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This selection is not so much an indictment of Flynn himself, but rather a commentary on what may prove to be a highly ineffective offensive line (yet again) this season.
As evidenced last week against the Saints, the loss of starting left tackle Jared Veldheer to a torn tricep does not augur well for the beginning of the Matt Flynn era in Oakland.
In the absence of Veldheer, the first-team offensive line struggled mightily to protect Flynn from the Saints’ pass rush, as he was sacked on five separate occasions in one half of action.
Indeed, the offensive line was utterly ineffective without its anchor, Veldheer. And he’s expected to miss, at the very least, eight games.
Without adequate pass protection, Flynn's contributions to the Raiders' rebuilding efforts this year will be negligible, at best. Granted, Flynn did perform satisfactorily against the Saints, completing 12 of 16 passes, with a touchdown strike for good measure.
But, given the O-line’s current state of disarray, it's hard to imagine similarly steady performances from Flynn, or any other quarterback on the roster for that matter, on a weekly basis.
So although the offensive line may ultimately prove to be Oakland's most inefficient unit, we'll give the nod to Matt Flynn as the player who'll most disappoint Raider Nation.
Is this fair? Perhaps not. But quarterbacks are anointed to be saviors, linemen aren't. Thusly, the expectations of Flynn are higher, and the disappointment will be greater if he has an underwhelming 2013 campaign.