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Matt Flynn to be Raiders starter as offseason work begins

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Quarterback Matt Flynn has already been guaranteed something with the Oakland Raiders that he never received while with the Seattle Seahawks last year.

The right to be named the team’s starting quarterback.

Even though Flynn likely thought he’d win the starting job last year with the Seahawks after signing a three-year deal with the team last offseason, head coach Pete Carroll never said that would be the case.

Carroll said Flynn would have to compete with Tarvaris Jackson, and later on rookie Russell Wilson, for the starting job and that he wasn’t going to be handed the job. When the offseason work and training camp began, it was Jackson that was taking the first-team snaps in practice with the team. Flynn would earn the starts for Seattle in their first two preseason games before Wilson supplanted Flynn as the starter for the regular season.

But Flynn already has a leg up in Oakland. According to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie has named Flynn the starting quarterback as offseason workouts are set to begin. McKenzie said Flynn would have to compete with Terrelle Pryor and any quarterback the Raiders may select in the draft this week but it’s more that he was given in Seattle.

McKenzie was with Flynn in Green Bay for the only two starts he’s made in his NFL career and feels he can be a solid quarterback in the league.

Two things that I feel are important and that’s presence, as far as leadership and knowing how to move a team down the field, and knowing how to do it,” McKenzie said.

“He has all the intangibles and I think he can play the position. He can throw the ball. I think he’s going to be a solid quarterback. Now how good can he be? We’ll figure that out, but I think he’s got a chance to be a good, solid quarterback.”

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  1. spellingcops says: Apr 23, 2013 11:55 PM

    From SB champion to Super Bowl contender to the taint of the nfl. Poor guy.

  2. prideandpoise says: Apr 23, 2013 11:56 PM

    This is pretty much a no-brainer. Not going to coin him the next Gannon yet but Flynn is much more refined as a passer at this stage in his career and should win the job out of Training Camp.

    Pryor is still developing and will definitely put up a fight because of his work ethic and heart. Hopefully, he settles into the No. 2 role and continues to work hard to refine his skills.

  3. azjahwkr says: Apr 23, 2013 11:57 PM

    Raider fans must be thinking CHAMPIONSHIP with him as the QB. LOL

  4. ketch20too says: Apr 24, 2013 12:02 AM

    As a Hawk fan, hope he does well. He would have had no problem beating out Tarvaris, but he could have never expected Wilson to be the player he turned into. Tough break for him. Good luck in Oakland, Matt

  5. myasylum11 says: Apr 24, 2013 12:03 AM

    Poor guy is doomed. Good thing he’s at least making good money!

  6. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Apr 24, 2013 12:04 AM

    Didn’t take long for the Raider bashers to start hating…really surprised humbolt wasn’t first out of the gate.

    It’s still a competition folks, nothing to read into this…just more fodder for PFT. Pryor will get his shot.

  7. whoknowsnothing says: Apr 24, 2013 12:07 AM

    I’m not a Raiders fan, but I like what the organization is doing in rebuilding this team. Hopefully they renew their rivalry with the Steelers like it use to be.

  8. lostsok says: Apr 24, 2013 12:08 AM

    In a weak QB class the Raiders are wise to give this guy a real chance. I wouldn’t be shocked if they took a QB in later rounds, but why spend a high pick when they have a potential guy (or two) already.

  9. packfaninchitown says: Apr 24, 2013 12:10 AM

    Glad to see Matt get a shot at a starting gig and excited to see what he can do.

  10. adoombray says: Apr 24, 2013 12:13 AM

    Matt Flynn is a great quarterback and I wish him the best of luck with Oaktown. Every one of us die hard Packers fan out there appreciate how classy he was and appreciated the comfort in knowing that if Rodgers went down we were going to be OK. He’s the next Hasselbeck/Aaron Brooks/Brunell in the tradition of Green Bay backup QB’s flourishing with some understudy years. We also told the rest of the league that for years and you had people making fun of us for it if they even knew his name at all.

    I am not going to be a psychic here or get crazy, but even when trying my best to not be unrealistic, I’m not sure so sure that this doesn’t get them to at least .500. That’s right, I just dropped a Dan Dierdorf on you. I believe in the dude THAT much.

