Matt Flynn has had quite the eventful NFL career since being drafted in the 7th round of the 2008 NFL Draft after leading his LSU Tigers to a BCS National Championship, defeating Ohio State 38-24. Flynn beat out 2nd round pick and ex-Louisville QB Brian Brohm to earn the job as Aaron Rodgers’s backup. In his five years with the Packers, Flynn started just twice. On December 19, 2010, Flynn started for an injured Rodgers against the Patriots. He finished the game 23-37 for 254 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception. The game came down to the final play, but Flynn was sacked in the Patriots red zone to the end the game. Flynn’s second start on January 1, 2012, came against Detroit. He set Packers records with 480 passing yards and 6 touchdowns in a 45-41 win. The performance earned Flynn a contract with the Seattle Seahawks, but Flynn was beat out Russell Wilson in camp. As a result, Flynn was traded in the offseason to the Raiders for draft picks.
Flynn is listed as the starting QB but is receiving a lot of pressure from Terrelle Pryor. In the Raiders latest preseason game, Matt Flynn was 3-6 for 19 yards while throwing two interceptions. In relief, Pryor was very impressive, going 7-9 with 93 yards and a touchdown. He also ran for a rushing TD. Raiders head coach Dennis Allen after the game said
“I think obviously we have to look at it. I don’t think Matt played well in this game. Obviously, I thought Terrelle came in and gave us a spark. I thought he played well in the game. I think that’s something that we have to go and look at it. But it was obvious that Terrelle gave us a little bit of a spark tonight.”
Allen cited Pryor’s mobility and his ability to create plays down the field. Pryor started week 17 for the Raiders last season. He went 13-28 for 148 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 1 interception, while adding 49 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Pryor’s dual threat capability fits right in with the new era of quarterbacks in the NFL (stars like Colin Kaepernick, Cam Newton, Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin). If things continue, Pryor could take yet another starting job away from Matt Flynn, giving Buckeye fans some revenge from the 2008 BCS National Championship Game.