RENTON — Had he chosen differently in March, Matt Flynn could be preparing to face the Seattle Seahawks this week, instead of serving as the team’s backup quarterback when they travel to Miami on Sunday.
“I wouldn’t say it was hard, but I wouldn’t say it was easy,” Flynn said about picking Seattle over Miami. “I kind of took it with an open mind. I didn’t want to lean one way or another when I looked into it. And I just wanted to get my feel for what I thought would be the best spot.”
After Peyton Manning, Flynn was the most sought-after free-agent quarterback during the offseason. But after making visits to Seattle and Miami, Flynn settled on the Seahawks because, from his perspective, the team made the best offer and provided what he considered at the time the best situation to begin his career as a starting quarterback.
Flynn signed a three-year, $19.5 million deal with the Seahawks, including $10 million guaranteed.
But, as Flynn admits, Seattle coach Pete Carroll was upfront in telling him that he would have to earn the job as the starter.
“They told me I’d be coming in and competing,” Flynn said.
And a surprising thing happened during training camp – the five-year veteran was beaten out by third-round draft pick Russell Wilson. Flynn has not played a single snap for his new team in a regular-season game.
But Flynn said he does not have second thoughts about his decision to move to Seattle.
“I try to have the motto of living life with no regrets,” Flynn said. “I wouldn’t take anything back. I think I look back at the things I looked at, and the personal things I decided on, and I think I wouldn’t take anything back. I don’t have any regrets about it, but it was a tough decision, for sure.”
In Miami, Flynn would have had the comfort of playing for his former coach at Green Bay, Joe Philbin, who was the Packers’ offensive coordinator for five seasons before being hired as Miami’s head coach.
Philbin said he was not surprised that Flynn did not choose Miami.
“Not necessarily,” Philbin said. “Everybody makes decisions that are in their best interest, and I have nothing but positive memories of my relationship with Matt. I think he’s an excellent football player and an excellent human being. So I wish him a lot of luck.”
Flynn said he developed a good rapport with the even-tempered, detail-oriented Philbin.
“I loved Joe,” Flynn said. “Joe was great to play under, great to work with every day. I think Joe and I had a very good relationship. He’s got a great knack for the game. He’s got the right personality to be a head coach. I think he has a lot of success ahead of him.”
But Flynn chose Seattle to play. And while he remains an injury away from getting his opportunity, Wilson appears to have seized control of the position after a couple of shaky games at St. Louis and Carolina earlier this season.
“It’s been extremely tough, definitely,” Flynn said. “But I’ve tried to take in every day, and try to better myself as a player, better myself as a quarterback, and try to improve on the things I can improve.
“So it’s really the only way you can take it – just try and be the best teammate you can be.”
Seahawks defensive end Red Bryant did not practice on Thursday because of a foot injury, the only player who did not practice. Bryant missed practice with a foot issue the week leading up to the Nov. 11 game with the New York Jets, but still played on Sunday. After practicing for the first time in over a month as a limited participant on Wednesday, offensive guard James Carpenter was a full participant in practice on Thursday, and appears on schedule to play this weekend against Miami. Carpenter joined running back Marshawn Lynch (back), defensive end Greg Scruggs (oblique), cornerback Byron Maxwell (hamstring), defensive tackle Clinton McDonald (groin) and linebacker K.J. Wright (concussion) as full participants.Eric D. Williams: 253-597-8437 email@example.com blog.thenewstribune.com/seahawks @eric_d_williams