Matt Flynn on talk of LSU firing Les Miles: Be careful what you're asking for

"It's a little bit of a shock to me" that LSU might be on the verge of firing Les Miles, Matt Flynn says of the coach with whom he won a national title after the 2007 season. John David Mercer/USA TODAY Sports

METAIRIE, La. -- Matt Flynn thinks it would be a mistake for LSU to fire his former coach, Les Miles.

“I just think whoever decides and makes the decisions, just be careful what you’re asking for,” said Flynn, who won a national championship with Miles following the 2007 season and now serves as a backup quarterback for the New Orleans Saints.

“You know, I think at LSU, there has been a lot of people that have built expectations up over there. And Les Miles has been a big part of that. He is one of the big reasons that expectations are so high,” Flynn said. “So I understand why people get frustrated when expectations aren’t met. But it certainly is surprising as a former player that had success under him that it’s kind of come to a head like it has.

“It’s a little bit of a shock to me. But I guess that’s the nature of the beast.”

Flynn began his career at LSU in 2003 under former coach Nick Saban -- whose shadow still looms large over Miles and the LSU program, particularly since Saban has led Alabama to five consecutive victories over the Tigers.

But when asked about how some of Miles’ critics say he won his title with Saban’s players, Flynn said, “I think it’s quite a bit of ignorance, to be honest with you.”

“I mean, we won the national championship three years after Saban had left. It’s been 11½ years since he’s been there. And people are still talking about him,” Flynn said. “So I mean, get over it.”