Pete Carroll really is serious about this three-way quarterback competition in Seattle.
Despite signing a free-agent contract that included $10 million guaranteed in March, Matt Flynn will begin Seahawks training camp splitting first-team reps with incumbent Tarvaris Jackson and rookie third-round draft pick Russell Wilson.
"I've been really pleased with the way they've worked," Carroll said at the conclusion of minicamp, via The Associated Press. "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.
"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."
As we discussed last month, you have to wonder if this was the situation Flynn thought he was getting into when he signed with the Seahawks. Flynn wasn't promised the job by Carroll in March, but it's pretty stunning to us that he's not getting the first crack at it.
Flynn played the good soldier in comments Thursday, saying "you can only control what you do" amongst other platitudes of jockspeak.
Jackson, meanwhile, has to be thrilled with how this is playing out.
"However the coaches put us in, we just try to take advantage of every rep we get," Jackson said. "It's fine. It's great competition. It's a healthy competition. Pretty much all the guys get along in there. So however we get put it, we've just got to take advantage of every rep we get."
We suppose you can't blame Carroll for trying to find out who's the best man for the job. But if the team had such confidence in Jackson, why give Flynn all those millions? If Jackson wins this competition, the Seahawks still kind of lose, don't they?
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