Given the circumstances, I couldn’t be happier with how this whole quarterback thing went down.
We weren’t getting Andrew Luck, we weren’t getting Robert Griffin, we weren’t getting Peyton Manning. In essence, we weren’t getting the three best quarterbacks on the market in this offseason. Where would that have left us? Drafting the third, fourth, fifth, or sixth best quarterback out of college? All of whom would be COMPLETE unknowns, yet almost assuredly downgrades from the top two guys picked. Or, there were any number of crappy veterans out there, from Chad Henne, to Kyle Orton, to Jason Campbell, to Vince Young, to David Garrard, to Alex Smith … with the much-maligned Smith being the best of the bunch. Then again, would you (as the Seahawks) REALLY want to sign Alex Smith to his sixth different offense? I think he CAN be good, but I would still like to see him do it over more than just the one season before I invest too heavily.
As far as I can tell, Matt Flynn was the fourth-best option out on the market this offseason. Yeah, he’s only started two games in the NFL, but that’s two more games than anyone coming out of college. And besides, Peyton Manning is one hard hit away from the grave.
I have a lot of confidence in this move. Yeah, the Seahawks have led us astray in the past with the last two quarterback signings. But, those were two guys we KNEW would stink! Charlie Whitehurst? That was a total pipe-dream at best, picking another team’s third stringer. And Tarvaris Jackson? That might be the most bemoaned signing in franchise history!
Matt Flynn, on the other hand, comes in with a lot of fanfare. This is the guy EVERY Seahawks fan wanted (at least, those fans smart enough to know who WOULDN’T be available … myself and my Drew Brees fantasy notwithstanding). Matt Flynn was the ultimate prize, and not only did the Seahawks get him, but they got him for a reasonable deal! So, if everyone is wrong and he flames out: no big whup. We go right back to the drawing board.
Or, we draft a project quarterback in this draft and hope HE makes something of himself.
I’m excited. You know why I’m excited? Because we’re going to have an open quarterback competition. We can all probably take Pete Carroll’s words with a grain of salt at this point, but at least PUBLICLY this will be an open battle. I’m sure if Tarvar comes out of the gate like a man possessed, they’ll give him the nod. But, here’s the thing: Tarvar in no way, shape, or form is going to come out of the gate like a man possessed. He’s going to come out exactly as he has his whole career. And Matt Flynn is going to beat him. And we as Seahawks fans are all going to rejoice because we will have a starting quarterback who is BETTER than Tarvaris Jackson!
That’s more back-handed compliment than outright insult on Tarvar’s behalf. Tarvar isn’t the WORST quarterback in the world. I would take Tarvar right now over every other quarterback available in free agency this offseason (except Manning, of course). Tarvar is an okay quarterback. He’s an 8-8, middle-of-the-road quarterback. The problem with Tarvar is: he has a ceiling. And he’s reached that ceiling. Tarvar is never going to be better than he is right now. And that is simply not good enough for a franchise looking to get back to the Super Bowl.
Matt Flynn, being better than Tarvar, means that he has a HIGHER ceiling. A ceiling that could potentially lead us deep into the playoffs.
I want you to watch a video. It’s a video of Matt Flynn’s first start against New England in 2010. In that game, he went 24/37 for 251 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT. He had a passer rating of 100.2. The Packers would go on to lose that game by 4 points, but I want you to pay special attention to our guy in his first NFL start. I want you to see how very decisive he is! I want you to marvel at his decision-making, and I want you to compare him in your mind to Tarvaris Jackson. I want you to remember all those times Tarvar took a needless sack because he held onto the ball for 8 seconds when he should’ve gotten rid of it after 4. It’s about ten minutes long, so settle in and get pumped.
He wasn’t perfect, mind you. There were plenty of check-downs to beat the band. But, he was taking what the defense gave him, he was moving the ball, and he was leading his team the way a quarterback is supposed to lead. Shaking off the mistakes, coming back for more, and taking chances when chances are warranted. I mean, shit, he came within a few more seconds of leading his team to a victory against a very good Patriots team in a Sunday Night, nationally-televised game!
We all know what he did against Detroit, in only his second start, in the final game of the 2011 season; and you can say what you want about Detroit’s shitty defense and the amount of Yards After Catch the Packers had. I’ll just point to his first start against the Patriots and say, “That Detroit game wasn’t a fluke.” This guy COULD be for real. And I couldn’t be more pleased.