As we count down the days to training camp, Around the League will examine one player from every team set for a breakout campaign in 2012. Next up: the Seattle Seahawks.
It doesn't make a big difference whether Tarvaris Jacksontakes the first snap of training camp. It doesn't make a difference that rookie Russell Wilson will compete for the starting spot. (Although Wilson will be a factor in the future.) The Seahawks gave Flynn a healthy amount of guaranteed money because they want to see what he can do. The money matters, no matter what Pete Carroll says.
Flynn will get a chance to start this year, and we'll be stunned if its not in Week 1. He has the game to take advantage of the opportunity when he gets his shot.
In one of the final days of my former professional life, I watched every Matt Flynn snap possible. I won't repeat myself here, but Flynn was accurate, composed and threw the ball well under pressure. That pocket presence gives him an edge over guys like Kolb, Matt Cassel and Jackson.
In many ways, Flynn didn't look like a young quarterback. He was very good before the snap. He moved safeties with his eyes. He responded to his bad plays.