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Dolphins or Seahawks? Matt Flynn’s dad says decision will come soon

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Peyton Manning may take his sweet old time about making a decision, but the NFL’s second-best free agent quarterback plans to sign soon.

Matt Flynn has visited both the Seahawks and the Dolphins, and his dad told Barry Jackson of McClatchy Newspapers that a decision is coming within the next couple days.

The news that free agent quarterback Alex Smith is also visiting the Dolphins could complicate things, but Alvin Flynn said his son is thrilled about the possibility of being reunited with his offensive coordinator in Green Bay, Joe Philbin, who is now the head coach of the Dolphins.

“He’s excited to be down there,” Alvin Flynn said. “He is very fond of Joe Philbin. He has warm feelings for him.”

Then again, Matt Flynn also likes the coaching staff in Seattle and could end up there.

“He likes Pete Carroll,” Alvin Flynn said. “They hit it off well.”

Alvin Flynn hinted, however, that the opportunity to keep playing in Philbin’s offense, where Matt Flynn looked good in limited action with the Packers, could tip the balance in favor of signing with the Dolphins.

Said Flynn’s dad, “Matt could run that offense in his sleep.”

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  1. dhsbennett says: Mar 18, 2012 9:19 AM

    let’s go fins

  2. oklahomaseahawk says: Mar 18, 2012 9:19 AM

    Good please sign wit Flipper, we won’t miss you.
    Hope they don’t overpay.

  3. dolphins4 says: Mar 18, 2012 9:21 AM

    I hope the Dolphins sign Flynn and that Ross and Ireland don’t screw this up.

  4. pftcensorssuck says: Mar 18, 2012 9:22 AM

    That’s just the problem …… seems like EVERY quarterback since Marino has been asleep on offense. They hardly need another.

    I like Matt Flynn in the two games we’ve seen him in, but with just two games under his belt, I doubt he could run ANY offense “in his sleep.

  5. robdolphins says: Mar 18, 2012 9:22 AM

    I’m beginning to believe my beloved Dolphins are hoping that other teams jump in and sign all these FA QBs, so that they would being able to get Tannehil in draft, but those stubborn Browns won’t bite!

  6. truthhurtstoo says: Mar 18, 2012 9:24 AM

    makes the most sense for both sides. sign him at a good price and build around him through the draft.

  7. Soulman45 says: Mar 18, 2012 9:25 AM

    Frist to say
    Is their a law for taking money from a team and can’t get the job done?

  8. packattack1967 says: Mar 18, 2012 9:29 AM

    Flynn and Philbin will win some games and put up some points, make no mistake.

  9. gbey500 says: Mar 18, 2012 9:30 AM

    Why is Matt Flynn ‘s dad talking so much ? Probably one of those dads that was yelling on the sidelines when Matt was young .

  10. justafanofitall says: Mar 18, 2012 9:30 AM

    Come to Miami….Alex Smith still doesn’t look as good as you and he has been in the league for as long as Rodgers. I know you haven’t started only two games but everytime you entered the game if only for a few plays or the last quarter you have looked poised and so sure of yourself and have played well.

    But to be sucessful in Miami…..please get him some talent around him at receiver or it won’t matter if he knows the offense in his sleep.

  11. dinplant says: Mar 18, 2012 9:31 AM

    Jeff Ireland stop screwing around a get a QB. Just a reminder as you forgot last year.

    Regards,

    Season Ticket Holder (soon to be former)

  12. lolb23 says: Mar 18, 2012 9:32 AM

    “He is very fond of Joe Philbin. He has warm feelings for him.”
    _______________________________

    Easy there Sandusky…

  13. dspyank2k11 says: Mar 18, 2012 9:33 AM

    My dad didn’t negotiate with my job. I don’t understand why we are hearing from every QB’s dads and relatives these days.

  14. Dynasty says: Mar 18, 2012 9:33 AM

    Who will he throw it too in Miami?

  15. finsfan71 says: Mar 18, 2012 9:34 AM

    Sure does sound like he’s a Dolphin. Of course Peyton did too, once upon a time.

  16. fin72 says: Mar 18, 2012 9:35 AM

    At this point, the Dolphins may end up with Alvin Flynn as their starter!

  17. duanethomas says: Mar 18, 2012 9:41 AM

    Shut up Dad.

  18. seatownballers says: Mar 18, 2012 9:42 AM

    One question flynn. If you pick miami, who are you throwing to? Defenses know screen passes to bush cant be effective every down

  19. tatum064 says: Mar 18, 2012 9:51 AM

    His Dad says his decision will come soon? What is this? High School?

