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Is Matt Flynn a good fit for Redskins? It depends

Posted on: January 19, 2012 11:00 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2012 11:01 pm
 
Add Flynn's name to the list of possible future 'Skins quarterbacks. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

We've previously described the weeks and months between the last day of the Redskins season and the start of training camp as their offseason Super Bowl. It's become less a frenzied free-agent free-for-all under head coach Mike Shanahan and general manager Bruce Allen, but much in the same way an alcoholic is one drink away from an impending bender, Washington owner Dan Snyder seems one high-priced acquisition away from another make-believe offseason championship.

The Redskins head into the spring with dire needs at quarterback. This is the logical conclusion to turning the offense over to Rex Grossman and John Beck. The problem: while Washington was sufficiently awful, they weren't quite bad enough to position themselves for Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III -- not without giving up players or picks first.

Even before the 2011 season ended, we heard rumors that the Redskins could be in the Peyton Manning business should he become available. Two weeks later, there was speculation that, despite their newfound less impulsive approach to roster-building, Washington might trade up to the first-overall pick in April's NFL Draft. And two weeks after that, the "'Skins will try to get Robert Griffin III" rumors were born.

Given the evolution of Redskins-related speculation, it only makes sense that Packers free-agent quarterback Matt Flynn would enter the conversation.

Flynn, drafted as a seventh-round afterthought in 2008, has two career starts, including a Week 17 appearance against the Lions where he went off. By the time it was over, he had completed 70.5 percent of his passes (31 of 44) for 480 yards and six touchdowns. It was enough to make us wonder if Flynn would be this offseason's Kevin Kolb. (To be fair to Flynn, he had accomplished something before being handed $63 million. So he had that going for him.) 

Which brings us back to the Redskins. On Thursday, Chris Russell of ESPN 980 in Washington weighed in on Flynn:
Two things ... factor into the possible Redskins-Flynn equation. Unlike last year, the Redskins will have to make their decisions first on free agency and then the draft. I can't stress how uncomfortable it makes me to bank on the draft to find "THE GUY," and I am NOT a trade up kind of guy. There is no guarantee that RG III is around with the sixth pick, as a matter of fact it is highly unlikely. You may have to move all the way up to the 2nd pick -- which is an extremely high cost.

The last, and this might be most important -- the Green Bay Packers run a very similar style of the West Coast offense as the Redskins do. Every scheme has variances, but these two teams, according to one high end Redskins source -- are "almost the same." Flynn would not face a huge scheme transition like Kevin Kolb did. The source was quick to point this out, saying that Kolb going from Andy Reid and the Eagles to Ken Whisenhunt and the Cardinals (essentially the Steelers offense) was like learning Chinese fluently in a month, when your base language is English.
On Wednesday, CBS Sports NFL Insider Charley Casserly appeared on another Washington station, 106.7 The Fan, to talk about -- you guessed it -- Matt Flynn. Except he wasn't as high on Flynn-to-the-Skins as Russell.

“I think [Flynn] in this system he plays in is really good. So Cleveland, Seattle, if Joe Philbin ends up with a head job in Miami.” Casserly said. “I’m not sure if it’s exactly the same thing the Redskins want in their same system. I’m not sure if everything they’re doing right now is some of the things he’s good at,” he added.

More interesting: Casserly contradicts Russell's claim that the Packers and Redskins run similar schemes. Casserly said the Packers' offense is based on timing while the Redskins rely on deep passes. Given that scouts' generally viewed Flynn as having a weak arm coming out of college (which helps explain why he lasted until the seventh round), he probably wouldn't be a good fit for Washington's down-the-field passing philosophy.

Of course, perceptions change. Next month, quarterback-needy teams could wage a bidding war for Flynn's services, and it's reasonable to think that the 'Skins might be in the middle of it. It's also reasonable to think that they could move up the draft board for either Luck or Griffin. But that's the beauty of Dan Snyder: you never know.

