Quarterback Matt Flynn will play the first half of the Seattle Seahawks' exhibition opener.
The translation, according to ESPN analyst and former New England Patriots tackle Matt Light: Flynn is "the man" in Seattle.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll would disagree, of course. He would say nothing has been decided, and I would believe him. But the manner in which Seattle has recast the competition -- Flynn playing the first half, Russell Wilson playing the second half and Tarvaris Jackson taking a back seat for now -- puts Flynn in a favorable position.
Carroll did not announce how the quarterback competition will proceed from here. With Flynn starting against Tennessee on Saturday night, we should expect Wilson to get a starting opportunity in the second exhibition game. If that happens, Flynn would be in position to start the third exhibition game, the one in which starters tend to play the most snaps. The team would ideally name its regular-season starter right around that time.
That's my theory, anyway.
Jackson looks like the insurance policy. The Seahawks figure they can be competitive with him, but they're hoping another quarterback can make them better than that. Wilson is still a factor, but as a rookie earning far less than his veteran competitors, he has the most time to develop. Seattle knows what is has in Jackson and needs to find out what it has in Flynn -- the sooner, the better.