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Flynn looks forward to leading a team

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After Packers quarterback Matt Flynn threw for a franchise-record 480 yards on January 1 against the Lions, speculation emerged that the Packers would use the franchise tag in order to get value for the 2008 seventh-round pick by trading him to a new team.

That apparently won’t happen, which means that Flynn will have a chance to play for another team, as the starter.

Flynn knows it.  And he’s looking forward to it.

“I’m a confident person, but the element of the unknown makes you wish March 13 was tomorrow,” Flynn said this week, via SI.com.  “I’ve loved being a Packer, and it’s not 100 percent sure I’m leaving Green Bay, but as a competitor and football player, that’s what you play the game for — to be a starter in the league.  Hopefully some teams will be interested in me and I can find a good opportunity.  I want to lead a team and I’m excited about it.  But I can’t talk to teams now.  I don’t know if I’m on their radar.  It’s going to be a long month leading up to that time — waiting and wondering.”

(Memo to Cliff Avril:  That’s the right way to avoid any tampering talk.)

It would be hard to fathom that new Miami coach and former Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin hasn’t given at least a hint to Flynn that he’ll be in like Flint if Philbin is running a team in 2012.  And it technically wouldn’t have been tampering if Philbin had let Flynn know before getting an offer to coach the Dolphins that Philbin wants Flynn to be his quarterback.

Whether it’s the Dolphins or another team, Flynn has done something that none of the incoming rookie class of 2012 has done.  Flynn has shown, twice, that he can perform at a high level as a starting quarterback in the NFL.  As a result, signing him to a contract is a safer proposition than drafting any of the quarterbacks who are available in April.

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  1. phinfan says: Feb 18, 2012 2:22 PM

    It would be fun to say Miami Dolflynns. Thats for sure. But come on, give Matt a chance too.

  2. kerriganfan says: Feb 18, 2012 2:24 PM

    Im a huge Redskins fan and I’d be happy with Flynn or RGIII as our starting QB. Flynn seems like a great guy I think he will do well as a starter in the NFL

  3. eaglesnoles05 says: Feb 18, 2012 2:24 PM

    Kolb played pretty well three times. Just saying.

    And regarding Miami, is anyone ever gonna give Matt Moore more than half a season, where he plays pretty well, to lead a team? The guy can play, would like to see what he does in the same system for, I don’t know, more than 9 or 10 games?

  4. machester52 says: Feb 18, 2012 2:25 PM

    Flynn will be a great fit for the Dolphins and Big Joe Philbin. Coming from a Packer fan and a friend of the Philbin’s: thank you for all of your contributions and friendship. Flynn will do well in the league for years to come.

  5. coonsqualler says: Feb 18, 2012 2:27 PM

    I hope it is with Cleveland. We can then draft two stud players in the first round and have filled 3 positions on offense without getting to round 2.

    Just Sayin’

  6. orangeflh says: Feb 18, 2012 2:28 PM

    Flynn can play. Some team will be glad they have him.

  7. deadeye says: Feb 18, 2012 2:29 PM

    Flynn was a seventh rounder for a reason. Luck and RG3 are safer acquisitions IMO.

    Nonetheless, Flynn does have some upside and deserves the opportunity coming his way.

  8. brownsfan39 says: Feb 18, 2012 2:31 PM

    The Browns should sign Matt Flynn, sign Justin Blackmon at 4, and a running back at 22! This would be a good start providing they are somewhat aggressive in free agency!

  9. 12thmanhawks says: Feb 18, 2012 2:35 PM

    Seahawks Flynn Seahawks ….

  10. phinfan527 says: Feb 18, 2012 2:35 PM

    Upgrade at QB is a definite need for Miami. If Moore starts or Flynn comes in the Phins better make a HUGE splash in the draft. Would love Justin Blackmon from Okla St. He is going to be a beast!! Marshall and Blackmon would be deadly.

