The Oakland Raiders have recently parted ways with incumbent quarterback Matt Flynn, due to a horrible performance two weeks ago against the Washington Redskins when he got the start in replace of a hurt Terrelle Pryor.
Flynn looked like he hadn’t grown much since his days backing up JaMarcus Russell at LSU.
Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie had years to scout and evaluate Flynn, dating back to the years that Flynn backed up Aaron Rodgers, while McKenzie was still with the Green Bay Packers.
Rumors are spreading all over the web that McKenzie is a poor judge of character and that his decision to bring Flynn on board for the Raiders was a bad one. Does this mean that McKenzie is a poor scout and poor judge of character?
No. McKenzie was the Director of player personnel for two Super Bowl champion Packers team, and helped build a consistently winning franchise, dating back to to his days as a scout when he began with the Pack in ’94.
Brett Favre and Rodgers are some quarterbacks who come to mind when McKenzie’s name is associated, so that completely knocks off the argument that he is a poor judge as a scout. Obviously the right guy gets the start at quarterback when McKenzie has a say. He didn’t have much to work with when Pryor went down.
Now, I still believe that McKenzie could have given Flynn a little more evaluation before bringing him down to Oakland from the Seattle Seahawks after he was expected to start and lost the job to Russell Wilson during the preseason last year. Everybody saw a flash of brilliance when the quarterback was still playing for the Packers and threw a franchise record six touchdowns on the last game of the 2011 NFL season.
You can’t buy a guy and expect him to be your franchise quarterback after one great performance. He was simply a product of the Packers’ system in that game.