3 paths for the Seahawks and Matt Flynn
Matt Flynn was set to be the Seahawks’ starter last year. Then Russell Wilson happened. Now Flynn is scheduled to lead the clipboard/headset/bench triple-option offense in 2013.
When Matt Hasselbeck left for the Titans at the end of 2010, the Seahawks struggled to find a good quarterback. Now they have two. What’s a Superbowl contender to do with this problem?
I see three paths diverging into the woods:
1. Trade Matt Flynn
If the Alex Smith/Chiefs trade goes through, seek similar value. Smith has more success, yet he also has more failure. He has more experience but more mileage. Flynn has more mystery but more upside and more years ahead of him. With Smith off the board, Flynn’s value increases. If you don’t grab Flynn, you’re looking at Matt Moore, Jason Campbell, or Brady Quinn. Or you can be the next contestant on the Tim Tebow Show.
Jacksonville, Oakland, Cleveland and Buffalo are top bidders in the quarterback market. I’d rather see one or two good draft picks on the table than any players from those teams. I’ll trust Pete Carroll to build for the future. He did grab Bruce Irvin, Bobby Wagner, Russell Wilson and Robert Turbin with his first four picks last year.
If you want to talk crazy, deal Flynn for Darrelle Revis. The Seahawks may have to throw in a little something extra, but the Jets would get a quarterback who has never been seen smashing into a team-mate’s ass. Richard Sherman could jaw more quietly and without needing to type.
2. Keep Matt Flynn
Football players get hurt. Franchise quarterbacks get hurt. Undersized scrambling quarterbacks get hurt. Superbowl contenders become teams that can’t score touchdowns when forced to start a quarterback only his mother can recognize.
Let’s not think it’s impossible for Russell Wilson to get injured. He stayed remarkably healthy last year, but don’t double down on that. The Seahawks only have two quarterbacks under contract. After Wilson, who will they have if they trade Flynn? I don’t want to try winning a bunch of 9-7 games if Wilson busts a knee. With Flynn, Marshawn Lynch and that defense, the Seahawks are a very tough football team.
3. The Wait-and-See Approach
I don’t know what’s going to happen next year or even next week. I’ll take a long-shot bet with generous odds that Matt Flynn becomes a Chief and Alex Smith stays a 49er
Let’s be patient and see what the season gives us. Perhaps a playoff contender gets off to a good start then loses its quarterback for the year. They’d give a lot for Matt Flynn half way through next year. Maybe at the same time we’ve suffered some injuries or displayed some weaknesses. Swap Flynn for a guy we need and both teams are happier. The market may go up on Flynn. The Seahawks may need something more immediate than a draft pick.
Maybe Russell Wilson has a sophomore slump.
Personally, I feel aggressive and confident. Go for #1. Get multiple picks in the middle of the draft. Use Pete’s intuition and grab some talent to build on. I don’t want value on the bench. I want value on the field
But in one moment, it can all change and you’re very happy to have a guy on the bench who’d start on half the teams in the NFL
Or we can hire David Lee to craft some super-wildcat quadruple-option triple-reverse Wilson-Flynnbone offense to utilize both guys.
David Klenda, also known as Eighty Six, can be found on Twitter as @86ThePoet.