  20. thegonz13 says: Mar 18, 2012 9:51 AM

    Hey Alvin, tell your Chipmunk to make up his mind already. He’s starting to turn into a lesser version of Peyton!

  21. gregthomas77 says: Mar 18, 2012 9:54 AM

    I would love to see:

    Flynn to Seahawks.

    Smith to Dolphins.

    Manning to Denver.

    Who would the 49ers end up with then? Tebow?

  22. faithful209er says: Mar 18, 2012 10:04 AM

    Not to be a jerk or anything… this is totally sincere….

    I feel sorry for Dolphins fans.

    Niners front office and coaching staff sucked for a stretch there, and it was really rough for me. Here in northern Cali, there are a lot of suffering Raiders fans, too.

    BUT

    It seems like Ross and Ireland have created a stench in Miami that nobody wants to be around. That Harbaugh thing was a debacle, only to repeat it this year with Fisher. Manning to Miami? Nope. It smells like fish.

    Now, they’re going to sign a -face it- back up QB and try to make it seem like a victory. OR maybe they’ll get the “great” Alex Smith. As a Niners fan, I feel for you. I really do.

  23. finsup13 says: Mar 18, 2012 10:04 AM

    Please do not screw this up Miami. As a long time fan I can not stand to watch another 6-10 season.

  24. faithful209er says: Mar 18, 2012 10:07 AM

    gregthomas77 says:
    Mar 18, 2012 9:54 AM
    I would love to see:

    Flynn to Seahawks.

    Smith to Dolphins.

    Manning to Denver.

    Who would the 49ers end up with then? Tebow?

    ——————–
    Josh Johnson?

    Colin Kaepernick?

    Scott Tolzien?

    Don’t laugh, because it’s not about who the 9ers end up with, it’s about who we already have, the man who made Andrew Luck and even made Alex Smith look decent… Jim Harbaugh.

    So, keep hating! =)

  25. jimmysee says: Mar 18, 2012 10:07 AM

    Flynn to Dolphins — but he’ll need a supporting cast!

    Flynn to Seahawks — Tavaris Jackson replaced *TWICE* in his career by ex-Packers. Oh, the humiliation of that!

  26. AlohaMrHand says: Mar 18, 2012 10:09 AM

    my dad stopped speaking for me once I turned 18.Just sayin

  27. robdolphins says: Mar 18, 2012 10:09 AM

    Gregthomas77, Niners have Colin Kaepernick waiting in the wings, so my guess is they are as happy with him as they are with Smith..Dolfan here just hoping for any QB, but I liked Kaepernick when he came into the draft.

  28. GG Eden says: Mar 18, 2012 10:10 AM

    Smith to the Seahawks would offer a more interesting dynamic to the NFC West if Peyton signs with the Niners.

  29. jeffesky says: Mar 18, 2012 10:11 AM

    He will sign with the fins. there just working out the contract. seattle was used to get a better from miami. hawks are gona draft cousins in the second round with tjack the starter.

  30. gregthomas77 says: Mar 18, 2012 10:12 AM

    Josh Johnson?

    Colin Kaepernick?

    Scott Tolzien?

    Don’t laugh, because it’s not about who the 9ers end up with, it’s about who we already have, the man who made Andrew Luck and even made Alex Smith look decent… Jim Harbaugh.

    So, keep hating! =)

    —————————

    Then why are they after Peyton? Just put Harbaugh out on the field or let him take someone like John Beck and turn him into a winner.

  31. seahawksgirl says: Mar 18, 2012 10:12 AM

    If he wants to win, the clear choice would be Seattle. If he wants warm feelings from an old coach, I guess he should go Dolphins…except Schneider did draft him. A lot more talent up here in the great NW. Hope he picks the Hawks…owner, staff, and facilities are all first class.

  32. gregthomas77 says: Mar 18, 2012 10:14 AM

    Gregthomas77, Niners have Colin Kaepernick waiting in the wings, so my guess is they are as happy with him as they are with Smith..Dolfan here just hoping for any QB, but I liked Kaepernick when he came into the draft.
    ———————————————

    I just can’t imagine why signing Smith isn’t more of a priority. He worked (well) in their system last year and given two years of the same system I imagine he could do even better.

  33. cantonbound13 says: Mar 18, 2012 10:17 AM

    Nobody wants to come to Miami because Ireland & Ross destroyed this franchise. I feel bad for Phillbin because he deserves better. Phillbin is the only reason people actually visit the Dolphins. It is truely sad what those 2 morons did to this once proud & respected franchise.

