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Aaron Rodgers thinks Matt Flynn will be a “top-15″ quarterback

Green Bay Packers quarterback Flynn passes against the Detroit Lions during the second half of their NFL football game in Green Bay Reuters

The Peyton Manning chase has dominated the football landscape this week, but he isn’t the only quarterback looking for a new home this offseason.

Matt Flynn is leaving the Packers and is expected to have plenty of suitors for his services once free agency opens on March 13th. For Manning, the big question is about whether or not he’s healthy enough to play at the level we’re accustomed to seeing from him. With two career starts under his belt, Flynn doesn’t have an established level of play and that means the question about him is just how good a quarterback he will become.

Aaron Rodgers has seen as much of Flynn as anyone and he shared his verdict with Peter King. Rodgers thinks his soon-to-be former teammate will wind up being better than half the other quarterbacks in the league.

“The team that gets Matt is going to be very happy, I can promise you. They’ll be getting a top-15 quarterback.”

It seems like a fairly measured statement since top-15 isn’t exactly the kind of thing that makes you want to rush out and hand over the keys to your franchise. But any team expected to be interested in Flynn isn’t coming from a place where they can turn up their nose at a quarterback in the upper half of the league. Whatever metric or method you use to rank quarterbacks, a quarterback in that range should get you in the mix for a playoff spot given the right supporting cast.

Now Flynn just has to live up to that prediction. If he does, he likely will make his new team very happy and make Rodgers look like a pretty good judge of future quarterback talent.

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66 Responses to “Aaron Rodgers thinks Matt Flynn will be a “top-15″ quarterback”
  1. tom35mt says: Mar 9, 2012 11:34 AM

    back handed compliement at its best.

    Top 15 is Mark sanchez territory

  2. marcinhouston says: Mar 9, 2012 11:34 AM

    I would say the same about Aaron if he left the Green Bay system.

  3. Peter Venkman says: Mar 9, 2012 11:35 AM

    Let the Flynnsanity begin.

  4. kane337 says: Mar 9, 2012 11:36 AM

    Umm, the bottom part of top 15 won’t get you into the playoffs.

  5. cakemixa says: Mar 9, 2012 11:36 AM

    He’ll be the Kevin Kolb of 2012. Overreaction to starting in 1-2 games in his career, landing him a big contract on a desperate team. A year from now, we’ll be saying “I can’t believe signed Flynn for !”

  6. mwatts1 says: Mar 9, 2012 11:37 AM

    Let the bidding begin. Hopefully the Pack and get a second rounder for Matt…

  7. awdlmd says: Mar 9, 2012 11:37 AM

    Cool praise but realistic.

  8. mialto says: Mar 9, 2012 11:38 AM

    Aaron you mean he will be either elite or average

  9. FinFan68 says: Mar 9, 2012 11:38 AM

    That’s not a very good endorsement of Flynn. Miami has been the main media target for a Flynn signing but Moore was already in the top 15 last year. Doesn’t sound like much of an upgrade to me.

  10. cliffordc05 says: Mar 9, 2012 11:38 AM

    A realistic evaluation from someone who knows.

  11. mgfred says: Mar 9, 2012 11:40 AM

    Nice thing for Aaron to say about Matt, considering he broke almost every Green Bay single game passing record in the last game of the season vs the Lions. Matt Flynn had the Pats on the verge of a loss in 2010, both starts he has played fantastic for a backup QB. I think he’s the real deal and that top 15 may be a top 10 real soon!

  12. savagenation2011 says: Mar 9, 2012 11:41 AM

    Mark Sanchez is a Top 32 quarterback

  13. jimmysee says: Mar 9, 2012 11:42 AM

    Brett was never so generous in his assessment of Aaron.

  14. nyfcat says: Mar 9, 2012 11:42 AM

    Even from a biased point of view, Aaron Rodgers is saying Flynn will be middle-of-the-pack. And I agree.

  15. icelovinbrotha215 says: Mar 9, 2012 11:42 AM

    Well played Rodgers. Talk him up so management can trade and you won’t have to deal with any competition in the near future (not that Flynn is anywhere close to Rodgers’ level). Discount Double Check.

