Flynn deal an April Fool's Joke?

October, 2, 2013
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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- He was acquired to be the Oakland Raiders starting quarterback, but after being beaten out in training camp and one disastrous regular-season start, Matt Flynn, and his $6.5-million salary, has been demoted to third string.

This obviously was not what Oakland had in mind when general manager Reggie McKenzie shipped a fifth-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft and a 2015 conditional pick to Seattle for Flynn on April 1, the day before Carson Palmer was traded to Arizona.

Talk about your bad April Fool’s jokes.

“Listen, it is what it is,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Monday. “It hasn’t worked out like we anticipated and we’ve got to make decisions and we’ve got to move forward and continue to go. And Matt’s going to continue to battle and scratch and claw, and I still believe that he’s a capable quarterback. But we’re going to give McGloin a chance.”

As in undrafted rookie Matt McGloin, who came out of Penn State and has risen from fourth on the Raiders’ depth chart to overtake fourth-round draft pick Tyler Wilson, who was waived in camp before being signed to the practice squad, and Flynn to become Terrelle Pryor’s backup.

“I rep the same plays that Terrelle reps, and Coach Flip [quarterback coach John DeFilippo] does a good job of making sure I understand what we’re doing with Terrelle and, at the same time, understanding what we would do if I was in there,” McGloin said. “So the different plays like that, I’ll be prepared for; and just in case they want to run some of the similar stuff we run with Terrelle, I’ll be able to run as well.”

Flynn, meanwhile, had little to no success running the offense Sunday in a 24-14 loss to Washington. He was sacked seven times, fumbled twice, threw a pick-six interception and showed a shocking lack of pocket awareness, even as he had an 18-yard touchdown pass that gave the Raiders a 14-0 lead.

Granted, Flynn played most of the game without running backs Darren McFadden and Marcel Reece, who were lost to injury.

After a Washington field goal, Flynn was intercepted by David Amerson on a slant pass that was thrown late and behind Denarius Moore. Forty-five yards later, Washington was within 14-10.

“I thought we had a good play, they were in man-to-man coverage,” Flynn said after the game. “We have to clean up the execution of that. All 11 of us have to clean it up.”

Now, it appears the Raiders have to clean up this mess of a deal. Especially if Flynn is the odd man out if/when they decide to activate receiver Andre Holmes off the exemption list.

Paul Gutierrez

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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