We had an opportunity to talk with Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and Matt Flynn this afternoon via conference call.
Flynn had this to say about making the decision between Miami and Seattle.
“I just really enjoyed it up there – really liked the feeling and everything, the coaching staff and the whole organization,” Flynn said. “I liked everything about it. It felt very comfortable. It’s a team that’s a very young team, and I felt like they’re headed in the right direction, with a chance to really do something special.
“So I’m very excited about it. And I’m excited about the opportunity.”
Flynn had a tough choice to make, with his former offensive coordinator from Green Bay Joe Philbin now the head coach for the Dolphins. But ultimately he picked Seattle.
“I am familiar with Coach Philbin and I think a lot of him,” Flynn said. “I think he’s a great person. But when I came up to Seattle I just felt very comfortable with everything. I felt like it was a family environment up there.”
Flynn also confirmed what Carroll said on Sunday, that he will be competing for the starting quarterback job with Tavaris Jackson.
“I’ve always been a very competitive guy,” Flynn said. “I’ve always been a very confident guy. And I’ve always been a guy that believes on working his tail off and doing the best he can.
“And I know that I’m going to come in here, and I’m going to be in a competition. And I know that whatever happens, whatever my role is, I just want to make the Seattle Seahawks a better football team. And that’s something I look forward to doing.”
Carroll had this to say when asked who would be his starting quarterback in 2012:
“I don’t know that,” he aid. “It was clear how we delivered the message. We now have the opportunity to make it an open competition. Tarvaris is well ahead. And he’s the guy that’s here working for us now, and I told Tarvaris when I talked to him yesterday that we’re doing with Matt is bringing him in here to compete for the job. And he’s going to make everybody better and help our football team.
“And that’s really clearly where it is. There’s no surprises here. We weren’t able to do this last year in that fashion because of the time frame and restrictions with lack of OTAs in the offseason and things like that. We had to go ahead and make a decision early. But that’s not the case right now.
“But I expect T-Jack to be better. And I expect Matt to come in here guns blazing to try and see if he can take that job.”
While Flynn has not spoken to Jackson, he has talked to other players like Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate and Ben Obomanu, and said those conversations have helped ease the transition to a new organization.
Flynn said he did not bring clothes to work out in during his visit to Seattle, but had no problem with the Carroll and the rest of the Seahawks’ staff asking him to workout and throw while he was here.
“I think they just kind of wanted to see me throw, see my footwork, see what different throws I could make just to kind of get more of a familiarity with me,” Flynn said. “And so they asked me to do it, and I was totally up for it. We kind of fun out there in the workout, and it was real laid back. It wasn’t like a pressure cooker or anything like that.”
Flynn said he felt comfortable with the offense going over things with offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, and believes it will be an easy transition.
“They run a similar type of West Coast offense,” Flynn said. “That’s kind of what I’m used to. So I think it’s going to be good working with those guys. Hopefully I can learn a lot from them and hopefully bring something to the table from what I’ve learned in the past.”
Carroll talked about his team going after Peyton Manning, confirming that Seattle indeed had a plane waiting in Denver for Manning to take a visit if it worked out for his schedule.
“We tried to hook up with him, and we couldn’t make it come together,” Carroll said. “We tried to fit into his schedule that looked like it had some space in it. But it wasn’t enough, so we made an effort. It’s kind of just classic for us, just competing to try and find a way. And we just couldn’t pull it off at that time.
“We had to take a shot at that, but it didn’t work out for us there. We had already spoken before that, and we just couldn’t quite get together on it.”
Carroll does like that fact that Manning will continue to ply his trade in the AFC.
“I like that,” he said. “He’ll continue to serve the AFC in great fashion. I’m glad he’s over there.”