  16. trueski21 says: Mar 9, 2012 11:51 AM

    hmmm, wonder if Matt Flynn is happy his boy basically called him so-so

  17. conormacleod says: Mar 9, 2012 11:52 AM

    Flynn: “Get off my side Aaron. You’re not helping”.

  18. heyguru1969 says: Mar 9, 2012 11:52 AM

    savagenation2011 says:
    Mar 9, 2012 11:41 AM
    Mark Sanchez is a Top 32 quarterback

    ———-

    Good line, but you’re not counting benches, or you’d have him closer to 47.

  19. kindbass says: Mar 9, 2012 11:52 AM

    What’s crazy is that he’s started two games and he has the Packers records for most passing yards and touchdowns in a game.

  20. thejuddstir says: Mar 9, 2012 11:53 AM

    Aaron certainly didn’t do Matt Flynn any favors with that statement, but then Rodgers has always had a sneaky way stabbing others in the back with just enough “tact or innuendo” that Packer fans don’t see it.

  21. determineflksmakeit says: Mar 9, 2012 11:53 AM

    Interesting if he is right and he does become Top-15 maybe he can become a sidekick to Rodgers Discount Double Check.

  22. christopher525 says: Mar 9, 2012 11:54 AM

    Aaron learned more from Brett than we thought. Way to say “He’ll be just above mediocre” without sounding as bad.

  23. haileli says: Mar 9, 2012 11:55 AM

    There are 32 starting jobs in the league. What Rodgers is saying is that Flynn has the potential to be better than just over half of them. Talk about faint praise.

  24. zinn22 says: Mar 9, 2012 11:55 AM

    As a Jet a top 15 QB would be a huge upgrade over Sanchez at a much cheaper price.

  25. 3octaveFart says: Mar 9, 2012 12:26 PM

    Top 15?
    High praise, indeed…

  26. packfaninpackland says: Mar 9, 2012 12:29 PM

    “top-15″ doesn’t mean NUMBER FIFTEEN !!

    He could be 15, or 12, or 10.

    It would be awfully hard to put him ahead of: Rodgers, Brady, Brees, Rethlisberger, Rivers, Peyton, Eli, Schaub, and Newton – who are all considered “franchise quarterbacks” !

    Still, that means he could be better than the next group of: Romo, Flacco, Ryan, Cutler, and Vick.

    Actually, after just 2 games in the NFL, if he’s ALREADY projected by the reigning NFL MVP to be in that category, that’s pretty darn good !

  27. cronybomb says: Mar 9, 2012 12:30 PM

    I’d put Sanchez at #33

  28. mpayne12 says: Mar 9, 2012 12:31 PM

    I dont get the hype. guy plays one great game and people think hes the next of the qb elite, but I wouldn’t hold my breath for flynn. People were as nuts about kolb last season and look how elite he is now d’s have seen him on tape.

  29. minkytails says: Mar 9, 2012 12:33 PM

    I’d like to think he’s saying that he’s top 15 *right now*, not that the best he’ll ever do is top 15. I think Matt Flynn is better than at least 17 other starting quarterback in the NFL *right now*, and I think he has potential to be top 5.

    Other than Aaron Rodgers, he’s better than every other NFC North starting quarterback.

  30. trollhammer20 says: Mar 9, 2012 12:35 PM

    So, if Tavaris Jackson can get Seattle to 7-9 from the #21 spot, an upgrade to 15 could get them into the playoffs.

    Actually, all you need to tell me is “Flynn doesn’t hold the ball too long and take dumb sacks”, and I’d want him over Jackson.

    I think Seattle is a team to watch where Flynn is concerned. If Schneider, who used to be in the GB front office, likes him, he’ll be made an offer.

    As for Kolb, the guy signed a new contract about 40 days before the start of the season and only had that long to prepare. I wouldn’t throw him under the bus just yet. If the Cards sign Manning, some team will wind up signing him for a lot less than what AZ paid eight months ago.

