Why Pete Carroll hasn’t decided on a quarterback yet

Jun 15, 2012, 4:50 PM | Updated: 4:52 pm

By 710Sports.com staff

Pete Carroll has said all along that the he won’t rush his decision on a starting quarterback, and as he recently reminded us, he’s taken his sweet time before.

Before the 2003 college football season, Carroll’s USC Trojans weren’t sure whether Matt Leinart or Matt Cassel would replace Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer, who had moved on to the NFL.

“Neither one of them had ever played a snap at quarterback,” Carroll told “The Kevin Calabro Show” during organized team activities earlier this month. “They both did terrible in spring football. They were lousy, and we didn’t feel like we were anywhere at all [on a decision]. We had to decide it on a gut feeling on which guy we were going to start with and see what happens.

“We go with Leinart, he goes into Auburn and beats the No. 1 team in the country in his opening game ever and throws his first touchdown pass in [his] first quarter ever, I think to Mike Williams. He won 30-something straight games once he got going and Cassel never even played.”

In the video below, Bob Stelton and Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times discuss Carroll’s thinking now that the Seahawks have finished minicamp with their starting quarterback job still up for grabs.

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