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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.

August 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM

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Matt Flynn remains Seahawks starter for second exhibition game

RENTON -- Matt Flynn will start Saturday's exhibition game in Denver just like he did last week.

But with Tarvaris Jackson practiced with the team's first-unit offense on Tuesday, just like he did last week.

Notice a pattern? Because after two weeks of coach Pete Carroll keeping very quiet on the schedule for Seattle's quarterback competition, the Seahawks have a routine:

Jackson practices one day a week with the first-unit offense, then Flynn gets the next three days of work with the starters as they install the game plan while rookie Russell Wilson works with the back-ups.

Flynn starts the game and plays the first half with Wilson coming on for the final two quarters.

Lather, rinse, repeat.

"We're going to start Matt," Carroll said after Tuesday's practice. "Kind of keep the same format in this game as well as we did last week. We thought that we gained a lot of information, but we need to see it come back again. We're going to bank on the experience that T-Jack has that he can hold off and push Matt and Russell out there and see how they do out there."

Flynn started last week's exhibition game, and while Carroll said the coaches considered the possibility of Wilson starting this week, he explained why the Seahawks didn't go in that direction.

"I think this is the right way to do it," Carroll said. "I think this is where they sit right now. This is kind of what I thought would happen. I did consider that (starting Wilson) as one of the possibilities, and it was going to be based on making the progress that we're making.

"Matt has done a really good job of commanding all of the stuff. He understands the game in great depth, and he gives us a veteran presence even though he hasn't had a lot of starting time because he recognizes the defense. He's well into the whole understanding of what's going on on the other side of the ball, and it's still a challenge for Russell to catch up with all the stuff. He's battling to get that done. There's a difference right now."

Carroll did say Jackson remains a candidate to serve as Seattle's starting quarterback.

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