Packers' QB Dilemma: Rodgers vs. Flynn

Kevin SibleyContributor IAugust 5, 2009

GREEN BAY, WI - JULY 28: Matt Flynn #10 of the Green Bay Packers calls a play during summer training camp on July 28, 2008 at the Hutson Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Reports from the Packer's training camp describe a greatly improved Matt Flynn.  The areas of improvement for the Matt Damon look-alike include velocity, accuracy, and decision-making. 

Coaches describe him as a 'gamer'.  This is a direct reflection of his ability to win close games. 

The Packer's are in desperate straights to pull out a W at the end of games. Although the Pack's O put up a decent amount of points, these were usually obtained when the game was already decided. More than six games last season were lost by less than three points.

Flynn is not the disciplined, sit back in the pocket and get sacked QB.  Improvisation was the name of his game at LSU.  This could be beneficial to a Packer's O-line that gave up 22 sacks last season and has not seen an improvement in talent.

But don't pigeon-hole Flynn into being just a scrambler. "(LSU was) wide open," McCarthy said. "There wasn't a lot of in-the-pocket, throwing-the-football. That was one of the things he needed to improve on. He's throwing the ball from the pocket a lot better than last year."

Scouts and drafting personnel that had dogged him about pure passing ability are commenting on the level of maturation in Flynn's style of play. 

Even former teammates see the difference. "When he was at LSU, of course he was a great leader and everything like that," said rookie fullback Quinn Johnson, a teammate of Flynn's from 2004-'07. "But when I got here, his mechanics and everything, just a completely different player. His arm used to be good, but it was nothing like now."

Flynn may be a great option for the Packers to use to fill the lack of offensive leadership and innovation.