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Monday cyber surfing: It’s all about Flynn

Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, March 19:

The Seahawks were busy over the weekend, filling not one but two offseason priorities by coming to agreements with QB Matt Flynn on Sunday and defensive tackle Jason Jones on Saturday.

Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times looks at Flynn’s busy weekend: “Flynn arrived in Seattle on Thursday night, was at the team’s facility on Friday and was even present for at least part of a retirement party for one of the team’s longtime employees. From Seattle, Flynn went to Miami, arriving early Saturday morning. With the Dolphins no longer a consideration for Peyton Manning, Miami seemed a likely candidate to make a big bid for Flynn, especially considering that the Dolphins new coach, Joe Philbin, was Flynn’s offensive coordinator in Green Bay the past four years. Sunday began with the news that Miami was also hosting San Francisco’s Alex Smith for a visit, and by midafternoon a deal was done with Seattle.”

Also at the Times, Jerry Brewer wonders if Flynn is the right QB for the Seahawks: “The only question about Flynn is something that you won’t know until later: Right price or right purchase? The hope is both, but you never know. The Seahawks still don’t have the prototypical quarterback with a big arm, but Carroll has always said he’s adaptable. The Seahawks have certainly tested that theory during his brief Seahawks tenure with the motley, revolving quarterback crew of Matt Hasselbeck, Charlie Whitehurst, Jackson and now Flynn. But they have found an option with potential staying power. They have made a commitment to Flynn. They could wiggle out of it without much pain, but they have made a commitment. And so the initial reaction boils down to two quick thoughts. It’s about time. And you paid what?!?!?!”

Eric Williams at the News Tribune says leading receiver Doug Baldwin already has reached out to Flynn: “Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin said via twitter that he’ll be giving up his No. 15 jersey for No. 89 because his new teammate wore No. 15 at LSU. Flynn of course did not wear No 15 for Green Bay because someone named Bart Starr had that number retired. Baldwin will switch to his college number at Stanford – No. 89 – now that tight end John Carlson has moved on to Minnesota. ‘Just got off the phone with Matt Flynn. And he’s ready to WIN!’ Baldwin posted on his twitter feed.”

Peter King at SI.com also talked to Flynn and offers this as part of his “Monday Morning Quarterback”: “Would Flynn have had a better shot at being assured the starting job in Miami? Probably. But in a conversation Sunday night, he kept talking about the feeling he got in Seattle’s recently built training center in suburban Renton on Lake Washington. ‘I really enjoyed everyone there, and I got a chance to sit with (offensive coordinator) Darrell Bevell and felt really good about the offense, like it was something I knew very well,’ he said. ‘I just felt like it’d be a great fit.’ ”

Mike Sando at ESPN.com focuses on the competition at the QB position with Flynn joining incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson: “Flynn, 26, has a chance to prove himself and return to the bargaining table in three years, perhaps sooner if he plays well. Last offseason, Flynn might have gotten a Kolb-type windfall. But with Manning casting a shadow over the market and Seattle insisting upon a disciplined financial approach, Flynn will have to earn more of his money. Give the Seahawks’ current leadership credit for landing Flynn at a reasonable price. They did not rush into a bad contract to appease a restless public. There was no panic. Seattle remains in position to draft a quarterback or acquire another veteran if the Flynn experiment fails after one season. But a team’s leadership cannot go forever without finding the right quarterback. It’s possible to strike out without swinging for the fences.”

John Boyle at the Everett Herald says Flynn is a calculated risk, but one worth taking: “It is far too early to call the Flynn signing a home run, but it is a calculated risk that comes with a considerable amount of upside, which makes it a good deal for the Seahawks, who are long overdue to find a long-term answer at quarterback.”

Art Thiel at Sportspress Northwest says the next step is to give Flynn time to prove himself: “Kudos to the Seahawks for not over-committing to Manning nor Flynn — $10 million these days is a manageable amount. And it frees up the draft to fill needs with players who can make immediate impact. For Flynn sake, let’s hope the followers are few who are ready to shove him down the stairs at first flop, where he will make musty contact with Krieg and Jackson, guys who are still scratching their heads about how they attracted so many shoves when so many others played the game too.”

Here at Seahawks.com, we look at how coach Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider were able to check off two items from their offseason to-do list by landing Flynn and also Jones. On Flynn: “What is Carroll looking for in a quarterback? ‘We’re looking for a great competitor. We’re looking for a guy that can really carry it when it’s tough and make plays when you need it to happen – that affects guys around him in a real positive way because of what he brings,’ Carroll said. ‘So there’s a lot more to it than just physical stature. But ideally, we’d like a guy that can run a little bit and complement the running game and do something for us.’ The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Flynn will now get the chance to show that he can be that guy for the Seahawks.”

On Jones: “One of Pete Carroll’s goals entering the offseason was to increase a Seahawks pass rush that produced 33 sacks last season. Not just off the edge, where “Leo” end Chris Clemons had 11 sacks to lead the team for the second consecutive season, but from the interior, as well. Enter Jason Jones, a free-agent defensive tackle from the Tennessee Titans who agreed to terms with the Seahawks on Saturday.”

As for the teams still looking for a starting quarterback, Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com presents his case for why even thinking about taking Ryan Tannehill with a Top 12 pick is a roll of the dice: “The simple fact is Tannehill boasts all of the physical characteristics that every team is looking for at quarterback. He’s big, athletic, strong-armed and shows the ability to make every NFL throw. I’ve watched him fire the deep out from the opposite hash, show beautiful touch to lay the ball over the linebacker and under the safety and give the pump fake to force the safety to bite before driving the ball downfield on deep combo routes. He can roll to either direction and throw accurately on the move. He has the guts and speed to be a threat scrambling. Having started 19 games at quarterback in former Green Bay head coach (and current Miami Dolphins’ offensive coordinator) Mike Sherman’s version of the West Coast offense, Tannehill has been trained in a pro-style attack. And yet, because he has only started 19 games I have serious reservations about Tannehill’s ability to come in and contribute immediately.”


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