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Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Matt Flynn Can Get It Done
Matt Flynn is listed at 6'2, 225 lbs. The new Seattle Seahawks quarterback fighting for the starting job against Tavaris Jackson and even 3rd round pick Russell Wilson, who is just 5'10. Flynn doesn't seem like he is as big as listed while playing and has flown under the radar for his brief career until his breakout game last season against the Detroit Lions.
After that game Flynn became one of the hottest free agents this off-season. Watching that game recently on NFL Network, it was a spectacular shoot-out between Flynn and Matthew Stafford, I took note of Flynn's mechanics and footwork. He has the goods to become a solid, if not very good, starter in the NFL.
Many quarterbacks are sloppy in the final stages of setting up to throw and take extra steps and change their balance to stop the dropback and transition to throw. Matt Flynn showed a number of times that he keeps his balance very well on his last step, with minimal wasted movement and gets rid of the ball. There was a play late in the game off play-action where he would have been hit in the pocket if he had taken any extra steps, but he was clean, got rid of the ball and even though it was a bit behind the receiver, because it came out efficiently, the receiver caught it before the defender could get there and ended with another TD for Flynn.
Matt Flynn won't be flashy in Seattle (is anything flashy in Seattle?) and he will have to fight off the athletic Jackson and solid Wilson for the job, but he will be a guy that can run an offense efficiently and give the Seahawks a chance to win.