For those of you who have been asking for Russell Wilson to be benched in favor of Matt Flynn, Pete Carroll has an answer for you:
"We have a little bit of a problem with Matt," Carroll said. "Matt's still not full-speed. Anybody that thinks, OK, let's go with the other guy, well, he can't practice yet. ... He throws 15 throws a day, a couple days a week, so that's not really enough to get him ready in a game plan. He has to throw 50 balls a day to get ready, so that's not even an issue for us yet to have a chance to put him in."In short, Wilson is going to be the guy under center for the foreseeable future -- or, like Charlie Whitehurst and Tarvaris Jackson last season, at least until an injured Flynn becomes a better option than a healthy Wilson.
I needed to re-watch this to get my head straight after 4 weeks of watching Russell Wilson. Despite what has transpired so far...I truly believe the Hawks have the right guy under center. http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=0IbYoeSf6Gk&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D0IbYoeSf6Gk
And just now PC had this to say:
"Matt hasn't had a lot of work," Carroll said. "We've hoped that it would help the elbow situation. He has never thrown a lot in any of the practices. He's just, he's done the things we've asked him to do. We've counted on him to play in every game. We haven't had a third quarterback on the roster because Matt can play, but we have had a pitch count for him in a sense and made sure that we didn't work him past where we thought it was the right way to do it."
I really don't know how much we can believe of what Pete says. I think half of what he says to the media is just what he wants people to believe, not necessarily what is true. I would imagine that a sore elbow is actually tennis elbow. I have had it at different times in both of my arms. It can be painful but is surprisingly easy to treat. Pete has never really come and said what the problem is. Kind of odd considering they have doctors on staff that can diagnose almost anything.
@marshall21 Good point, there's always some gamesmanship involved in these things. Sometimes coaches say things more for the benefit of other teams who have their junior staffers combing through weekly interviews for any nuggets of information they can exploit than they do for the benefit of reporters or fans.
@Matthew Heuett Yeah, lets not forgot at the beginning of training camp when PC kept saying "Tarvaris is our starter. We will have a 3 way competition for QB but at this point Tarvaris is our starter."
Brotha Please! There was not a person in Seattle who believed for a second that we were going to start our season with Tarvaris. I would venture to say that there probably wasn't anybody who would have believed Wilson had a chance to start either. The main difference being that T-Jack never even got to take a pre-season snap in a game. They knew all along that he was going to get sent packing. It just proves that when listening to PC, you have to know how to see through all the BS.
Wow, you just beat me to it! I just read the article by Danny O'Neil talking about this.
I will say that it sounds like they are preparing us for the change. Soon it will be that Flynn's arm is fine and Wilson has a sore whatever and that is why Flynn will get the nod. Faking an injury helps the starter save face when they are getting benched. If Flynn's arm was really that sore I think we would have been seeing Portis suited up on the sidelines the last couple of weeks. Plus, you can't pretend to be Aaron Rodgers and not be slinging the ball all over the place in practice if you are limited by a sore arm. I think that PC knows it is inevitable that we will see a change soon.
So who would command the team if Wilson goes down in the first quarter? Flynn can only throw 15 passes a day... Run the rest of he game?
@Mr Utah Judging by the results we saw against the Rams (5.26 yds/att), running the rest of the game might not be such a bad idea. Also, looking back at the article today (along with some of Carroll's clarifications that followed later in the day), they're probably limiting Flynn to fewer passes per practice than he's actually capable of throwing -- 15 might be just be the limit of what he can do without his elbow being sore the next day. Remember, last year when Jackson had that 50% tear of his pectoral muscle he couldn't practice much at all during the week, but that didn't stop them from starting him each Sunday after Whitehurst bombed horribly.
@Matthew Heuett Yes Matthew I understand that... All im saying is that we have 2 QB's on the roster. If RW gets hurt and Flynn's arm is too sore to throw that day then what?
@Mr Utah @Matthew Heuett Then we run like we always do. Run, run, pass, punt. If we stick to this game plan (like it seems we have been doing) and not converting 3rd downs, then Flynn probably would not have more than 15 total drives, which should keep his "pitch count" under 15. Our only hope would be that Lynch and Turbin can get 10 yards or more in the first two downs to prevent an injured Flynn from throwing. (pretty lame game plan, don't believe for a second that he is as hurt as they say he is)
which makes you wonder even more about PC's decisions, since our #2 theoretically couldn't play if Wilson got hurt and our #3 is our starting fullback since Portis is on the practice squad. leadership isn't inspiring a lot of faith these days...