The three-man rotation in the competition for the Seahawks’ starting quarterback job came full circle today as incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson again took the No. 1 reps – just as he did when training-camp practices began Saturday.
And coach Pete Carroll used the opportunity to talk about the improvement Jackson has made simply because he is healthier after playing most of last season with a damaged pectoral in his throwing shoulder.
“He’s quicker. He’s niftier than he’s been. He’s in great shape,” Carroll said after a two hour-plus practice. “He came in to win this job, as did both the other guys, too.”
The other guys would be free-agent acquisition Matt Flynn and rookie Russell Wilson. As had been the case in the first three practices, each QB had his moments today.
In a two-minute drill, Jackson sustained his drive with a third-down pass to tight end Zach Miller, setting up a field goal by Steven Hauschka. Flynn then completed three of five passes, including a 37-yarder to just-signed wide receiver Antonio Bryant and a 17-yarder to wide receiver Ricardo Lockette, setting up another field goal by Hauschka. Wilson then displayed nice touch on a 30-yard pass to rookie wide receiver Phil Bates, laying the ball over rookie cornerback Donny Lisowski. But his possession ended when Lisowski intercepted a third-down pass in the end zone.
In the final full-team segment, Jackson and wide receiver Doug Baldwin hooked up for an 18-yard gain on a third-and-9 play. The No. 1 unit again settled for a field goal, but it was the only score produced during the defense-dictated drill.
All part of Carroll’s “hermetically sealed” plan to take a look at his QBs in as many situations and circumstances as possible.
“We’re extensively looking into everything that’s going on,” Carroll said. “As we accumulate plays, we look at them in terms of concept of the play, we look at them by situation, we look at the overall work, we separate it by 7-on-7 and team. It’s as in-depth a study as you could possibly do. We’re getting a lot of good information.”
And they will stay with the rotation, Carroll said, so Flynn will get the No. 1 reps Thursday when the players return from their first off day of camp.