Matt Flynn Green Bay Packers 2013 Evaluation and Report Card

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1) Introduction:  After jumping from Seattle to Oakland and finally Buffalo, Matt Flynn finally settled on a place where he was comfortable — in a Packers uniform. Flynn was signed by the Packers on Nov. 12 and started four games, earning a 2-2 record. His limited arm strength has been one of Flynn’s major flaws but he has been able to get past that with intelligent play most of the time.

Matt Flynn
Matt Flynn

2) Profile:

Matthew Clayton Flynn

  • Age: 28
  • Born: 6/20/1985 in Tyler, Texas
  • Height: 6’2″
  • Weight: 230
  • College: Louisiana State
  • Rookie Year: 2008
  • NFL Experience: 6

Career stats and more

3) Expectations coming into the season:  Flynn’s expectations were pretty low. He was brought in to backup  third-string quarterback Scott Tolzien. It didn’t take Flynn long to win the starting job.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Flynn’s highlight: Flynn brought the Packers back from a 21-10 halftime deficit against the hapless Falcons to keep the faint playoff hopes alive. Flynn’s lowlight: Being sacked seven times by the menacing Lions defensive front as the Packers were swallowed up on Thanksgiving by a score of 40-10.

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: A little more than marginal. The Falcons win shouldn’t have come down to a comeback because Atlanta was riddled with injuries last year. But it was Flynn that Andrew Quarless for the deciding touchdown.

6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: He was on the sideline as he watched the 49ers defense run roughshod on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.

Season Report Card:

(B-) Level of expectations met during the season

(C) Contributions to team’s overall success.

(N/A) Contributions to team during the playoffs

Overall Grade:  C+

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  • James David

    According to Pro Football Focus Matt ranked in the top ten in passing accuracy and passing accuracy when under pressure. B- for team’s overall success.

  • mark in Portland

    Flynn is a great story. He has the Packer record for TD passes in a game and lead the comeback from the biggest deficit. When I looked at Pro Football reference.com I learned that he was the best back up Packer QB ever. I only wish the Packers would have beat the 49ers, had a game in Seattle, and Flynn play some role in winning that game. That would have been great irony!

  • Ed Schoenfeld

    Without Flynn, the Packers finish the season 6-10.

    Adding 2 wins and a tie to the team deserves a lot better than a C.

    • Razer

      Absolutely agree that ‘C’ is too low. Coming back late in the year after having his career and confidence tossed around and playing the way he did was pretty good. The Dallas game alone was both special and season saving. What more could you ask of the guy?

  • Anonymous

    Flynn is a backup, never more, never less…

    • Anonymous

      The grade categories “Contributions duuroing the season’ claim to measure achievement (actual contributions made), not talent level.

      When your backup wins the games that get you into the playoffs, the grade for ‘contribiutions’ should reflect that fact.

      If you want to grade him on talent (and I don’t disagree that Flynn is ‘just’ a backup), then say that is what the grade is for. But a ‘talent’ level grade will not really reflect the factual events that took place during a particular season.

    • Shavager

      Maybe so, but under Mike McCarthy, NO QB not named Favre or Rodgers has played better than Matt Flynn, period. The Lions game was on McCarthy, not Flynn. Flynn used the hurry up, no huddle offense to bring Packers back from a 16 point deficit against Vikings using the no huddle to give them the win, all Dom Capers defense had to do was ONE third down stop to save the win and gave up the TIE. Against the Lions, McCarthy never even called the no huddle despite Flynn having more time in system before Turkey Day. McCarthy allowed Lions to freely substitute fresh defenders, never got them out of their d-sets by hurrying up his offense–he blew that game himself, not Flynn or offense. Flynn did as good a backup job in NFL as any QB including Josh McKown of daBears. Without him, GB not only don’t make playoffs–they don’t win division.

  • Barney Google

    I don’t understand how his highlight was the Falcons game and not the Cowboys game.

  • Since’61

    With even decent support from the defense, Flynn’s recode as a backup would be 4-1. JMO his only loss should have been the Thanksgiving game. He deserves at least a B. Thanks, Since ’61