So the cat is out of the bag … he’s baaaaaack … Matt Flynn, that is.
I am a touch concerned, however, about the amount of attention that Flynn has garnished over the past two weeks. I should elaborate – the attention he has garnished from THE FANS.
Green Bay Packers fans everywhere are wearing their rose-colored glasses, taking a fond trip down memory lane in regards to Flynn’s time with the team. Yes, #10 was a solid backup to Aaron Rodgers, in comparison to the likes of Graham “Oh, no” Harrell. He is most remembered for his week 17 outing against the Detroit Lions in 2011. It was a good day for Flynn, who tossed the ball around for 480 yards and 6 touchdowns, both franchise records.
But, is that what we should be remembering about Flynn?
He only started two games for the Packers – one in 2010 against the Patriots in Foxboro (Aaron Rodgers was sitting because of a concussion), the other against the Lions on Jan. 1 the following year (Aaron Rodgers, a healthy scratch for the playoffs). He did come in and play cleanup after Rodgers’ concussion against the Lions in 2010, as well. Both games in 2010 went down in the loss column.
He didn’t look good coming off the bench against Detroit. He completed only 55 percent of his attempts for 177 yards and an interception. He was much more prepared the next week against the New England Patriots, however. He passed for 251 yards, 65 percent completion and threw 3 touchdowns against 1 interception. Those numbers are respectable.
See what a week of work with the first team unit can do?
His work in 2011 is what the fans keep coming back to. I mean, 480 yards is no easy task in the NFL. I get that. But it came largely in the seasons “garbage time,” as the Packers had already secured a first round bye in the playoffs. He had a great game – and was paid handsomely for it.
But the NFL is a “what have you done for me lately” league.
So, what has Flynn done lately to garnish so much fandom?
Well, you could ask the Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills. They all signed Flynn and released him shortly thereafter. There were rumors of bursitis in his throwing elbow. He was given the chance to win the starting job from Russell Wilson, Terrell Pryor and E.J Manuel. None of whom relinquished the position. So, what happened to the Matt Flynn that the Packers all knew and loved here in Green Bay?
Maybe the system works here for Flynn. Maybe the talent around him raises his play to another level. Maybe the coaching staff knows how to extract the best he has to offer.
I don’t know what it is, but the chances are good we are going to get another look at him in the huddle, wearing Green and Gold.
Is it going to be the Flynn we remember? Or are we going to experience the Matt Flynn that other QB-hungry teams have discarded?
If Scott Tolzien can stay healthy and perform well, maybe we won’t need to find out. Maybe we can preserve the memories we have of that spectacle on Jan. 1, 2012 … and hope that Rodgers is never in need of another backup.