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Comments

Since: Apr 4, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 4:01 pm
 

Is Matt Flynn a good fit for Redskins? It depends

damn gopack don't be bitter over one season...... yikes



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:32 pm
 

Is Matt Flynn a good fit for Redskins? It depends

mwredskins hit the nail on the head, claiborne would be your best selection at that spot, blackmon will never fall that far, richardson is projected way too high for a running back, considering you can find quality backs throughout the draft, claiborne has the ability to be a shutdown corner for many years, so coupling him with landry, orakpo, fletcher etc..  will make a pretty stout defense for whoever is running the offense,
yep, i would take Claiborne if he's there and RG3 doesnt fall, my thinking is that some think Claiborne will also be gone at 6, and if Claiborne, RG3 and Blackmon arent there, i think the pick should be Alshon Jeffery or Michael Floyd. it all depends on who is on the board, the Redskins biggest need is a QB then it's either a safety, cornerback or WR. WR isnt a huge need either, BUT it's never bad to have alot of young guys for your young QB and teaming up Alshon Jeffery with Santana Moss, Leonard Hankerson, Chris Cooley and others would just make the QB better. the MAIN point i am trying to make is that Richardson to Washington makes zero sense. Washington getting Trent Richardson would be like the Rams getting RG3 when they have Bradford. the Rams have a young QB who they like and has potential and the Redskins have two young backs who they like and have potential. WR and CB are more needs than RB and if the best CB and WR arent there, get the 2nd best WR because i doubt Jeffery goes before 6.
i think flynn would be a great pickup for the skins, he is smart, doesnt make bad decisions, and has proven himself at every level
i wont mind him, but for some reason, i just keep thinking that he ends up in Miami, but i wont hate the Flynn idea, but if we dont get Flynn and Miami does (like i think) and Cleveland gets RG3, then my only hope at a QB is for the Browns to cut Colt McCoy who i also like.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:51 am
 

Is Matt Flynn a good fit for Redskins? It depends

Only problem that I see is that the Redskins don't have anything near the type of weapons the packers have. However, just my opinion.

You must be talking about Jermichael Findrop or Tom Crabdrop, or maybe you're referring to James "butterfinger" Jones?

Not sure what weapons you're referring to.  If it were not for the drops in the game against NY the Packers might have had a shot of at least keeping it close.  They were clearly outplayed and outcoached that day but sometimes the better team doesn't always win and without those drops and fumbles the Pack (who was not the better team that day) might have had a chance.



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:49 am
 

Is Matt Flynn a good fit for Redskins? It depends

Only problem that I see is that the Redskins don't have anything near the type of weapons the packers have. However, just my opinion.



You must be talking about Jermichael Findrop or Tom Crabdrop, or maybe you're referring to James "butterfinger" Jones?

Not sure what weapons you're referring to.  If it were not for the drops in the game against NY the Packers might have had a shot of at least keeping it close.  They were clearly outplayed and outcoached that day but sometimes the better team doesn't always win and without those drops and fumbles the Pack (who was not the better team that day) might have had a chance.



Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 11:00 am
 

Is Matt Flynn a good fit for Redskins? It depends

mwredskins hit the nail on the head, claiborne would be your best selection at that spot, blackmon will never fall that far, richardson is projected way too high for a running back, considering you can find quality backs throughout the draft, claiborne has the ability to be a shutdown corner for many years, so coupling him with landry, orakpo, fletcher etc..  will make a pretty stout defense for whoever is running the offense,

i think flynn would be a great pickup for the skins, he is smart, doesnt make bad decisions, and has proven himself at every level, he sat for 3 years behind jamarcus russell at LSU, once he finally got his chance, he won the national title, he was drafted in the 7th round after green bay had already spent a 2nd rounder on brian brohm, it only took 1 training camp and brohm was shipped to buffalo, while flynn got the back-up job, and now, after sitting the past several seasons under rodgers, he finally gets his chance and he sets a franchise record with his passing performance in week 17, i expect he will continue to prove the nea-sayers wrong, so if im the skins, i would make sure he proves them wrong in a redskins uniform



Since: Apr 4, 2011
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:59 am
 

Is Matt Flynn a good fit for Redskins? It depends

You make a good point. 



Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 10:48 am
 

Is Matt Flynn a good fit for Redskins? It depends

Then I realized, wait. That can't be Delhomme, he's retired isn't he? Huh. Weird.

no he isnt, he is behind tj yates on the houston depth chart, actually played most of the week 17 game before the playoffs, strike one
Example A- Matt Cassell.

good example, matt cassel made the pro bowl last year while winning the afc west, only throwing 4 ints all season, which shows that if a back-up from a good team, goes to another team with a similar system in place, he can be successful, strike 2

Example B- Most recently we have Kevin Kolb.

and kolb has been forced to learn a completely different system than what he was accustomed to in philly, so i will give him at least 1 year worth of healthy play before i rule his acquisition a "bust" or believe for a second that skelton is a better QB, strike 3



Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 8:00 am
 

Is Matt Flynn a good fit for Redskins? It depends

Ready made starters WR Justin Blackmon or RB Trent Richardson could fall to them at #6.
NO Trent Richardson!!!! i mean NO! why does the Redskins need ANOTHER RB??? they had 3 backs who can put up 100 yards, one is a free agent who likely should get re-signed to a short term deal and the other two are rookies who each had 100 yard rushing games, so Richardson makes ZERO sense. IF the Redskins don't get a QB and have to sign Flynn (uh oh) and have to take another position, it should either be Claiborne or the best WR on the board, Richardson is NOT a good idea though, not with Royster and Helu already there.



Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 5:37 am
 

Is Matt Flynn a good fit for Redskins? It depends

I'm sorry. Matt Flynn? When I saw his picture here for the article I thought I was looking at Jake Delhomme for a minute. Then I realized, wait. That can't be Delhomme, he's retired isn't he? Huh. Weird. Anyways, Flynn huh. Well let's see here shall we. I will throw out 2 names from similar situations and you folks can go from there and see how you feel this kid will do. Example A- Matt Cassell. Here we have a guy who seemingly has no right trying to run an offence for anyone in the NFL. Reason being, he came from The Pats(kinda like GB)in that he fell into an offence that a 10 year old who plays Madden could run. Throw, throw, throw some more. Not to mention it's a winning team around him. Easy right? How is he doing when it's from scratch? Well, he looks like a guy who didn't play a down in the NFL until Brady got hurt, or a guy that did not start a game in College. But he parlayed one season into a fat contract. Example B- Most recently we have Kevin Kolb. McNabb who right? Vick who right? We have Kevin Kolb in Philly! Not so fast, if you build'em up...sell'em high. As if Kolb is worth what the Eagles "projected" him out to be. Another case of a backup QB, having 2 good starts because of...lets face it, the offence around him. Jackson, Maclin, McCoy will make any QB look great for 2 games. So now here is Arizona, the latest who wants a great backup QB and willing to shill out the dough. I'm sorry, who's the better QB on Arizona again? John freakin' Skelton. Ya huh! So now here we have the next great backup QB to bust it BIG and turn into a bust Matt Flynn. OK Washington, have at it. It's not like you are hard up for a QB there, after all you have Rex Grossman and John Beck is it?



Since: Oct 11, 2009
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:52 am
 

Is Matt Flynn a good fit for Redskins? It depends

Only problem that I see is that the Redskins don't have anything near the type of weapons the packers have. However, just my opinion.  


This is clearly why it may be a better strategy fo
r the Skins to go after Matt Flynn in free agency and use their picks on other skills positions. Don't mortgage the future by giving up a plethora of picks to get into a better draft spot to select RG3.  Ready made starters WR Justin Blackmon or RB Trent Richardson could fall to them at #6. However I don't trust Snyder to make the rational decision here. 



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