For some reason I had a feeling that the Seattle Seahawks were going to shop Matt Flynn since it looks like Russell Wilson pretty much has the starting position on lock.
The Oakland Raiders have acquired quarterback Matt Flynn for a 2014 and 2015 draft pick.
Flynn who started off his career in Green Bay, backed up Aaron Rodgers but didn’t get much playing time during the regular season unless it was a comfortable lead and the starters were pulled, or it was the last game of the season. In my opinion, Matt has what it takes to be a starter in the league, I mean he was behind Aaron Rodgers so he had 4 seasons to watch, listen and learn the mechanics to be a good quarterback.
When I heard that Matt Flynn decided to leave Green Bay and search for a team that he had a chance to start on, I was pretty excited for the kid. Even though I am a Bears fan, the things I seen from him as a fan of the game, were pretty good. I remember when he stepped in for Aaron Rodgers against the New England Patriots and nearly beat Tom Brady. I remember he threw for 3 touchdown passes and 1 interception, 1 touchdown pass being a long connection with James Jones. It was an awesome game to watch and I was pulling for Flynn and the Packers even though they are the enemy. But I couldn’t help but pull for the underdog, especially one who hasn’t had much time to play and of course, he put up good numbers against the New England Patriots.
So when Flynn decided to sign with the Seattle Seahawks for 3 years, $26 million dollars, I was pretty pumped. I don’t really like the Seattle Seahawks either, but I had a feeling that Matt could go into Seattle and do something special, well that was until Russell Wilson took the spotlight and put Matt Flynn on the back burner once again. I always thought, that the Seattle Seahawks were Matt Flynn’s team, a guy who spent 4 seasons behind a great quarterback, finally got the big break he was looking for and had a team he could call his. But obviously things don’t work like this, your job is never safe unless you are an elite quarterback.
I don’t know about anybody else, I mean no disrespect to quarterbacks who are dual threats, but I’m more of a pocket quarterback type fan. I can understand the occasional scramble away from pursuing players when the line falls apart and you have to turn a negative player into a positive play, but scrambling around the way some quarterbacks do these days are a good way to get yourselves seriously injured. Look at RG3, what happen to him last season. He had the ability to stay in the pocket, but of course being a mobile quarterback he had some option plays and took off, then he hurt his knee against the Baltimore Ravens and damaged it even more in the playoffs.
Right now he is on the road to recovery and should think about staying in the pocket more and limiting himself to scrambling around on designed quarterback keep plays. This is why each team has half backs. Don’t get me wrong, I am a big fan of RG3, I was a fan his Heisman season, although I am a Texas Longhorns fan, so I respect this man a lot.
So that answers my question on what is Oakland going to do with Carson Palmer now that Matt Flynn is a Raider. Just like Seattle, I am excited to see Matt under center and calling out the plays for the Raiders, a team who may not be a playoff contender, but could use a young pocket quarterback like himself. So I guess you could say I am a Matt Flynn fan, weird saying that considering he started his career with the Green Bay Packers, but this kid could be something special if all goes well health wise.
So going from a solid Seattle Seahawks team to a team who isn’t as stacked, should be somewhat of a challenge but not an impossible one. Add the talent around him and this team could actually go from the ‘Black Hole’, to the top of the conference. I don’t really see anybody coming into Oakland and taking the starting position away from him, unless there is another Russell Wilson out there. Oakland Raiders fans across the country and globe, should be excited with this trade, I know I am and I’m a Chicago Bears fan.