Seattle wraps minicamp with no decisions at QB

Even with a full offseason of OTAs, individual workouts and

minicamps, the Seattle Seahawks will still head into training camp

next month with a three-way competition at quarterback.

That was the word from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll after Seattle

wrapped up its three-day mandatory minicamp Thursday. Seattle will

continue with its plan of trying to evenly split reps between

incumbent Tarvaris Jackson, free agent signing Matt Flynn and

rookie third-round draft pick Russell Wilson when training camp

opens next month.

The QBs all got turns working with the No. 1 offense this week,

each taking a day of reps. But only Carroll knows when a final

decision will be made on a starter.

”I’ve been really pleased with the way they’ve worked. They’ve

busted their tails to get their stuff done. They’ve all been able

to run the club and function in the huddle and make their

adjustments and the calls,” Carroll said. ”… We’ll stay with

the same format going into camp. I don’t think that will change.

(Jackson) will go first and away we go, but other than that let the

games begin and we’ll see how it goes.”

When Seattle signed Flynn in the offseason, it was believed that

was done with the intention of having him take the starting role.

But then Carroll said it would be an open competition, not only

between the two QBs with NFL experience, but also involving


”There’s a lot of traps you can fall into when you do a

competition for anybody at any position. I’ve been fortunate enough

that I’ve been in a lot of competitions through high school,

college, even in Green Bay my first year,” Flynn said. ”So I’ve

been there and I know that the first thing you learn is you can’t

control what they do. You can only control what you do. You’ve got

to try to compete against yourself the day before. You’ve got to be

better today than I was yesterday. So it’s one of those things

where I can’t control what anybody else does or thinks; I can just

control how I play and how I go about it.”

One thing Flynn and Wilson have to overcome is the respect

Jackson gained in the locker room last year while playing through a

painful pectoral injury and recovering from a poor start to help

Seattle finish with seven wins. The counter is that Jackson failed

a number of times during the season to lead potential

fourth-quarter rallies.

Carroll said some determinations about the offseason work will

be made soon, but the likelihood is they will need to see all three

in preseason games before a final decision.

”However the coaches put us in, we just try to take advantage

of every rep we get,” Jackson said. ”It’s fine. It’s great

competition. It’s a healthy competition. Pretty much all the guys

get along in there. So however we get put it, we’ve just got to

take advantage of every rep we get.”

Carroll also said Thursday that he was impressed by Brian Banks

during his two-day tryout this week, but no decision has been made

on whether he’ll be invited to training camp. Banks has also worked

out for San Diego and Kansas City and may have more tryouts on the


”He looked much more comfortable than I thought he would. He’s

not in good shape yet and he’s a ways from that, but I was really,

really surprised he fit in as well as he did. Size-wise,

strength-wise, he really is in the right kind of profile. He did a

good job. We have to look at the film and see what is going on with

that,” Carroll said.

Notes: Carroll had no more updates on DE Chris Clemons, who

skipped the mandatory minicamp due to a presumptive contract

dispute. Clemons is entering the final year of his deal that will

pay him $4 million. … Carroll said the only player the team

believes will not be able to go at the start of training camp is LT

James Carpenter, who suffered a serious knee injury late last

season. CB Walter Thurmond (foot) could be limited at the start of