The Oakland Raiders released backup quarterback Matt Flynn on Monday following the team’s victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday night. Presumed to be the starter heading into the preseason, Flynn became expendable after Terrelle Pryor emerged as the team’s number one passer during the preseason.
No longer employed by the Raiders, Flynn will soon find himself in a familiar role, backing up the best quarterback in football, Aaron Rodgers.
It will be like 2011 all over again. Matt Flynn wearing the headset next to coach Mike McCarthy on the sideline as Aaron Rodgers leads the Pack down the field on Sunday. It’s about as cushy of a job as one can have in the National football league.
Backup quarterback is a role that fits Flynn well, especially in a system like Green Bay’s. It is also a position of need for the Packers. Seneca Wallace was brought in as a second string option following training camp, but he doesn’t excite anyone and has nowhere near the grasp of what Green Bay does on offense compared to Flynn.
Mobile quarterbacks like Pryor and Russell Wilson, the two whom Flynn has backed up in Seattle and Oakland over the past two seasons, are more susceptible to injury than a traditional pocket passer. Aaron Rodgers definitely fits the pocket passer mold better than that of a scrambler, reducing his risk of injury.
A pocket passer himself, Flynn is better suited to backup a pocket passer, where his talents are more suited to run the offense should he get the call.
In limited action in Green Bay Flynn was able to step up to the plate and deliver in a big way. His ability to run the Packers offense made him one of the hottest commodities in free agency when he hit the market.
After seeing the starting job pulled out from underneath him two straight seasons, Flynn would be wise to accept his role as a backup and come back to Green Bay where he enjoyed the most successful time of his career. Who knows, another stint like he had the first time around could earn him a final shot at starting elsewhere.
Returning to Green Bay makes the most sense for Flynn and the Packers alike. One wouldn’t think Ted Thompson will wait long to make the call and bring his former draft pick back to Titletown.
Senior Sports Editor
The Guardian Express