The Green Bay Packers signed Matt Flynn yesterday in an attempt to bring in a guy who knows the playbook and can try to save the Packers’ season while Aaron Rodgers recovers from a broken collarbone.
However, head coach Mike McCarthy told reporters that Flynn will be a backup to current starter Scott Tolzien (who took over for Seneca Wallace last Sunday after the latter sustained a groin injury). This is a decision I do not agree with and McCarthy should look into changing his mind.
Flynn, as you may know, spent his first few seasons with the Packers as a backup and really cashed in when Rodgers went down in 2010 with a concussion. He came in to lead the Packers and kept them alive as they made their run to a Super Bowl title. He also put himself in the record books in Green Bay after he put on a display against the Detroit Lions where he threw for a record-tying six touchdowns. The ceiling was high for Flynn and the Seattle Seahawks jumped at the opportunity to have a young guy with a lot of ability under center.
Unfortunately, Flynn never panned out in Seattle and lost his job to Russell Wilson. From then on, Flynn was used as a backup for the Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills, but he never could get a starting job. One reason Flynn couldn’t maintain a starting position was an elbow injury and a lack of talent around him. However, the Packers got on the phone as soon as Wallace went down against the Philadelphia Eagles this past Sunday and he is now back in green and gold — but as a backup.
I believe that Flynn should be the starter for the Packers while Rodgers is out, and the team wouldn’t have signed him if he weren’t healthy enough to play. Signing him shows me that he is capable of playing at a top level and there is no way he should be sitting behind Tolzien. Flynn knows this offense like the back of his hand and receivers like Jordy Nelson and James Jones know how he plays. They can connect once again and make this offense get back on track during Rodgers’ absence.
There is no reason Flynn should be a backup to Tolzien. The rookie showed several good signs this past week, but Flynn will bring a confidence to this team that no other backup can. The guys in that locker room will feel a boost if Flynn is the starter and I truly believe they will rally behind him and pull together some wins while Mr. Discount Double-Check tries to recover.
The Packers’ season may be on the line during this next three-game span, and the situation at quarterback is a mess. In my eyes, only one guy can step up and save this season; that guy is Flynn.