Matt Flynn’s Quest To Become Your Favorite Quarterback ‘s Favorite Backup

By Richard Nurse
Matt Flynn
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It only seems fitting that Matt Flynn could lose the Oakland Raiders starting quarterback spot in the same city that he lost his last chance too. And his fate may be decided in a game where he won’t even play.

“It’s probably more of a precautionary measure on my part than it is anything else,” Coach Dennis Allen said via “We’ll get a chance to see Terrelle [Pryor] this week with the first-unit offense up against Seattle, and we’ll see how he does.”

Thursday could mark the second bad offseason in a row for Flynn, who showed what people thought was promise by completing 23-of-37 passes for 254 yards in a 31-27 loss to the New England Patriots in 2010 then setting a Green Bay Packers all-time record by throwing for 480 yards and six touchdowns against the Detroit Lions in 2012.

But the first red flag should have been when his old Green Bay offensive coordinator, Joe Philbin, became the Miami Dolphins head coach and didn’t fight hard to bring Flynn with him.

From all reports, he was expendable, but his coordinator left him for a chance to go with an unproven rookie (Ryan Tannehill) instead.

The second sign of a problem should have been when Flynn was beat out for the Seattle Seahawks starting job by third round pick and rookie sensation Russell Wilson.

And just like Wilson, no one saw Pryor coming; especially after his troubles at Ohio State with tattoo-gate. However, onlookers cannot deny that Pryor has looked like the more poised player while leading the team to more scoring drives this preseason.

After being handed the starting position twice, it’s looking like we get to sit back and watch Flynn become the next Jason Garrett – aka the next career backup.

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