Back in 2012, the Seattle Seahawks almost selected Matt Flynn to be their starting quarterback. Isn’t that hard to imagine at this point? After only one season and five games, it is hard to fathom anyone other than Russell Wilson lining up under center.
Today, Wilson is firmly entrenched at quarterback for the Seahawks and Flynn is out looking for a job after failing with the Oakland Raiders. What happened to this once promising quarterback?
When Flynn signed with the Seahawks there was certainly some excitement about the signing, but there were also a lot of questions. Truthfully, no one really knew what the guy could actually do. Flynn had essentially parlayed one monster game into a lucrative three-year contract.
Obviously there were some concerns about that singular performance. At the time, Flynn was playing with a very good Green Bay Packers offense. In addition, he was playing in a fairly meaningless game against a Detroit Lions secondary that many argued was the worst group of a defenders an NFL franchise had put on the field in the long time.
Therefore, teams worried that Flynn’s performance might have been a bit inflated. As it turns out, teams were right. And yet, the Seahawks took a chance.
Going into training camp in 2012, Matt Flynn certainly had a shot at being the starter. Because of the money spent, Flynn had a probable edge over Tarvaris Jackson. In addition, few knew whether this undersized Wilson kid could actually play.
We know how this played out as Wilson won the job and never looked back. Jackson was traded, and eventually Flynn was also shipped out. Ironically, Jackson is now back with Seattle but Flynn had a very brief stint with the Raiders. In one game as a starter, Flynn was 21-for-32 for 227 yards. He threw one touchdown and one interception and was sacked seven times.
Matt Flynn may eventually get a job again in the NFL. However, it probably won’t be a starting gig. He had his chance with the Seahawks. Where would the ‘Hawks be today if he had won that job? It is difficult to picture.