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Matt Flynn, inexplicably, survives first half

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If anything has become obvious watching the Raiders in the first half, it’s that the team MVP is clearly the doctor who performed triceps surgery on left tackle Jared Veldheer this morning.

Getting Veldheer back this season, which they think is a possibility, could be crucial to the survival of Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn.

Flynn didn’t look comfortable until the two-minute drill against the Saints, primarily because he didn’t have much of a chance for most of the night.

Next-man-up left tackle Alex Barron has struggled mightily against the Saints, and Rob Ryan’s new defense isn’t going to be confused for his father’s 1985 Bears team anytime soon.

Flynn was sacked five times in the first half, making his 12-for-16, 124-yard performance downright heroic. Flynn actually stood in the pocket and delivered a touchdown pass late in the half, which speaks to his toughness as much as his skill.

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73 Responses to “Matt Flynn, inexplicably, survives first half”
  1. dawsonleery says: Aug 16, 2013 9:37 PM

    Alex Barron? That’s just not fair. Sorry Matt Flynn.

  2. raiders85 says: Aug 16, 2013 9:43 PM

    Same old sorry ass Raiders just downright embarrassing and the sad thing is we all know Barron is god awful but he was only one of five useless turds and I won’t start on our defense can’t tackle cover or rush the pass if they let drew brees do this good luck stopping manning rivers or anybody else for that matter

  3. packfaninchitown says: Aug 16, 2013 9:44 PM

    Stay strong Matt, Packer Nation is cheering for you.

  4. blackfootkiller says: Aug 16, 2013 9:45 PM

    He’s an ex-Packer QB…
    He knows how to take a hit.

  5. cwk22 says: Aug 16, 2013 9:46 PM

    Dolphins should have taken him when they had the chance last year.

  6. dwarftosser says: Aug 16, 2013 9:47 PM

    Flynn is a good QB. He’ll have a good year, despite playing for the Raiders. I really think Pete Carroll bet on the wrong horse.

  7. coachglove says: Aug 16, 2013 9:48 PM

    the defense isn’t run by Rob Ryan. wow

  8. myasylum11 says: Aug 16, 2013 9:49 PM

    I said it once and I’ll say it a million more…
    Poor Flynn! Someone help this boy. He’s obviously is capable of doing so much more!

  9. thestrategyexpert says: Aug 16, 2013 9:50 PM

    Maybe the Raiders just need to split reps 50/50 this season between Flynn and Pryor to conserve health.

  10. sickoe47 says: Aug 16, 2013 9:50 PM

    Well at least we have something to look for next season,60m in cap room,proably the 1st pick in 2014 and a ton of picks to play with (compensation picks for departed FA) so you know what they say it’s always darkest before dawn.

  11. jroch512 says: Aug 16, 2013 9:50 PM

    Good luck Matt. As a Packer fan I’m wish in the best for you

  12. 4grammarpolice says: Aug 16, 2013 9:54 PM

    It’s good to be Jared Veldheer’s agent.

  13. tooz72 says: Aug 16, 2013 9:59 PM

    Barron is a bum, this team with suck for Clowney

  14. coachglove says: Aug 16, 2013 10:00 PM

    Nm…work on that writing a little bit as you implied Ryan was the Raiders D coordinator by talking about a Raider and then immediately mentioning Ryan.

  15. blacknole08 says: Aug 16, 2013 10:08 PM

    I really want to see Flynn succeed.

  16. nomoreseasontix says: Aug 16, 2013 10:09 PM

    Raider fan since ’69 here, and I’m starting to lose interest.
    I have the feeling they’re moving again, so I’m trying to gain perspective.
    It’s just a game, right?

  17. jimispackers says: Aug 16, 2013 10:16 PM

    “C’mon, show some compsure! You my boy, Blue!” -Will Farrell, Old School.

    Like Ive said before, Matt will effeciently-productive until the Raiders can have consistent running attack.
    Love Jimi.

