We asked Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll about Matt Flynn’s health status, after he told 710 ESPN Seattle that one of the reasons he’s sticking with Russell Wilson as the starting quarterback is that Flynn is still struggling with a sore elbow.
Flynn hasn’t been on Seattle’s injury report since Week 1 of the regular season when the Seahawks faced Arizona.
“Matt hasn’t had a lot of work,” Carroll said. “And we’ve hoped that it would help the elbow situation. He’s never thrown a lot in any of the practices, 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 on him in a sense, and made sure we didn’t work him past where we thought it was the right way to do it.
“And the one week we did, which was the Packers week, we called upon him because of the familiarity. And he had a very good week that week, and looked like he’s ready to go. But even at that, that was a limited amount of throws that week, and we’ve never had him throw the amount of throws a starting quarterback does.”
Carroll went on to say there has not been a setback in terms of Flynn’s injury, just that the coaching staff has kept his throws to a limited amount during the week.
“Matt’s ready to play,” Carroll said. “We just don’t know what’s going to happen when he gets a lot of work or a load of work. He might be all right. But we don’t know that. We have not taken him there yet. But he’s ready to play in every game, and he’s ready to go in the very next play we need him, and so the competition goes on, in my mind, as it does in every position on our football team. Our guys continue to compete.
“But he has not had the opportunity, because we give the starter all the reps. And with young guy for the first time, we’re giving him every single snap we can.”
So the bottom line is you believe Russell Wilson is the best option for your team, regardless of whether Flynn’s elbow is injured or not, right?
“We’re going with Russell right now,” Carroll said. “He’s working his tail off to get it right, and where all of the focus goes to the quarterback position, there’s a lot of guys who figure into what’s going on, and he’s one of them. So we’re just trying to get better.”
Crystal clear, right?
Carroll did say that Wilson missed tight end Zach Miller for an easy play in the red zone when he scrambled to the right.
“That’s the one we regret most of all because it could have changed the game,” Carroll said.
Carroll said on the final Hawks’ offensive play of the game that Wilson had Doug Baldwin open in the middle of the field and that he was an option, but also Anthony McCoy was open had he not slipped on the out route.
Carroll said that offensive lineman James Carpenter played well in his first game of the year.
“We ran a lot to the left,” Carroll said. “He did a really good job of covering his guy up. He made it through the game.”
Offensive guard John Moffitt likely will be out at least another week with his knee issue.
Carroll also said that he did consider putting right tackle Breno Giacomini on the bench after the two personal foul penalties, but that he now understands he has to dial it back a little bit.
“The fact that he’s gone across the line is not okay,” Carroll said. “But he’s trying to figure all of that out and take it to the hilt, and be aggressive and tough. And give great effort and make those great decisions as well.”
Offensive lineman Allen Barbre, who was on the reserve/suspended list for the first four weeks of the season serving a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy for performance enhancing drugs was released today.