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The Seahawks' three-man quarterback competition is now a two-man race with Tarvaris Jackson being put on the trade block. Even though Jackson is still on the roster, it appears as if he will sit again this week. Seattle does not want to risk getting him hurt in hopes of an organization taking the trade bait.
Coach Carroll announced on Tuesday that Matt Flynn would start his second game in a row and the rotation of him in the first half and Russell Wilson in the second half seems likely.
By no means is the quarterback competition over, as Carroll stressed he needs to see more from both players on the field. Yet, he did make it clear that Flynn is in the lead at this point by offering up some words of encouragement after practice on Wednesday:
Matt has done a really good job of commanding all the stuff. He understands the game in great depth and he gives us a veteran presence even though he doesn't have a lot of starting time, because he recognizes defenses, he's well into that whole understanding of what is going on on the other side of the ball.
Wilson realizes that he is the No. 2 right now, but he feels as if he is closing in on the starting job after last week's performance:
I definitely believe I’ve moved closer. You take one step at a time, one day at a time, one rep at a time and you just improve. You respect the process and that’s the biggest thing is just respecting the process and taking one day at a time and just learning as much as I can. I’m on a constant quest for knowledge and just trying to gain as much knowledge as I can so when I do get that opportunity I just keep growing.
Both quarterbacks had bonehead interceptions, so look for one them to take that next step and play turnover-free football.