Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn (15) passes the football against the Washington Redskins during the first quarter at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Flynn gets dissed by Dennis Allen


The Oakland Raiders decided to play things incredibly cautious with starting quarterback Terrelle Pryor, as they made the decision to bench him for Matt Flynn in Week 4 after Pryor started experiencing concussion-like symptoms on Saturday night. Pryor pass through all of the league’s mandated concussion tests, and he also passed an extra test that Dennis Allen created in order to fully make sure Pryor was healthy. However, Pryor started experiencing issues after Saturday’s extra test, and the Raiders decided that it would be best to place Pryor on the shelf.

Matt Flynn came in and promptly laid an egg, showing a clear drop-off between himself and Terrelle Pryor, who could very well be the Raiders quarterback of the future (hence, why they are playing things so cautious with his injury). Although Flynn’s 21-32 for 227 yards stat-line looks good at first glance, he was actually quite awful against the Washington Redskins. The pick six he threw to promising N.C. State rookie David Amerson was something out of a Rex Grossman horror film, and Flynn was absolutely awful when under pressure. That was to be expected, but not to that extent. Contrast that with Pryor, who is able to run away from pressure, and it’s clear that Pryor is the much better option going forward.

Raiders head coach Dennis Allen knows it after breaking down what happened, and he put it as bluntly as possible. From CSN Bay Area’s Ray Ratto, “Matt didn’t play well, and we’ve gotta move on. We’ve got to get better than that.”

Ouch. That’s as blunt as you can put it, and Allen’s candor means that this is almost certainly the last time we see Matt Flynn play, unless if Terrelle Pryor suffers another injury.

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  • Pridenpoise

    I am of the opinion that Flynn has no business making the money he does, or thinking that he is anything but a bench warmer in this league. I am tired of people blaming the O line or lack of running game. Flynn looked lost hung on to the ball to long ( how many times does a guy have to get sacked before he knows that he has to get rid of the ball quicker) watching him is a exercise of futility. McGloin needs to be promoted to second on the depth chart pronto. Flynn is one of Reggie’s blunders, and boy is it a big one.

  • MartyCalderon

    Hey, Matt Flynn is a great holder for SeaBass. You can’t take that away from him. But he is truly a 3rd string QB in this offense with McGloin being the 2 and Pryor the 1. Hey, a $6million holder of clip boards and FG’s. Not a bad gig if you can get it.

  • Run

    Just think, former Washington Husky and NFL QB Hugh Millen was touting Matt Flynn as the Seahawks’ QB of the future even well after it became clear to every observer with a brain that Russell Wilson was the guy!

    In fact, Wilson had clearly established himself as the guy during last years preseason head-to-head competition with Flynn, making him look comparatively amateurish.

    While I do think Flynn was overrated to begin with (and over-paid as a result), I think he now suffers from a lack of confidence. He’s a much better QB than he is showing, and – despite what many Raiders fans and coaches believe – a potential starter.