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It's Showtime for Matt Flynn

It's Showtime for Matt Flynn

I never give much credence to pre-season football. However, backup quarterback Matt Flynn should. Although tonight's game is meaningless in the big picture, for Matt Flynn it could mean everything.

There is no doubt that I have been overly critical and obsessive about getting a backup quarterback into Green Bay. After watching other admirable performances turned in this week by the likes of John Kitna and (gasp) Rex Grossman, there is no doubt that having an experienced veteran quarterback shows on the field. Something Matt Flynn has yet to prove to me.

This burden of proof was not enhanced on Family Night either. Flynn looked pedestrian, and the throw that was ultimately picked off by Sam Shields was terrible. Seriously, from the time the ball left Flynn's hands, I swear I could have eaten two burrito's, some chips, a moon pie, and then washed it down with a gallon milk before the ball got there. He was late and slow, something that you don't improve on without real experience.

I wish Matt Flynn the best of luck tonight, but he needs to show the Packer's coaching staff something. We all know the Packers are loaded on offense. We also know that if Aaron Rodgers goes down we are in a world of hurt.

Is Matt Flynn a guy that can lead a championship roster to a winning season? Tonight's game will be crucial in starting to answer that question. Expect an outcry on Sunday if things go south.

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asshalo's picture

His pick against AZ in week 17 was somewhat of a cause for concern as they were playing vanilla D. Rodgers and Favre have all thrown INTs in family Night's past, though Rodgers looked pretty sharp this year. Though the throw was bad, I can't put too much stock into it.

Year 3 was the time Rodgers made a noticeable jump. Just look at his preseason Stats in 2007. Flynn performed very similiar to Rodgers in their second preseason (3 Tds, 0-1 INTs). From a preseason statistics standpoint Flynn seems to be somewhat ahead of Rodgers in progression. Though Flynn had more to work with and preseason ofcourse doesn't indicate much.

Flynn Game Logs: http://www.nfl.com/players/mattflynn/gamelogs?id=FLY487098&season=2008

Rodgers Game Logs: http://www.nfl.com/players/aaronrodgers/gamelogs?id=ROD339293&season...

asshalo's picture

Their Regular Season Stats in year's one and two are also almost identical. Yes, the sample size is small both in games and snaps. My point is a break-out game as a back-up by Flynn in the regular season wouldn't surprise me.

Supposedly Flynn already has trade value. Imagine if Flynn had a game like Rodgers at Dallas in 2007 only this year. I got to believe that would land GB a top 40 pick. And they'll need it with the amount of free agents coming up in this offseason.

Oppy's picture

Flynn seems like one of those guys whose top performances come out when he's in the thick of it.

Real competition, not scrimmages, seem to be his thing. I look for Flynn to play well against the Browns.

In response to "Is Matt Flynn a guy that can lead a championship roster to a winning season?".. Well, he's proven he could do it at the collegiate level. That's not the NFL, I know, but it certainly isn't a bad thing, either. Many scouting reports on Flynn coming out of college said the only thing that holds him back is his lack of elite arm strength- he can't make the deep ball- that teams expect an NFL starter to make. That can change with the weight room and mechanics. hopefully it will.

Oppy's picture

Well,Flynn didn't play well.

I guess I'm a drooling idiot! :)

Aaron's picture

You were watching Rex Grossman's clone in the Arena 4 league, right? Not the Grossman that looked like Sexy Rexy of old last night for the Redskins...right?

Oppy's picture

Sexy Rexy.. Or Rex Glassman?

You make the call

JohnRehor's picture

Although I think that a vet would be a nice cushion at QB in a season where expectations are so high in case Flynn flopped, he has to be given the benefit of the doubt at least a little bit. He is highly thought of by the coaching staff and until he proves he can't do the job, he's our backup. Let's see what he does tonight before pressing the panic button.

PackersRS's picture

It's his 3rd year in the same WCO. This is the year where it should be clear whether he has fully knowledge of the scheme and can run it or not.

But the expectations of a good QB2 is not to be able to lead a team to a championship. Is to be able to manage the offense properly, win against the lesser teams, and give the team a chance to win against the thougher ones.

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