Pete Carroll talks about the QB situation following Sunday's scrimmage.
by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - Pete Carroll gave the first indication during training camp that he may be getting closer on deciding on a quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks.
At least for the time being.
The Seahawks held an 80-play scrimmage on Sunday afternoon as all three quarterbacks continued to split workloads evenly. QB Tarvaris Jackson, QB Matt Flynn and QB Russell Wilson each worked five drives with their offensive units. Jackson worked with the first-team offense, Flynn the second-team and Wilson the third-team.
The exact reps varied due to the length and consistency of the drives. In total, Flynn took 32 snaps, Jackson 26 and Wilson 22. (Full unofficial stats below.)
Carroll finally hinted at a timeline for just when more might be known about where things stand in the quarterback battle.
"I would like to figure this out as soon as possible - I have thought that the whole time - but I felt like it is going to take a while," Carroll said. "We will have today and tomorrow to evaluate. Then we will come back on Tuesday and set it in motion. We start the game week on Wednesday. We will let you know how that goes when we get there."
The inference being that the team could settle on a "starting" quarterback by Wednesday in preparation for the team's preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night. Carroll says they will evaluate the position tonight and through Monday's day off and come back to practice Tuesday with a better idea of where the quarterbacks stand.
If the structure of the scrimmage is any indication, it will still be Jackson as the starter. Jackson stats weren't impressive (he was just 4 for 12 for 22 yards with two sacks, unofficially) but he was going against the Seahawks' strong first-team defense and the team was more committed to giving RB Marshawn Lynch carries with the first-team as well.
"Obviously it can always be better," Jackson said. "We did some good things, we ran the ball well today so I didn’t have to do too much."
All three quarterbacks led scoring drives for the offense. Flynn connected with TE Cooper Helfet for a 17-yard touchdown. Jackson ran in for a score from five yards out and Wilson set up a field goal with just seconds remaining in the practice as Wiggs connected from 45 yards out.
Flynn led another drive down to the 1-yard line before having a pass intended for TE Sean McGrath deflected by DE Cordarro Law into the hands of LB Mike Morgan for a touchback. It was the only turnover by the offense all day. Flynn finished the scrimmage 9-for-20 for 118 yards, a touchdown, an interception and was sacked twice.
Wilson was efficient as well in his opportunities going 9-for-15 (with two spikes to stop the clock) for 116 yards.
Lynch showed that he is already in midseason form during the scrimmage. Lynch had nine carries for 125 yards, including a 70-yard scamper that nearly went for a touchdown before being run down from behind by DE Bruce Irvin.
The team released WR Antonio Bryant after just over a week with the team. Bryant was signed on the eve of training camp and had been dealing with a hamstring issue at the start of camp. Bryant had not practiced the last two days.
In his place, the team re-signed rookie K Carson Wiggs, who was let go last week. Wiggs was 3-for-3 on field goal tries during the scrimmage.
Rookie CB Jeremy Lane was kicked out of practice for punching WR Golden Tate. WR Ben Obomanu drove Lane into a pile after a run by Lynch. Lane whipped Obomanu down, which prompted a couple linemen to try and shove Lane off of Obomanu. Tate ended up grabbing Lane and dragging him out of the pile and Lane got up and drilled Tate with a right cross.
Carroll immedately sent Lane to the locker room. He later returned in street clothes to watch from the sidelines.
"It was a great opportunity to send a message, and so I sent the guy in, like you would get thrown out of the game," Carroll said. "…Those are called teachable moments."
CB Walter Thurmond (leg) and T James Carpenter (knee) remain on the physically unable to perform list. Eight other players were held out of the scrimmage on Sunday: DE Red Bryant (knee), DT Jason Jones (knee), LB Allen Bradford (hip flexor), LB Jameson Konz (shoulder), LB Matt McCoy (knee), LB Bobby Wagner (quad), TE Anthony McCoy (hamstring) and WR Doug Baldwin (hamstring).
WR Kris Durham was injured when he landed hard when making his only catch of the scrimmage as he leaped over CB Byron Maxwell to haul in a pass for a 38-yard gain. Durham injured his hip and had the wind knocked out of him on the play.
Unofficial (And Far From Complete) Scrimmage Statistics:
Tarvaris Jackson: 4-12, 22 yards, 2 sacks
Matt Flynn: 9-20, 118 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT, 2 sacks
Russell Wilson: 9-15, 116 yards
Marshawn Lynch: 9 carries, 125 yards
Matt Flynn: 2 carries, 21 yards
Tyrell Sutton: 4 carries, 12 yards
Robert Turbin: 3 carries, 11 yards
Leon Washington: 4 carries, 10 yards
Ben Obomanu: 1 carry, 5 yards
Tarvaris Jackson: 1 carry, 5 yards, one TD
Kregg Lumpkin: 2 carries, 4 yards
Russell Wilson: 1 carry, 4 yards
Phil Bates: 4 catches, 51 yards
Kris Durham: 1 catch, 38 yards
Lavasier Tuniei: 1 catch, 34 yards
Cooper Helfet: 2 catches, 32 yards, 1 TD
Charly Martin: 2 catches, 31 yards
Kellen Winslow: 3 catches, 26 yards
Kregg Lumpkin: 2 catches, 22 yards
Sean McGrath: 1 catch, 19 yards
Golden Tate: 1 catch, 11 yards
Robert Turbin: 2 catches, 7 yards
Leon Washington: 1 catch, 4 yards
Deon Butler: 1 catch, 4 yards
Tyrell Sutton: 1 catch, 2 yards
Mike Morgan: 1 INT, 1 FF
Pierre Allen: 2 sacks
Pep Levingston: 1 sack
Phillip Adams: 1 PD
Cordarro Law: 1 PD
Byron Maxwell: 1 PD
Jeron Johnson: 1 PD
Carson Wiggs: 3 for 3, (19)(37)(45)