Thursday, May 3, 2012
Seahawks: One big question
By Mike Sando
Will Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn live up to his Green Bay hype?
J.C. Colom asked the question via Facebook, and initially I was reluctant to answer it. Some things must wait until the regular season simply because there's not enough evidence to form a solid opinion, as Brett Schumacher pointed out before pleading with me to avoid quarterback-related questions.
But then an answer came to mind. A theory, really.
What we've seen from Flynn, the presumed starter even though he hasn't yet won the job, suggests he'll be more aggressive than 2011 starter Tarvaris Jackson. He'll take more chances. That seemed to be his nature with Green Bay.
Some of that could reflect the advanced state of the Packers' offense overall, and the types of games Flynn participated in while completing 55 of 81 passes for 731 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions in two starts. That is obviously an unsustainable pace; he's not going to pass for 72 touchdowns with 16 interceptions over a full season. Things will even out if Flynn plays as aggressively as he played while posting that 9-2 ratio.
I'm anticipating a point in the 2012 season when Flynn and coach Pete Carroll must reconcile the gap between a quarterback's aggressive mindset and a defensive-minded head coach's emphasis on avoiding mistakes even at the expense of productivity.
Carroll and Matt Hasselbeck needed time to develop a full understanding in 2010. The two hit stride for a couple weeks, with Hasselbeck playing his best against Arizona and New Orleans. Hasselbeck finished strong in the playoffs, leading the Seahawks past the Saints in the wild-card round.
Flynn will likely experience peaks and valleys over the course of a season. Most quarterbacks do. We'll raise additional questions along the way.