Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said during an interview with Brock Huard and Mike Salk of 710 ESPN Seattle this morning that the plan is to stay with rookie quarterback Russell Wilson for now, and that backup Matt Flynn isn’t an option to start at this point because he’s still nursing a sore elbow on his throwing arm that he injured during exhibition play.
“We have a little bit of a problem in with Matt” Carroll said, when asked about the quarterback situation. “Matt’s still not full speed, and anybody that thinks, ‘okay, let’s go with the other guy,’ well he can’t practice yet. He can go in and throw it and make it through a game. He throws 15 throws a day, a couple days a week. And so that’s not really enough to get him ready to go into a game.”
Carroll’s comments are curious, because on the Saturday before the Green Bay game on Monday night, he seemed to indicate that Flynn was back to being fully healthy.
“This is really the first week in a month that he’s been able to throw in practice with any regularity,” Carroll said. “So just to get him on the field really gunning the ball around was great to see. … He’s really physically, finally it looked like back to normal.”
Flynn played scout squad quarterback and imitated Aaron Rodgers leading up to the Packers game. And Flynn also seemed to indicate that week that his elbow was no longer an issue.
“I’m ready to go whenever I need to go,” Flynn said. “That’s how I’m going to look at it. I still have confidence, and I think I can get the job done if I needed to.”
Flynn also said he did not feel the elbow injury factored into the team’s decision on who earned the starting quarterback job.
“I don’t think so,” Flynn said. “It’s just been more annoying than anything. But I don’t think that played a part in it.”
Further, Carroll has plenty of experience taking care of an injured quarterback through the week in order to make sure he’s available to play on Sunday.
That’s exactly what Carroll did for nine games last year when Tarvaris Jackson suffered a torn pectoral muscle, but only missed the Cleveland game.