Feels a bit like déjà vu, huh?
Another year where Matt Flynn was supposed to have the starting quarterback gig in hand, but instead finds a rookie quarterback named Wilson nipping at his heels. It may be a different team and a different Wilson, but fate appears to have a similar plan for Flynn and the Oakland Raiders.
Heading into OTAs and training camp, Flynn will face stiff competition from rookie quarterback Tyler Wilson, a fourth-round pick this past April, for the starting quarterback job. The situation has to be unsettling for Flynn, who was expected to be the Seattle Seahawks’ No. 1 passer last offseason before then-rookie Russell Wilson came in and stole the show.
Can Flynn avoid another letdown with the Raiders or is he doomed be a backup quarterback for the rest of his NFL career?
The way this season plays out will depend largely on how Flynn performs over the next couple of months. Although Raiders head coach Dennis Allen has stated that he currently holds the starting job, it’s a flimsy grip at best. Oakland is expecting a hard-fought battle between Flynn and Wilson for the right to be under center come Week 1.
And for those of you wondering where Terrelle Pryor is in this conversation, he’s not a serious contender for the starting gig. Sorry to burst your bubble.
What matters most for Flynn, though, is focusing on himself rather than worrying about what his fellow Raiders quarterbacks are up to. Still an unproven passer in the NFL, Flynn has plenty to learn and plenty to prove to the coaches before his name can be written in ink at the top of the depth chart.
Apart from his final game with the Green Bay Packers that saw his stock skyrocket, Flynn has little game tape to show off other than preseason action. In his four-year career, he has seen significant snaps/dropbacks in only three games (two in 2010, one in 2011). It’s now 2013, and he’s got a long ways to go.
In all seriousness, there’s a good chance that Flynn is the starter when the regular season rolls around. The Raiders have already invested significant money in the unproven quarterback, and will give him the opportunity to pay the team back with production. If he stumbles early, though, you can be sure that the Raiders won’t hesitate to give Wilson a go.
Flynn heads into 2013 on a very short leash. Don’t expect the order of the depth chart to change until the regular season, if at all, though.