Starting Matt Flynn at QB Is a No-Brainer for Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IMay 9, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 25: Backup quarterback Matt Flynn #10 of the Green Bay Packers replaces Aaron Rodgers in the fourth quarter against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field on December 25, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll may say it's an open quarterback competition between Matt Flynn, Tarvaris Jackson and rookie Russell Wilson, but it's all a smokescreen.

Mike Sando of ESPN.com reported on Friday, "Carroll stressed that this was the most open competition he'd had since Matt Leinart and Matt Cassel were competing at USC."

And we all LOL'd.

Carroll obviously wants to keep things competitive in training camp and not just hand the job to Flynn, but, let's be honest, Wilson's a rookie, and Flynn has shown more in two starts than Jackson has in his entire career.

In Flynn's first start of his career against the New England Patriots in December 2010, he went 24-of-37 for 251 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. In his second start against the Detroit Lions this past season, he passed for a whopping 480 yards and six touchdowns, both marks single-game records in the Green Bay Packers' illustrious history.

And Carroll is telling us this is a legitimate quarterback competition?


GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01:  Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks watches from the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Cardinals defeated t
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Even if Jackson and Wilson perform better than Flynn in training camp and the preseason, we all know who the better quarterback is right now. Jackson has had plenty of opportunities to prove he's a starter in the NFL and failed throughout his career. Wilson is a rookie, and Carroll isn't going to plant a rookie under center on a team that has gone 7-9 the past two seasons, especially in place of a quarterback who has been groomed under Aaron Rodgers.

Seahawks fans have a right to be shocked by Carroll's "stance," but these are nothing more than fruitless words. Actions speak louder than words, and Carroll will make his stance clear when he inserts Flynn as the No. 1 quarterback come the start of next season.

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