Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, May 7:
On Mondays, “today” includes “over the weekend,” as well. And the big news was Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn talking about their friendly competition for the starting QB job after Friday’s offseason program workout.
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times emphasizes the attention that his situation received, and will continue to receive as the Seahawks have their first real QB competition in a decade: “Tarvaris Jackson took the first snap of Friday’s workout. That this fact is even worth mentioning gives you an idea of just how scrutinized Seattle’s quarterback situation is going to be. The Seahawks are four months from their first meaningful game. Players weren’t wearing helmets nor pads during a non-contact workout, and no sooner had the Seahawks concluded a 45-minute workout than the coach was being asked about the competition between Jackson and free-agent addition Matt Flynn. So who’s ahead? ‘Who said ‘competition’ the most?’ Pete Carroll asked, referring to interviews of Jackson and Flynn. ‘Whoever said that word the most when they were up here getting interviewed, he’s ahead right now.’ Well, Jackson lapped Flynn in that regard. He used some variation of “compete” 10 times compared to five for Flynn, and while those measurements are obviously a joke, the question of Seattle’s quarterback is not. It will be debated around water coolers, discussed on radio and dissected with a clinical precision more suited for laboratory frogs in the next few months.”
Dave Boling at the News Tribune uses the term “controversy,” and says the process to determine whether it will be incumbent Jackson, newcomer Flynn or even yet-to-arrive rookie Russell Wilson will be fun to watch: “Most coaches welcome a quarterback controversy as they would an infectious disease. But Pete Carroll is promoting the Seahawks’ 2012 derby with such energy that two contestants weren’t enough. So he tossed in a rookie draft pick to spice up the field. So we should brace ourselves for months of partisan debate and analysis of trivial details. (Continue reading if your suspense is building over the exact measurement of Russell Wilson’s hands.) Friday offered early competitive evidence as the Seahawks opened a brief team workout to the media. And while some teams might shield dueling quarterbacks from the microphones and cameras, the Seahawks did the opposite. The only players made available for interview were the two prime quarterback candidates, incumbent Tarvaris Jackson and free-agent acquisition Matt Flynn. And Carroll, of course, is the ringmaster.”
John Boyle at the Everett Herald says Jackson deserves credit for how well he’s handling the situation: “No, this isn’t an ideal situation for Tarvaris Jackson. A year after coming to Seattle and immediately earning the Seahawks’ starting quarterback job, Jackson was splitting reps with Matt Flynn, the man who just might be on his way to taking Jackson’s job. But even if a fight for his job isn’t what Jackson was hoping for, he of all people knows it could be a lot worse. After all, the last time a Jackson-quarterbacked team added a free agent quarterback, the Vikings were pulling out all of the stops, private jet and all, to hand the job Jackson thought was his to an aging Brett Favre. Then they did it all over again a year later. (I mean, when you get a chance to cater to every whim of an attention-loving 40-year-old, you’ve got to take advantage, right?) So while Jackson was obviously not rooting for the Seahawks to make a push for Flynn in free agency, he certainly wasn’t shocked by it. Nor will he turn the addition of Flynn into an excuse to complain about the tough hands he has been dealt throughout his career.”
Here at Seahawks.com, we look at how each QB knew what to expect before the process began: “Understanding the situation is imperative to playing the quarterback position in the NFL. Tarvaris Jackson and Matt Flynn are very aware of the competitive situation they find themselves in as the Seahawks’ offseason program moves closer and closer to becoming real football. Jackson, the incumbent starter, and Flynn, the former backup for the Green Bay Packers who was signed in free agency, spoke about their friendly rivalry for the first time on Friday. Their quick Q&A sessions with reporters followed a brisk workout on a fall-like morning at Virginia Mason Athlete Center, completing Week One of Phase 2 in the non-OTA program. Jackson was the first to take snaps, because “he’s already earned that here,” as coach Pete Carroll put it. Jackson was added in free agency last year, but was awarded the starting spot because of his familiarity with the offense being installed by new coordinator Darrell Bevell and the lack of an offseason due to the 136-day lockout. Jackson had played under Bevell the previous five seasons when both were with the Minnesota Vikings. This year, however, things are different. There is an offseason, and Flynn presents more competition than former backup Charlie Whitehurst did – or was allowed to. ‘It’s a lot different this year,’ said Jackson, who was 7-8 as the starter last season despite playing his final nine games with a damaged pectoral in his throwing shoulder. ‘I’m just here to compete like always and just see how things play out.’ ”
We’ve also got a look at Jacob Green and Marcus Trufant being inducted into the Pacific Northwest Football Hall of Fame: “Being part of the group was reward enough for Trufant and Green. Being able to share it with their families made it that much more rewarding. ‘This meant a lot to be here with Marcus on this special day,’ Constant Trufant (Marcus’ mother) said. ‘It’s an honor, especially to be in the presence of all those other folks. And then to have Jacob Green here, it’s great.’ Offered Janelle (Green’s daughter), who is married to Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant, ‘This is just awesome, because I know how hard my dad works – with his charity event and everything with The Hutch – and how much the Seahawks mean to him. I’m glad to be able to share this with him.’ ”
Mike Sando at ESPN.com was asked about moving Mike Williams to tight end in a recent chat: “Mike Williams wouldn’t offer enough as a blocker. Plus, he is 230 pounds, too light for a tight end, and he has had trouble staying healthy. The team needs to add a real tight end. Visanthe Shiancoe is the most logical candidate by far among veteran free agents. He is 32, but he has not missed games.”
Peter King reviews the news of the week in his “Monday Morning Quarterback” at SI.com, including the passing of former NFL linebacker Junior Seau: “The best thing the NFL can do to honor Seau is to continue to hammer home the protective point that while it may not seem fair in all cases to fine defensive players huge money for hits on defenseless players, it has to be done if the league is going to prove it’s serious about making the game safer.”
Steve Kelley at the Seattle Times also writes on the aftermath of Seau’s death: “The shock of Seau’s apparent suicide last week sent more waves of anxiety, fear and sadness through the ranks of professional football. Seau was beloved. He was fun-loving. He was passionate. Knowing the joy with which he played, there was little doubt playing football was what he was meant to do. But it seemed life after the game was becoming more difficult for Seau. He was in pain, either emotionally or physically, a pain he apparently hid from family, friends and former teammates. ‘I’ve got to tell you, his death has gotten our attention,’ (former NFL QB Steve) Young said, ‘just because we probably are generally, as a group, much less likely to seek any help. That’s the nature of how we played and how we do it.’ “
The Sea Gals held their finals for the 2012 squad on Sunday, and Seahawks.com’s Tony Ventrella has a video report.