  31. EJ says: Mar 9, 2012 12:39 PM

    There is no way to judge a QB after just two starts. Especially since he was playing for a super bowl caliber team with all the tools necessary to win in this league. Put him on any other team than the Patriots, GB, New Orleans or NYG and I’m willing to bet he doesn’t look as good.

    Heck, even his teammate won’t go to bat for him. Rodgers basically said he is one notch above your average QB.

    I pity the team that signs Matt Flynn to that big contract.

  32. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 9, 2012 12:43 PM

    The last two Matt Flynns were Matt Cassel and Kevin Kolb, except they had a greater body of work on which to judge them. The teams that signed those guys to big contracts are now desperately trying to get Peyton Manning. Just sayin’.

  33. glac1 says: Mar 9, 2012 12:43 PM

    What if the Pack signed Matt Flynn and traded Rodgers? Sign a guy for 60 million instead of 130 million…and get how many players and draft choices?? It will never happen but it makes for some good conversation.

  34. whyamiacowboysfanagain says: Mar 9, 2012 12:43 PM

    its a shame that Manning will be going to MIA, cause I thought Flynn had a real change to go and flourish there…..

  35. 95glloyd says: Mar 9, 2012 12:44 PM

    I don’t understand how a guy has one good game and suddenly becomes a franchise quarterback.

  36. deconjonesbitchslap says: Mar 9, 2012 12:45 PM

    top-15?

    that’s like saying he’s going to be incredible at being average.

    nice, rodgers. i’m sure this has nothing to do with Flynn breaking all the single game packer records in just his second start as an NFL QB.

  37. stellarperformance says: Mar 9, 2012 1:00 PM

    thejuddstir says:
    Mar 9, 2012 11:53 AM
    Aaron certainly didn’t do Matt Flynn any favors with that statement, but then Rodgers has always had a sneaky way stabbing others in the back with just enough “tact or innuendo” that Packer fans don’t see it.
    =================================

    So Favre WAS able to provide Rodgers with guidance. Is that what you’re saying?

  38. trollhammer20 says: Mar 9, 2012 1:03 PM

    95glloyd says:
    Mar 9, 2012 12:44 PM
    I don’t understand how a guy has one good game and suddenly becomes a franchise quarterback.
    __________________________

    Because he had two good games, one in New England against the Patriots, and one where he broke nearly every single-game record in team history (a history that contains QBs like Favre and Rodgers).

    Luck, Griffin, Tannehill = 0 quality NFL starts.

    Flynn = 2 quality NFL starts.

    Which one is a huge risk again?

  39. textexington says: Mar 9, 2012 1:06 PM

    Aaron Rodgers > BrINT Perve.

  40. muskyhunter2542 says: Mar 9, 2012 1:07 PM

    The Packers did not franchise Flynn… Therefore can not get a second rounder in trade for him.
    They may however, get a 3rd as compensation for the 2013 draft.

  41. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 9, 2012 1:10 PM

    I think he’s Flynncrementally better than Tarvaris Jackson.

  42. thraiderskin says: Mar 9, 2012 1:12 PM

    I keep hearing the association of Flynn to Kolb or Cassel, Niether of the latter 2 threw for more yards or anything close to as many touchdowns as Flynn in one game. Sure it could be a fluke, but that is one amazing fluke, considering the man’s predecessors. Let’s not forget this guy won a National Championship at a big time school, while that isn’t as telling as one would expect, it does show he has pedigree for big games.

  43. thejuddstir says: Mar 9, 2012 1:15 PM

    Matt Cassel and Kevin Kolb and now Matt Flynn….don’t expect Packer fans to see the logic or the pattern. There was a reason Flynn was drafted where he was, there’s a reason he’s been a backup and this is not sarcasam but I would submit it’s the same reason that other QB needy teams never pursued a trade with the Packers for the past two years…….the experts see and know something that Packer fans always seem to wear colored glasses when evaluating talent. Not even his old offensive coordinator, Philbin, seems to have a high level of interest in him and that my Packer friends “says a lot”.

  44. mattolikesthevikes says: Mar 9, 2012 1:18 PM

    Top 15 doesn’t sound like a good compliment to me. Maybe a little of Favre rubbed off on Rodgers.

