While Terrelle Pryor was working his way back from a Week 3 concussion, the Oakland Raiders handed the reins of their offense to Matt Flynn in Week 4 against the Washington Redskins. The $11.5 million quarterback took the opportunity and slapped the silver and black with it on the way to a 24-14 loss.
As a result of Flynn’s embarrassing performance, the Raiders have decided to drop him down the quarterback depth chart.
“It is what it is. It didn’t work out,” said Raiders head coach Dennis Allen.
With Flynn now falling to No. 3 spot, undrafted rookie Matt McGloin will take over as the immediate backup behind Pryor. The former Penn State standout signed with the Raiders after the draft and quickly made his presence felt in Oakland. Shortly after the start of training camp, he eclipsed 2013 fourth-rounder Tyler Wilson for the third-string job and has now pushed Flynn down the depth chart as well.
Acquired from the Seattle Seahawks this offseason, Flynn was signed to a two-year, $11.5 million deal with the hopes that he’d finally bloom as an NFL quarterback. Instead, he floundered during the preseason and lost his starting job to Pryor.
Flynn completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 227 yards, one touchdown and one interception this past Sunday. The stats, however, fail to illustrate just how bad he played in his first – and likely only – start of the season. He threw a pick-six that got the Redskins back in the game, took seven sacks, dropped the snap on a crucial fourth-and-one, and failed to display any semblance of pocket awareness.
Overall, it was a gut-wrenching performance from Flynn. Hence, the Raiders slap him with a well-deserved demotion.
Pryor has been cleared and will start for the Raiders this weekend against the San Diego Chargers. McGloin will hold the clipboard as the No. 2, which means that there’s a good chance Flynn could be inactive on game day.
Flynn once appeared to be a promising young passer, but has quickly turned into an overpaid embarrassment. Good call, Raiders.