Last year the Arizona Cardinals signed backup quarterback Kevin Kolb from the Philadelphia Eagles in hopes that they could make a return to the playoffs. They failed miserably but the Seattle Seahawks feel that signing Green Bay Packers’ backup Matt Flynn will work out better than Kolb did for Arizona.
They may be right but not so much because Flynn is such an accomplished quarterback. He’s not.
Like Kolb he has shown flashes that he can be a great quarterback though. He’s extremely accurate and as he showed in his only start last season, he is a gamer who won’t fold under pressure.
That gamesmanship may help the Seahawks in the future but right now the team’s strengths revolve around their strong defense and running back Marshawn Lynch’s productive running. Flynn won’t be asked to come in and be a difference maker the way Kolb was with Arizona last year.
The Seahawks were ranked ninth in total defense last season while the Cardinals were tied 18th with the Tennessee Titans. The Seahawks were an even better scoring defense ranking seventh in that department while the Cards were ranked 17th.
The Cardinals did have a running back rush for over 1,000 yards last season but he only had two 100-yard games. Marshawn Lynch ran for over 1,200 yards for Seattle last season with the bulk of that coming in the second half of the season. Lynch rushed for over 100 yards in six of the Seahawks’ last nine games.
So all the Seahawks are missing is a quarterback that can connect with Seattle’s wide receivers on a regular basis. Seattle’s top receiver only had 51 receptions on the season and the Seahawks in general only had 15 total touchdown receptions on the year.
Flynn threw six touchdowns in his lone start for the Packers last season which would account for 40% of Seattle’s receiving touchdowns for the year. No one expects him to have a game like that in Seattle but he should be able to better the 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions Tavaris Jackson threw last season as Seattle’s starter.
And that is why the Seahawks took a chance on Flynn and inked him to a 3-year, $26 million deal. They’re not looking for a savior the way Arizona was last season, they’re just looking for an upgrade at the quarterback position. Although it may be too early to say for sure, it seems like they may have found their man.
Will the Seahawks make the playoffs this year or will Flynn disappoint? Let us know what you think.
Roosevelt Hall is an NFL Blogger for The Sport Mentalist and an NBA Blogger for The Sport Mentalist 2. He is also a Sports Reporter for Pro Sports Lives. He can be contacted at RHall_TPFB@Yahoo.com and be sure to follow him on Twitter @sportmentalist.