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Mike McCarthy comments on Matt Flynn

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 7, 2013 – 5:29 pm

Former Packers QB Matt Flynn was released by the Oakland Raiders on Monday, prompting media speculation as to whether the Packers might pursue him as a backup to Aaron Rodgers, a job Flynn held for four seasons (2008-11).

Matt Flynn

Matt Flynn

Head Coach Mike McCarthy didn’t sound as though the Packers would be making any changes at the quarterback position at this point. Seneca Wallace is Rodgers’ current backup, with Scott Tolzien on the practice squad. Both players were signed following training camp this summer, after Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman were released.

“Personally, I’m very happy with the quarterback room, the way it looks, the people in it,” McCarthy said. “Obviously Matt was a Packer. I’m very fond of Matt and his time here. I do like Seneca Wallace. I like what he’s done since he’s been here.”

Flynn left Green Bay after the 2011 season — which he ended with a record-setting 480 yards passing and six TDs filling in for Rodgers against the Lions in Week 17 — and signed with Seattle in 2012, but he was beaten out for the starting job by Russell Wilson. This year, he went to the Raiders but was beaten out by Terrelle Pryor. When Pryor had to miss a game two weeks ago, Flynn got his lone start since leaving Green Bay but lost and was demoted to third string.

McCarthy admitted to being surprised that things haven’t worked out for Flynn elsewhere given how he performed in Green Bay. In his first NFL start, he nearly beat Tom Brady and the Patriots on the road in a prime-time game in 2010.

McCarthy suggested that perhaps Flynn simply hasn’t found the right “fit” with another team, though he said he couldn’t know for sure without having studied Flynn’s game tapes.

“Definitely I’m surprised, because when his opportunity came, I obviously gave him a very high recommendation,” McCarthy said. “I haven’t watched the film of Matt, so I can’t really give you an educated or informed opinion on exactly how he did play.

“On a personal level, as I said I’m very fond of Matt Flynn. He was excellent in his time here, and I wish him the best of luck.”

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25 Responses to “Mike McCarthy comments on Matt Flynn”

  1. By ATL Packrfan on Oct 7, 2013 | Reply

    Well, I guess that’s that.

  2. By Adam on Oct 7, 2013 | Reply

    PLEASE resign him, coach!

  3. By debo2pt on Oct 7, 2013 | Reply

    It’s crazy to think that Flynn didn’t get a chance to shine in Seattle or Oakland. I think it was a mistake by them and I wouldn’t be opposed to see Flynn back

  4. By debo2pt on Oct 7, 2013 | Reply

    Reblogged this on Debo Lets Loose and commented:
    Just sharing the knowledge from the inside of the Packers organization. I think that most people would say that it would be automatic that Matt Flynn comes back to the Packers, but I just don’t know. Only time will tell, but it seems as though Mike McCarthy will not bring him back.

  5. By Cyn on Oct 7, 2013 | Reply

    Coach McCarthy, if I may suggest: Flynn. In.

  6. By fondyshotgun28 on Oct 7, 2013 | Reply

    Flynn didn’t work in Seattle’s system nor Oakland’s system. He knows McCarthy’s system down pat, so I would be surprised if Flynn ended up somewhere else…maybe with Philbin down in Miami…that would be the only place I could think of.

  7. By guy_who_made_a_comment on Oct 7, 2013 | Reply

    Let’s resign every ex-Packer the second they are released regardless of whether they are any good or whether the team actually needs them.

  8. By beaver on Oct 7, 2013 | Reply

    too expensive right now

  9. By msantspree on Oct 7, 2013 | Reply

    He didn’t prove to be a starter he tried but didn’t make it

  10. By Biggfootz on Oct 8, 2013 | Reply

    It does’nt seem Flynn could command a high price now the way things went since he left GB. Yet coach sees something in Wallace, (perhaps a run option) in addition to a history as a veteran starter with a decent arm. We can’t have both Flynn and Wallace because neither one qualifies for the practice squad; (although carrying 3 QB is not this team’s usual approach, I personally would’nt object because it’s such a key position but then we have to sacrifice somewhere else). Flynn ideally would probably like to find a starting job somewhere, someday if he could ever get himself established. Based on what we know, coach seems to feel Wallace is the best option for whatever reasons. Obviously, he knows what Flynn can do, at least in GB.

  11. By Biggfootz on Oct 8, 2013 | Reply

    At least he’s not going to MN.

  12. By Biggfootz on Oct 8, 2013 | Reply


  13. By Rick S. on Oct 8, 2013 | Reply

    Forget about Flynn, would ya? How many different teams is it now that don’t want him?

  14. By Rick S. on Oct 8, 2013 | Reply

    Beaver, now that he’s released, there’s no price tag on him, but that’s beside the point.

  15. By Jeffy on Oct 8, 2013 | Reply

    It would be nice to sign a back-up with experience in the Packers’ system, but there are other teams, namely Buffalo and Jacksonville who could use a starting QB right now. Maybe he could be had for a reasonable amount since he is currently receiving pay form former teams.

  16. By Ed Haas on Oct 8, 2013 | Reply

    I don’t know if anyone has been reading the reports out of Oakland but what I’ve seen is he is having arm trouble. A very important factor for a QB.

  17. By joe on Oct 8, 2013 | Reply

    Pack will sign Flynn….Raiders are on the hook for his $6.5 mil guaranteed contract this season….it’s a no-brainer……do you really think the Pack would trust Seneca Wallace to lead the charge if Rogers goes down

  18. By lb on Oct 8, 2013 | Reply

    the raiders can’t win with payton manning, give flynn a break.

  19. By shakpackerbacker on Oct 8, 2013 | Reply

    Why would McCarthy say he was interested in signing Flynn?
    That would be like telling the other teams who you have rated high for the draft!

  20. By peter on Oct 8, 2013 | Reply

    Flynn is a coach. Sign him as one.

  21. By Transplanted Cheesehead on Oct 9, 2013 | Reply

    Matt Flynn threw for six touchdowns against the Lions. What has Seneca Wallace ever done? I’d like to see him come back!

  22. By Myself on Oct 9, 2013 | Reply

    Cobb can always QB. Dont need a 3rd QB on team.

  23. By AL NEUBAUER on Oct 9, 2013 | Reply

    We need some healthy line backers also. When is Wallace going to get his chance.

  24. By Adrian Meli on Oct 16, 2013 | Reply

    Sign him!!!

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