Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn talked to reporters about facing his former team, the Green Bay Packers, this afternoon.
And while this isn’t the circumstance he expected, coming to the game against his former team as Seattle’s backup quarterback, he’ll still do his best to help the Seahawks prepare for the Packers’ high-powered offense, impersonating Aaron Rodgers.
“I’ve been running that offense for four years,” Flynn joked. “So I guess if anybody can imitate him, I’m going to have a good chance of trying.”
Asked how he felt about finishing second in the quarterback competition and being relegated as the backup, Flynn said he’ll be ready if called upon.
“I’m ready to go whenever I need to go,” Flynn said. “That’s how I’m going to look at it. I still have confidence, and I think I can get the job done if I needed to.”
Flynn was asked if he felt his sore elbow during the last two weeks of preseason play affected his ability to earn the starting quarterback job during training camp.
“I don’t think so,” Flynn said. “It’s just been more annoying than anything. But I don’t think that played a part it in.”
Head coach Pete Carroll discussed the fine Golden Tate received for his massive hit on Dallas linebacker Sean Lee. Carroll said he did not necessarily agree with the fine, but he understands why the league continues to buckle down on collisions that involve the helmet, and he has to figure out how to coach his players to work within the rules.
“We worked behind the scenes in essence, talking to the league to make sure that we knew, because we need to teach our guys how to stay within the guidelines,” Carroll said. “And it was a great effort to by Golden to make the block he needs to make, but unfortunately they saw that there was a little contact to the bottom of his facemask and perhaps his chin, and that’s not okay.”
Tate said he plans on appealing the fine.
“I just have to deal with it, fix the problem and make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Tate said. “It’s unfortunate that I go fined, but rules are rules.”
Safety Earl Thomas said that new cornerback Danny Gorrer is a guy he looked up to playing football in East Texas, and remains a good friend.
Thomas grew up in Orange, Texas, about 15 minutes from Gorrer’s hometown of Port Arthur, Texas.
Thomas said that Gorrer ran a 4.38 40-yard time during his workout on Monday.
“He didn’t stretch that much or anything, and he still ran about a 4.37 or 4.38,” Thomas said. “So that’s one thing you can’t coach. And I feel like growing up where we come from, our mentality is different from a lot of people. So just adding that mentality to the team, he’s very aggressive and he’s always trying to get to the ball.”