Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn may get a golden opportunity on Sunday when the Packers face the Detroit Lions with nothing to play for. It would be a wise choice for McCarthy to sit starter Aaron Rodgers for at least the second half, to avoid any injuries to Rodgers, and to give Flynn a chance to shine and potentially increase his trading value.
There are plenty of places that could use Flynn, and while he could end up being a bust like former Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb has looked like so far, he may turn out to be like Matt Hasselbeck, a backup for the Packers who was traded to Seattle a decade ago, and flourished.
Here are five potential places that could use Matt Flynn's services in 2012, and are likely already considering making a trade with the Packers.
This may sound crazy to some people, especially since the 49ers are on their way to being the No. 2 or No. 3 seed in the NFC, but I still think that they could make an improvement at the quarterback position.
Alex Smith has been a reliable game manager this season, but I doubt that he can lead this offense to a lot of playoff wins. If the 49ers upgrade their quarterback position, their offense would have a lot more firepower than it currently has with Alex Smith making safe, short passes and Frank Gore running the ball.
Matt Flynn would at least be an option for the 49ers to explore, especially if Flynn is not traded and simply becomes a free agent. That way, the 49ers could get him at a low price and have him compete with Alex Smith for the starting job.
Denver is another team whose quarterback situation may be in good shape at the moment, but I'm sure that John Fox and John Elway would like to have a backup plan if Tim Tebow can't continue his success next year.
Tim Tebow has been great for the Broncos this year, and while I am not somebody who thinks Tim Tebow is doomed to fail in the NFL, I think that having a more conventional quarterback like Matt Flynn on the roster could be a good thing for the Broncos.
If Tebow doesn't work out next year, and Flynn is on the roster, they could go to Flynn. They could even start with Flynn and have Tebow play quarterback on a situational basis. While I support Tebow and think that he has a chance to succeed in the NFL, the Broncos would still probably benefit from having a quarterback like Flynn on the roster, especially if they can get him at a reasonable price.
The Dolphins will be hitting the reset button after a disappointing 2011 campaign, but in the process of a rough year proved that they had the talent and the ability to be a contending team.
The Dolphins current quarterback, Matt Moore, has played well in recent weeks, but is likely not slated to be the starter next year. And since the Dolphins are out of the Andrew Luck race, they may very well try to trade with the Packers to get Flynn if they can't get another quarterback.
Miami would be a good landing spot for Flynn—they have a good offense with a solid receiving corps led by Brandon Marshall and a defense that showed a lot of heart even in the face of a struggling season.
The Redskins are a team that needs a lot of work to become true contenders, especially on the offensive side of the ball, so they could certainly use a quarterback like Matt Flynn to give them a boost.
If Flynn were to go to the Redskins, he would have a very solid running game at his disposal with Tim Hightower, Roy Helu and Ryan Torain all being viable young players. However, his receivers are all very young and inexperienced, with the exception of the beat-up Santana Moss.
However, Flynn would have the opportunity to succeed in Washington, especially with a strong defense that will keep them in games. And since the Redskins probably won't get Luck, they will likely pursue Flynn.
The Packers could very well be making a trade for Matt Flynn that would send him where they sent Matt Hasselbeck—to the Seattle Seahawks.
It is clear that the Seahawks are not in the "Suck for Luck" race, and it is also clear that their starting quarterback, Tarvaris Jackson, is not a long-term answer.
The Seahawks are a rebuilding team but have a fiery head coach in Pete Carroll, and an offense with a lot of potential with promising young receivers in Mike Williams and Sidney Rice, and a running game that seems to be set for the next few years with Marshawn Lynch at the helm.
If Matt Flynn goes to Seattle, he will be set up to succeed quickly, as he will have the talent around him, a great head coach and a weak division that always makes the schedule easy for the Seahawks.