Continuing with their unorthodox approach to the team this season, Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson have named rookie seventh-round pick Matt Flynn the number two quarterback on the depth chart behind first-year starter Aaron Rodgers and ahead of highly touted second-round pick Brian Brohm. Flynn had a more productive preseason than Rodgers and showed good game managing skills to take over the number two spot from Brohm. It was assumed that Brohm would be the number two quarterback by many, but Thompson and McCarthy pulled another surprise this offseason. In college at LSU, Flynn had only 13 career starts, 12 in his senior year when he led the Tigers to the National Championship over Ohio State. Brohm was almost a golden boy after his record career at Louisville, but apparently he wasn’t producing this preseason.
The Viking Age thinks that the Packers are doomed if Rodgers goes down, but, being blinded by some form of homerism, I think that Flynn could be an adequate replacement as a game manager. With all the talent in the offense, the Packers just need a quarterback who can come in and run the plays. Flynn showed he can do that in the preseason. Remember, McCarthy asked Brett Favre to be a game manager for 2007, and look at the season he had.
Although the quarterbacks are inexperienced, I’m trusting that Thompson and McCarthy know what they are doing in having Flynn and Brohm back up Rodgers. And, of course, I hope Rodgers does not put us in a situation where we have to see how Flynn can perform under pressure.