  34. LoCoSu@%s says: Mar 18, 2012 10:18 AM

    Why are the fathers of the QBs talking so much?

  35. phinfan527 says: Mar 18, 2012 10:18 AM

    Who gives a crap who Qb’s? What weapons is he throwing to? Bess,Hartline? Give me one D coordinator that will lose sleep playing Miami. Lloyd to NE, Manningham to SF Vincent Jackson off the market Wayne stays,Colston stays. Wr’s worth anything don’t need the stress playing in Miami!! Now Alex Smith is visiting Miami!! It won’t matter!! I’m a Phins fan for a long time. Almost 30 years without a Superbowl visit, 40 years without winning a Superbowl and 16 Qb’s since Marino retired. This franchise is a joke and as long as Ireland and Ross are around, the only mention of a Superbowl in Miami will be if they play the game in Miami. This offseason makes me sick.

  36. pop562 says: Mar 18, 2012 10:19 AM

    smith is going to be a back up with any other team so he will only be a starter for the 49ers, Flynn is going to the phins because of oc philbin… And Seahawks will keep on looking… And if manning wants money he’s going to the denver with all that cap room they got left but they won’t be Super Bowl contenders, with the titans only receiver they got is Kenny britt that came off of injuries (still not a playoff team)… But manning to the niners they have veteran wide receivers that make big plays, a top 5 tight end, a 3 time pro bowl running back that can catch, a solid o line mixed with veterans and young talent, numer 1 run defense, a pass defense that was 16 but will only improve and cause a lot of pass deflection and turn overs and on too of that the got one of the best special teams in the league with an all pro kicker and punter… so the niners are just a franchise qb away from winning it all… They did it last season with an avg qb in smith but manning would make this teams offense dangerous for the next few years.

  37. faithful209er says: Mar 18, 2012 10:23 AM

    Greg,
    You don’t watch the Niners much, do you? You obviously have something against them- which is fine- but Alex Smith really did not play very well even last year. The coaching, game planning, and play of his teammates covered for a lot of weak play. Oh, and special teams and a ton of luck helped cover up for Smith last year, too. He is not much of a QB, and Harbaugh’s system has a track record of making EVERY QB who plays for him look decent in extended play. Josh Johnson, Andrew Luck, and Alex Smith all had success under Harbaugh. (NFL draft from DII, #2 NCAA, and NFC championship game, respectively.)

    As an observer of Harbaugh for years here in northern California, it’s obvious that QB’s will have more success in his system, and it’s also obvious that Alex Smith is nothing special.

  38. hodag54501 says: Mar 18, 2012 10:26 AM

    The line on comments about Matt Flynn always centers around his “limited” experience. Starting two games is limited REGULAR season action. But I’ve had the pleasure of seeing him in pre-season for a number of years as well. The Dolphins would be getting a good one, probably better than when M. Hasselbeck went to Seattle from Green Bay. Most people forget Flynn beat out Brian Brohm for the top backup job in Green Bay. Brohm came out of college highly touted(similar to the hype for Luck and RGIII as “pro ready”, we’ll see) and Flynn as an afterthought. He not only beat out Brohm, but was able to move the Packers offense with ease. Philbin and Mike Sherman will have a dynamic offense in Miami, and Flynn is the guy to run it.

  39. faithful209er says: Mar 18, 2012 10:27 AM

    gregthomas77 says:
    Mar 18, 2012 10:12 AM

    Then why are they after Peyton? Just put Harbaugh out on the field or let him take someone like John Beck and turn him into a winner

    ————–

    1. No, they’re after Peyton because he’s one of the best to ever play the game, and he’s available.

    2. Yeah, John Beck. Sounds good. Put him on the Niners, and we’re back in the playoffs. And you know it’s true because Harbaugh will coach him up and simultaneously hide his flaws.

  40. CKL says: Mar 18, 2012 10:31 AM

    Soulman45 says: Mar 18, 2012 9:25 AM

    Frist to say
    Is their a law for taking money from a team and can’t get the job done?

    –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––
    Nope, and it’s funny how players have great years and want more money “because we don’t get guaranteed contracts” but when they spend the year on IR or have a crap year they don’t try to give any back. It is what it is, and I’d prefer to not hear those complaints unless they give their money back when they stink or are hurt (which I think would be silly, just as public whining and holding out when you are UNDER CONTRACT is).

