I know some of you may be skeptical in Seattle, but I think I might have found your quarterback for the future.
It is hard to judge a quarterback who has only started in two games, but the two games Matt Flynn has started in have been impressive.
First, he started in place of the injured Aaron Rodgers against the New England Patriots in 2010. The Patriots came out on top, but no one excepted the Packers to be in that game at all. Flynn went 23 for 37 for 254 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
Next, he went up against the Detroit Lions in the season closer this year and had an OK game. OK in the sense that the franchise record for yards and touchdowns in a single game for the Green Bay Packers are not held by Bart Starr, Brett Favre or Aaron Rodgers. They are held by Matt Flynn. Flynn threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns. All in all, a pretty solid performance.
The quality of his work overrides the quantity in this instance. Flynn has been under Aaron Rodgers for a few seasons and has been taught by the Packers excellent quarterbacks coach turned offensive coordinator Tom Clements. No one expects the Packers to keep Flynn for next season. Other than a certain Peyton Manning (if he is released by the Colts), there might not be a bigger prize in free agency than Flynn.
The Dolphins have been thrown around as being a possible landing spot for him. It makes sense. Joe Philbin, former Packers offensive coordinator, has just been named their new head coach. There is a fair amount of talent in South Beach as well. Brandon Marshall is a great wide receiver. Reggie Bush is proving that he can be an every down back.
All of that being said, being the starter for the Dolphins would be a tough situation to be put in. Miami plays in a tough division that has the current AFC Champion in it. The Bills and the Jets are not great, but they are always at least a tough out. Dolphins fans will expect Flynn to come in and lead them to a AFC East Championship.
The Seahawks just make more sense, in my mind. For one, the NFC West is an easier division to play in. Even though the 49ers have made great strides in being considered the top dog, it would be foolhardy to argue that they are going to dominate the division for years to come. The Rams are (perpetually) rebuilding. I don't think anyone can figure the Cardinals out.
Secondly, the Seahawks are one of those classic "Only a Quarterback Away" teams. Defensively, they are a solid unit. Offensively, they have a solid offensive line, a good running back in Marshawn Lynch and if Sidney Rice could ever get healthy, a go to receiver.
You would imagine that former director of football operations for the Green Bay Packers John Schneider has his eye on Flynn. He was part of Packers when they drafted Flynn. Now as Seahawks general manager you would think he would like to bring one of "his guys" over to Seattle.
I am not saying that Flynn is going to automatically make you a Super Bowl contender. What I am saying is that having Flynn is better than your current Tarvaris Jackson/Charlie Whitehurst situation. If he becomes a Seahawk, fans will have something to look forward to.