  18. humb0lt says: Aug 16, 2013 10:37 PM

    Seriously, the Raiders should take a break from NFL competition for the next few seasons and let the Sacramento Mountain Lions play in the AFC West. The Mountain Lions could probably field a more competitive team. The Raiders’ best QB can’t throw a completion of more than 25 yards and their OL can’t protect him. Train meet wreck.

  19. metalhead65 says: Aug 16, 2013 10:39 PM

    so matt flynn is heroic because he stayed in the game despite the sacks and constant pressure? Jay Cutler has had the same protection issues the last 3 years but is not heroic for taking his weekly beating because he is not nice to the press? yeah makes sense to me.

  20. wamj2008 says: Aug 16, 2013 10:41 PM

    He has the heart of a Green Bay Packer. What do you expect?

  21. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Aug 16, 2013 10:45 PM

    I can’t believe that Alex Barron is on any NFL roster even this time of year when they have 90 players. Often penalized and not reliable.

  22. racerx1225 says: Aug 16, 2013 10:47 PM

    Could have been worse, he could have been Alex Smith tonight. Poor guy was bleeding.

    If you are gonna blitz in pre-season, you will get to the QB.

    Probably a good thing for this to happen now actually for both KC and Oakland.

  23. bombayjon says: Aug 16, 2013 10:49 PM

    Flynn was sacked five times in the first half, making his 12-for-16, 124-yard performance downright heroic. Flynn actually stood in the pocket and delivered a touchdown pass late in the half, which speaks to his toughness as much as his skill.
    —————————————————

    I’m glad there is something positive to be taken from though whoopin we are taking

  24. Clay says: Aug 16, 2013 10:51 PM

    What number will Clowney wear? Want to order my jersey now.

  25. calibear831 says: Aug 16, 2013 10:52 PM

    As a Raiders fan after reading this article idk if I should feel good or bad about what I just read

  26. aaroncurryisbust says: Aug 16, 2013 10:54 PM

    I wanted him to start for the Seahawks for much of the season until the lightbulb went off for Russell Wilson.

  27. raideralex99 says: Aug 16, 2013 10:57 PM

    Clowney! Clowney! Clowney!

  28. rhabdodontidae says: Aug 16, 2013 10:59 PM

    “Next-man-up left tackle Alex Barron”

    Alex “I never really wanted to play football” Barron.

    What a shmuck.

  29. Ferdinand says: Aug 16, 2013 11:03 PM

    I hope this makes people see that he so much more than ‘The Game of a Lifetime” in Green Bay. Wish we could have afforded to keep him as our backup, but he earned his shot to try to be a starter. Good Luck, Matt.

  30. germanstingray says: Aug 16, 2013 11:05 PM

    Ouch, that Rayderz line played horribly. Flynn had better double check that the life insurance policy is paid up.

  31. unclemoobaa1911 says: Aug 16, 2013 11:10 PM

    Go Matt McGloin

  32. axespray says: Aug 16, 2013 11:14 PM

    people gotta give Flynn his props – sure, he couldn’t beat out Aaron Rodgers or Wilson – then again, who could?

    The dude is a baller… but since he shares the same first name as Cassel – everyone will up and pretend he’s just as crap under pressure as that chicken.

  33. granadafan says: Aug 16, 2013 11:14 PM

    Flynn had a chance to backup one elite QB and one really good QB. Apparently he learned something during his time. Hopefully the line will give him time to throw.

  34. slick50ks says: Aug 16, 2013 11:18 PM

    LOL

    It’s gonna be a real long year.

  35. racerx1225 says: Aug 16, 2013 11:26 PM

    If Barron starts for Oakland instead of Veldeheer, the Raiders are in trouble.

    They need to sign a vet LT immediately.

  36. pooflingingmonkey says: Aug 16, 2013 11:32 PM

    So who will get Clowney? The Raiders or the Jags?

  37. norcal031 says: Aug 16, 2013 11:45 PM

    Man they looked awful. Or at least they did on that illegal online sports site I had to watch the game on. The Niners are on 2 channels? Who cares about territorial rights. They have no O-line at all. Pray for the QB’s in Oakland. It’s all fine with me though because I’ll take the 2 high first rounders and the high second rounder for the rights to Clowney, and whatever 2nd-4th they can get for DMC because his days in The Town are numbered. I would say “we” but I ain’t getting no checks from the team.