  11. tedmurph says: Apr 24, 2013 12:15 AM

    Who’d you think it would be TPryor? Breaking news? Raiders are on the right track, high pick next yr, 50 mil to spend, weak div, Rivers and Manning on the way out. Couple more yrs to respectability, with some good drafts, for a change.

  12. hawkstradamus says: Apr 24, 2013 12:17 AM

    From what I saw of him as a Seahawk the guy is good at pre snap reads and anticipating throwing windows but after about two seconds he turtles up and hits the deck opting to take the sack.

  13. ern215 says: Apr 24, 2013 12:22 AM

    im confident in reggie mac’s eye for talent, until proven otherwise…………

  14. tdubdizzle says: Apr 24, 2013 12:28 AM

    Gotta respect Reggie Mckenzies honesty.He’s a True baller, shot caller.

  15. tdubdizzle says: Apr 24, 2013 12:33 AM

    Gotta love all the haters on every Raider post.Its good to know we’re still relevant even with all of the terrible seasons recently. THE RAIDERS are still one of the most successful organizations in the NFL.One of the only sports teams INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN.I understand the hate.

  16. thraiderskin says: Apr 24, 2013 12:34 AM

    I’m excited for the season… and this is before the draft. Flynn brings something to this team the fans haven’t seen in awhile, experience AND a desire to compete. Like McKenzie said, he might not be great, but he will be good and that is more than we have had. I want Pryor to succeed, but I don’t think he has the arm to ever earn a starter designation. I just hope the play-calling is to Flynn’s strength and doesn’t force him to attempt things he isn’t comfortable with, the Raiders just don’t have the o-line to compensate for that.

  17. therealraider says: Apr 24, 2013 12:46 AM

    What is it with my Raiders… statistically speaking the best QBs the Raiders have ever had are Rich Gannon and Carson Palmer. This franchise is due for a real deal career signal caller.

  18. pooflingingmonkey says: Apr 24, 2013 12:53 AM

    I can’t help but laugh at the miserable Raiders, hitching their wagon to a guy that had one good game, two years ago.

    The Browns might be better than the Raiders this year? But who cares, they’re both irrelevant.

  19. calibear831 says: Apr 24, 2013 1:08 AM

    The back up QB to starter experiment moved from kansas City (matt cassle) to oakland (matt flynn). . .I just hope it doesn’t end with the same result

  20. tech831 says: Apr 24, 2013 1:26 AM

    Raiders are going back to be more of a ball control offence, that means they only need a game manager. With been said, Pryor should get a far shot nothing against Flynn but think he going to beat out again! If the raiders are not going to use Pryor why not trade him got some picks or pick to team thats going to run more of a pistol offence

  21. wmelch says: Apr 24, 2013 1:28 AM

    yssupasigninnamnotyep

    With a screen name such as this, you are essentially inviting bashers and haters to come on down to challenge everything you post. Except the Oakland fans-they can’t figure it out!

  22. cluelessdufus says: Apr 24, 2013 2:38 AM

    Flynn is a decent starter for the next couple years not sure long term. But this guy won’t turn it over and in that time the Raiders can rebuild and figure out players for the future like McFadden can he stay healthy? and how are they going to fix that defense? Are they going to make office changes, lots of questions.

  23. ballergac says: Apr 24, 2013 2:47 AM

    Wait a second…… I’m a McKenzie supporter… I am.. But doesn’t our Head Coach Dennis Allen make that call? I just don’t agree with McKenzie making that call.

  24. robgilman says: Apr 24, 2013 3:32 AM

    if mcfadden stays healthy and the oline can succeed at the power blocking scheme, this offense should do well. Flynn can control the ball and manage the offense with the help of a good run game. With the speed and athleticism of the Raider wide outs, i think Flynn will turn some heads this year. He has shown that he can get the ball downfield, and he’s going to have the type of guys to hit the deep balls to.

  25. nativeraider says: Apr 24, 2013 3:37 AM

    Im ok with the trade for Flynn but to restructure his contract BEFORE even doing anything in Oakland was wrong. Pryor wasnt given a fair shot but Flynn was for no reason. All in all I hope Flynn works out or Pryor pulls a Wilson and beats Flynn out again…

  26. jigwig21 says: Apr 24, 2013 4:02 AM

    The fact that Mac is naming the starting qb and not the head coach lets me know that his days are numbered and that makes me excited for the future. New HC (maybe Cowher?), nice future draft picks and some $$$$ to spend=NICE!!! Mac has proven to me that he can make the right decision by getting rid of McClain. Trust him going forward

  27. src3084 says: Apr 24, 2013 4:45 AM

    Cue the Raider haters! I trust the word of Aaron Rodgers(who said Flynn will be better than over half of the starters in the NFL) over the genius posters on here. As long as he plays smart football, the Raiders will be better off with him than they ever were with Carson”Drive-Killer” Palmer. Not to mention, he only cost a ’14 5th rd pick(that they’ll get back anyway via FA compensation) and a $6.5 mil salary compared to over twice that for Palmer.

