The Seahawks made quite the splash in free agency earlier this week when they signed the likes of Matt Flynn. The biggest quarterback free agent without the last name of Manning, Flynn brings tremendous upside to a position that the Seahawks desperately needed to improve.
Matt Flynn is a 26 year old Texan who has had two constants during his playing career: quarterback and winning. Although Flynn never won a Texas state championship while in high school, he went on to lead the LSU Tigers to a BCS National Championship in 2008 and was a part of the Packers Super Bowl run in 2010. He has been in the shadow of Aaron Rodgers during his entire professional career, but when he has been given the chance to play, he has not disappointed. In his two starts during the NFL regular season, his numbers are as follows:
- @ NE: 24/37, 251 yds, 3 TD’s, 1 Int
- vs. Det: 31/44, 480 yds, 6 TD’s, 1 Int (Set single-game franchise records for yardage and touchdowns)
Just to do the math for you, that would be a completion percentage of 68%, 366 passing yards/game, and 4.5:1 touchdown to interception ratio. Any team in America would take numbers like that.
Now I know this is a small sample size to draw conclusions from, but look at the situation. Green Bay runs a variation of the West Coast offense, which is what the Seahawks run as well. The Packers also have one of the best quarterbacks coaches in the game in Tom Clements. He has been vital in the development of Aaron Rodgers, who has become one of the best, if not the best, quarterbacks in the NFL. And on top of this, remember what Matt Hasslebeck was doing before he came to Seattle? Backing up a different quarterback in the Packers organization. With all of this in mind, the Seahawks current general manager John Schneider was the person who drafted Flynn in Green Bay in the 7th round of the ’08 draft. He obviously saw something in him then, and he still sees it in him now.
Schneider was also able to snag Flynn for a nice price. A 3 year, $26 million deal with $10 million guaranteed. Remember Kevin Kolb last year, when he was also the league’s highest rated backup? Arizona not only spent $63.5 million with $21 million guaranteed over 5 years, they also had to hand over cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (one of the brightest young defensive backs in the league) and a 2nd round pick. Oh and by the way, he was outplayed by a guy named John Skelton. I rest my case.
Pete Carroll and company stress competition day in and day out, but I can’t imagine Matt Flynn not getting the starting job once next season rolls around. Sorry Tarvaris. That aside, Seahawks fan should be very excited about this addition to the team. It seems as though they are only a few players away from being a true division and NFC contender. This, as well as the signing of defensive tackle Jason Jones, has made it a very productive week for the Hawks.