Forget Tebow time, it’s Matt Flynn time
Move over Tim Tebow, there is a new Quarterback who is about to take the spotlight. Now nobody may know about him, he’s been a bench warmer for his entire rookie contract and has only played when Aaron Rodgers has been hurt. He only has attempted 88 passes in his entire career but may very well be playing himself into a whole bunch of money and a starting gig for next season. That very quarterback I’m talking about is Green Bay Packers’ QB Matt Flynn who is not only on the last year of his contract but also is going to see a lot of playing time on Sunday against the Detroit Lions.
When Flynn has played due to injury to Rodgers, he hasn’t looked bad at all. In fact he almost led the Packers to a comeback victory against the New England Patriots if it wasn’t for the poor clock management that prevented a comeback from happening. He did throw for three touchdowns in that game against New England but from all indication it seems Flynn is going to be starting on Sunday while the Packers rest some players, including Aaron Rodgers. Heading into the off-season, it would be too much of a price tag to put the Franchise Tag on Flynn and to try to trade him but it’s not a guarantee teams would be calling Green Bay asking for Flynn. So as Flynn prepares to face Detroit on Sunday, this will be his final shot to show that he can be a starter in the NFL and show to some team that he would be worth signing and making him the starting Quarterback. Folks, if you don’t know the name Matt Flynn, get use to it because he is going to be the talk of this off-season, much like Kevin Kolb was this past off-season.
Here are some teams who I think may take a flier on Matt Flynn in the Off-Season:
Cleveland Browns: What do Brett Favre and Matt Hasselbeck have in common? Mike Holmgren and the fact that Mike traded for both while they were backups and made them starters in Green Bay and Seattle. Could Holmgren’s streak of turning backups into starters continue with Flynn? Sure, I mean they don’t have much invested in Colt McCoy since he was only a third round pick, so they could always trade Colt to another team and name Flynn the starter but the best part about this is this time Holmgren won’t have to trade for Flynn and just wait for him to become a Free Agent in March.
Miami Dolphins: Matt Moore has done a wonderful job in Miami, he’s done enough that the Dolphins are no longer in the race for Andrew Luck. Dolphins fans weren’t too happy about that and rightfully so, if you don’t have a Franchise QB, why not want the best prospect to come out since Peyton Manning? They may not get Luck but there is a chance of Robert Griffin or Landry Jones, but why wait to see if they will fall in the draft and just get Matt Flynn? Plus, whoever is the new coach won’t have any ties or connections to Moore so he’ll be more than likely to get his guy and maybe Flynn will be that guy.
Washington Redskins: The Washington Redskins need a Quarterback like the Baltimore Orioles need a winning season. When your quarterback situation involves Rex Grossman and John Beck, it is fair to compare them to the Orioles of Major League Baseball. The Orioles haven’t had a winning season in over ten years, pretty much in that same time period the Redskins haven’t really had the guy at Quarterback. With Matt Barkley going back to USC, the Redskins will most likely have to pull a reverse Ricky Williams trade where instead of receiving a bunch of picks for the top spot, they would be moving up to the top spot to grab Andrew Luck. If they don’t want Luck, then they most likely will have to trade up for Robert Griffin, but if they feel Flynn can be a Franchise QB, why not sign him and put effort in the Draft to build around him.
Seattle Seahawks: Since Pete Caroll can’t get Matt Barkley in the 2012 Draft, maybe Seattle feels they strike gold twice by trading for another Packers backup Quarterback. Matt Hasselbeck was drafted in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers and later traded to Seattle in 2001. Maybe another Matt is what the Seahawks need to turn their team around. Granted, Flynn would struggle behind the offensive line as well and probably any other Quarterback but if Seattle can build up their offensive line, Flynn very well could succeed in Seattle. Like Hasselbeck, Flynn was a late round pick in the 2008 Draft where he was selected in the seventh round.
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