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Are the Browns interested in Matt Flynn?

Posted on: March 8, 2012 10:03 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2012 12:25 am
 
Flynn would allow Cleveland to keep the two first-rounders they'd have to give up to acquire RG3 in the draft. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

In our AFC North free agency preview Wednesday, we mentioned that should Matt Flynn not end up in Miami, the Browns would certainly be interested. This is based on the assumption that Cleveland isn't yet fully committed to Colt McCoy and that Flynn is considered one of the best available free-agent quarterbacks.

On Thursday, Browns general manager Tom Heckert said that Peyton Manning wasn't in the team's future ("probably not the direction we're gonna go") but Flynn, at least according to the Canton Repository's Steve Doerschuk, is definitely an option. Doerschuk writes that "the gates are wide open to signing Matt Flynn next week." And when Heckert was asked if Flynn would be in Ohio for a visit after free agency begins Tuesday afternoon, he offered this:

“Ummmmmmm.”

That's a lot to glean from one long syllable, but Flynn makes a ton of sense.

He's not a physical specimen, nor does he possess a particularly strong arm. But in the right system, his smarts and accuracy are assets. NFL Films' Greg Cosell, who watches more game film than anyone whose not an NFL coach, wrote recently about Flynn's strengths.

"His attributes, based on film breakdown of his two NFL starts, derive from his talent as a timing and rhythm passer who’s decisive with his reads and throws, and has shown good accuracy in the short to intermediate areas. …One thing I liked was his pocket movement. He showed the ability to slide and maintain his downfield focus. That’s a far more important trait than running out of the pocket."

CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco was impressed with Flynn's Week 17 performance against the Lions, but he's also wary of trying to draw conclusions based on two meaningful games in four NFL seasons.

"Watching this game would leave me wanting more. And that's the problem, there isn't much more. He has just one other start, in 2010 against the Patriots. He put up good numbers that day, throwing for 251 yards and three touchdowns, but as this Lions game taught us numbers can be deceiving. Signing him to a huge deal is essentially rolling the dice he can be a Super Bowl-quality starter."

Is the risk worth it? It's hard to say, but this much is certain: Flynn will be cheaper than what it will cost the Browns to trade up from No. 4 to No. 2 to take Robert Griffin III. When asked generally about the Browns' plans to draft a quarterback, Heckert was noncommittal:

“We might do it. We’re not saying that’s the case," he said. Heckert also admitted to talking to the Rams, who hold the second-overall selection, but wouldn't classify the discussions as "serious." He called media reports surrounding the team's draft plans "crazy" and suggested the Browns could stay put.

"We feel very comfortable staying at [No.] 4 and getting a good player there, and that could happen," he said. "And we feel comfortable in moving down and getting more picks, we really do. It's way early to start talking about this stuff."

The News-Herald's Jeff Schudal wrote Tuesday that bidding for Flynn is expected to involve Cleveland, Miami and Seattle (though the Seahawks and Dolphins could be caught up in Manning Mania in the coming days). Schudal also notes that Flynn would be cost-effective option to RG3:
"Flynn could cost $40 million or more on a multiyear contract, but the Browns would retain all their draft choices if that is what they choose. Flynn, a seventh-round draft choice from LSU in 2008, would be able to step right in and play in the Browns' West Coast offense because what the Browns run and what the Packers run have roots in Green Bay from the time current Browns president Mike Holmgren was the Packers' head coach from 1992-98."
But on Thursday, attending the same Heckert press conference as Doerschuk, Schudal had a completely different take on the probability Flynn ends up in Cleveland.

"[Heckert] … implied the Browns will not go after Matt Flynn when the Packers quarterback becomes a free agent Tuesday."

"We're not down on Colt McCoy," Heckert added. "I want to make that clear. We talked (in January) about the protection stuff and receivers dropping balls. All that does factor in. If we catch more balls and protect him better can Colt be a lot better? Yes. That's our goal. We still think Colt can play in this league and it's our job to help him out."

Returning to what we wrote in the AFC North free agency preview: after a promising rookie season, McCoy regressed in Year 2, but again, that wasn't entirely his fault. There were allegations that the offense was too predictable, but this is what happens when a second-year quarterback is without his Pro Bowl running back, doesn't have a go-to receiver, and the offense line struggles to keep him upright. McCoy should get an opportunity to compete for the starting job but he likely won't head into training camp with his name atop the depth chart.

Either way, we'll know more come Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET.

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Comments

Since: Mar 7, 2012
Posted on: March 9, 2012 1:47 pm
 

Are the Browns interested in Matt Flynn?

actually replied that to go zips, but it placed me at the top of the queue



Since: Mar 7, 2012
Posted on: March 9, 2012 1:43 pm
 

Are the Browns interested in Matt Flynn?

Are trying to say jesus christ cant throw a touchdown?



Since: May 18, 2008
Posted on: March 9, 2012 1:29 pm
 

Are the Browns interested in Matt Flynn?

