Matt Flynn says Pete Carroll didn't promise him Seahawks starting QB job

By Ryan Wilson |
Flynn is Seattle's new quarterback but he hasn't been promised the starting gig. (US PRESSWIRE/Getty Images)

Matt Flynn surprised a lot of people when he signed with the Seahawks Sunday, a day after meeting with the Dolphins, the pre-agency favorites to land him because of his relationship with head coach Joe Philbin, who was Flynn's offensive coordinator during his four years in Green Bay.

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It probably says something about the direction of both organizations (perceived or otherwise); there's Flynn's decision to settle on the Seahawks, where he didn't know any of the coaches or players before visiting, juxtaposed with the Dolphins, a team that will run an offense with which he is intimately familiar.

On Monday, a day after signing a three-year contract reportedly worth up to $26 million, Flynn spoke with NFL Network's Rich Eisen on if Peyton Manning taking nearly a week to choose a team affected Flynn's free-agency timetable.

"I don't know how much it affected it," Flynn said of the Race to Land Peyton. "It might've made it a little bit slower because [free agency] started Tuesday and I didn't make any trips until really Friday. So it might've (taken) a few more days longer, but it's one of those things, you can't control it and you gotta sit back and watch it unfold and answer your phone when it rings."

Eisen then asked Flynn why he didn't end up in Miami with his former coach Joe Philbin.

"I think a lot about Joe, he's a great coach and I think he's going to have a lot of success down there, and I think he's going to have a lot of success in the NFL," Flynn said. "But when it came down to it, I just felt more comfortable up in Seattle. I felt like it was a better opportunity for me.

"They have the second youngest team in the NFL and a lot of hungry guys, and I felt like they were doing things the right way. It kinda meshed when I went up there. I feel comfortable about it and I really thinks it's a team that, in the very near future, can be special and I'm excited to be a part of it."

Flynn admitted that Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll was "a lot of fun" and "we really hit it off." And despite not "(knowing) anybody up there except the GM, John Schneider," it was still the best place for him. (Schneider was a member of the Packers' front office when the team drafted Flynn in 2008.)

So did Carroll promise Flynn the starting job? "No," he said. The plan is to let Flynn and incumbent Tarvaris Jackson compete for the gig although you'd have to imagine that Flynn is the favorite.

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