In my story today, with the Seahawks traveling to Miami to face the Dolphins on Sunday, backup quarterback Matt Flynn discussed making the decision between the two teams during free agency this past offseason.
And even though he lost the competition for the starting job to Russell Wilson, Flynn says he still does not have second thoughts about his decision.
“I try to have the motto of living life with no regrets,” Flynn said. “I wouldn’t take anything back. I think I look back at the things I looked at, and the personal things I decided on, and I think I wouldn’t take anything back. I don’t have any regrets about it, but it was a tough decision, for sure.”
Danny O’Neil of The Seattle Times writes about the Seahawks increased emphasis on using the zone read option to take advantage of Russell Wilson’s running ability. O’Neil: “For years, people have dismissed the viability of certain college quarterbacks. Now, NFL teams have begun to not just use the quarterback’s legs, but they’re taking pages out of college playbooks as well. There’s one member of Seattle’s offense who sees that as a sign that NFL teams are playing catch-up. ‘I’ve always thought the league was about eight to 10 years behind college in that,’ fullback Michael Robinson said.”
Clare Farnsworth of Seahawks.com writes that safety Earl Thomas has plenty to be thankful for on Thanksgiving, including infant daughter Kaleigh Rose, born on Sept. 24, just before kickoff of the team’s Monday night game before Green Bay.
Michael Lev of The Orange County Register writes that like Matt Barkley at USC, Pete Carroll has found another passing prodigy in Russell Wilson. Lev notes that the 5-11 Wilson has just six batted balls down in 253 passing attempts. The five quarterbacks with the most batted passes entering Week 12 are all 6-2 or taller: Andy Dalton (6-2) leads the league with 14. Josh Freeman (6-6) and Brandon Weeden (6-3) are tied at second with 12.
Art Thiel, writing for Crosscut, wonders if Wilson can help Seattle run the table and win the final six games of the season.
Steve Rudman of Sportspressnw.com writes believes that the national media has mostly ignored Wilson in favor of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, even though his numbers compare favorably to those higher drafted quarterbacks.
ESPN’s Mike Sando likes the Seahawks over the Dolphins, 24-20.
Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald writes that containing Wilson will be a challenge for Miami’s defense.
Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports writes that the NFL should eliminate PAT kicks. I agree with him. Cole suggests, “The rule can simply be amended to say that a team can opt for one point automatically or choose to go for two, getting only six points for a touchdown if a two-point attempt fails.”