I really hope the Browns dont draft or sign a big money quarterback. Give Colt a full season with a full offseason. So many people forget that Colt didn't get the benefit of OTAs, training camp, etc. Sure, neither did any other quartback including some rookies, but to me Colt is a guy who needs to be on the same page with his weapons to be truly effective.

 I'd like to see us sign Pierre Garcon (Mount Union Alum status factors in here some) and use him and Little as our 1-2 receiver combo. Lock up our secondary with the 4 pick, and then look right guard / right tackle with the 22 pick. Let Holmgren grab a qb in the 5th/6th round to start grooming and we're solid. What we would pay Flynn can be used to find a solid defense end or to put more money into the O-line. Pay Hillis just enough and include accellerators to give him reason to play hard every week.

Do that and I think we turn into a young club that can go .500 this year and then as they grow together turn into a playoff team. In two years the Ravens and Steelers are going to be very different teams and the division will be ripe for the taking.



Since: Mar 9, 2012
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:59 pm
 

Are the Browns interested in Matt Flynn?

Hey, Matt Flynn and Colt Mccoy are both game managers.  Thats why I am so stoked about the idea of the Browns drafting Trent Richardson.  Put either QB in the starting lineup and make sure that Richardson touches the ball 20-25 times a game and you would be surprised how good the Browns offense can be.  Using the run game to control the clock also makes your defense better while keeping the other teams offense off of the field.  Combine Richardson with some quality FA and draft choices and the Browns will definitely make a move upward this year. 



Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:38 pm
 

Are the Browns interested in Matt Flynn?

@BREES4MVP

Ah, poor LSU homer.  It almost makes me think you never watched any LSU games despite living in Metairie.  Hester, Williams, and the defense carried that team.  Not only that, but Perrilloux looked better than Flynn on several occasions, including the SEC Championship Game.  Flynn is a game manager.  Period.  Putting up huge numbers against the Lions, whose defense was awful by the end of the season, is not a huge accomplishment.  Putting up numbers against the 3rd worst passing defense in 2010 is not a huge accomplishment.  All you're doing is basing your opinion off of 2 NFL games.

Here's all the same arguments made against Tebow being a winner as well.  Jason White, Eric Crouch, Danny Wuerffel, they were all winners too.  Hell, so was Matt Mauck.  At the college level.  Where are they now?



Since: Dec 21, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:23 pm
 

Are the Browns interested in Matt Flynn?

unless the team fixes the right side of the offensive line and gets receivers who can catch the ball, jesus christ himself couldnt win more than 4 games.



Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: March 9, 2012 12:03 pm
 

Are the Browns interested in Matt Flynn?

Flynn was a 7th round draft pick that played two games with all of Green Bays weapons.  All of a sudden he's the best QB prospect after 2 games?  I'm a Chiefs fan and this reminds me of Casssel.  The last time Cassel started a game before Brady got hurt was in High School. Career backup that had success playing with the Pats offense with all the weapons.  Cassel is mediocre at best.  I would take McCoy over Cassel any day.  Lets not go overboard with the love fest after only 2 games.  Put Flynn in the Browns offense and he will struggle and be less productive than Colt.  Manning would have trouble behind that line with no recievers and no running backs.



Since: Mar 9, 2012
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:56 am
 

Are the Browns interested in Matt Flynn?

Blackmon is a great prospect but Trent Richardson is more of a sure thing.  The Browns can plug Richardson into the starting lineup and from day one he will produce at a high level.  The Browns have two more picks in the next 40 or so picks and can maybe find a WR like Michael Floyd who hopefully will slide down.  Also, there are some interesting WR in the FA market who Cleveland can spend some of their considerable cap space on.   At the end of the day, Richardson grades out higher than Blackmon.  Claiborne also probably grades out higher as well.



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:45 am
 

Are the Browns interested in Matt Flynn?

the browns are not going to draft Richardson.  If they get anyone other than Justin Blackmon then i will consider this draft a failure.  they need a go to receiver, and blackmon can be that guy right out of the gate.  Go get Flynn, draft Blackmon, and this fan will be happy.



Since: Jan 2, 2012
Posted on: March 9, 2012 11:38 am
 

Are the Browns interested in Matt Flynn?

Looks like Aaron Rodgers agrees with me too.  Colt McCoy is a nice kid.  Periood.  Matt Flynn is an NFL bonafide quarterback.  Period.  Flynn in the 1 game alone against Detroit showed that he can do it.  480 yds and 6 tds is not a fluke.  Half of those numbers in a game, I would entertain the fluke theory.  When something happens over and over and over (like 480 and 6 tds) there is something there.  He gets it, he did it.  He is better than 14- 16 starting Qbs from teams this year:  Buffalo, Miami, Jets, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Tennessee, Cleveland, Kansas City, Denver, Oakland, Washington, Minnesota, Tampa, Arizona, St. Louis and Seattle.  The argument about him winning National Championship because of defense is BS...  He managed the games at LSU, and beat many tough teams with his offense.  He is a WINNER.  Period.  Aaron Rodgers gives Flynn a little discount doublecheck!! 


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