The Raiders’ quarterback competition involves a veteran in Matt Flynn, a high-potential rookie in Tyler Wilson and an extremely polarizing talent in Terrelle Pryor.
Undoubtedly, this will result in endless fan and media debates surrounding whom it is the starter should be, likely carrying not only throughout the offseason, but the regular season as well.
At this point, Matt Flynn is the favorite to start, and deservedly so.
For him to lose the job, it will likely take a preseason of both disappointing play on the part of Flynn himself, as well as consistent standout performances from either Wilson or Pryor.
Many who would prefer to see one of the younger quarterbacks get their shot as the starter will point to Flynn’s lack of starting experience and production thus far in his career. While it can be a fair point, in reality, this is Flynn’s first real opportunity to lead a franchise.
Let’s remember that it was not until Rich Gannon finally got his opportunity with the Raiders that his career took off in a big way. While similar production cannot be expected for Flynn, it should not be ruled out either.
With his veteran experience, despite the fact that it has not always come as a starter, Flynn holds a significant advantage over the two young quarterbacks he will compete against throughout the offseason.