Matt Flynn, the Green Bay Packers on-again, off-again backup quarterback, re-signed with the team before he was supposed to work out with the New York Giants earlier this week.
For most Packers fans, this was a great move. And I can’t disagree with that notion.
After all, we all saw what happened in 2013 when starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers was shut down for nearly half the season – the Packers nearly mailed it in during November.
But that was before GM Ted Thompson went out and picked up Flynn – the quarterback who went in search of a starting job after four years backing up in Green Bay. After being kicked out of three camps and finding himself riding the couch, Flynn was probably somewhat happy that Aaron Rodgers went down with a fractured clavicle.
Across the National Football League, most fans understand the idea that the most popular player on a team is the backup quarterback – but that has never been the case for the Green Bay Packers … at least over the course of the past 20-plus years. Even when Aaron Rodgers was riding the bench his first few years, none of us were calling for him because the Packers had another guy by the name of Brett Favre on their team.
After Favre left and Rodgers took over, the backup mantle was handed to Flynn. He served it well by nearly beating the New England Patriots in 2010 and then throwing for a franchise high (at the time) six TDs and nearly 500 yards in the final game of 2011. That was the game that placed him near the top of the list of free agent QBs and was his prompt to head out in search of his own riches.
That never happened and the road eventually led back to Green Bay.
I love Matt Flynn … I hate Matt Flynn.
As Packers President Mark Murphy said today, he also loves Flynn, but hopes he never plays.
I think we can all say that. We love Matt Flynn holding the clipboard, but if he’s on the field it means that either Rodgers is hurt or the Packers are leading in a blowout … most likely it means Rodgers is hurt.
We don’t want to see Rodgers in street clothes again if we can help it. Keeping him healthy is the Packers #1 priority … and tied in with that, keeping Matt Flynn off the field is priority #2.
I will love Matt Flynn ever more if he never plays again.