  11. mgfred says: Feb 18, 2012 2:37 PM

    The way Matt Flynn played against the Pats during the 2010 season and his total destruction of the Lions in last season’s finale… I think the Packers should entertain keeping Flynn and trading Aaron Rodgers….

    After the 1975 season the Pats pulled off one of the greatest robberies of all time when they traded (#1 draft choice from 1970) QB Jim Plunkett to SF 49ers and kept Steve Grogan.

    Letting Flynn go may just come back to haunt Green Bay… Maybe sooner than later…

  12. ttommytom says: Feb 18, 2012 2:39 PM

    Flynn started 1 year at LSU. Sure seemed a lot better player although not the shere obvious talent that Perrilloux and Russell were.

    I guess that’s what dedication and hard work will get you. Hey Ryan and Jamarcus, who’s laughing now?

  13. brownsfan39 says: Feb 18, 2012 2:39 PM

    The Browns should sign Matt Flynn, sign Justin Blackmon at 4, and a running back at 22! This will be a good start if they do something in free agency!

  14. fishtank86 says: Feb 18, 2012 2:39 PM

    If Miami doesn’t trade up for rg3 or luck this is the route we need to go. Let him and Matt Moore compete in camp.

  15. mialto says: Feb 18, 2012 2:42 PM

    Were about to find out if Flynn is a system or skilled QB.

  16. cliffordc05 says: Feb 18, 2012 2:42 PM

    I think Luck is a safer bet than Flynn and by a large margin. The general consensus among scouts is that Luck will at the very least be a very good NFL quarterback. There is a debate about Flynn’s performance and whether it was a product of the system or whether Flynn can be elite. Luck is experienced in a pro style offense compared to RGIII or some of the others.

    I think Flynn will be very competent as a starter but I am not sure of his upside. Of course, nobody could be sure that Cam Newton would play at the level he did this past year.

  17. williamjheinecke says: Feb 18, 2012 2:43 PM

    He’d be a better idea for the Dolphins than Manning, especially since Philbin will probably be running the same system he used in Green Bay (Just saying or typing those two words leaves a bad taste in my mouth).

  18. jetsguy1117 says: Feb 18, 2012 2:43 PM

    With rookie contracts pre-determined is say drafting a rookie is the much “safer” option. Unless, of course, you consider the Matt Cassel Experience in KC anything but a miserable failure.

  19. knucklehead93 says: Feb 18, 2012 2:44 PM

    One game.

  20. RebelKrishna says: Feb 18, 2012 2:45 PM

    Welcome to Philadelphia, Matt.

  21. keramidas21 says: Feb 18, 2012 2:48 PM

    It was great having you here in GB Matt! Good luck with your new team!

  22. vikingsinla says: Feb 18, 2012 2:56 PM

    deadeye says: Feb 18, 2012 2:29 PM

    Flynn was a seventh rounder for a reason.

    Tom Brady was a sixth rounder for a reason. He will never amount to anything in the NFL because scouts/GMs are always right and no amount of quality play on the field matters.

  23. quittsburghstoolers says: Feb 18, 2012 2:58 PM

    One has to wonder if the Colts might trade their
    2nd rounder and maybe a 4th or 5th rounder for
    Flynn. Then trade the 1st pick to the Browns for a
    ton of picks and rebuild their team.

    Doubtful, I know but who the heck knows
    what Irsay might ultimately do…

  24. coolheir says: Feb 18, 2012 2:58 PM

    Im seeing Elvis Grbac or Matt Cassel 2.0 here.

  25. roamingabriel says: Feb 18, 2012 2:58 PM

    Flynn will be fine.

    I expect the Fins, Skins and Browns and maybe Hawks to pursue him.

  26. grogantomorganforthe says: Feb 18, 2012 3:04 PM

    See Scott Mitchell, Kevin Kolb, AJ Feeley, Frank Reich etc….

  27. bigpantherfan says: Feb 18, 2012 3:05 PM

    Jimmy clausen could have thrown for 500 yards behind green bays O line. This game is not about 1 person being good its about a whole line.

