In a conversation with Seattle-area reporters Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll announced that quarterback Russell Wilson will start the last preseason game this week and will be the team’s starting quarterback for the season opener at Arizona.
Carroll said that Wilson had won the job by his play during the preseason, along with his consistent effort during practice.
“He’s earned this job,” Carroll said. “It was a legitimate competition like we said from the beginning.”
“He is so prepared he just does not seem like a first year player,” Carroll went on. “He seems like he’s been around.”
Although Carroll said that Wilson earned the job, he acknowledged that Matt Flynn’s elbow injury, along with the uncertainty of the free agent signee’s availability for this week factored into his decision.
Carroll said that Flynn’s injury has been determined that it’s not a tendon injury, but an inflammation of muscle. Carrol said that Flynn did not throw today, but that the team will try to get him going in practice on Monday in an attempt to get him ready for Thursday’s game at Oakland.
Carroll said that Flynn was scheduled to play in the third quarter against Kansas City, but couldn’t go because of the sore elbow.
“I think it makes the decision clear,” Carroll said. “I think Russell has totally earned it with his play. Unfortunately for Matt, he has been unable to respond.”
Carroll also confirmed that the Seahawks are in the process of finishing a deal that would send quarterback Tarvaris Jackson to Buffalo for an undisclosed pick.
“It’s not complete yet,” Carroll said. “There’s still a little more paperwork to do.”
“He deserves a chance to be playing,” Carroll said about Jackson moving on. “And so Buffalo came after him. I hope it’s a good thing for him. He did a great job for us.”