  38. raiders757 says: Aug 16, 2013 11:53 PM

    Even if Veldheer were to play this evening, I doubt it would have mattered. The Saints brought “the house” tonight. If that’s their basic “preseason defense”, the rest of the NFL better look out.

    I’m a believer in building teams from the trenches out, and it’s beyond obvious that the Raiders are suffering in that area on both sides of the ball. It is indeed the area the Raiders must concentrate on with all the extra cap space during the next off-season.

  39. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 17, 2013 12:03 AM

    Who is worse?
    A. Raiders
    B. Browns
    C. Jaguars
    D. Jets

  40. dannyreneau says: Aug 17, 2013 12:10 AM

    As someone born in Kansas, but who calls Seattle home, the seahawk in me hopes he does well, I like him. But the Chief in me wants to destroy him.

  41. therealraider says: Aug 17, 2013 12:12 AM

    Matt Flynn was terrible. His absolute inability to read a blitz and change protection or even audible is pathetic.. granted Pryor isn’t up to par either, but at least he can scramble when all hell breaks loose.

  42. 7pints says: Aug 17, 2013 12:25 AM

    Why are there no delusional Raider fans posting on this article about how everything will be okay??? Oh, you watched the first half? Yeah, me too.

  43. demolition510 says: Aug 17, 2013 12:28 AM

    Games are win and loss in the trenches. Gonna be a long season. Regardless, go Raiders!!!

  44. tdk24 says: Aug 17, 2013 12:28 AM

    It’s a good thing it’s only preseason. Our OL and DL is beat up and ugly right now. Did we even have a projected starter actually starting on the DL tonight? When one team is that banged up in the trenches on both sides of the ball, it’s hard to judge either team playing.

  45. Dogsweat says: Aug 17, 2013 12:51 AM

    The Mighty Flynn. Another 3-13 season!!!!

    Bring the tarps!!!

  46. silentcount says: Aug 17, 2013 1:14 AM

    Could it be that the Saints really are that good? Let’s see– best quarterback, best coach, new defensive players, and a team that was falsely accused. Yep, that’s a deadly combo for sure.

  47. r8rh8r says: Aug 17, 2013 1:29 AM

    joetoronto, where you at? tell me how bad the chargers are…we all need to hear it one more time…

  48. donnymacjack says: Aug 17, 2013 1:39 AM

    Good for him. In spite of having to survive a horrible o-line you have to feel good about Flynn’s performance. He’s a great competitor and a true professional.

  49. onbucky96 says: Aug 17, 2013 4:39 AM

    Wish Matt were still in Green Bay. So much better than the slugs backing up Discount Double-Check.

  50. joetoronto says: Aug 17, 2013 5:07 AM

    At least Flynn is mobile, unlike that shot putting statue in San Diego.

  51. glynners says: Aug 17, 2013 6:30 AM

    Even as a Saints fan I could only laugh at how easy the defense found it. That oline is horrible

    Im liking the look of the front 3 but the Texans game will be a better gauge of where we are

  52. cityzenx1969 says: Aug 17, 2013 7:14 AM

    I like the velocity on Flyn’s passes. He rolls out quicker than previous QB’s , he is tough, and no picks.

  53. beckzhere says: Aug 17, 2013 7:25 AM

    But Matt, being the eternal optimist that he is, finds solace in knowing that he will be teammates with JD Clowney next year.

  54. greenmeattruck says: Aug 17, 2013 8:05 AM

    Five sacks in one half to that Aints defense? Flynn won’t make it through the season if this keeps up.

  55. williamwallacewouldhavebeenaraider says: Aug 17, 2013 8:12 AM

    By all accounts Flynn is tough. This performance proves that. I feel for him he’s in big trouble without Velheer
    CLOWNING FOR CLOWNEY!!!!!!!!

