Poor Matt Flynn.
After a big contract with the Seattle Seahawks last year, he rode the bench after Russell Wilson rose to stardom. Flynn then got traded to Oakland, where he managed to lose his job to yet another young riser in Terelle Pryor. After a quick stop in Buffalo, he went right back on the market when EJ Manuel came back from injury.
So why should such a used commodity be thought of to return to Green Bay?
First, he has experience in the system. Flynn most likely still knows most of the playbook, and the addition of a running game would help him integrate in. Mike McCarthy trusts him, as he did years ago when he filled in for Aaron Rodgers last time he was injured. He is also knows the guys he is playing with, and that would help him.
Second, he can win. Matt Flynn may not have won the game versus the Patriots, but he very well could have. Flynn played extremely well versus New England, and nearly won that game. Maybe he would have, if the Packers had a decent running game which, what do you know? They have one.
Third, he is ready to prove people wrong about him. Rodgers is known for his ability to carry a chip on his shoulder to motivate him, and it’s about time Flynn found one to carry. If he could get himself riled up, maybe we could see him go off again like he did versus Detroit.
Ted Thompson should definitely give Flynn a call. The Seneca Wallace experiment could be over as soon as next week if Wallace lays an egg against Philadelphia, and if Rodgers is out any longer than three weeks, Flynn would be a need, not just insurance.
What about Scott Tolzein? Well, who’s sold on a practice player who has no real experience? Maybe TT and MM are at this point as reports indicate he’s been signed to the 53-man roster, but that can always change.