SEATTLE (AP) — Matt Flynn came to Seattle to be the starting quarterback, optimistic he would be leading the Seahawks against his former team, the Green Bay Packers, in Week 3 of the season.
The only way he'll get a chance to play against the Packers on Monday night is if the rookie who beat him out for the job, Russell Wilson, is injured or ineffective.
"It's not my decision to make. I'm proud of the way I played and picked everything up and how I've handled coming into a new situation and I can't control anything," Flynn said this week. "I'm just trying to make the team better and make myself better and stay confident."
Flynn signed as a free agent with Seattle because he knew his chance to start would never come in Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers at the controls. He signed with the Seahawks, but coach Pete Carroll chose Wilson after the third-round draft pick had a dynamic preseason.
"I'm always preparing like I have to be ready to go. That's how my mentality is," Flynn said. "I'm ready to go whenever I need to go. That's always how I'm going to look at it. I still have confidence and I think I can get the job done if I need to."
Flynn spent the week in practice impersonating his friend and former teammate who he keeps in touch with regularly. Rodgers believed that when Flynn signed with Seattle, it would for sure be his buddy playing against him.
"Excited for him and his opportunity up there but it hasn't gone the way he would have wanted so far," Rodgers said. "But he's a competitor and hopefully he's going to get an opportunity at some point, either there or somewhere else."
The Packers only got brief glimpses of Flynn in his four years as Rodgers' backup. He vaulted to near the top of the free agent list after throwing for 480 yards and six touchdowns in the regular season finale last year against Detroit. But he didn't get the massive payday many expected and Seattle's investment of $10 million guaranteed over three years was not so hefty that Flynn would be handed the starting job.
Enter Wilson, who Packers fans are also quite familiar with after he led Wisconsin to the Rose Bowl a season ago. And despite spending just one year in the state, he got quite familiar with what Rodgers and the Packers mean.
"It's going to be pretty cool to play against him," Wilson said. "When I was at the University of Wisconsin that is all everyone was talking about — either the Badgers or the Packers."