Stop me if you’ve heard this before – the central theme of Pete Carroll’s football philosophy is competition.
So it’s no surprise to hear that new addition Matt Flynn will be competing with Tarvaris Jackson for the starting quarterback job when the team’s offseason workout program begins April 16.
“We are really excited to bring Matt in here to compete with Tarvaris,” said Carroll about today’s announcement that Flynn had agreed to terms on a three-year deal with the team.
Of course, the reality of Flynn signing a $26 million deal, including $10 million in guaranteed money, is the team likely will give him every opportunity to earn the starting job heading into training camp.
Flynn will be expected to step into camp and seize control of the position. But if for some reason he does not play well during preseason action and Jackson plays out of his mind, then Jackson could possibly win the job.
But I think the expectation is that Seattle wants to see what they have in Flynn sooner rather than later, in order to gauge if he’s this team’s franchise quarterback of the future.
As I reported earlier, I truly believe the Seahawks were lukewarm on Flynn heading into free agency.
So Flynn must have really impressed team officials during his visit to Seattle on Friday, both in the classroom and throwing on the practice field, enough to where they believed he would be a significant upgrade to the position.
The Seahawks were aggressive in securing his services, evidenced by the contract they presented, which makes you wonder how Miami with Flynn’s former offensive coordinator Joe Philbin in the building did not make a stronger play for his former pupil.
Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin said via twitter that he’ll be giving up his No. 15 jersey for No. 89 because his new teammate Matt Flynn wore No. 15 at LSU.
Flynn wants 15 so I'll be changing to 89! Sounds good to me!— Doug Baldwin Jr (@Dbfresh_89) March 18, 2012
Flynn of course did not wear No 15 for Green Bay because someone named Bart Star had that number retired.
Baldwin goes back to his college number at Stanford in No. 89 with tight end John Carlson moving on to Minnesota.
Also, here’s highlights of Flynn’s two starts in the league.