  28. spankygreen says: Apr 24, 2013 5:24 AM

    Competition brings out the best in players….Cream normally rises to the top…..That was proven last year in Seattle….Way to go PCarroll….Oakland is foolish to hand this guy anything, however, it seems the only way this player and most like him will ever start, is if it’s handed to him.

    What ever happened to EARNING the right to best the starter?

  29. spideysdog says: Apr 24, 2013 6:28 AM

    it’s funny. everybody wants to bash Flynn…. except for the people who have actually watched him play. Reggie McKenzie knows what he’s getting from their GB days. Green Bay and us in Seattle who have watched him all think the guy can play. Not being able to supplant Rodgers, and losing out to Russell Wilson is far from an indictment. if Oakland’s OLine can keep Matt upright, Oakland fans are gonna love this guy. he’s just had the unlucky knack of ending up in places with Pro Bowl qbs.

  30. red sky at night says: Apr 24, 2013 7:17 AM

    Pryor deserves absolutely, NO shot. He will not end up like Kaep, RGIII or Wilson.

  31. zurnvs says: Apr 24, 2013 7:26 AM

    Unless Pryor has fixed his throwing motion since he left columbus, he will never be able to become serviceable QB. He is big, strong and fast, but that motion at OSU was not good. Can you say shirt armed it quite a bit.

  32. thelastpieceofcheese says: Apr 24, 2013 7:57 AM

    With Matt Flynn and Terrible Pryor Oakland will remain the raiders of the lost bark.

  33. EJ says: Apr 24, 2013 8:44 AM

    I hope the Raiders give Pryor a legitimate shot at the starting job. Pryor has been waiting for his turn to show the Coaching staff that he can do the job.
    I don’t like the fact that Flynn just comes in and he is just handed the title without seeing a single pass.

  34. qdog112 says: Apr 24, 2013 8:55 AM

    Any criticism of Flynn is viewed as bashing. That’s interesting. I watched Flynn last year and the smartest thing Carroll did was have a true QB competition. It revealed that Flynn was not the guy.

    The signs were there. McKenzie knew Flynn from GB, but Flynn’s offensive coordinator took a HC job in Miami, who had no QB. If your own OC doesn’t want you …

    Flynn was terrible in preseason and camp last year. He has played 2 games and he played well, but he has a steep climb to becoming a starter. The sooner you realize that everybody is not a starter, the better. Flynn may be a backup and nothing more.

    Lastly, the Raiders are known to want a vertical game. Flynn does not have the arm to provide that type game. Maybe he can be a manager, but that famous Raider speed will not see deep balls coming their way.

  35. macdaddyspeed says: Apr 24, 2013 9:30 AM

    As a Seahawks fan, I have to admit, the NFL is a better product when the raiders are good. I can’t quite hate the 49ers as much as I hated the raiders. Any good story requires a good villain. Hopefully they are on the right track.

  36. bla bla bla says: Apr 24, 2013 9:44 AM

    The people that say “Flynn got his contract based on one good game” have no idea what they’re talking about. Flynn got his contract based on 4 years of hard work and very good play, albeit in very limited action. Flynn can play.

    My greatest (admittedly irrational) hope is that Flynn somehow has a better year than Jay Cutler, just so I can torture my idiot son-in-law; constantly, completely and relentlessly.

  37. macdbeliever says: Apr 24, 2013 10:04 AM

    Shouldn’t the Head Coach be naming the starting QB?

  38. evansvc says: Apr 24, 2013 2:14 PM

    Vince Young…. Do the Raiders still have interest in VY?

  39. evansvc says: Apr 24, 2013 2:15 PM

    Vince Young is the best available quarterback on the market…. Bring him in for a try-out….

  40. open1337 says: Apr 24, 2013 11:52 PM

    Im in with Flynn!

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