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Matt Flynn the Right Move for Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks have made this free agency period count.

First, they sign their best returning offensive free agent, Marshawn Lynch, to a long-term deal without having to place the franchise tag on him. Next, they re-sign their best returning defensive player, Red Bryant, to a long-term deal, again without having to franchise him. Then, they sign a high quality defensive end, Jason Jones (formerly of Houston), to upgrade their D-Line. And now, drum roll please, they add the missing piece to the offensive puzzle, the QB of the future in Matt Flynn.

Yes, Flynn is a risk. He’s played two brilliant games. Other than that, you bank on the training he’s received under Mike McCarthy and Joe Philbin, backing up arguably the best QB in the game, Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. But let’s be serious, any QB is a risk, even Peyton Manning. Manning, who snubbed the Hawks advances and obviously wasn’t interested, hasn’t played in well over a year, and is coming off serious neck surgery. The QBs in the draft outside of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are all projects and a reach at where they draft. Flynn at least has had success when given a shot. This is definitely NOT Charlie Whitehurst. In addition to the training as the 2nd String (not third) in Green Bay, he also led his college team (LSU) to a national championship. Dude is a winner, has some pedigree, and is worth the risk. He is also still young and has a ton of upside.

What I love about Pete Carroll and John Schneider is that they refuse to stand pat. They are constantly looking to improve the team and are willing to make moves to do it. Fearless. They have also shown to be very savvy in the draft. Heck, they have done what they need to do in free agency outside of adding depth. Now they can go into the draft and pick the best players; not reach out of desperation.

Training camps only5 months away…

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Football Weekend Recap

A few things learned from this weekend…

1. I went 9-3 on my guest picks for the Sun. Not bad. Not quite up to Charles Horton but competitive. He didn’t have the Seahawks game to pick. Who knew the Hawks would play so well in Chicago?

2. Speaking of the Hawks, that defense is playing very well. We won’t get too crazy and say they are at the top of the league. We can say that going on the road to Chicago and giving up only one touchdown on the first drive is a special performance. Consider that Brandon Mebane still needs to come back to the line and this has the makings of a very competitive unit.

3. I love the addition of Marshawn Lynch. The dude ran in “beast mode.” The 1-2 combo of him and Justin Forsett will be fun for us to watch. They combined for over 100 yards and 2 scores.Lynch brings a great attitude to the offensive unit.

4. Funny that the “3 Amigos” who spouted off on KJR last year aren’t a part of this team anymore. Housh, Branch, and Burleson all catching passes for someone else. I think I will take Mike Williams, Deion Butler, and Brandon Stokely.

5. College football at it’s finest on Saturday night in Husky Stadium. I knew the Huskies would bounce back (see my previous posts). It’s been their pattern this year. Most impressive is that they don’t have back to back losses since mid last year. I know stringing together wins is also important, but the ability to avoid “bad”momentum is a trait not seen in Husky football in years.

6. Husky defense showed a lot to me in the 4th quarter. Oregon State is explosive and they never came close to allowing points after they opening drive of the 3rd quarter to tie the game. Nick Holt should be proud after his defense has been getting raked over the coals in the media and with fans.

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