Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/10/12

MINNEAPOLIS - DECEMBER 2: Tarvaris Jackson #7 of the Minnesota Vikings looks to pass during the NFL game against the Detroit Lions at the Metrodome on December 2, 2007 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The competition for the starting quarterback job officially is underway with the beginning of the team's offseason program.

Incumbent Tarvaris Jackson and high-dollar free agent signee Matt Flynn took snaps from under center out on the plush practice fields at the team's headquarters for the first time together recently.

And head coach Pete Carroll will get his first look at third-round draft choice Russell Wilson during the team's rookie minicamp.

For now, Carroll said that Jackson will take snaps with the first unit while Flynn and Wilson learn the offense.

Carroll said Jackson earned those reps with the first unit by virtue of his role as the team's starter last year.

"T-Jack is taking the first snap right now," Carroll said. "That's what he does every day out here. He's already earned that out here. But from that point, the competition is on. And those guys are well informed about that."

Carroll said there's no timeline on when he will name a starter for the 2012 season.

"The format is really just to do everything I can to organize it and orchestrate, so they get a legit shot of showing what they can do with all of the guys that are available," Carroll said.

Jackson finished 7-7 as the starter in his first year in Seattle, but he also struggled in late-game situations, and understood there would be competition for the starting job in his second season.

"I knew," said Jackson, when asked if he was disappointed that Seattle added Flynn in free agency and drafted Wilson in the third round. "It's going on my seventh year, so I understand the game now and understand how things work.

"I'm not a (general manager), I'm not a head coach, so I can't go and pick exactly who they want, or say, 'Don't get a quarterback.'

"If I could I would, believe me," he said with a laugh. "But that's not how things work, so I'm just here to compete and may the best man win."

Flynn looked smooth, got rid of the ball quickly and appeared comfortable during Seattle's 45-minute workout last week, the first opportunity for reporters to see Flynn in action.

"I know that everything I do matters," Flynn said. "In Green Bay I kind of had the luxury of kind of sitting back and learning, and being able to take my time in the progression of becoming a better quarterback.

"But I come in here, and now I get to compete and get the opportunity. And that's what I came here for, and that's what I'm excited about."

Flynn said learning Seattle's new offense has been helped by the fact that Seattle's version of the West Coast offense is very similar to the West Coast offense he was groomed under in Green Bay.

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