  41. firemarshal1 says: Mar 18, 2012 10:37 AM

    Mr. Alvin Flynn, you want to act SOON before the Miami Dolphins move on from your son. Matt’s best chance succeed in the NFL is with the Dolphins coach since he knows his strengths and weaknesses. I’m just saying……if you look, I called it last night Alex Smith, would be coming down today. I don’t work for the Dolphins.

  42. beedubyatoo says: Mar 18, 2012 10:38 AM

    “…the got one of the best special teams in the league with an all pro kicker and punter…”
    —————————
    Right. And Williams to return punts.

    Oh wait…

  43. medtxpack says: Mar 18, 2012 10:40 AM

    pftcensorssuck says:Mar 18, 2012 9:22 AM

    That’s just the problem …… seems like EVERY quarterback since Marino has been asleep on offense. They hardly need another.

    I like Matt Flynn in the two games we’ve seen him in, but with just two games under his belt, I doubt he could run ANY offense “in his sleep.
    __________________________________

    You are delusional. First, they said THAT offense. He could do it. Its the only one hes learned, studied and had worked into him for the past few years. GB is known for their extensive QB school in the offseason that still includes Mike McCarthy and Tom Clements, used to include Joe Philbin. Miami is the best place for him to succeed quickly. Yes we only have two games of him but he did more in those two starts than he Kolb did in his seven. Flynn has also show no signs of wavering durability either. Quit hatin and blame what the obvious problem in Miami has been, no QB has been given a true chance, not Henne, no Moore, not Clemens, no one. Flynn, with a chance, will succeed.

  44. couchfandotcom says: Mar 18, 2012 10:49 AM

    Pretty soon Manning will have only one team in the “sweepstakes”… if only one team is fighting for you, well…you can count the millions of dollars being dropped in any offer.

    Patience may be a virtue, but patience also has a price…

  45. thejuddstir says: Mar 18, 2012 10:52 AM

    ““He’s excited to be down there,” Alvin Flynn said. “He is very fond of Joe Philbin. He has warm feelings for him.”…….that “warm feeling” is from pissin’ in his pants at the thought of making big money as a starter even though he hasn’t really proved anything…(Kevin Kolb)anyone.

  46. thingamajig says: Mar 18, 2012 10:54 AM

    Alvin Flynn=Archie Manning 2.0

  47. sliderdh says: Mar 18, 2012 11:00 AM

    I say let’s sign Alvin and get it over with.

  48. tinbender2000 says: Mar 18, 2012 11:03 AM

    faithful209er says: Mar 18, 2012 10:23 AM

    Greg,
    You don’t watch the Niners much, do you? You obviously have something against them- which is fine- but Alex Smith really did not play very well even last year.

    Yep, 90% completion percentage, 5 picks on the year. Yep, pretty sucky.

  49. gregthomas77 says: Mar 18, 2012 11:06 AM

    Greg,
    You don’t watch the Niners much, do you? You obviously have something against them- which is fine- but Alex Smith really did not play very well even last year. The coaching, game planning, and play of his teammates covered for a lot of weak play. Oh, and special teams and a ton of luck helped cover up for Smith last year, too. He is not much of a QB, and Harbaugh’s system has a track record of making EVERY QB who plays for him look decent in extended play. Josh Johnson, Andrew Luck, and Alex Smith all had success under Harbaugh. (NFL draft from DII, #2 NCAA, and NFC championship game, respectively.)

    As an observer of Harbaugh for years here in northern California, it’s obvious that QB’s will have more success in his system, and it’s also obvious that Alex Smith is nothing special.

    ———————

    I don’t watch them a ton, but I have nothing against them. My point is more that it seems that if you have a quarterback who is successful in your system (regardless of what you think about that quarterback on their own), that you would try and keep continuity and keep up your success. Of course I understand why someone would want Peyton, but I don’t understand why not be sure you keep Alex Smith.

  50. miriam45 says: Mar 18, 2012 11:09 AM

    While Dolphins are concerned with who is going to throw the ball.a bigger concern should be who is going to catch it.

  51. anrockray says: Mar 18, 2012 11:11 AM

    Flynn’s Agent to Flynn’s Dad: “Say this to the media tomorrow and your son will make and extra 5 million”

    Flynn’s Dad: “OK, will do”

  52. zackattack006 says: Mar 18, 2012 11:38 AM

    I have to admit, I like what the Fins are doing this free agency. They’re addressing the needs that the draft will not offer and are getting his players cheap, for the very first time. Parcells screwed this team by giving hefty contracts to nobodies. Ireland had a solid draft last year and foresee him having a better one this year. Although many of us don’t agree, they realized that Brandon Marshall was not bringing playoffs to the franchise and was dropping around 40% of the balls thrown to him, they shipped him for 2 picks, which I thought was a great deal. Keep in mind that he is looking a possible suspension from the league and he will not become a civilized person any time soon. Great job Ireland!

