Monday, November 11, 2013
Flynn provides emergency relief for now
By Kevin Seifert
As the sun set on Monday, and your backup Green Bay Packers reporter had caught up after a day of travel, it appeared the team was -- for the second consecutive week -- making emergency adjustments to its quarterback depth.
This week's addition is Matt Flynn, their backup from 2008-11 who has come full circle after spending time with three other franchises over the past 20 months. (Via ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen.) The Packers had been planning to meet with Flynn at some point after Aaron Rodgers fractured his collar bone, but backup Seneca Wallace's strained groin added a level of urgency to his candidacy.
Scott Tolzien is still expected to start Sunday at the New York Giants, but Wallace's injury left the Packers scouring the street for a backup who could provide relief if needed with six days of preparation time. Flynn knows most of the Packers' current offense and seems likely to be the No. 2 quarterback Sunday.
I wouldn't get too excited about the prospect of Flynn passing Tolzien on the depth chart and starting the remaining games the Packers must play without Rodgers. He has experienced persistent elbow soreness during stops with the Seattle Seahawks, Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills, and while no specific injury has been reported, it seems pretty clear he is not 100 percent.
Still, the Packers couldn't afford to be picky. They're in an emergency personnel situation, having lost their top two quarterbacks in as many weeks, and Flynn's knowledge of their offense trumps the elbow issue. If something happens Sunday to Tolzien, Flynn should be more competent at the basics of the job -- taking signals, getting teammates lined up and running basic plays -- than someone who might have a stronger arm at the moment but is new to their system.
At the moment, I'm not sure what the Packers will do with Wallace. They never declared him out of Sunday's game, and in fact coach Mike McCarthy said he could have played in an emergency. But the Packers will have to clear a roster spot Tuesday for Flynn, and you wonder whether they'll carry two injured quarterbacks on their 53-man roster.