  56. britishraven says: Aug 17, 2013 8:21 AM

    I saw some highlights of this and the raiders O line was absolutely awful. No way will anyone survive 16 games behind that mess

  57. gbpack81 says: Aug 17, 2013 8:49 AM

    One of Flynn’s best attributes is hanging in the pocket and delivering very accurate passes under duress.

    He did this repeatedly in GB when he saw action. He is very calm under pressure…hopefully he doesn’t get completely shell shocked this season in Oakland and lose his best quality. All the best to Flynn and the Raiders this year.

  58. weezycat2 says: Aug 17, 2013 8:52 AM

    He be better than Josh Freeman.

  59. cowboysfaninbuffalove says: Aug 17, 2013 9:03 AM

    This dude loves matt flynn…pryor has outplayed him in the preseason

  60. docboss says: Aug 17, 2013 9:16 AM

    No. Please tell me it is not THE Alex Barron. Were it not for Lawrence Phillips he might be the worst pick in Stl Rams history. Oh wait, that would be Jason Smith. How did he look?

  61. realfootballfan says: Aug 17, 2013 9:39 AM

    Race for the first overall pick will probably be determined when the Raiders and Jaguars play the second week. The Raiders right now look to have the worst roster in football easily.

  62. osiris33 says: Aug 17, 2013 9:40 AM

    “Flynn is a good QB. He’ll have a good year, despite playing for the Raiders. I really think Pete Carroll bet on the wrong horse.”

    Dude, Matt Flynn is a very good QB & I wish we still had him instead of Tarvar, but you are seriously demented. Russell Wilson is amazing.

  63. demolition510 says: Aug 17, 2013 9:46 AM

    Charger fans are actually laughing at our oline? Did you guys see your game?

  64. thelastpieceofcheese says: Aug 17, 2013 9:56 AM

    Flynn is heroic for throwing a TD pass against the BENCH of one of the worst defenses in the NFL?

    Are you serious?

  65. greyhawk9 says: Aug 17, 2013 10:00 AM

    I’m glad Flynn seems to have a good opportunity in Oakland….the guy that said Carroll bet on the wrong horse is absolutely hilarious however

  66. slick50ks says: Aug 17, 2013 10:02 AM

    Keep in mind that this was against a terrible defense that couldn’t begin to stop Alex freakin Smith.

    The aints didn’t score a single point against the Chiefs first team D either.

    raiders = jags

  67. sfm073 says: Aug 17, 2013 10:10 AM

    Alex Barron is still in the league?

  68. catchhester23 says: Aug 17, 2013 10:32 AM

    Sounds like Flynn might not make it to the regular season. If there o-line is that bad they get the bears defense for 3 quarters next week. Looks like Melton and Peppers can sit this one out also. Raider fans hope so at least.

  69. MyTeamsAllStink says: Aug 17, 2013 10:47 AM

    They should of traded McFragile when they had the chance.They will be bad this season but hopefully next year with cap room and a strong draft class(Clowney Bridgewater) they can finally build a winner

  70. souldogdave says: Aug 17, 2013 11:02 AM

    humdolt, go crawl back under the rock from whence you came. chargers will suck this year with no o line.

  71. johnstone17 says: Aug 17, 2013 11:08 AM

    I have read two ridiculous statements on this thread. One, Matt Flynn couldn’t read the blitzes. When you get no help up front, I don’t care what you read. second. Terrelle Pryor has outplayed Flynn. I gave Pryor the edge after the first game. Pryor played against a second string defense last night. Not even comparable to what Flynn saw. Alex Barron looked like a rusty gate last night. His footwork is sloth like.

  72. vipod4ever says: Aug 17, 2013 12:50 PM

    Better keep 4 qb’s on the roster, all might see action. Next game will be the true test, Bears defence and a weak o-line like ours. We play better and perhaps the sky is not falling. LT needs help, bring in a few vets over the next two weeks. Watson needs to be part of the mix as well. Flynn never had time save for the first & last drives.

  73. raiderapologist says: Aug 17, 2013 6:34 PM

    sfm073 says: Aug 17, 2013 10:10 AM

    Alex Barron is still in the league?
    —————
    Back in the league. He didn’t make it out of training camp in Seattle last year.

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