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McCarthy on Flynn: 'It's his time to play'

Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:00 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2012 1:50 am
 
After playing behind Rodgers, Flynn's in line for a starting job in 2012. (US PRESSWIRE)

By Ryan Wilson

As is the case most years, the 2012 combine is all about the quarterback. Sure, there are plenty of other players to evaluate but the NFL is a passing league. To win consistently, teams need franchise quarterbacks. (Just take a look at the recent Super Bowl winners for proof -- Eli Manning (twice), Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Ben Roethlisberger (twice), Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.)

While much of the focus falls on Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, there has been plenty of talk about current NFL QBs -- old faces possibly playing in new places in 2012. Peyton Manning tops that list even if no one can speak to when he'll be healthy enough to return to the field.

After Manning, there's Matt Flynn who has often been compared to Kevin Kolb for his lack of on-the-job training followed by what's sure to be a big payday to be some team's starter. The comparisons are probably unfair, especially if Flynn can play in a system that fits his strengths (like, say, Miami).

First things first, though; after the Packers signed tight end Jermichael Finley to a two-year deal this week, the speculation was that the organization would then franchise Flynn with the plan to then tag and trade him before March 5.

On Friday, Packers general manager Ted Thompson wasn't interested in speaking in particulars, telling the media that “I’m not going to stand here and tell all the 31 other teams what I think about Matt Flynn.”

Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, however, was much more forthcoming.

“Matt’s had a chance to play versus New England (in 2010), versus Detroit (in 2011), so based on what I’ve seen in the every day — classroom, practice field — he’s ready,” McCarthy said via NFL.com. “It’s his time to play.”

“You don’t ever know if that backup quarterback can take that next step and go out and play 16 games. I know mentally, he’s ready; emotionally, he’s definitely ready,” McCarthy continued. “But until you play the position and go play those 1,100, 1,200 snaps, that’s when you really find out. I think Matt’s ready for that.”

On Thursday, NFL Films' Greg Cosell made the case for Flynn to the Dolphins and it came down to this: "It would make good sense for Flynn to join his former offensive coordinator in Miami. [New head coach Joe] Philbin understands from personal experience Flynn’s strengths and limitations. If he gets the chance, he will take a page from the Bill Walsh book, and cast Flynn in his rightful role: an efficient passer in a multi-dimensional passing game in which the scheme rules, not the quarterback."

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross is reportedly "infatuated" with Manning but Sports Illustrated's Peter King thinks Peyton-to-South Beach doesn't make a lot of sense.

"As one GM told me today, problem with Peyton to Miami is Philbin wants to control his team and his offense -- not cede it to Manning," King tweeted Friday.

General manager Jeff Ireland said the organization would be okay with a "short-term solution" at quarterback but added that "Obviously you'd like a long-term solution, but you can do both."

The pool of free-agent quarterbacks is pretty thin. In fact, if you're willing to accept that Manning's future remains uncertain, Flynn is easily Miami's best option. If they agree, then the question becomes whether they can get him for a good price.

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Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 2:48 pm
 

McCarthy on Flynn: 'It's his time to play'

The Packers better do something to trade him instead of letting him walk.  Even if they signed him to a one year deal, then traded to a new team that would turn that into a multi year deal.  I'm sure Ted T. is looking for more draft picks.

The Packers don't hold the cards here, Flynn does.  Flynn wouldn't sign a one year deal or just about any deal with the Packers, he knows darn well he's going to get at least a couple teams bidding on his services and he's going to become a very rich man.... fast.

The Packers COULD franchise him but it's very unlikely that happens.  It's over 14 million dollars to franchise him for one season, and that's 100 percent guaranteed money.  Sure they could hope if they franchise him that somebody signs him to a long term deal because if that happens the Packers get 2 first round draft picks from that team, but that's not likely to happen. Somebody will pay Flynn big money but they aren't going to give up 2 first round picks and take on a 14 million dollar cap hit for next season.

The real question is what McCarthy brought up.  Can Flynn play full time in the NFL?  Is he going to be worth the contract he signs? Nobody knows, but there are so many teams with such a desperate need for a starting qb they're likely to take their chances. 

It's one thing to do well in one game against the Pats who were struggling defensively and in one game against a Lions team that had a terrible secondary but completely a different thing to do well for 16 games against teams preparing for him, scouting his starts, watching him on film every week, etc.  

For me it's a 50-50 thing..... nobody will know until he plays a full season as a starter.  Anybody that pretends to know for sure is clueless... only thing we know for sure is somebody is going to take a chance.  And oh yeah, Flynn is going to make more in his signing bonus then he ever dreamed of making in his life.

 


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Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2012 10:44 am
 

McCarthy on Flynn: 'It's his time to play'

Just a bizarre outside-the-box thought here. How about the Packers keeping Flynn and trading Rodgers? Teams would be falling all over each other getting in line for that. They could really cash in on him. If they think Flynn can maintain this level of performance (or even close) then I think Green Bay has to at least consider the idea. Flynn is younger after all.



Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2012 10:41 am
 

McCarthy on Flynn: 'It's his time to play'

Flynn wouldnt sign a one year deal with Green Bay. Why would he when he can choose his destination and get a long term deal. No way this scenario happens



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2012 7:30 am
 

McCarthy on Flynn: 'It's his time to play'

The only way they can get anything for him is if they franchise him, and if they did that and got stuck with him he would make over 14 million this year, they cannot afford to have 14 million against the cap tied up in their back up QB. No team is going to negotiate with them before they tag him, because they would all much rather the Packers didn't do it and Flynn woul rather not be tagged so he can choose where he goes. Unfortunately for the Packers, they are probably only going to get a compensatory pick for him in 2013.



Since: Mar 12, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:46 pm
 

McCarthy on Flynn: 'It's his time to play'

The Packers better do something to trade him instead of letting him walk.  Even if they signed him to a one year deal, then traded to a new team that would turn that into a multi year deal.  I'm sure Ted T. is looking for more draft picks.


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