Seahawks come out flingin’

Quarterbacks: Newly acquired Flynn, Wilson battle incumbent Jackson for Seattle’s starting job

eric.williams@thenewstribune.comMay 5, 2012 

RENTON – Nobody asked Tarvaris Jackson if the Seattle Seahawks needed more talent at quarterback.

But he has two new competitors breathing down his neck for the starting job.

Jackson, who finished 7-7 as a starter in 2011, understands that’s the nature of his position.

“I knew,” said Jackson, when asked if he was disappointed that Seattle added Matt Flynn in free agency and drafted Russell Wilson in the third round. “It’s going on my seventh year, so I understand the game now and understand how things work.

“I’m not a (general manager), I’m not a head coach, so I can’t go and pick exactly who they want, or say, ‘Don’t get a quarterback.’ If I could I would, believe me,” he said with a laugh. “But that’s not how things work, so I’m just here to compete and may the best man win.”

Jackson and Flynn split snaps in practice for the first time as the Seahawks began the team’s voluntary offseason workouts. Seattle will hold a minicamp just for rookies next weekend, and all the players will gather for organized team activities in two weeks.

Flynn looked smooth, got rid of the ball quickly and appeared comfortable during Seattle’s 45-minute workout Friday morning, the first opportunity for Seahawks reporters to see Flynn in action.

“I know that everything I do matters,” Flynn said. “In Green Bay I kind of had the luxury of kind of sitting back and learning, and being able to take my time in the progression of becoming a better quarterback.

“But I come in here, and now I get to compete and get the opportunity. And that’s what I came here for, and that’s what I’m excited about.”

Flynn said learning Seattle’s offense has been helped by the fact it’s similar to the version of the West Coast offense he learned in Green Bay.

Both Jackson and Flynn said there’s no bad blood between the two signal callers.

“It’s understood that we’re here to compete,” Jackson said. “We’re here to help each other as well. We’re teammates, but at the same time I’m pretty sure he’s going to give it his all to win the starting job with Josh (Portis), me and Russell (Wilson). So we’re here just to compete and do the best that we can and let the coaches make the decisions.”

Flynn echoed Jackson’s comments about the competition.

“We hit it off as soon as we got here,” Flynn said. “We’ve got a good relationship. It’s kind of cool. We’re in meetings and we’re kind of learning off of each other, telling each other things that we’ve learned in the past.”

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said there’s no timeline on when he will name a starter for the season.

“The format is really just to do everything I can to organize it and orchestrate, so they get a legit shot of showing what they can do with all of the guys that are available,” Carroll said.

Jackson worked with the first unit Friday, something Carroll said he earned by virtue of his role as the starter last year.

“T-Jack is taking the first snap right now,” Carroll said. “That’s what he does everyday out here. He’s already earned that out here. But from that point, the competition is on. And those guys are well informed about that.”

Carroll compared the competition between Jackson and Flynn to his days at USC when Matt Leinart and Matt Cassel battled for the Trojans’ starting job.

“This is going to bring out the best in these guys and that’s why competition is the thing around here,” Carroll said. “It does force you to bring your best. The better that T-Jack plays, the better Matt has to play, and vice-versa. We’re going to get a great end result out of this one way or the other and we’ll see what happens.”

EXTRA POINTS

Jackson said he’s fully recovered from the torn pectoral muscle he suffered last year. “I haven’t had any problems the whole offseason as far as throwing the football,” he said. “Just taking it a little easy as far as lifting and stuff goes. I probably won’t be able to lift like I used to, but I’m almost 30 years old now, and I’m a quarterback, so that doesn’t matter anymore.” … Some numbers of new players – Flynn is No. 15; Wilson is No. 3; defensive end Bruce Irvin is No. 51; defensive tackle Jason Jones is No. 90; offensive lineman Deuce Lutui is No. 72; linebacker Bobby Wagner is No. 54; running back Robert Turbin is No. 22; linebacker Korey Toomer is No. 47; safety Winston Guy is No. 27 … Receiver Mike Williams did not work out Friday and is still rehabbing from a broken ankle he suffered against Chicago in December. Carroll said he does not have a timetable on Williams’ return. … Receiver Sidney Rice also did not practice. Rice is recovering from surgeries on both shoulders this offseason. Golden Tate and Ben Obomanu worked with the first unit at receiver. … Both tackle Russell Okung (torn pectoral) and guard John Moffitt (knee) worked with the first unit. Okung at left tackle and Moffitt at right guard. Both appear to be on target to be full go once training camp arrives in July. … Seattle cornerback Marcus Trufant and former Seahawk Jacob Green were inducted into the Pacific Northwest Football Hall of Fame. Trufant, a Washington State University product, and University of Washington alum Steve Emtman were inducted for their college careers. … Seattle waived linebacker Tressor Baptiste, defensive end John Graves and cornerback Jesse Hoffman. The Seahawks also claimed receiver Raymond Webber off waivers (Buccaneers).

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