QB Matt Flynn reaches agreement with Seahawks TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer Updated 07:34 p.m., Sunday, March 18, 2012
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks are hoping another Green Bay backup turns into their franchise quarterback.
The Seahawks reached agreement Sunday with Matt Flynn on a three-year deal, bringing one of the most wanted — yet unproven — free agents to the Pacific Northwest to try and solidify Seattle's QB position.
Flynn has been a career backup in Green Bay, stuck behind All-Pro Aaron Rodgers — much the way Matt Hasselbeck was stuck behind Brett Favre before being acquired by Seattle in 2001.
When given an opportunity, Flynn has shined. His best performance was his last, throwing for 480 yards and six touchdowns in a victory over Detroit in Green Bay's season finale.
If Flynn is anything like his statistical performance indicates, this could be huge news for Sidney Rice and Marshawn Lynch. Rice might actually become relevant again on account of a legit QB throwing to him, and Lynch can actually run with the threat of pass in the mind of D. I'll be quite curious to see how this pans out.
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...While not a massive contract (for a dash of perspective, Manning got five years and $96 million), Flynn surely thought he was a shoo-in to start for Pete Carroll when he signed the dotted line. But Carroll has taken a very diplomatic approach to the beginning of Seahawks OTAs. Tarvaris Jackson, Flynn and rookie Russell Wilson all split reps evenly over the first three sessions.
In an interview with NFL Network on Friday, Carroll didn't sound like a man ready to hand Flynn the keys.
"Hopefully we'll figure this thing out as we go," Carroll told NFL Network's Lindsay Rhodes. "There's no choice we have other than to give these guys reps and have them show us where they're coming from.
"We see a lot of stuff from T-Jack coming back. It's interesting to see Matt as he fits together with this thing. He's come along very quickly and then also Russell is exciting and we got to see where he fits in, too. He's just such a tremendous athlete. So we're excited about this."
Flynn is guaranteed $10 million, so it'd be a shock if this really turned into a three-way competition once training camp arrived. But Carroll is keeping his cards close to the vest, and you have to wonder if this is the situation Flynn thought he was signing up for.
--Seattle head coach Pete Carroll has said that Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Flynn and Wilson will wage a legitimate competition for the No. 1 spot, but it was reported in recent days that the incumbent would go to camp next month atop the depth chart.
The reaction that Jackson will get the No. 1 snaps, at least at the outset of camp, has generated mixed reactions both inside and outside of the Seattle organization. The six-year veteran definitely has supporters in the locker room and on the staff as well, but even some people in his corner privately question if Jackson can elevate his game at age 29.
Jackson was 7-7 as a starter in 2011, is .500 in his 34 career starts, has a sub-60 percent completion rate, a passer rating of only 77.7 and only a few more touchdown passes than interceptions (38-35).
Also notable is that Jackson has been with the same coordinator for all six years of his career, Darrell Bevell - five seasons in Minnesota and one in Seattle - and hasn't demonstrated marked improvement in that time. In general, the kind of continuity Jackson has enjoyed at coordinator leads to improvement, but that hasn't been the case.
To Carroll's credit, it doesn't look like finances will play a big part in the competition, even though Flynn will make twice as much ($8 million in total compensation as part of his three-year, $19.5 million free agent deal, to Jackson's $4 million) for 2012. But even with Carroll's run-first philosophy, the NFL has become a quarterback league, and Jackson might be little more than just a No. 2 guy.
Carroll still mum about Seahawks' starting QB Despite the persistent questions, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll isn’t ready to announce a winner in the three-way battle for starting quarterback. ERIC D. WILLIAMS; Staff writer Published: Aug. 6, 2012 at 12:05 a.m. PDT— Updated: Aug. 6, 2012 at 12:19 p.m. PDT
RENTON – Despite the persistent questions, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll isn’t ready to announce a winner in the three-way battle for starting quarterback.
Carroll won’t even say what guy will start Saturday in the team’s first exhibition at home against Tennessee.
But he may have provided a not-so-subtle hint Sunday, when incumbent starter Tarvaris Jackson worked with the first unit in the team’s controlled scrimmage.
“That was his day today,” Carroll said. “It was important for him to have this first day and that’s the way it came out on the rotation.”
Jackson was not at his best, completing 4-of-12 passes for 22 yards and adding a 5-yard scramble for a score. But he didn’t need to make many plays, with Marshawn Lynch rushing for 125 yards on nine carries, including a 70-yard jaunt down the right sideline.
Carroll declined after practice to name a frontrunner for the quarterback job, saying instead he wants to watch the film and evaluate each candidate’s performance before making a decision.
Flynn to start preseason opener for Seattle TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer Updated 5:38 p.m., Tuesday, August 7, 2012
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — For this week and the preseason opener, Matt Flynn is the Seattle Seahawks' starting quarterback.
Beyond Saturday night against Tennessee, coach Pete Carroll is keeping it a mystery.
"You'll have to wait and see," Carroll said. "Wait and see. Taking one week at a time."
The decision to announce the quarterback plans for the preseason opener is the first definitive move Carroll and the Seahawks (No. 22 in the AP Pro32) have made in their three-way quarterback competition. Flynn will take all the reps with the first-team offense for the rest of this week — beginning with Wednesday's practice — and play the entire first half. Rookie Russell Wilson will play the second half against the Titans, leaving incumbent Tarvaris Jackson on the sideline as a spectator.