If you follow Seahawks football, you already know: there is a three-way quarterback competition going into training camp and there is no clear front-runner (if you ask this coaching staff). Incumbent Tarvaris Jackson has played well enough in the practices, mini-camps, and OTAs to hold on to his position to receive the 'first snaps' come next week's start of training camp, but in reality, that distinction matters little. Each player, Jackson, Matt Flynn, and Russell Wilson, are liable to receive equal reps until (hopefully) someone separates themselves from the pack.
SI's Don Banks weighed in on the situation, and put his chips on free agent acquisition Matt Flynn emerging as starter. Per Banks:
Logic tells us free-agent addition Matt Flynn is in the driver's seat in Seattle, ahead of both 2011 starter Tarvaris Jackson and rookie third-round pick Russell Wilson. But Flynn's meager track record -- two NFL starts -- means there's no reason to anoint him the clear-cut No. 1, so Carroll didn't. He wants Flynn to work and earn the job in the preseason, because it'll count for more in the locker room if he does. That's just the way the NFL works.
The QB storyline will consume all the oxygen in Seattle's training camp, but in reality, it's Flynn's job to lose. If the Seahawks were happy with Jackson, they wouldn't have signed Flynn and spent their highest pick on a quarterback in 10 years by taking Wilson. And despite Carroll's infatuation level with Wilson's potential, the smart and resourceful rookie figures to be a Wildcat package option this year, with a better chance of beating out Jackson for the backup job than truly pushing Flynn for the starting gig. Unless he falls on his face(mask) in August, Flynn should be the last man standing under center in Week 1.
Thankfully, training camp starts July 28th for the Seahawks, a week from tomorrow. Soon enough, we'll have a clearer picture of who will end up on the top of the depth chart at QB for Seattle.