He looked smooth, got rid of the ball quickly and appeared comfortable on the field.
Those were my first impressions of new Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn while watching him briefly in the team’s 45-minute workout this morning, the first time Seattle-area reporters had an opportunity to see Flynn in action.
Both Flynn and Tarvaris Jackson spoke to reporters this morning about the competition for the starting job.
“I know that everything I do matters,” Flynn said. “In Green Bay I kind of had the luxury of kind of sitting back and learning, and being able to take my time in the progression of becoming a better quarterback.
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“But I come in here, and now I get to compete and get the opportunity. And that’s what I came here for, and that’s what I’m excited about.”
Flynn said learning a new offense has been helped by the fact that Seattle’s version of the West Coast offense is very similar to the West Coast offense he was groomed under in Green Bay.
“It’s a West Coast offense just like I had in Green Bay,” Flynn said. “Some of terminology is a little bit different. Something we called there is called something different here, but it’s just a matter of learning and getting to where I can process that new terminology in a matter of a split second.”
Both Jackson and Flynn said there’s no bad blood between the two quarterbacks.
“It’s going on my seventh year, so I understand the game now and understand how things work,” Jackson said. “Like I said, it’s sort of out my control. I just try to do what I can do, and just let things play out.
“I’m not a GM. I’m not a head coach, so I can’t go and pick exactly who they want, or say don’t get a quarterback. If I could I would, believe me (laughs). But that’s not how things work. So I’m just here to compete, and may the best man win.”
Flynn echoed Jackson’s comments about the competition.
“We hit it off as soon as we got here,” Flynn said. “We’ve got a good relationship. It’s kind of cool. We’re in meetings and we’re kind of learning off of each other, telling each other things that we’ve learned in the past”
Jackson said he’s fully healthy from the torn pectoral muscle he suffered last year.
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said there’s no timeline on when he will name a starter for the 2012 season.
“The format is really just to do everything I can to organize it and orchestrate, so they get a legit shot of showing what they can do with all of the guys that are available,” Carroll said.
Jackson did work as the quarterback with the first unit today, something Carroll said he earned by virtue of his 7-7 record with the team last season.
“T-Jack is taking the first snap right now,” Carroll said. “That’s what he does everyday out here. He’s already earned that out here. But from that point, the competition is on. And those guys are well informed about that.”
Carroll compared the competition between Jackson and Flynn to his days at USC when Matt Leinart and Matt Cassel battled for the starting job for the Trojans.
* Offensive guard Deuce Lutiu looked slim working with the second unit at right guard. At one point last year Lutui failed a physical with Cincinnati in part because he had reportedly ballooned to 400 pounds. Carroll actually said with a straight face that Lutui is a vegan now.
“Yeah, I'm not making that up,” Carroll said. "I wouldn't make that up."
* One person not benefitting from the arrival of Flynn is third stringer Josh Portis, who is getting a limited amount of snaps because the coaching staff needs to get Flynn up to speed
* Carroll once again gushed when asked about Russell Wilson, saying he looks forward to seeing him when Seattle holds its rookie camp next week. By the way, I’ve been told the rookie camp will be just that – rookies in attendance and no veterans.
“I have really high expectations for him,” Carroll said. “That he’s going to learn the system before he ever gets here. And he’s going to be able to come out here and execute.
“I just really can’t wait to see him in our uniform out here playing ball with us. And we’ll see how it goes.
* Some numbers: Matt Flynn is No. 15; Russell Wilson is No. 3; Bruce Irvin is No. 51; Jason Jones is No. 90; Deuce Lutui is No. 72; Bobby Wagner is No. 54; Robert Turbin is No. 22; Korey Toomer is No. 47; Winston Guy is No. 27; J.R. Sweezy is No. 64; Greg Scruggs is No. 98; Jaye Howard is No. 94; Kregg Lumpkin is NO. 20; Tyrell Suttton is No. 30; Frank Omiyale is No. 65.
* Omiyale is working at left tackle with the
first second unit, and Paul Fanaika is working at right tackle with the second unit. Fanaika played mostly guard last year.
* James Carpenter mostly watched from the sidelines, but he appears to be moving okay, and more important looks like he has not gained a lot of weight rehabbing from an ACL knee injury.
* Mike Williams did not workout today and is still rehabbing from a broken ankle he suffered against Chicago in December. Carroll said he does not have a timetable on Williams’ return.
* Sidney Rice also did not practice with the team today. Rice is recovering from surgeries on both shoulders this offseason. Golden Tate and Ben Obomanu worked with the first unit at receiver today.
* Both Russell Okung (torn pectoral) and John Moffitt (knee) worked with the first unit, Okung at left tackle and Moffitt at right guard. Both appear to be on target to be full go once training camp arrives in July. Carroll said both players have not been cleared for full go yet.
* Walter Thurmond (ankle) wheeled himself around on a scooter for his leg while watching practice, but appeared in good spirits.