The Tennessee Titans have yet to say which quarterback will go first in Saturday’s preseason opener at Seattle.
Their opponent, however, has spoken up. Coach Pete Carroll announced Tuesday that Matt Flynn would take the field with the first-team offense against Tennessee (9 p.m., WKRN-TV Ch. 2).
Flynn, signed as a free agent during the offseason, is one of three candidates to be Seattle’s starter for the regular season. The other two are veteran Tavaris Jackson and rookie Russell Wilson.
“Matt has done a fantastic job so far,” Carroll said, according to the team’s website. “He’s learned the system. He’s on it. He can make all the adjustments, all the calls. He sees the defense really well. I love that he’s moving well in the pocket. All of the things we’re asking him to do he’s fit that together so far.
“Now I need to see him in a situation where now he takes over and see what that looks like.”
The Titans will announce as soon as Wednesday whether incumbent Matt Hasselbeck or 2010 first-round draft pick Jake Locker will take the field first. Both have ties to the Seattle area and likely will be well-received by the Seahawks’ faithful.
Before he signed with Tennessee last summer, Hasselbeck played 10 seasons and started 129 games for Seattle. Locker was born and raised in that region and played at the University of Washington.
“I think we have put a lot on them,” coach Mike Munchak said of the Titans’ quarterback battle. “I think there is a lot going on. We are asking them to check plays and protection. It’s like we are out here playing a game. We are asking them to do a lot of things. There are not sure what they are going to face or what they are going to be in for.
“They are handling it well and working together.”
Flynn effectively is trying to follow in Hasselbeck’s footsteps. The 27-year-old out of LSU spent his first four years in the league as a backup with Green Bay. He started two games, one in each of the last two seasons, and won one.
Hasselbeck spent his first three years with the Packers (one on the practice squad, two as a backup) before he was traded to Seattle in 2001. He started 12 games or more in all but one of his seasons with the Seahawks.
“I haven’t really thought too much about it,” Hasselbeck said last week. “It will be cool to go back. I’m excited about that.”