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Poll position: Grade Matt Flynn's Seahawks debut
Matt Flynn ran the first leg of the Seahawks' quarterback relay race Saturday night. He started the preseason opener against the Tennessee Titans, and he was very efficient despite not throwing the ball downfield much.
Flynn played the entire first half and played with a mix of starters and reserves. He completed 11 of 13 passes for 71 yards. He threw one interception, which wasn't so much a mistake as it was an incredible, athletic play by Titans middle linebacker Colin McCarthy. The only pass Flynn threw that hit the ground was a drop by tight end Anthony McCoy (we've seen that before, huh?).
Flynn led the Seahawks to a field goal during his first drive, but after gaining 62 yards on 15 plays to start the game, the Seahawks' last 14 plays of the half mustered only 41 yards. Preseason games are so uneven because players are shuffling in and out, but Flynn had some solid moments, especially when the Seahawks' first-team offense went against the Titans' first-team defense. It would be nice to see the Seahawks be less conservative and let Flynn try to attack down the field as the preseason progresses, but this is just a start. Without Sidney Rice and newly-acquired Terrell Owens and even raw second-year speedster Ricardo Lockette on the field, you already knew the Seahawks didn't have a lot of big-play options. So, it's really no surprise that the offense looked a little vanilla early.
So, how do you think Flynn did in his first appearance as a Seahawk?