And on the eighth day, it was coach Pete Carroll who threw a curveball into the three-armed competition for the Seahawks’ starting quarterback job.
To this point in camp, the QBs had rotated running the No. 1 offense on a daily basis – first incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson, then free-agent acquisition Matt Flynn and finally rookie Russell Wilson. But today, it was Jackson for the second consecutive day as the team held a mock game.
“It was important for him to have this first day,” Carroll said. “That was the plan, and we planned it exactly right today.”
One thing didn’t change: Each QB got five possessions in the mock game.
Jackson scrambled for a touchdown, got a 70-yard run from Marshawn Lynch in a field-goal drive and three series ended on downs. Flynn threw a TD pass to Braylon Edwards, had one series end on downs, two three-and-outs and another ended on an interception by linebacker Mike Morgan. Wilson led two field-goal drives, had two three-and-outs and another series that ended on downs.
As has been the case throughout this competition, each QB had his good moments and his not-so-good.
Jackson ran for a score and got the long run from Lynch. Flynn completed third-down passes to Charly Martin and Leon Washington, but the drive ended with the interception. On another, he scrambled for a first down and passed to rookie tight end Sean McGrath for another on third down before throwing the TD pass. Wilson hit a 44-yard pass to rookie Lavasier Tuinei to set up one field and a 24-yarder to rookie Phil Bates to set up the other.
“All three quarterbacks had their shots. They all had scoring drives,” Carroll said. “They did some really good things.”
Stay tuned, because this thing is far from being settled.