Most dot-connecting observers expected quarterback Matt Flynn to sign with the Dolphins after it became clear Peyton Manning wouldn’t be taking his talents to South Beach. The fit was natural. New Fins coach Joe Philbin was Flynn’s offensive coordinator in Green Bay, and Miami had a quarterback need.
Flynn turned down the Dolphins in favor of Pete Carroll’s Seahawks. He explained why in an interview with 710 ESPN Seattle.
“I am close with Joe,” Flynn acknowledged. “I think a lot of him. I think he’s gonna do a great job in Miami. … When it came down to it, I just felt like [Seattle] was a better situation for me. I felt it’s a program that’s really on the rise, doing the right thing, is being led by the right type of people.”
Flynn didn’t say the Dolphins are being led by the wrong type of people, but we’ll let you read between the lines. It’s worth noting that Flynn has not been guaranteed a starting job in Seattle. He almost certainly would have been named the Dolphins’ Week One starter from the get-go.
“No, not at all,” Flynn replied when asked whether he’s been promised a starting spot. “[Carroll] promised me that there was gonna be a good competition and I think one thing I respect about him is that he preaches competition. … It feels like a really great family environment.
“And after doing some soul searching after I went to Miami, it just kind of felt like it was the best fit for me.”