It is interesting to compare and contrast the quarterback situation for the Cleveland Browns and the Seattle Seahawks. First, before the Browns made the decision to draft Brandon Weeden, they were one of the teams rumored to be interested in Matt Flynn, formerly of the Green Bay Packers. I think it is safe to say that a fair share of Browns fans were convinced (and may still be) that Flynn was the answer for the team's quarterback situation.
After Cleveland's "reported" interest in waned, the Miami Dolphins seemed to be the heavy favorites to sign Flynn. That did not happen; instead, Flynn signed with the Seahawks. The three teams in the market for Flynn -- Cleveland, Miami, and Seattle -- could have used an upgrade at quarterback, although Seattle probably was not in desperate need of one. Now, Seattle might be stuck in a situation where you wonder, "is Flynn really the guy?" This is a guy who lit it up in two starts with the Packers, but we saw Derek Anderson light it up in a couple of his early games too. Add Kelly Holcomb to that list as well. Now, according to ESPN's John Clayton, Flynn won't immediately start off as the No. 1 guy in training camp, partially because he has not "wowed" anyone yet:
"(Flynn) hasn't wowed anybody in all the offseason program. And because of that, when they start training camp, Tarvaris Jackson will be taking the first snap," Clayton said. "... It's still gonna be a three-way competition. Because of that, Flynn's going to have to pick things up and wow everybody or at least take control of it during camp. He's not done it yet."
SB Nation Seattle wisely points out that this should not come as a big surprise. They feel that Pete Carroll always intended to give Tavaris Jackson, Flynn, and third-round pick Russell Wilson some first-round snaps, but that Flynn will ultimately win the starting role. Here's the question, though: what if he doesn't? The local media in Cleveland has been extremely high on Weeden, almost leaving no doubt that he is the starter. Can you imagine the negativity that would have come out if Flynn and McCoy entered a true competition with each other, with McCoy kicking off training camp as the No. 1 starter?
Bottom line: this is probably a whole lot of nothing, but I'm glad the Browns have been giving their [still unannounced] "starter," Weeden, the first-team reps, while Flynn is having to split time in Seattle to start off.