  45. packerfan1000 says: Mar 9, 2012 1:22 PM

    Why do so many of you see this as a diss? Saying a 7th round pick has gotten so good that, of the, say, 96 quarterbacks actually good enough to be on an NFL team, he is better than at least 81 of them??? How is that a diss?

  46. outlawshark says: Mar 9, 2012 1:23 PM

    How did I know this comment would be deleted. Let’s try again.
    ————————-
    Once again, PFT twists a quote. Rodgers said Flynn’s new team would “be getting a top-15 quarterback.” That means he’s already there – as a backup. This article makes it sound like Rodgers said that Flynn could only possibly become a top 15 QB, maybe later. Rodgers’ statement was a compliment and should not be taken any other way.

  47. kidpresentable says: Mar 9, 2012 1:24 PM

    “I would say the same about Aaron if he left the Green Bay system.”

    You mean the west coast offense? Fine, then you have to say the same about Favre, Montana and Young.

    You would also have to point out the countless West Coast offense QBs who just sucked. If it’s just the system, then Brian Brohm would have amounted to something. Joey Harrington would have been great under Marriucci in Detroit. Maybe, just maybe, Flynn will be more Matt Hasselbeck or Mark Brunell than Kevin Kolb or Scott Mitchell.

  48. lombardihero says: Mar 9, 2012 1:26 PM

    Top 15 Rodgers did not say what number in the top 15 my guess is that will be determined by Flynn himself.

    Saying someone is top 15 is not saying anything bad about a person. Right now where would any of you put Andrew Luck?

    Flynn will have to work hard which I expect him to do so. Where he ends up in the top 15 is up to him not Rodgers.

  49. dukemarc says: Mar 9, 2012 1:28 PM

    Rodgers, Brees, Manning, Other Manning, Brady, Schaub, Rivers, Roethlisberger, Vick, Ryan, Romo, Stafford, Cutler, Flacco, Newton, Dalton – thats 16 – is it really an insult to say he’d be in the top 15?

  50. kidpresentable says: Mar 9, 2012 1:33 PM

    Also, nobody would say Flynn is better than Rodgers, Brees, Brady, Eli and a healthy Peyton Manning. You can’t put him ahead of Rivers, Roethlisberger, Stafford, Ryan, and maybe Cutler. We have to wait and see how good Newton and Luck will be. But the next group of guys like Schaub, Romo, Vick, and Flacco, you can make a case that Flynn will be as good or better than those guys. There’s no doubt he’s better than guys like Sanchez, Palmer, Tebow, etc.

  51. dalzell3686 says: Mar 9, 2012 1:37 PM

    Aaron Rodgers showed how much more class he has than Favre

  52. cuda1234 says: Mar 9, 2012 1:45 PM

    Earlier I posted that both Flynn and Tebow have the same number of SEC and NCAA championships but Tebow started three years and Flynn started one.

    Apparently that doesn’t fit the media’s portrayal of Tebow as the ultimate “winner” and the post is now gone.

    Is that really so offensive it needs to be deleted? Unbelievable how the media has Timmy’s back.

  53. kriswd40 says: Mar 9, 2012 1:45 PM

    Rogers is also the same guy that thinks Ryan Braun is clean though. Total homer for his friends.

  54. almighty1 says: Mar 9, 2012 1:46 PM

    People saying this is a diss are really, really stupid. Yes, top 15 out of 96 qbs or so on NFL rosters. As the poster noted above, top 15 puts you in a class of quality qbs. But by all means, go on with your uninformed hatred.

  55. conormacleod says: Mar 9, 2012 1:49 PM

    Bad news. It turns out Flynn won’t be able to also take the Packers receivers with him. But, he had two nice games, so he’s got that going for him.

  56. tsi431 says: Mar 9, 2012 1:49 PM

    I think top 15 is too generous. Any team that signs him, isn’t only a QB away from being a great team. Too many variables, WR, Line, RB’s, System, etc.

    If Aaron would of said “Matt Flynn will be a starting QB next year”, then that would of been enough. Top 15 is just unrealistic at this point, and was said just because they were teammates.

