And it isn’t even close.
Last night I went back and re-watched every snap that Brohm and Flynn have taken from Family Night through the 49ers game. (Mrs. PackerAaron was thrilled) It’s so blindingly obvious that Matt Flynn is, at this moment, the better quarterback in McCarthy’s system. Brian Brohm may overtake him down the road, but as of yet, his game is not translating well to the pros at all. He is telegraphing his throws, he is tight in his release and his footwork comes undone at the slightest sign of pressure. Flynn, meanwhile, is cool in the pocket, is actually attempting to look off safeties (his deep throw to Taj Smith on the last drive against the 49ers is a thing of beauty where he holds the safety in the middle of the field with his eyes and then throws a perfect pass to Smith who just blows the catch)
If McCarthy and Thompson are dead set against bringing in a veteran quarterback (which they seem to be, and which seems like the quickest way possible to commit professional suicide, but what do I know…) and are adamant about using a rookie as the back up, Flynn is the rookie that gives them the best chance to…well…maybe not win, but at least not embarrass themselves so much.
I understand that relegating Brohm would be difficult in light of what draft status prejudices may exist, but this can’t be about being precious and it can’t be about protecting egos. If McCarthy is true to his word about competition producing the best players, so far, it’s not even close.