Starter Pack: No-huddle could help Flynn

December, 5, 2013
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- When Matt Flynn was last quarterbacking for the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field, he was running the no-huddle offense with precision.

He used it to help rally the Packers from a 16-point, fourth-quarter deficit on Nov. 24 to tie the Minnesota Vikings -- the only non-loss the Packers have had since Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone on Nov. 4.

And then the Packers went on the road, and the no-huddle disappeared. They did not use it all in the Thanksgiving blowout loss at the Detroit Lions. But it wasn’t just a function of playing on the road, where crowd noise can make it difficult for visiting teams to operate the no-huddle. The Packers have used it in such situations in the past.

“It was three and out so many times, and our defense was out on the field for so long, you kind of want to huddle up and try to give your defense some time on the sideline,” Flynn said. “If you no-huddle and you’re three and out, it takes 45 seconds or whatever it does. So I think that was kind of the process.”

Whatever style of offense the Packers run when they return home Sunday to face the Atlanta Falcons, their aim is to get Flynn -- the presumed starter again this week -- into a rhythm he could never find against the Lions. The no-huddle could help accomplish that.

“I can’t count how many three and outs we had, but not getting any rhythm as an offense or a quarterback, that’s kind of an empty feeling,” Flynn said. “It’s one of those feelings where the harder you keep trying, the more you keep digging yourself in hole.”

In case you missed it on ESPN.com:
Elsewhere:
  • At ESPNWisconsin.com, Jason Wilde wrote that former Packers cornerback Charles Woodson, who twice broke his collarbone, said in an interview with the NFL Network that it would be a mistake for Rodgers to return until the tests show the risk of reinjuring it is almost nil.
  • In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Pete Dougherty wrote teams will continue to stack the box against the Packers until Flynn can prove he can beat them with his arm.
  • The Packers announced that vice-president of sales and marketing Tim Connolly will resign in February after spending four years with the team. Connolly was a polarizing figure. During my tenure at the Press-Gazette, we wrote about that. Given the latest news about him, it might be worth re-reading.
  • In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tyler Dunne wrote that the Packers still haven’t corrected their missed tackles problem.

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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