Packers backup QB Matt Flynn & Other QB Notes

Matt Flynn

He will be entering his 5th season next year, and will enter free agency. He has learned from Tom Clements, one of the best QB coaches in the league. In fact, Clements is a candidate to become either an offensive coordinator or go straight to head coaching (like Andy Reid did). He has practiced, watched film, and learned behind 2 great quarterbacks: MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers, and was a rookie in future Hall of Famer Brett Favre’s final season in Green Bay. It’s not a matter of if, but who will sign Flynn to a decent starting quarterback contract. Although very premature, my early money is on the Redskins and Jets. But that doesn’t mean other teams shouldn’t contemplate getting him:

Teams that need a quarterback right now: Seahawks, Dolphins

Teams that could use him to start/compete: Browns, Colts, Raiders, Cardinals, Vikings, Buccaneers, Titans, Jaguars

Teams that may need a QB soon: Patriots, Eagles, Cowboys, 49ers, Ravens, Broncos, Chiefs, Bills

The free agency period occurs before the draft in April.

2010:

@ Detroit Lions

15/26, 177 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 rushes, 10 yards, 62.5 rating

@ New England Patriots

24/37, 251 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception, 3 rushes, 13 yards, 100.2 rating

2011:

31/44, 480 yards, 6 touchdowns, 1 interception, 136.4 rating

Comparisons

You will hear Kevin Kolb comparisons. But players we have seen more that were in similar situations are: Matt Schaub, Matt Cassel, and in a unique situation Drew Brees.

Philip Rivers was behind Brees and became the starter when Brees got injured. That injury, along with not being able to meet Superbowl aspirations resulted in letting Brees go. He happened to improve and we all know how his story is turning out…

Philly QBs

I trust his situation and preparation more than I ever did for Kevin Kolb (and I’m an Eagles fan). Why? Because Donovan McNabb has always been himself, the same pros and the same cons. Reid’s “QB guru” status is in cohesive team terms more-so than individual QB terms.

His best work is still in progress, with Michael Vick. This will actually be Vick’s first offseason in Philadelphia as the starter. I expect Vick to have the best season of his entire career next year. What Andy Reid has implemented, is a system and a gameplan to win with any quarterback at the helm (9 winning seasons out of his 13, 2 seasons at 8-8, only 2 losing seasons out of 13).

The jury is still out on Kevin Kolb due to injury, and only 8 games started for the Arizona Cardinals.