Hawk Notes 8/21: My Opinion on Wilson’s Start, Update on Jackson

21 Aug

The Seahawks practiced for about two hours this morning but before the team took the field news began to circulate that rookie quarterback Russell Wilson will start for the Seahawks Friday night against Kansas City. Wilson took the first-team reps in practice this morning and all indications are he performed well.

The third preseason game is considered a dress rehearsal for the regular season because the starters play into the third quarter and the starters usually sit out the final preseason game. I believe Matt Flynn should be starting against Kansas City this week. Flynn is the only quarterback with experience against starting opposing defenses and he has looked solid enough to lock down the job. I am not opposed to Wilson getting reps with the first-team but I do not think it should happen in the most important preseason game. Wilson should have started the Denver game. If Wilson looks good against the Chiefs, the quarterback competition is cloudier than ever. If Wilson struggles, the job will definitely be Flynn’s. My hope as a fan was to have the starting quarterback named by now but Coach Carroll’s decision making has made this situation very frustrating. I stand by my hope and my prediction that Flynn will be the starter. I believe he has earned the job. Hopefully Coach Carroll will make a final decision in the days leading up to the final preseason game against Oakland.

A brief update on Tarvaris Jackson: John Clayton of ESPN reports that Tarvaris Jackson will be either cut or traded sometime in the next week. The Seahawks are keeping him on the roster for now as insurance in case Flynn or Wilson get hurt. Clayton reports Jackson is not expected to play against Kansas City on Friday night.

The Seahawks will conduct one more full practice tomorrow morning before a walk-through and flight Thursday in preparation for the Kansas City game. Be back tomorrow!

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