    You put Rodgers behind a crappy O line with no talented WRs and you will see that he is only complemented by the talent around him

  28. howiefeltersnatch says: Feb 18, 2012 3:07 PM

    As a Browns fan it terrifies me that he may be a system quarterback and will find little success outside of Green Bay or Miami.

  29. gaadr says: Feb 18, 2012 3:26 PM

    Whatever Miami does, just don’t trade or use a second-round pick on a QB. Any other pick is fine, but the second round is a QB jinx for the ‘Fins.

  30. thefiesty1 says: Feb 18, 2012 3:39 PM

    Throwing for 480 yards against the Lions doesn’t make him a starting NFL QB. It’s the Lions! I see a team pulling a Kevin Kolb move and then wish they didn’t.

  31. icewalker946 says: Feb 18, 2012 3:41 PM

    Just because Flynn was a 7th round pick doesn’t mean he’s less safe than Luck or RGIII…..Yeah they will be first rounders but so was Tony Mandrich….

  32. MedCityBob says: Feb 18, 2012 3:55 PM

    He will be a great QB for a team…….

    Miami folowing Joe Philbin looks like the place! !

  33. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 18, 2012 4:13 PM

    What has this guy done in the league so far?

  34. leatherface2012 says: Feb 18, 2012 4:16 PM

    ok so let flynn go, dont get another qb…..discount double choke gets injured, and then they start bj raji at qb…..utterly hilarious

  35. 69finfan says: Feb 18, 2012 4:17 PM

    I feel Matt Moore is a pretty good quarterback. I don’t think he is elite but with a few more weapons on offense, (another WR, a strong TE and a short yardage RB who they already picked up and the ability to throw a fade inbounds or in the endzone) I feel pretty confident about him. I would love for Matt Flynn to come in and compete for the starting job, not be given it. Matt Flynn has not proven anything in the NFL IMO and has not earned the right yet to be the starter in Miami. But, if he comes in and is given the starting position I will respect it and back it because people with far greater football inteligence than me will make that decision. Plus there’s nothing I can do about it anyway. Go Fins and Go Matt.

  36. teal379 says: Feb 18, 2012 4:19 PM

    thefiesty1 says:
    Feb 18, 2012 3:39 PM
    Throwing for 480 yards against the Lions doesn’t make him a starting NFL QB. It’s the Lions! I see a team pulling a Kevin Kolb move and then wish they didn’t.

    ********************************************

    That same Detroit defense held perennial media darling Phillip Rivers and the Chargers to about 1/2 of that the week before.

    That Detroit D held Drew Brees to less.

    Flynn CAN play in the NFL and he CAN read a pro-defense. Something no one KNOWS for sure about any rookie coming in.

    Flynn will be fine and he will be better than average.

  37. beeronthefridge says: Feb 18, 2012 4:40 PM

    People and star athletes (lebron) are stampeding out of cleveland.

    Why in the world would flynn, or any good athlete would want to go there?

  38. dobberdubinsky says: Feb 18, 2012 4:43 PM

    Flynn is this year’s Kevin Kolb. Whatever team signs him will pay him too much and he’ll be riding pine by next thanksgiving.

  39. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Feb 18, 2012 4:58 PM

    You put Rodgers behind a crappy O line with no talented WRs and you will see that he is only complemented by the talent around him
    ———————
    Like when he played at a ridiculously hifh level and went to the Pro Bowl, even though he was the most sacked QB in the league that year?

  40. ravenution says: Feb 18, 2012 4:59 PM

    So no one has learned from Matt Cassell and Kevin Kolb.

    Guy throws for 480 yards in one game and now he’s the next elite QB. Great job of marketing Green Bay.

    Maybe this could be evidence that Aaron Rodgers isn’t as good as many believe.

  41. jimmysee says: Feb 18, 2012 5:18 PM

    deadeye says:
    Feb 18, 2012 2:29 PM

    Flynn was a seventh rounder for a reason. Luck and RG3 are safer acquisitions IMO.

