- Mike Sando, NFL Insider
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Quarterback competitions tend to get our attention.
ESPN's Damien Woody and Jerry Rice, featured in the video above, offered opinions for how things should, and might, go down in Seattle. Neither mentioned Tarvaris Jackson.
Woody cited Matt Flynn's experience in a West Coast offense in explaining why the free-agent addition from Green Bay should start. Rice questioned Flynn's credentials by asking why Flynn's former coordinator in Green Bay, Joe Philbin, failed to show much urgency in pursuing Flynn for the Miami Dolphins this offseason.
To Rice's point, the Dolphins did make a strong play for Flynn, at least according to comments Philbin made earlier this offseason:
"I think we made an aggressive push. We got him in here relatively quickly. Again, we had a great meeting. Matt and I had some conversations, a number of conversations prior to his arrival to Miami. We had some subsequent ones after. He'd probably be able to give you better answer as to why he chose to go elsewhere. All I know is when we were together the visit was excellent. I thought he got along very well with our offensive staff. He and I obviously have a relationship together. Excited for him and wish him all the best and I think he’ll do a fine job. ...
"Again, you need to ask Matt Flynn why he's in Seattle. There's a myriad factors that go into why people make decisions about their own future, which is their prerogative. And clubs have their own prerogative as to how they are going to decide to move forward. And so again, it always takes two people to get a marriage and so I wish him well. He's a great young man. But he's better to ask why he's in Seattle."
Rice's point holds, to a degree. The Dolphins presumably could have won over Flynn by offering him huge money. Perhaps they would have done that had Philbin thought more highly of his former quarterback. But it's also pretty clear Flynn wasn't all that eager to sign with Miami, for whatever reason. He sought out Seattle and accepted good, not great, money from the Seahawks. Of course, that was before the team used a third-round choice for Russell Wilson. Things change quickly in the NFL.