The Green Bay Packers (1-2) don’t have a starting quarterback issue right now, but the backup job hasn’t been solidified since the 2011 season when they had Oakland Raiders (1-3) backup quarterback Matt Flynn behind starter Aaron Rodgers.
With former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman reportedly garnering interest from Oakland though, the Raiders would reportedly release Flynn if they were to sign Freeman. If this were to happen, the Packers should certainly consider welcoming back the veteran quarterback with open arms.
Flynn made two starts for the Packers in his first four NFL seasons and both starts were extremely memorable to Packers nation. In the 2010 season in relief of Rodgers against the heavily-favored New England Patriots, Flynn completed 24/37 passes for 251 yards and he threw three touchdowns in a close 31-27 loss at Gillette Stadium.
In the 2011 season finale on New Years Day against the Detroit Lions, Flynn had one of the greatest single-game quarterback performances in Packers and NFL history. Flynn, who led the Packers to a 45-41 over the Lions, completed 31/44 passes for 480 passing yards and he threw six touchdown passes. Even Rodgers, the Packers No. 1, hasn’t eclipsed Flynn’s single-game passing yardage and touchdown records.
When Flynn’s rookie contract expired after the 2011 season, there was serious worry among Packer fans about the future backup quarterback situation in Green Bay. If fans are worried about a backup quarterback situation, then that proves how much Flynn really meant to the fans and the team once he had departed for another team.
Since his masterful performance against the Lions though, Flynn has been with two different NFL teams in the past two years. Flynn signed a three-year contract with the Seattle Seahawks, was benched in favor of Russell Wilson, traded to the Raiders, but was benched again, this time in favor of Terrelle Pryor.
Flynn has started one game in the past two seasons and that was in Week 4 against the Washington Redskins. Flynn completed 21/32 passes for 227 yards, but Redskins cornerback David Amerson intercepted one of his passes for a touchdown, en route to a Redskins 24-14 win in the black hole.
The Packers seem to be fine with savvy veteran quarterback Seneca Wallace backing up Rodgers, but fans would prefer to see Flyyn. Selected by the Packers in the seventh-round of the 2008 NFL Draft, Flynn beat out Packers second-round draft choice, quarterback Brian Brohm, for the No. 2 quarterback job as a rookie.
Packer fans, coaches and players were rooting for Flynn to become an NFL starter after he had left Green Bay, but unfortunately, it hasn’t worked out. If he wants to extend his NFL career though, the Packers would be stupid not to consider bringing back such a familiar player and great teammate.