What do Kirk Cousins, Joe Webb, Jason Campbell, Nick Foles, Colin Kaepernick, Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley, Brian Hoyer, Greg McElroy, Not Tim Tebow, Charlie Batch, Byron Leftwich, Thaddeus Lewis, Matt Hasselbeck, Chad Henne, Matt Leinart, Terrelle Pryor, and Brady Quinn all have in common?
They're all contestants in my Bachelorette Fantasy. No, wait. They were all backup quarterbacks at one point in 2012 that were called upon to play important minutes for their teams. Well, maybe the Chiefs didn't have any important minutes but you know what I am saying. In the case of Kaepernick, he led the 49ers to the Super Bowl, though he came up short haha. In the case of the Cardinals, we all questioned whether or not football players were real athletes.
Cousins had to come into a playoff game. Webb had to start a playoff game. The Bears lost Campbell's only start and fell one win shy of the playoffs. Last year we saw T.J. Yates start two playoff games for the Texans, while Caleb Hanie misled the Chicago Bears out of the playoffs when they might have been the best team in the NFC otherwise. Backup quarterbacks are an afterthought most of the time, but they can also break your season. In the case of a guy like Tom Brady or Kurt Warner, they go on to be Hall of Fame players. The only way to tell what you have is usually to be thrust into a situation you don't want to be in, and as you can see, teams are put into that position all the time. The 49ers are certain they have their quarterback of the future. The Cardinals are certain that they're screwed.
The Seahawks signed Matt Flynn to compete for a starting job. We thought that they had signed him to just start, but how silly and stupid Pete Carroll made us feel. :( But the good news is that instead, Russell Wilson started 18 healthy games and has made the argument that we don't need to look for a starting-caliber quarterback again for a very long time. This makes Flynn, a player that people still feel is good enough to start, redundant to an extent. He also does not seem to fit that well into the offensive gameplan that was so successful for Seattle late in the year. He can hit those short and intermediary throws with ease, but struggled with deep balls from what I remember. Wilson is athletic enough to run the option and the deep throws have become very integral to winning football games.
However, if the Seahawks traded Flynn and replaced him with a guy less proven, which they almost certainly would have to do because Flynn is probably going to get a shot to start somewhere and the guy that Seattle replaced him with wouldn't be starting, then that's another risk for Pete. I revert you back to the first paragraph. All quarterbacks are at risk. QBs that run a little bit are usually a bit scarier, though Wilson seems adept at avoiding hits whenever necessary. Some quarterbacks go 15 years without missing a game. Is Flynn worth keeping around?
I've seen Flynn's reported cap hit for 2013 go as high as "$7.25 million" but also one person in the comments section there says that if he doesn't hit any of his escalators, it's only $4 million. I see no reason to cut Matt Flynn, as Pro Football Talk also suggested they were "expected" to do if they can't trade him. Why would you cut him and pay a quarterback to start for another team?
The options seem simple: Keep Flynn or trade Flynn.
Teams that are more likely to be looking for a quarterback next season:
Teams that are possibly looking for a quarterback next season:
I don't necessarily feel confident about any of those teams looking to trade for Flynn, but of course a few teams will at least kick the tires. I'm really just spitballing about trade partners but I'm sure someone will get fired up about a team I mentioned or didn't mention.
Now you are the genius and handsome John Schneider. I leave it up to you, what to do with Flynn?