After rumors swirled that the New York Giants were in the market for a backup quarterback, Matt Flynn has taken himself off the market by re-signing with the Green Bay Packers. While he will be brought back in a secondary role, backing up franchise gunslinger Aaron Rodgers, it was the right move by the team and general manager Ted Thompson.
In replacing Rodgers last year after he was sidelined with a broken collarbone for eight weeks, Flynn was an adequate option under center. There’s no denying he wasn’t pretty on the eyes at time, especially against the Detroit Lions, completing 10-of-20 passes for 139 yards with zero touchdowns and one interception. At other times he was the ideal game manager and complement to the magnificent play of Eddie Lacy; plus, he was someone the offense could look for on a critical play, as evident in his performance that sprung the Packers’ miraculous 37-36 comeback victory against the Dallas Cowboys in Week 14. In the contest, Flynn completed 67 percent of his passes, adding 299 yards through the air with four touchdowns and one interception.
Thompson and Co. could have easily made the same mistake they have made the last few years with their backup quarterback situation by holding out until the draft, selecting one toward the back end or signing an undrafted guy as seen in the examples of Graham Harrell and B..J. Coleman. They could also have reverted to their strategy this past offseason and snagged an NFL veteran like Seneca Wallace and the flirtation with Vince Young. In a way, the organization figured Rodgers would hold up physically and were instead going to use their draft picks and free agent money toward greater needs on both sides of the ball, and I don’t blame this line of thinking at all.
However, this borderline ignorant strategy caught up with them this past season, and had it not been for Flynn being available, the quest for Green Bay’s third NFC North title in as any years would have been in serious jeopardy. In today’s game, you have to plan for the unexpected, whether it’s at the most-profiled position or the bottom feeders, and the Packers have finally planned ahead at the quarterback position, the backbone of head coach Mike McCarthy‘s West Coast offense.