Something To Proove!
In 2007, Matt Flynn got skipped over 208 times, until Mike McCarthy and the Green Bay Packers made him their 7th round pick.
That same year, Matt Flynn warmed the bench for the MVP Aaron Rodgers.
In week 17, the Packers, already clinching home field throughout the playoffs, rested their MVP and started Flynn.
What came next was something Bart Starr, Brett Favre nor Aaron Rodgers had never done. Flynn threw for 480 yards, had 31 completions and threw for 6 touchdowns, with only one interception.
Bring on the NFL hype machine
After a divisional round loss to the eventual champion New York Giants, the hype around soon-to-be free agent Matt Flynn started.
There was talk of a franchise tag and trade scenario, similar to the one with Matt Cassel three years ago. Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin was hired as the Miami Dolphins head coach, which led many to believe that Flynn would follow him to South Beach.
After waiting out the Peyton Manning derby, Flynn made his visits to Seattle and Miami, eventually agreeing to a 3 year, 26 million dollar deal (10m guaranteed), with the Seahawks.
This past week Baldwin has been working out with Flynn in Pensacola Florida, and Flynn sang Baldwin’s praise (deservedly so),
“Last year, Doug being undrafted, obviously, I’m sure he had something to prove coming in, a chip on his shoulder, and he more than proved he belongs on the field,” said Flynn, via the Pensacola News Journal.
“He broke the record last year and he’s a very dynamic guy. I’ve been throwing to him for only two months but I can already see how he’s a special player and will be around for a long time.”
Baldwin returned the favor on Wednesday evening, sending out this tweet:
“@gregthompson09: is Matt Flynn the real deal?” as real as the deal can get.
— Dbfresh (@DougBaldwinJr) July 12, 2012
It’s relieving for Seahawks fans too see this, even though it’s coming from a teammate, after watching the Kevin Kolb disaster last season in Arizona.
Both are fairly similar
Kolb’s value went through the roof after playing almost a flawless game against the NFC best Atlanta Falcons in 2010, and Flynn after tearing apart the upstart Detroit Lions.
Luckily for Seahawk fans, even if the Matt Flynn experiment doesn’t succeed, Carroll and Schneider didn’t give up a second round pick and a starting cornerback.
I don’t believe this will be a subject of stress for Hawk fans though, as Flynn has proven during his time in both LSU and Green Bay that his release is quite quick, which was a huge issue with Tarvaris Jackson last season, especially working with a young/patchwork offensive line the majority of the season.
It’s safe to say Seahawk fans are hoping Flynn will be around for a long time too, and to see more Baldwin-Flynn connections.