    Nonetheless, Flynn does have some upside and deserves the opportunity coming his way.

    ————————————————————-

    Flynn has had four years to develop and has shown he can compete successfully against NFL-level competition.

    Neither Luck or RGIII can make that claim.

    Those two are a crap shoot at best.

  42. andrewfbrowne says: Feb 18, 2012 5:28 PM

    Rob Johnson is what I think of when I think of a backup who had a couple of good games and then gets a pile of money to be a starter somewhere. Rob Johnson.

  43. jacunn2000 says: Feb 18, 2012 5:37 PM

    I missed the boat on this one. I had never heard of Flynn until his record game. Nobody else thinks this might be a fluke?

  44. ham1 says: Feb 18, 2012 5:38 PM

    Skins take Flynn and keep the picks. We need to improve with player quality, and giving up a bunch of picks for RG is going to suck.
    Forget Manning. Thats a short term answer to a score of years of futility.

  45. ramsfan21 says: Feb 18, 2012 5:48 PM

    Flynn – Greg Jennings – jermichael finely – jordy nelson = no wins and no rings. Everyone who is high on Flynn need to chill out he isn’t that great.

  46. buffalomafia says: Feb 18, 2012 5:50 PM

    Anywhere but the Redskins! Hell maybe Buffalo?

  47. realitypolice says: Feb 18, 2012 5:52 PM

    dobberdubinsky says:
    Feb 18, 2012 4:43 PM
    Flynn is this year’s Kevin Kolb. Whatever team signs him will pay him too much and he’ll be riding pine by next thanksgiving.
    =============

    What factual evidence are you basing that on?

    Just because their situations are somewhat similar in that they sat behind another QB and had to go to another city to be a starter?

    Isn’t that what Matt Schaub did? In fact, isn’t that what Brett Favre did?

    Did I miss the part where Flynn had more int’s than touchdowns, like Kolb did in Philly? Or the part where Flynn was handed the starting job, looked terrible in the first game of the season, then got a concussion and never got off the bench again (except when Vick got hurt)?
    like happened to Kolb?

  48. jeffesky says: Feb 18, 2012 5:52 PM

    Bottom line. aint no points for second place so the teams that need qbs better get it right the first time or people will be out of work. flynn is the best gamble out there if the skins or hawks. the fins should hang with moore and pick up tannehill to develop under matt m for a couple years. tannehill is a good gamble too!

  49. acmepacker says: Feb 18, 2012 5:59 PM

    Flynn has a big advantage over anyone coming out of college. He’s been in the league for enough time to study a lot of different systems and game tapes, plus he sat behind and studied one of the NFL premier QBs. GB is very good at developing their QBs and just as Rodgers sat and studied Favre, Flynn sat and studied Rodgers. The man can play!

  50. theripster30 says: Feb 18, 2012 6:19 PM

    knucklehead93 says:
    Feb 18, 2012 2:44 PM
    One game.

    ———————————

    Um, Flynn has started 2 games for the Pack in his tenure as the back up. He was superb in both. He has also played when the game was one sided and held his own as well. You clearly have no idea what you’re talking about, but you decide to drink haterade and talk crap anyway. Your nickname isn’t too far off.

  51. scoob766 says: Feb 18, 2012 6:23 PM

    People are going crazy for one game. I would love this guy on my team as a backup, I wouldn’t pay him over 6 mill. Do people forget about him at LSU? In the SEC, he was the BIGGEST question mark on a championship team. With all his weapons he threw mid 50% with 21 TD to 11 INT. You guys are kidding yourself if you would pay this kid.

  52. scoob766 says: Feb 18, 2012 6:34 PM

    @realitypolice, you name the few that have done well succeeding QB’s. For every Schaub you have a Kolb, for every Aaron Rodgers you have Jason Garretts, Matt Cassel, Sage Rosenfels. Teams know what they have and that’s why a lot of backups get let go, because they are meant to be backups not starters ie Flynn.

