Good morning. Here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks for today, March 20:
Matt Flynn did a conference call interview on Monday, after agreeing to terms with the Seahawks on Sunday. So his addition was the story of the day, for the second consecutive day.
Mike Sando at ESPN.com looks at the eerie comparison between this former Packer named Matt and that other former Packer named Matt: “Flynn, like Hasselbeck in 2001, came to the Seahawks fom the Packers. Both were reunited in Seattle with personnel people they knew in Green Bay (John Schneider for Flynn, Ted Thompson for Hasselbeck). Flynn is 25 years old. Hasselbeck was 26. Both quarterbacks, though unproven, appeared close to joining the Dolphins before landing in Seattle. Flynn’s new coach, Pete Carroll, has a 14-18 record and one playoff appearance with the Seahawks. He has been on the job for 26 months. Hasselbeck’s coach in 2001, Mike Holmgren, had a 15-17 record and one playoff appearance with Seattle. He had been on the job for 26 months when the Seahawks landed Hasselbeck.”
Dave Boling at the News Tribune says Flynn provides a significant upgrade for the Seahawks: “The more suspicious of Seahawks fans seem to assume that because Matt Flynn comes as a relative bargain, there must be something wrong with him. And because coach Pete Carroll says Flynn will “compete” for the starting job with holdover Tarvaris Jackson, some question whether that implies the Seahawks don’t think Flynn is clearly of starting caliber. Baloney. This guy is a significant upgrade that the team will feel immediately, and probably for years to come. And if he isn’t, the investment is not enough to cripple other moves later. Numbers being tossed around call for Flynn to average something between $6 million and $7 million over the next three years, which is low-range starter money for a quarterback.”
Also at the News Tribune, Eric Williams has this assessment of Flynn from Packers coach Mike McCarthy: “Based on what I see in the everyday classroom, practice field, he’s ready. It’s his time to play. And you don’t ever know. You don’t ever know if a backup quarterback can take that next step and go out and play 16 games. I know mentally he’s ready, emotionally he’s definitely ready, but until you play the position and go play those 1,100, 1,200 snaps, that’s when you really find out. And I think Matt’s ready for that.”
Danny O’Neil at the Seattle Times has the details on Flynn’s impromptu workout with the Seahawks while in town last week: “Matt Flynn put his best foot forward in a workout for the Seahawks on Friday. But first, he needed to borrow some shoes. The quarterback came to Seattle for a free-agent visit, so he wasn’t exactly packed for an on-field audition. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t prepared when the Seahawks asked if he would show off his arm. ‘I think they just wanted to see me throw,’ Flynn said Monday in a conference call with Seattle reporters. ‘See my footwork, see the different throws I could make just to get more of a familiarity with me. They asked me to do it, and I was totally up for it.’ He just needed some clothes. ‘They set me up with stuff,’ Flynn said.”
John Boyle at the Everett Herald also provides a recap of the calls with Carroll and Flynn, including: “Matt Flynn signed with the Seattle Seahawks, in part, because he saw a young team that in his words, has ‘a chance to do something special.’ But despite being the marquee signing of this free agency period for the Seahawks, Flynn will have to battle for the right to be the starting quarterback leading the team to those special things. That’s the message from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, and it sits just fine with Flynn, who comes to Seattle after four years as a backup in Green Bay. ‘We talked about it, he’s big on competition, and I’ve been a firm believer in competition — I think it brings the best out in everybody — and that’s what I’m looking forward to,’ Flynn said on a conference call. ‘I can’t wait to get it started and get it rolling.’ ”
Dan Arkush at Pro Football Weekly says the Seahawks made a splash with the Flynn acquisition: “Flynn also drew rave reviews behind the scenes in Green Bay, steadily improving his game in practice while showing off his best attributes — an unflappable demeanor and gritty leadership skills. Flynn also has very underrated mobility and has learned a great deal from Rodgers in terms of ball distribution and keeping plays alive.”
Tim Booth of the Associated Press says Flynn is embracing the competitive situation with the Seahawks: “ ‘I’ve always been a very competitive guy, a very confident guy and a guy who believes in working his tail off and doing the best he can,’ Flynn said.’I know I’m going to come in here and be in a competition and whatever happens, whatever my role is, I want to make Seattle a better football team. I think there is an opportunity there to have a very special football team.’ ”
Here at Seahawks.com, we look at the why and also the how when it came to Flynn selecting the Seahawks: “ ‘When I came up to Seattle, I just felt very comfortable with everything,’ said Flynn, who visited the Seahawks on Thursday and Friday before making a trip to Miami to meet with Philbin and the Dolphins on Saturday. ‘I felt like there was a family environment up there. After doing soul searching, I feel very excited about the opportunity up there. I just felt like it was the best fit for me and gives me the best opportunity to be successful.’ ”
We forgot this yesterday, but with free agency remaining very fluid, Jason La Canfora at NFL.com is tracking all the activity and you can follow along here.