Matt Flynn didn’t have as many big plays as he would have liked, but ran the offense efficiently and took what the defense gave him.
Rookie Russell Wilson created some big plays with his arm and his feet, but probably had the most bone-headed miscue, throwing an interception on first down in the red zone.
But overall, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll said he was pleased with the performance of his quarterbacks in his team’s 27-17 win over Tennessee.
“The thing that was good about these guys is that they were very calm,” Carroll said. “They were very poised about it. It didn’t bother them at all in handling what was going on. The speed of the game was not big deal. They were really easy to communicate with, exactly as we would have hoped.”
Flynn completed 11 of 13 passes for 71 yards. But Flynn also was intercepted by Tennessee linebacker Colin McCarthy while trying to thread a pass over the middle Ben Obomanu in the second quarter, was sacked twice and fumbled a shotgun snap.
“This was the first preseason game,” Flynn said. “You’re going to get a lot of base defenses. We’re running our base offense, and they played a lot of Cover-2, which takes a lot of stuff down the field away. That was more of just trying to take what they give me and not try to force anything.”
Rookie Russell Wilson replaced Flynn to open the second half, and promptly marched the Seahawks down the field on a 5-play, 73-yard drive capped by a 37-yard touchdown pass to a tightly covered Braylon Edwards. The eight-year veteran outmuscled Tennessee cornerback Tommie Campbell for the ball in the end zone, putting Seattle up 17-3.
Playing against Tennessee’s backups, Wilson flashed impressive arm strength and nimble feet, finishing 12 of 16 for 124 yards and a touchdown in the second half.
Wilson darted around for 59 yards on three carries, including a 32-yard touchdown run on a bootleg to close out the scoring.
“When he gets on the field, he doesn’t hold anything back,” Edwards said about Wilson. “He’s not nervous. He’s not scared to make his mistakes. And he’s not scared to go out there and actually have words of leadership. So I’m very impressed with him thus far.”
But Wilson also threw an ugly interception to Tennessee linebacker Zac Diles while trying to lob a pass to tight end Sean McGrath in the end zone.
Incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson did not play. Carroll would not say if Jackson will play next week in Denver, or what the play is for the quarterback rotation against the Broncos.
“I’m anxious to watch the film, study it up and get a plan in place for next week, which I don’t have for you right now,” Carroll said.
Carroll said that tight end Zach Miller suffered a concussion and linebacker Malcolm Smith injured his hamstring.
The Seahawks have Sunday and Monday off, and return to practice again on Tuesday