  53. dewman13 says: Mar 18, 2012 11:45 AM

    faithful209er >>> I love how Ross is trampled for going all out to get Harbaugh?! I believe it was genius. Jim didn’t want to uproot his family from NorCal. Been there and don’t blame him. But, Ross gets labeled a fool for trying?? I can only imagine how the Fin’s season woulda panned out with Harbaugh at the helm? Hmmm? No offense, but the 9ers hadn’t been scaring anyone until last year. I believe the blame should be placed squarely at the feet of Bill Parcells!!! Sparano would still be an O-line coach and Jeffey would still be a scout! And the Rams can have Fischer. Mediocre at BEST! Check his record. I hope to get Flynn and Peyton to SF. He may wind up with more rings than Eli!!!

  54. 69finfan says: Mar 18, 2012 11:50 AM

    @ faithful209er

    I am a long time Dolphin Fan and I appreciate you feeling sorry for me but don’t. I am not defined by being a Dolphin Fan. There is much more to my being than that. I wish they would make some better decisions and win some more games but in the grand scheme of life it’s really not a big deal. I’ll be alright if they go 16 – 0 or 0-16. I’ll be alright if they win 10 more SB’s before I move on or if they never play in another one. But, dammit can somebody make a frickin decision and close a deal, any deal. My God, sign somebody already. Go Fins.

  55. tkushy says: Mar 18, 2012 11:53 AM

    finsup13.

    Don’t fear. You’re not going to have to sit through another 6-10 Dolphins season this year. it will be 2-14 !!!

  56. thcnote says: Mar 18, 2012 12:11 PM

    miriam45 says:
    Mar 18, 2012 11:09 AM
    While Dolphins are concerned with who is going to throw the ball.a bigger concern should be who is going to catch it.
    —–
    The fins will sign Flynn then trade up to 4 with the Browns and take Blackmon. The Browns can move to 8 and still get Tannahill ( not sure if I spelled that right but you know).

  57. twodat says: Mar 18, 2012 12:33 PM

    Matt Flynn almost beat NE and did beat Detroit. Both great teams. He is a keeper and really has more upside that Peyton for the long term. Whoever gets him will be happy for a long time.

  58. laxcoach37 says: Mar 18, 2012 12:34 PM

    I have been a Dolphins fan for 38 yrs (maybe a few more, but my memory under 7 years old??) Anyway, I am ashamed more by the attutude of our Fans than the actions of the Front Office or play on the field. We have limited talented and still won games.. We could have easily been 9-7. Yes, we play NE twice a year too. We are not that bad. Every year a few Receivers come out of nowhere. Who was Mike Wallace? Sanders made Wallace. For that matter, whi is Sanders? If you field 4 decent (not great) receivers ( not WRs, think Bush, Clay) in a West Coast, it wont matter what their name is! My proof is look at every receiver on the Packers. Jennings is good, but not considered elite. He is barely the leading receiver. They spread it around. They can plug any RB in and they were almost immune to a injury disaster. Its about the Type of Offensive strategy. I think we will come to find the best thing that every happened to the Fins is Philbin and his system. Get Flynn, he is ready to play. Even “pro ready” rookies take time. One more thing, please cut the Kolb references out. Unless you have a Magic Ball, it is all speculation. Go Phins!

  59. cantonbound13 says: Mar 18, 2012 12:35 PM

    One thing is for certain, Ireland & Ross will make the wrong choice.

  60. stevenfbrackett says: Mar 18, 2012 12:50 PM

    Dear Archie Manning:

    A father should be supportive of his adult son in the NFL without interfering. Interference only causes bad PR and turns off teams and the fanbase.

    Please see: “Alvin Flynn”.

    Signed,

    The Fanbase

  61. jclii says: Mar 18, 2012 1:05 PM

    I think Flynn is going to be very good. The fact that Flynn knows the offense and the verbiage of the calls he will have to make puts him ahead of any other QB that has to start from scratch. He’s a smart kid and should be given the chance. He may lay have a little on film, but damn did he look good in those 2 games. A guy just doesn’t throw 6TD’s in a game by accident. He has some skills.

  62. bunjy96 says: Mar 18, 2012 1:51 PM

    Dynasty says: Mar 18, 2012 9:33 AM

    Who will he throw it too in Miami?

    +++++
    Blackmon after trading 2 spots with Tampa.

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