If you’re looking for clarity in the Seattle Seahawks three-way quarterback competition, you’re going to have to wait for at least another two days.
After the team’s mock scrimmage this afternoon, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll declined to name a frontrunner, saying instead he wants to watch the film and evaluate each player’s performance before making a decision.
So once again, Carroll was coy on who is ahead in the three-way battle for the starting quarterback job.
“I’m really anxious to see the film and see what it tells me,” Carroll said. “The plan that we set in motion is right on course right now. It’s going just right. I would like to figure this out as soon as possible. I have thought that the whole time, but I felt like it was going to take awhile.
“And so we have a big day today and tomorrow evaluating it. And then we’ll come back on Tuesday and set it in motion. We start the game week on Wednesday. And we’ll let you know how that goes when we get there.”
However, Carroll did say that it means something that incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson worked with the starters today.
Asked who he planned to start against Tennessee on Saturday, here’s what Carroll had to say.
“You’ll find out next week what’s going on,” he said. “I don’t think we’ve told you any of those things in advance to this point, so we’re starting now.”
Jackson was okay in the scrimmage, finishing 4 of 12 for 22 yards, no interceptions, no touchdowns and two sacks. Jackson did run for a 5-yard touchdown on a scramble up the middle of the defense after finding no one open, the starting unit’s only touchdown of the day.
Of course, Jackson did not have to do a whole lot with Marshawn Lynch in the backfield. Beast Mode looked ready for the regular season, finishing with 125 yards on nine carries, including a 70-yard run where rookie Bruce Irvin ran him down.
The starting unit also scored on a 19-yard Carson Wiggs field goal.
Jackson said he felt good about how the starting offense performed today, but he knows that he can get better.
“We did some good things,” Jackson said. “We pretty much ran the ball well today, so I didn’t have to do too much.”
The three quarterbacks had five drives each.
Working with the second unit, Matt Flynn finished 9 of 20 for 118 yards, one touchdown pass on a 17-yard out route that tight end Cooper Helfet turned up the field for a score.
Flynn also had one interception. On fourth and goal from the 1-yard line Flynn had his pass tipped by defensive end Cordarro Law, and linebacker Mike Morgan came down the ball intended for tight end Sean McGrath.
Flynn was sacked twice.
Working with the third unit, Russell Wilson finished 9 of 15 for 116 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions.
* Rookie seventh-round choice J.R. Sweezy started at right guard with the first unit offense, and held his own against Seattle’s starting defense. The Seahawks have been using Sweezy there because John Moffitt has been playing center with the second unit.
And Sweezy, who never has played a down at offensive line in his football career before showing up in Seattle, continues to impress both the coaching staff and his teammates.
“This is a remarkable accomplishment for him to get to this point,” Carroll said. “And we’re all kind of blown away that he’s handling it as well as he is.”
Said Jackson: “I get a kick out of seeing him do well, especially with the older guys when he blocks them up and they get angry at him a little bit, not expecting him to be able to block them. He’s doing a great job.”
* Defensive end Pierre Allen and Corderro Law looked good today. Allen finished with two sacks and a pressure. And Law had the tipped pass that led to an interception, and also a few pressures. Defensive tackle Pep Levingston also bull-rushed center Max Unger into Jackson for a sack.
* WR Kris Durham had a nice, 38-yard reception on a deep pass from Flynn against defensive back Byron Maxwell. However, Durham suffered a hip injury on the play and had to be attended to on the field. Durham did not return to action.
* Ricardo Lockette had another drop on a pretty, back-shoulder throw from Flynn. Lockette did not play the rest of the way because of a sore hamstring.
* Rookie receiver Phillip Bates had a good day, finishing as the team’s leading receiver with four catches for 51 yards.
* Rookie receiver Lavasier Tuinei grabbed a 34-yard reception on deep pass from Wilson against Donny Lisowski.
* Carson Wiggs was 3-for-3 on field goals from 19, 37 and 45 yards. Carroll said the team brought Wiggs back to rest starter Steven Hauschka.
* Ben Obomanu and rookie cornerback Jeremy Lane got into again when the rookie did not like the veteran receiver aggressively stalk blocking him after the whistle. A minor scuffle ensued once Lane was on his back. Golden Tate pulled Lane aggressively pulled Lane out of the pile, which he did not like, throwing a punch at Tate as he got up. Lane was escorted off the field and told to go to the locker room afterward.
* LB Bobby Wagner (quad), WR Doug Baldwin (hamstring), LB Alan Bradford (groin), LB Matt McCoy (knee), DE Red Bryant (knee), TE Anthony McCoy (hamstring) and LB Jameson Konz (shoulder) did not practice today. CB Walter Thurmond (leg) and OL James Carpenter (knee) remain on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.
Here are the full stats from today’s scrimmage, compiled by myself and KJR’s Curtis Crabtree
Tarvaris Jackson 4 of 12 for 22 yards, 0 TD, 0 INT, 1 rushing TD of 5 yards. 2 sacks for -13 yards.
Matt Flynn 9 of 20 for 118 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT. 2 sacks for -12 yards.
Russell Wilson 9 of 15 for 116 yards, 0 TD, O TD. No sacks
Marshawn Lynch 9 carries for 125 yards
Leon Washington 4 carries for 10 yards
Robert Turbin 3 carries for 11 yards
Tyrell Sutton 4 carries for 12 yards
Kregg Lumpkin 2 carries for 4 yards
Ben Obomanu 1carry for 5 yards
Russell Wilson 1 carry for 4 yards
Matt Flynn 2 carries for 21 yards
Tarvaris Jackson 1 carry for 5 yards and a touchdown
Phillip Bates 4 receptions for 51 yards
Kris Durahm 1 reception for 38 yards
Lavasier Tuinei 1 reception for 34 yards
Cooper Helfet 2 receptions for 32 yards and a touchdown
Charly Martin 2 receptions for 31 yards
Kellen Winslow 3 receptions for 26 yards
Kregg Lumpkin 2 receptions for 22 yards
Sean McGrath 1 reception for 19 yards
Golden Tate 1 reception for 11 yards
Robert Turbin 2 receptions for 7 yards
Deon Butler 1 reception for 4 yards
Tyrell Sutton 1 reception for 2 yards