John McGrath of The News Tribune writes that the three-way quarterback competition is now Matt Flynn’s job to lose after Seattle head coach Pete Carroll announced him as the starting quarterback for Saturday’s game against Tennessee.
McGrath: If he manages to run a reasonably adept offense for the first 30 minutes Saturday night against the Tennessee Titans – if he keeps mistakes to a minimum and stays out of harm’s way – Flynn will retain the label of starting quarterback for at least another full week, no matter how dazzling rookie Russell Wilson looks in the second half.
Such are the benefits of first-team status. A backup can’t displace the No. 1 quarterback until the No. 1 quarterback plays his way out of it, and while it’s possible Flynn will succumb to stage fright amid the Saturday night lights at CenturyLink Field, it’s much more likely the promotion will stick into the regular season.”
Here’s my reaction story on Terrell Owens coming to town today. We had some interesting comments from Seattle receivers. Here’s what Sidney Rice had to say about Owens being a possible distraction in the locker room. “We are welcoming the guy here. We are not going to talk bad about him. We are going to try to keep him comfortable in the locker room and get him out here on the field as much as possible to make plays for us.”
And here’s my story on Flynn getting the start on Saturday against Tennessee. Says Carroll: “To make a big decision like this it’s about your information that you gather. And I want really, really good information coming in so that we can make a really clear-cut choice as we do it.”
I did a radio hit with Fox Sports previewing the Seahawks season, which you can check out below.
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that Braylon Edwards performed well during practice on Tuesday. Did the looming arrival of Terrell Owens serve as motivation?
Steve Kelly of the Seattle Times writes that the rewards outweigh the risk for Seattle in bringing in Owens. However, Kelly brings up a good point – how will Seattle handle Owens if he performs well the first half of the season, but then melts down midway through the year because he’s not getting the ball but the team’s playing well?
Art Thiel of SportsPressNW.com says that the Seahawks traded one circus show for another, with Carroll finally announcing a starting quarterback this week, but Owens due in town this morning.
Seahawks tight end Kellen Winslow talks with KJR’s Dave Mahler in this audio link.
Brock Huard of ESPN 710 Seattle lists five reasons why he likes Owens in Seattle:
ESPN’s Mike Sando says the arrival of Owens has the Seahawks dreaming.
Skip Bayless of ESPN’s First Take believes that Seattle is taking on a low-risk, medium reward in bringing in Owens, and likes the move overall. Check out the video link here.