Seattle Seahawks: Matt Flynn Isn't an Option According to Pete Carroll

Darin PikeContributor IOctober 1, 2012

DENVER, CO - AUGUST 18:  Quarterback Matt Flynn #15 of the Seattle Seahawks looks to pass against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field Field at Mile High on August 18, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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Fans of the Seattle Seahawks have grown weary of the team's anemic passing offense. Ranked last in the NFL, many have been asking when the team will make a transition to Matt Flynn.

Head coach Pete Carroll confirmed on Monday that it won't happen any time soon, as Flynn's problematic elbow is only allowing him to throw "15 throws a day, a couple days a week."


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There was speculation coming out of training camp that Flynn's elbow issue actually was responsible for the decision on Seattle's starting quarterback.

Carroll embraced Russell Wilson as his starter and enthusiastically presented him to the fans and media. He glossed over the elbow problem and said Wilson won the starting job.

But the latest comments give reason to question just how much Wilson did to win the starting job versus Flynn just not being healthy enough to seize it. 

Carroll commented after Sunday's game that Wilson was playing "all right." That is hardly a ringing endorsement, but more on that is available in this piece.

In Monday's press conference, Carroll leaves the door open on if and when Flynn will get an opportunity. He stated this is still an open competition at quarterback and both throwers are well aware that a change could be made.

The interview posted above with Brock Huard and Mike Salk of ESPN Radio Seattle provided Carroll's possible explanation on why it hasn't happened yet.

We have a little bit of a problem with Matt. Matt's still not full-speed. Anybody that thinks, OK, let's go with the other guy, well, he can't practice yet.

He has to throw 50 balls a day to get ready, so that's not even an issue for us yet to have a chance to put him in.

Carroll later threw his support behind Flynn, stating "I know when Matt plays he's going to do well. We have a good alternative if we need it."

While many fans have taken to Twitter, Facebook, phone lines and other media to call for Flynn, Wilson certainly has his supporters. They have stated that none of the interceptions were Wilson's fault and portray that Wilson was not the reason for the loss.

I took a different approach in the article linked above. While Anthony McCoy's slip caused one of the interceptions, the other two were very avoidable. 

Carroll echoed those thoughts. He said Wilson "could have thrown the ball a little better to Doug (Baldwin)." The ball was thrown to Baldwin's backside hip and lacked the needed velocity to allow him to control it prior to being hit.

The pass that was deflected happened on a play where Wilson had good protection but waited too long to throw the ball.

That ball should have come out. We should have got rid of the football. We had guys wide open. We got distracted on it and Russell didn't let the ball go.

It was really the same kind of play that we threw the touchdown pass on against Dallas. So we missed that chance right there.

Pete Carroll

Fans haven't heard the last of the Wilson vs. Flynn controversy, but for now Wilson is the only one that can put an end to the debate. He needs to come out and show command of the offense and do a better job converting third downs and getting the ball into the end zone.

Carroll also mentioned in today's press conference (available on that the team has released Allen Barbre. He was eligible to come off the reserve/suspended list this week. 

Carroll also confirmed that John Moffitt will likely be out at least one more week, but that the team is pleased with the progression of James Carpenter at left guard.


Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and Seattle Seahawks.