Probably the luckiest guy in the entire NFL — Matt Flynn — looks like he’s about to see his luck run out.
Flynn has had arguably the easiest job in the league since being drafted out of LSU. He backed up Aaron Rodgers, which essentially means he got to hold a clipboard for the Green Bay Packers. Then, on occasion, someone would give him the keys to the Ferrari that is the Packers offense and he’d go out there and look great in the driver’s seat.
Kind of like a fat, bald guy in an actual Ferrari.
That limited action got him a fat contract elsewhere and when he failed in several other stops around the league, the Packers were there to pick him up again and stash him in his backup role. That is, except for the stretch in 2013 when he briefly got to play the hero while filling in for Rodgers.
Based solely on that performance (because it certainly wasn’t based on his preseason play or mop-up duty in 2014), Flynn rode last season out in his usual, comfortable, clipboard-holding role.
Unfortunately for him, he’s now a free agent and it sounds like the free ride is over, which should surprise no one who’s been paying attention. Flynn was outplayed last preseason by the Packers third quarterback, Scott Tolzien. He also looked horrible in the aforementioned mop-up duty.
Tolzien is also a free agent, but if you listen to coach Mike McCarthy, it sounds as if only one of these guys has a future in Green Bay.
“Scott and Matt, those are two different questions,” McCarthy said. “Scott is an ascending player. More growth.”
Let’s read between the lines there, shall we?
Tolzien still has upside and is getting better. Flynn doesn’t and isn’t. We like guys with upside. We don’t like guys who are regressing (as Flynn obviously is).
While we wouldn’t rule out the Packers drafting a quarterback, it’s a good bet Tolzien comes back and Flynn doesn’t.
Rodgers will just have to find someone else to play Denim Twins with.