Is Matt Flynn the Packers' Next Move After Aaron Rodgers' Injury?

Chris Trapasso@ChrisTrapassoAnalyst INovember 5, 2013

In the sudden state of emergency after Aaron Rodgers' injury, a reported collarbone fracture that could sidelined him for at least three weeks, the Green Bay Packers must call on a quarterback who's been a member of three teams this calendar year, the same guy who threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns on the first day of 2012 for Mike McCarthy's team. 

Matt Flynn

After his historic day in the 2011 regular-season finale, he was signed by the Seattle Seahawks but was ultimately beaten out by Russell Wilson.

On April 1 of 2013, the Seahawks traded Flynn to the Oakland Raiders.

He battled with and was beaten out by Terrelle Pryor for the starting signal-caller job.

Flynn started Oakland's Week 4 game against the Washington Redskins with Pryor sidelined with a concussion. 

Although his stat line wasn't atrocious—21-of-32, 227 yards, one touchdown and one interception—the former LSU Tiger was sacked seven times, and the Raiders totaled only 298 total yards of offense with 14 first downs. 

With the Silver and Black up 14-3 in the second quarter, Flynn threw a pick-six to Redskins rookie cornerback David Amerson that completely shifted the momentum Washington's way.

Dennis Allen and his coaching staff were so discouraged by his performance, when Pryor returned, Flynn was released and signed by the Buffalo Bills, a team with a desperate quarterback situation.

With EJ Manuel and Thad Lewis injured, Flynn wasn't able to beat out undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel to start for Buffalo against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 9 and was waived after the game. 

And that's how Flynn has found himself where he is today.

After a quick honeymoon with the Packers, Flynn has proven to be a disappointing, relatively inept signal-caller who isn't a franchise foundation by any stretch of the imagination. 

However, he spent four full seasons familiarizing himself with McCarthy's offensive system and learning from the masterful Rodgers.

While Flynn's prolific performance against the Lions on New Year's Day 2012 was likely the impetus for him becoming a sought after free agent, a mid-December game against the Patriots in New England the season before mustn't be forgotten. 

Filling for Rodgers who was recovering from a concussion, Flynn went 24-of-37 for 351 yards with three touchdowns and only one interception on Sunday Night Football. 

Down 31-27, he marched the Packers to the Patriots' 15-yard-line in the waning seconds of the game but was sacked and fumbled on 4th down. 

It was a valiant effort against a good team—albeit not the stingiest defense—that initially made many believe Flynn had a future as a viable starter.

Here's a look at the statistics Flynn compiled during his stay with the Packers:

A good chunk of those stats came in limited snaps late in blowouts, which is important to remember. 

But Flynn was impressive in his two starts in McCarthy's system, there's no doubting that. 

The Packers group of pass-catchers isn't as dynamic from top-to-bottom as it was in 2010 or in that shootout against the Lions on the last day of the 2011 campaign. 

Then again, the running game is much better now than it was in either of those two seasons. In 2010, averaged 3.8 yards per carry as a team. In 2011, they barely improved to a still pedestrian 3.9 yards-per-carry average.

This year, Green Bay is tied for the NFL lead with a team yards-per-carry average of 5.0. 

Matt Flynn's Green Bay Statistics
CompletionsAttemptsCompletion %YardsTDsINTs

In short, Flynn wouldn't likely be asked to throw it as often as he did for McCarthy in the past.

Although he underwhelmed after leaving the Packers, Flynn's the most polished pocket passer on the free-agent market who just happens to have experience in the offense currently being run by the Packers. 

The only other somewhat plausible quarterback to serve as a stand in while Rodgers is nursed back to health is Vince Young. 

The former No. 3 overall pick bounced around the NFL after he failed in Tennessee with the Titans and appeared in all four preseason games for the Packers this August. 

He completed 26 of his 49 passing attempts for 218 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions, but a 14-of-30 showing in the final exhibition game led to his release. 

Current backup Seneca Wallace completed only 11 passes for 114 with one pick in Week 9's loss to the Bears. Green Bay went 1-for-8 on third down and appeared in the red zone only two times after the second-stringer took over. 

At this point, Matt Flynn just might be an upgrade over Wallace, but at the very least, he can provide the insurance the Packers need with Aaron Rodgers out.


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