Friday, November 8, 2013
NFL's reaction to Matt Flynn is telling
By Kevin Seifert
Matt Flynn's name surfaced Monday night just minutes after Aaron Rodgers grabbed his left shoulder, winced and walked off the field. Flynn, after all, had spent four seasons as the Packers' backup, made two impressive starts and seemed a preferable emergency replacement to current backup Seneca Wallace.
Best of all, Flynn had just been released by the Buffalo Bills. The next day, he cleared waivers and was available to sign with any team as a free agent.
The Packers moved slowly but are planning to bring Flynn in for a workout, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. He wouldn't be a candidate to play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, but presumably could be a factor during the remainder of Rodgers' absence.
Stranger things have happened, but I would temper your optimism about Flynn's potential impact on the Packers this season. An elbow injury has played a role in his departures from three NFL teams in the 2013 calendar year, and it's safe to say that a quarterback-starved league wouldn't have left him available all week if it thought he were capable of his performances in 2010 and 2011.
When you're in an emergency, as the Packers are, the value of a player who knows your offense rises. But actions are the only truth we can rely on in the NFL, and the league's collective apathy about Flynn at the moment tells us pretty much what we need to know.