Thursday, September 26, 2013
How would Raiders look under Matt Flynn?
By Paul Gutierrez
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Terrelle Pryor and Matt Flynn obviously have different skill sets. So it stands to reason that the Raiders’ offense would have a totally different look Sunday if Pryor is not cleared from his concussion and Flynn becomes the 16th different Raiders starting quarterback since the start of 2003, right?
Not if you ask fullback Marcel Reece.
“It wouldn’t really be different,” Reece claimed. “I mean, like I tell everybody, no matter who’s back there, we’ve just got to go play. We’ve got to make plays, we’ve got to help out whoever’s back there, make their job as easy as possible.”
Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson has had to prepare different game plans based on both quarterbacks.
“A few tweaks here and there,” Olson said, saying certain read-option plays would remain if Flynn is indeed the guy.
“He’s obviously not the athlete Terrelle is, but as far as knowing when to pull the ball and when to hand it off, he’s good at that.”
Plus, the rest while taking second-team snaps has served Flynn’s sore elbow well.
“His arm is fresher,” Olson said. “I think that jumps out to everybody, is that his arm is much fresher.”
But from a player’s perspective, Reece said differing skill sets do not matter. At least, not publicly.
“I think it affects the defense more than it affects us,” Reece said. “Our offense doesn’t change; our offense stays the same. Olie’s going to call a great game no matter who’s the quarterback. The quarterback just has to execute and we have to make plays for him.”
Per the Associated Press, the Raiders had 20 starting QBs from 1970 through 2002. Following, then, Oakland’s 15 different quarterbacks since 2003 -- Rich Gannon, Rick Mirer, Marques Tuiasosopo, Kerry Collins, Aaron Brooks, Andrew Walter, Josh McCown, Daunte Culpepper, JaMarcus Russell, Bruce Gradkowski, Charlie Frye, Jason Campbell, Kyle Boller, Carson Palmer and Pryor.