  53. hooterdawg says: Feb 18, 2012 6:43 PM

    Refer to Kevin Kolb’s 2011 season as a reference for how much you can accurately predict success from a handful of games.

  54. danthemanhsv says: Feb 18, 2012 6:44 PM

    Flynn was a liability at LSU. Just like Kolb he had a good game and teams needing a QB will overbid on him. He was a 7th round pick and there is a reason for it.

  55. blackqbwhiterb says: Feb 18, 2012 6:48 PM

    If you think about it, Flynn has been a pro athlete for 3 years, comfortable with the routine and learning under NFL coaches an NFL offense, etc. Griffin, Luck, or whoever may be great, may be Ryan Leaf…You just don’t know for sure. Face it, there’s been many more Akili Smiths than Peyton Mannings. Which option carries less risk? Then ask which option has greater upside potential?? I’d take Flynn since it won’t cost any draft picks….

  56. beeronthefridge says: Feb 18, 2012 7:08 PM

    Yeah yeah, flynn has no chance because he was a 7th round pick. Same as these present and future hall of fame quarterbacks:

    montana – third round,

    blanda – 12thy round,

    fouts – third round,

    brady – 6th round,

    sonny jurgensen – 4th round,

    moon – undrafted,

    bart starr – 17th round,

    staubach – 10th round,

    unitas – 9th round,

    van brocklin – 4th round,

    waterfield – 5th round

  57. packerfantastic says: Feb 18, 2012 7:15 PM

    “Speculation emerged …”

    If I recall that speculation came from one self-proclaimed internet hack. It was never a likelihood that the Packers would tag and trade him. No way would they risk guaranteeing almost 2x the salary of their starting QB on their backup QB.

  58. ghjjf says: Feb 18, 2012 7:16 PM

    Flynn is the best option. RG3 is too fragile and Luck looks average at best.

  59. packerfantastic says: Feb 18, 2012 7:17 PM

    danthemanhsv says: Feb 18, 2012 6:44 PM

    Flynn was a liability at LSU. Just like Kolb he had a good game and teams needing a QB will overbid on him. He was a 7th round pick and there is a reason for it.

    ———————-

    Was there a reason Tom Brady was a 6th round choice?

  60. trapshoot says: Feb 18, 2012 7:26 PM

    He certainly deserves a chance. At least as good a risk as a college qb that’s never started an NFL game.

  61. realitypolice says: Feb 18, 2012 7:29 PM

    scoob766 says:
    Feb 18, 2012 6:34 PM
    @realitypolice, you name the few that have done well succeeding QB’s. For every Schaub you have a Kolb, for every Aaron Rodgers you have Jason Garretts, Matt Cassel, Sage Rosenfels. Teams know what they have and that’s why a lot of backups get let go, because they are meant to be backups not starters i.e. Flynn
    ==============

    Really? You really think they are letting Flynn go because they think he is meant to be a backup?

    See Because I kind of thought it was due to the fact that he has the reigning MVP of the league playing in front of him.

    And your examples stink. Jason Garrett was never considered to be starting material, even by Jason Garrett.

    Matt Cassel got his well deserved shot after playing an entire season and going 11-5. And half the teams in the league would still trade their starter for him when he’s healthy.

    Did I miss Sage Rosenfels 480 yards, 6 touchdown game? Or his national championship in college?

    Kolb was extremely average in Philly- more int’s than td’s.

    My point is that no one knows how good Flynn will be. But to automatically assume he’s a bust because others were is just silly.

  62. browniebuck says: Feb 18, 2012 7:33 PM

    As a Browns fan, I would love to have him in Cleveland…but if he is throwing behind the same line, with the same receivers, and injury depleted running back corps…he would be the latest in a long line of QBs to come to Cleveland and wind up being unsuccessful. Until the front office does something to put playmakers on the field and hosses on the line (a la 2007), the offense will be lackluster at best.

