August 12, 2012 at 12:25 PM What we learned from the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday Posted by Danny O'Neil
The result of Saturday's exhibition game won't matter when the regular season starts, but that doesn't mean it's entirely meaningless, either. Here are three things we learned from Seattle's 27-17 victory over the Tennessee Titans:
1. Matt Flynn is as efficient as advertised. Think he was underwhelming in his Seahawks' debut? Well, remember that he opened the game against Tennessee's starters without Sidney Rice, Kellen Winslow, Terrell Owens and Marshawn Lynch yet all he did was complete was convert two third downs on a 9-minute drive and complete his first eight pass attempts of the game. No, he didn't throw downfield, but he showed he can keep an offense moving on that first drive. He wasn't as sensational as Russell Wilson, but he was also going against stiffer competition.
2. Coach Pete Carroll has a full-blown crush on rookie Russell Wilson. We sort of knew this already. Back in May, he said Wilson would be competing for the starting spot, and for the past couple of weeks, prominent NFL reporters like Peter King of Sports Illustrated and Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports have been struck by Carroll's excitement for Wilson. And now, after Wilson led the team in rushing and threw a 39-yard touchdown pass against the Titans: "I am interested to see what he's going to do next time," Carroll said. "It was really fun watching him."
Coach Pete Carroll confirmed that Matt Flynn will make a second consecutive start versus the Broncos on Saturday. The Seahawks will go with the same plan as last week, with Flynn playing the first half and Russell Wilson taking over in the second half. Carroll insists, however, that Tarvaris Jackson is "still in the competition." Jackson was mixed in with the starters on Tuesday after playing behind Flynn in last week's practices. Carroll's actions strongly suggest this is still Flynn's job to lose. Source: Seattle Times Aug 14 - 3:43 PM
Tarvaris Jackson of Seahawks subject of trade talks By Marc Sessler Writer Published: Aug. 15, 2012 at 12:48 p.m. Updated: Aug. 15, 2012 at 01:37 p.m.
The writing is on the wall in Seattle, where Tarvaris Jackson's days as a starting quarterback for the Seahawks are all but over.
Seattle's front office is "talking to a couple of teams" about trading Jackson, a source with knowledge of the situation told NFL.com and NFL Network reporter Albert Breer on Wednesday.
The sticking point is Jackson's $4 million salary, hefty enough to scare potential suitors away. According to the source, Seattle is waiting patiently for the preseason to play itself out, allowing injuries to turn quarterback-needy teams into potential trade partners.
Coach Pete Carroll has played it safe with Jackson, airlifting him out of the team's three-man quarterback competition, which now becomes a race between probable starter Matt Flynn and rookie Russell Wilson.
Jackson didn't take a snap in the preseason opener and Carroll announced Tuesday that he won't play Saturday against the Denver Broncos. Flynn will start and Wilson will play the second half, indicating the Seahawks don't want to risk injury to Jackson.
Jason La Canfora CBS Sports NFL Insider Jaguars, Bills, Raiders in mix for Seahawks backup QB Matt Flynn March 26, 2013 9:21 pm ET
Several NFL sources have identified Jacksonville as the most likely destination for Seattle backup quarterback Matt Flynn, and the Jaguars are among the teams to talk to the Seahawks about a deal. Buffalo and Oakland are also in the mix, and though things have progressed slowly, sources said a trade could materialize before the draft.
Flynn was signed to a lucrative free-agent deal in Seattle a year ago but barely played last season while Russell Wilson emerged as a rookie sensation. The Seahawks have not hidden their desire to find value for Flynn and give him the opportunity to play elsewhere. Jags coach Gus Bradley knows Flynn from his time as Seattle's defensive coordinator. The Jags are looking for someone to push starter Blaine Gabbert, who has looked like a first-round bust to this point, and though they have veteran Chad Henne on the roster, the Jags are exploring other options, sources said. The Jags have abundant cap space.
All three of these teams could end up drafting a quarterback high next month, but they do have at least some interest in making a deal. The Seahawks might not be able to get more than a fourth- or fifth-round pick for Flynn, but after parting with a bounty in a trade for receiver Percy Harvin, they would obviously like to replenish some. However, the team won't give Flynn away as it prepares for what it hopes is a Super Bowl season.
The Raiders still could part ways with starter Carson Palmer, and, as I have long reported, will not pay him his scheduled $13 million for 2013. The Bills recently released former starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. Contact between the teams is expected to continue.
The market for available free-agent quarterbacks has largely dried up, with Jason Campbell, Kevin Kolb and Tyler Thigpen (whose athleticism leads some to believe he could be a fit for the Seahawks if/when they deal Flynn) among those still out there, but to this point the Bills, Raiders and Jaguars have not moved for any of them.
Seahawks deal Flynn to Raiders Jay Glazer Updated Apr 1, 2013 1:19 PM ET
The Seattle Seahawks just lightened their wallets.
Seattle has dealt backup quarterback Matt Flynn to the Oakland Raiders for late-round picks in the 2014 and 2015 NFL Drafts, FOXSports.com has learned.
Flynn signed a $26 million contract with the Seahawks before the 2012 season but was beaten out for the starting job by rookie Russell Wilson. The latter held on to the job the entire season and developed into a budding superstar.
More trades are apparently in the works as the Raiders are working on dealing 2012 starting QB Carson Palmer to the Arizona Cardinals for a late-round selection.
Appears he is the starter,which of course this early in the pre-season means absolutely nothing.
Matt Flynn reportedly top QB at Oakland Raiders camp By Marc Sessler Around the League Writer Published: July 27, 2013 at 11:52 a.m. Updated: July 27, 2013 at 02:34 p.m.
An update from Oakland, where the Raiders' quarterback job is Matt Flynn's to lose.
Scott Bair of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area reported Friday that Flynn is "clearly the No. 1 guy" at the start of training camp. The sixth-year veteran (with just two NFL starts) "looked the part with several accurate passes," according to Bair.
Flynn is tasked with beating out third-year enigma Terrelle Pryor and rookie Tyler Wilson. NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah called Wilson "one of the toughest quarterbacks I've ever evaluated." The former Arkansas passer was productive in spring practices, prompting Steve Corkran of the Oakland Tribune to write that Wilson looked "miles ahead" of where JaMarcus Russell and Pryor were as newbies (which doesn't tell us much).
Wilson, however, struggled mightily Friday, tossing three interceptions in four pass attempts at one stretch. We're not in the habit of tracking training-camp numbers -- that's a fool's game -- but the Raiders offer one of the league's true quarterback competitions. Flynn opens as the lead horse, but his job security is spotty.