full offseason of OTAs, individual workouts and minicamps, the Seattle Seahawks will still head into training camp next month with a three-way competition at quarterback.
That was the word from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll after Seattle wrapped up its three-day mandatory minicamp Thursday. Seattle will continue with its plan of trying to evenly split reps between incumbent Tarvaris Jackson, free agent signing Matt Flynn and rookie third-round draft pick Russell Wilson when training camp opens next month.
The QBs all got turns working with the No. 1 offense this week, each taking a day of reps. But only Carroll knows when a final decision will be made on a starter.
"I've been really pleased with the way they've worked. They've busted their tails to get their stuff done. They've all been able to run the club and function in the huddle and make their adjustments and the calls," Carroll said. "... We'll stay with the same format going into camp. I don't think that will change. (Jackson) will go first and away we go, but other than that let the games begin and we'll see how it goes."
When Seattle signed Flynn in the offseason, it was believed that was done with the intention of having him take the starting role. But then Carroll said it would be an open competition, not only between the two QBs with NFL experience, but also involving Wilson.
"There's a lot of traps you can fall into when you do a competition for anybody at any position. I've been fortunate enough that I've been in a lot of competitions through high school, college, even in Green Bay my first year," Flynn said. "So I've been there and I know that the first thing you learn is you can't control what they do. You can only control what you do. You've got to try to compete against yourself the day before. You've got to be better today than I was yesterday. So it's one of those things where I can't control what anybody else does or thinks; I can just control how I play and how I go about it."