Matt Flynn is a Raider, now the Seahawks search for a replacement

Backup QB Roulette

When your team’s main focus is a second string quarterback, you’re usually sittin’ pretty.

The Seattle Seahawks recently sent former backup Matt Flynn to the Oakland Raiders for a fifth round pick in 2014, and a conditional pick in ’15.

Flynn came in during last years free agency period as Seattle’s “big name” addition, and he had the anticipation of winning the starting job.

Russell Wilson didn’t get the memo however, as his impact was felt in the organization from day one. Flynn didn’t stand a chance.

Considering the contract Flynn was carrying as a backup, the dismissal was not a surprise.

With the move, Seattle created cap space in hopes of having the capability to keep their young, rising stars – or at least a few of them.

It also left Wilson as the only quarterback on the roster, so moves must be made.

Josh Portis – who was cut last August – is expected to resign, but he will likely be third in line to Russ once again.

A capable backup is still needed in Seattle – and here are the favorites to win the job:

Tyler Thigpen – Exp: 6 years

Tyler Thigpen QB

Tyler Thigpen looks to be the best choice for backup in Seattle (

As of now, it seems Thigpen is the front runner for the spot.

Thigpen was drafted in the seventh round by the Minnesota Vikings in 2007. He only has 12 starts under his belt in 6 NFL seasons, with 11 of those starts coming in 2008 for the Kansas City Chiefs.

With 2008 being the only feasible sample size we have, we can use those stats to get an idea of his production.

In 11 games for Kansas City Thigpen threw for 2,608 yards, 18 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while gaining 368 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground.

Not great, but not terrible. Kind of the motto for a backup.

Thigpen isn’t simply a random name out of a hat – his consideration has purpose.

Pete Carroll mentioned that the team would be looking for a quarterback with similar abilities to those of Wilson so that if – God forbid – Russ did go down, the transition would be that much smoother.

While Thigpen isn’t exactly going to blow you away with his 40 time, he has a subtle speed out of the pocket and is familiar with the read option from his time at Coastal Carolina.

Vince Young – Exp: 7 years

Oh how the mighty have fallen.

The 2006 Rookie of the Year is now considered a member of the NFL scraps, and could possibly add another team to his pedigree if he moves to Seattle.

Vince Young has gone from 2-time pro bowler in Tennessee, to coining the phrase “dream team” in Philly, and finally the backup to the great Ryan Fitzpatrick – who was just cut and signed by the Titans ironically.

Vince once again finds himself in the oh-too-familiar free agent pool, and the Seahawks are reportedly interested in the former Texas standout.

Back in Carroll’s USC days, Vince was the Trojans’ kryptonite.

In the 2006 Rose Bowl, Young accounted for 467 yards of offense and scrambled for 3 touchdowns as the Longhorns defeated the Trojans 41-38 – earning the Rose Bowl MVP honors for the second year in a row.

Pete may be feeling nostalgic with Young, and hoping for a blast from the past. He has the ability to run the read option – key word being run – but brings little hope of solidity and lacks the leadership qualities one would hope for at the position.

Vince Young and Matt Leinart

This time, a little nostalgia could hurt (Photo:

Matt Leinart – Exp: 7 years

Speaking of nostalgia, really Pete?

Leinart to Seattle has surfaced in the rumor mill as of late – and I cannot figure out why.

Sure he had one of the greatest college careers to date under Carroll. But that is not enough to bring him in. Not for this system, not for this team.

Bringing in Leinart makes almost zero sense. He is not mobile by any means – the read option would be nullified in his presence.

Not to mention he is left handed. People may not consider that a big issue, but the entire offense must be flipped when he is in – roll outs, play action, everything.

From a receiver’s standpoint, the different delivery makes it difficult to adjust.

It just doesn’t make any sense.

He was the backup in Houston when Schaub went down, and we all know how that went:

Final Thoughts

If I could decide, I would choose Thigpen.

He wouldn’t be a distraction, he wouldn’t jinx the squad by calling them a “dream team,” and he wouldn’t be a meme king with a bunch of babes in a hot tub – actually, he probably would.

The position could also be addressed in the draft – Matt Scott anyone?

Either way, the fact that we are concerned about our second string quarterback is a blessing in itself. Can’t it just be football season already???



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