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Seahawks won't hand Flynn the job

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08:07 AM ET 03.20 | Did the Seahawks sign Matt Flynn to start games? That's the next question that follows the Seahawks' addition of free-agent quarterback Flynn after the sides agreed to a three-year contract. Flynn's going to be the guy, right coach Pete Carroll? "I don't know that," Carroll said Monday in a conference call with Seattle-area reporters. "We're very clear on how we delivered the message. We now have the opportunity to have an open competition." Ahhhh, competition. That's the key word for Carroll, one that he used when the Seahawks acquired Charlie Whitehurst in 2010 and one he's repeated for the past two years as Seattle coach. ... "I've always been a firm believer in competition," Flynn said.

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March 20, 2012  08:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Mindblow!....but he's Matt Flynn

... and - Charlie Whitehurst is still Charlie Whitehurst... & T-Jack?

March 20, 2012  08:16 AM ET

Competition? TJack? Whitehurst? The Seahawks finished 7-9 last year. They didn't offer Flynn a 3-year, 26-megabucks contract to hold a clipboard while they repeat that kind of season.

March 20, 2012  08:21 AM ET

<Phone rings>

"Pete, this is your billionaire boss. The computer geek. Flynn is the quarterback. Don't think anything differently."

Carroll- "Umm, OK. Who is this again? The school president?"

March 20, 2012  08:25 AM ET

The competition is between Whitehurst and TJack for who holds the clipboard and who folds the towels.

March 20, 2012  08:27 AM ET

Immediately after saying all this, Pete Carroll called owner Paul Allen and assured him it was all just PR coach speak BS.

March 20, 2012  08:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The competition is between Whitehurst and TJack for who holds the clipboard and who folds the towels.

I believe Whitehurst is gone. He's back with the Chargers.

March 20, 2012  08:32 AM ET

Saying "you get the job" and saying "if you beat out Tarvaris Jackson you get the job" really aren't different. At all.

March 20, 2012  08:36 AM ET

Other than Pete Carroll, does anyone else doubt that Flynn will be the starter?

March 20, 2012  08:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

I believe Whitehurst is gone. He's back with the Chargers.

Well, then, I guess TJack has the towel-folding job locked up. Now, about that clipboard.....

You gotta know when to hold 'em, and know when to fold 'em.

March 20, 2012  08:49 AM ET

Pete Carroll as usual!!!

March 20, 2012  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Other than Pete Carroll, does anyone else doubt that Flynn will be the starter?

No one pays $8M per year for a clipboard holder...

March 20, 2012  08:51 AM ET

Yeah Pete, $26M to sit on the bench

March 20, 2012  08:57 AM ET

The funny part is if Flynn is such a lover of competition, he would have stayed in Green Bay and tried to beat out Rogers.
We all love competitions we know we can win.

March 20, 2012  09:07 AM ET

So, with Whitehurst back in San Diego, Seattle needs a third QB...Matt Leinart?

March 20, 2012  09:09 AM ET

I gotta ask: what was the deal with Whitehurst anyway? Anyone know? When Carroll came in, he's one of the first guys he went and got- from SD- and now he lets him go without much of anything out of him.
What happened to Charlie Whitehurst? (could be the title of a crime novel)

March 20, 2012  09:11 AM ET

It makes you wonder whether Pete was even in on the Flynn deal.

March 20, 2012  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Other than Pete Carroll, does anyone else doubt that Flynn will be the starter?

nobody on FN anyways................... ;)

March 20, 2012  09:19 AM ET

"Seahawks won't hand Flynn the job"

Maybe I'm just punchy, but something about "hand" and "job" in the same sentence...

 
March 20, 2012  09:25 AM ET

as long as the seahawks hand him the paychecks, he will be reasonably content, i would think

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