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Matt Flynn Signs with Seattle Seahawks: Fan Reaction
The Seattle Seahawks have secured another backup quarterback from the Green Bay Packers with the hopes that this transaction works as well as Matt Hasselbeck did 11 years ago. Matt Flynn has signed a three-year deal with the Seahawks, reportedly worth up to $24 million.
As a lifelong Seahawks fan, this transaction makes me nervous and excited.
I'm excited because, if the media is to be believed, Flynn is the second-best quarterback, behind Peyton Manning, in free agency. He certainly comes at a lower price than Manning will, and he's 10 years younger and, by all indications, the picture of health.
He has shined in his opportunities to start in the place of Aaron Rodgers, most recently in Week 17 against the Detroit Lions. In that game, he threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns—both of which are Packers franchise records—in a come-from-behind 45-41 victory.
He has a Super Bowl XLV ring to his name, although it was as a backup to Rodgers. Flynn only started one game that season—a 31-27 loss against the New England Patriots in which he threw for 251 yards and three touchdowns. He also threw an interception and lost a fumble in the contest.
All told, in his four-year career in the NFL, he has thrown for 1,015 yards, nine touchdowns, and five picks. Not exactly a wealth of experience there.
In college at LSU, he threw for over 3,000 yards and 21 touchdowns and won a BCS National Championship in 2008, but again, his career as a starter was short. Of his 3,096 passing yards as a Tiger, 2,407 of them came in his senior year.
The nerves, then, come from his lack of experience. He was a one-year starter at LSU and a seventh round draft pick of the Packers in 2008. He has two total starts in the NFL. Sure, the game against the Lions on New Year's Day was fantastic, but it was against a below-average pass defense.
While it's easy to think of Hasselbeck—a sixth round pick—and Tom Brady—another sixth round pick—as unheralded quarterbacks who have gone on to greatness, it's also really easy to think of Kevin Kolb flopping with the Arizona Cardinals, Brady Quinn flopping with the Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos, Matt Cassel flopping with the Kansas City Chiefs, and Charlie Whitehurst flopping with the 'Hawks after being highly touted backups.
Then there's the history of LSU quarterbacks in the NFL. Outside of Y.A. Tittle and Bert Jones, I can't immediately come up with any Tigers signal-callers who amounted to anything in the big league.
The Seahawks are definitely taking a gamble. They need a quarterback, as Tarvaris Jackson wasn't what you'd call "lights out" in 2011—or at any other point in his career with the Minnesota Vikings—and Whitehurst is back with the San Diego Chargers. I like the choice of Flynn better than that of Manning, but I still have butterflies.
Maybe he'll turn out to be a great starter in the NFL. I sure hope so. I'd love it if he took the Seahawks back to glory for years to come. I'm just nervous about his short resume. He has done a good job in his limited opportunities, though, so maybe this is the break he needs to become a star. I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
I suppose this takes the 'Hawks out of the running, though, to draft Ryan Tannehill from my alma mater, Texas A&M. For my own selfish reasons, that's a bummer, but if Flynn turns out to be the next Hasselbeck—or better—it's all worth it.
The author grew up in Washington State and is a lifelong fan of the Seahawks. He's also a Featured Contributor in Sports with the Yahoo! Contributor Network. You can follow him on Twitter at @RedZoneWriting and on Facebook.
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