GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers did not hesitate to try multiple backup quarterbacks this preseason.
“Personally, I’m very happy with the quarterback room, the way it looks, the people in it,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Monday. “Obviously Matt was a Packer, very fond of Matt and his time here. As far as any roster moves and things like that, I really don’t have any comment on, but I do like Seneca Wallace. I like what he’s done since he’s been here. I feel very good about our quarterback room.”
Just last week, Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo said Wallace’s 10 years in the NFL and his experience in a similar offense during his time with the Seattle Seahawks have made him a good fit.
“He’s been around the block,” McAdoo said. “This isn’t his first rodeo. He’s an experienced guy; he’s a smart guy. He knows his role, and he’s a good team player.”
Flynn cashed in on the strength of two performances -- his 2010 start against the New England Patriots when Aaron Rodgers was ruled out because of a concussion and the 2011 record-setting performance in the regular-season finale against the Detroit Lions with Rodgers resting for the playoffs. In the latter, Flynn threw for a team-record 480 yards and six touchdowns.
The following offseason, he signed a three-year, $26 million free-agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks but couldn’t beat out then-rookie Russell Wilson for the starting job. The Seahawks then traded him to the Raiders this past April, but once again Flynn couldn’t win the job. He started one game this season, the Week 4 loss at Washington, and was demoted to third string shortly thereafter before he was released.
“I definitely am surprised because when his opportunity came I obviously gave him a very high recommendation,” McCarthy said. “Injuries and all the different types of things, quarterback competition in both places, a lot of factors go into it. I haven’t watched the film of Matt, so I really can’t even give you an educated or informed opinion on how exactly he did play, but on a personal level I’m very fond of Matt Flynn. He was excellent in his time here, and I wish him the best of luck.”