  57. thraiderskin says: Mar 9, 2012 1:51 PM

    I’m pretty sure I just read a comment that said Matt Flynn isn’t that good because of where he was drafted… I’m sure someone could come up with a very reasonable counter argument to that by saying just one name.

  58. kidpresentable says: Mar 9, 2012 2:27 PM

    “Rogers is also the same guy that thinks Ryan Braun is clean though. Total homer for his friends.”

    Nobody is clean. As soon as sports fans realize that, the sooner we can stop overreacting to any breach of the mythical idea that fair-play exists in sports

  59. promickey says: Mar 9, 2012 2:58 PM

    “The team that gets Matt is going to be very happy, I can promise you. They’ll be getting a top-15 quarterback.”

    ————————————————–
    Wow, Matt Moore was the number 12 rated passer in the NFL this past season. He did this with the #30th rated OL in the NFL and did not have a speed receiver. Paying Matt Flynn a lot of money will not be worth it. However paying Peyton Manning, if he is healthy will be worth the investment.

  60. gatsby26 says: Mar 9, 2012 3:37 PM

    “I would say the same about Aaron if he left the Green Bay system.”
    __________________________________
    The thought that Green Bay’s system is the sole reason Aaron Rodgers is successful, is idiotic. You sir, are not particularly smart, are you? I suppose you think that all of the teams with losing records are lacking a superior system. They lose not because their talent isn’t up to par, but because they aren’t using a system like Green Bay’s or New England’s. In order to be an elite quarterback you need to have physical skills and the mental capacity to make it work. Not to mention, unparalleled drive and determination. When Rodgers first entered the league I had no idea what to expect. My expectations were not high because I didn’t know much about him. It turns out that he not only possesses the physical and mental skills to play at a high level, but he is pretty tough as well. The dude also cracks me up. He’s pretty humorous.

  61. mrslay1 says: Mar 9, 2012 3:47 PM

    Ya know folks, there is not any QB in this league that is bad. Just some that is not as good as others. Also many teams that do not have the same quaility of players. If Flynn is lucky enough to get a good team he will do well, if not, well….

  62. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Mar 9, 2012 4:16 PM

    I can’t believe the outrage that Rodgers said this backup QB was only a top-15 QB. Somebody refresh my memory. Who was the last 7th-round draft choice backup QB that hit free agency and became a star? It’s hard to keep track of all of them.

  63. axespray says: Mar 9, 2012 4:53 PM

    Gonna laugh when this Flynn kid proves the doubters wrong…

  64. ravensworknotsteel says: Mar 9, 2012 8:25 PM

    in miami yes in cle no

  65. akpackfan says: Mar 10, 2012 7:24 PM

    Looking at the comments, I don’t get why everyones saying Rodgers is being disrespectful and dissing on Flynn. Some might think top 15 means your just average until you actually think who is in the top 15 are. Rodgers, Brees, Brady, E. Manning, P. Manning (healthy), Rivers, Roethlisberger, Stafford, Vick, Cutler, Ryan, Flacco, Newton, Schaub, Dalton. To say he could be better than at least 1 of these guys is praise, and I’m sure Rodgers thinks he can be even better than that but didn’t want to sound to crazy.

  66. stellarperformance says: Mar 11, 2012 8:27 AM

    akpackfan says: Mar 10, 2012 7:24 PM
    Looking at the comments, I don’t get why everyones saying Rodgers is being disrespectful and dissing on Flynn. Some might think top 15 means your just average until you actually think who is in the top 15 are. Rodgers, Brees, Brady, E. Manning, P. Manning (healthy), Rivers, Roethlisberger, Stafford, Vick, Cutler, Ryan, Flacco, Newton, Schaub, Dalton. To say he could be better than at least 1 of these guys is praise, and I’m sure Rodgers thinks he can be even better than that but didn’t want to sound to crazy.
    =================================

    Your comments are dead-on. The reason people like to diss Rodgers and the Packers is because jealousy breeds contempt.

    His opinion of Flynn matters. Think of it…..he is saying Flynn will come out-of-the-gate ranked in the top fifteen, not someday….NOW. In effect he is saying Flynn can only get better. High praise indeed and he ought to know.

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