  63. jerseyshoregiant says: Feb 18, 2012 8:10 PM

    1 game against a weak D isn’t going to get the big contract. At least Matt Cassell played almost an entire season.

  64. phillyrick22 says: Feb 18, 2012 10:05 PM

    I rather have RGIII… just saying…

  65. packersweep says: Feb 18, 2012 10:54 PM

    bigpantherfan says:
    Feb 18, 2012 3:05 PM
    Jimmy clausen could have thrown for 500 yards behind green bays O line. This game is not about 1 person being good its about a whole line.

    You put Rodgers behind a crappy O line with no talented WRs and you will see that he is only complemented by the talent around him

    OK, take Rodgers out of that statement and insert Peyton Manning, Brady, Brees, Eli Manning, Stafford, Montana, Steve Young, Terry Bradshaw, Unitas, Marino, Esiason, ……………………

  66. igotgamenj says: Feb 18, 2012 11:45 PM

    Flynn was one of the top-rated quarterbacks in the state of Texas, Won a national championship with LSU and threw for 480 yards and 6 touchdowns in the 45-41 victory, both of which set ALL-TIME Green Bay Packers records.

  67. hboilers24 says: Feb 19, 2012 3:14 AM

    packerfantastic says:

    Was there a reason Tom Brady was a 6th round choice?

    ——————————————————

    if I remember correctly the coaches at Michigan were very high on Drew Henson at QB over Brady.

    Michigan wanted the guy with all the psyical tools (Henson) over the guy who just won games (Brady). I saw an interview with belichick were he basically said if michigan didnt want him as their starter why would a team spend a high draft pick on him.

  68. dobberdubinsky says: Feb 19, 2012 6:58 AM

    Reality Police: no mate , got no factual evidence, just one of the most knowledgable football gurus in the country with a hunch, that’s all. He made two solid starts in 4 years with a great surrounding core around him, he won’t have that same core elsewhere and will straight up bum out, you’ll see little guy.

  69. dukemarc says: Feb 20, 2012 2:49 PM

    mgfred says:
    Feb 18, 2012 2:37 PM
    The way Matt Flynn played against the Pats during the 2010 season and his total destruction of the Lions in last season’s finale… I think the Packers should entertain keeping Flynn and trading Aaron Rodgers….

    After the 1975 season the Pats pulled off one of the greatest robberies of all time when they traded (#1 draft choice from 1970) QB Jim Plunkett to SF 49ers and kept Steve Grogan.

    Letting Flynn go may just come back to haunt Green Bay… Maybe sooner than later…
    —————————

    I really hope you’re saying the Pats got robbed – Plunkett won a Super Bowl – Grogan didn’t do anything of importance in the NFL.

  70. reddragon378 says: Feb 21, 2012 4:06 PM

    Jimmy clausen could have thrown for 500 yards behind green bays O line. This game is not about 1 person being good its about a whole line.

    You put Rodgers behind a crappy O line with no talented WRs and you will see that he is only complemented by the talent around him

    Wowww, well I think your thinking of Of a different #12 cuz Rodgers has had anything but a Solid O-Line since he took over in Green Bay. Look at the Sack numbers. I couldn’t imagine how much better Rodgers would be with some more time back there. And I also believe that Rodgers makes his wide outs look alot better than they really are.

  71. reddragon378 says: Feb 21, 2012 4:23 PM

    Jimmy clausen could have thrown for 500 yards behind green bays O line. This game is not about 1 person being good its about a whole line.

    You put Rodgers behind a crappy O line with no talented WRs and you will see that he is only complemented by the talent around him
    ——————-

    Wowww, well I think your thinking of Of a different #12 cuz Rodgers has had anything but a Solid O-Line since he took over in Green Bay. Look at the Sack numbers. I couldn’t imagine how much better Rodgers would be with some more time back there. And I also believe that Rodgers makes his wide outs look alot better than they really are.

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