Monday, September 1, 2014, 9:39am
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy avoided having to make a decision whether to keep Matt Flynn or Scott Tolzien. But after managing to keep both on his 53-man roster, he had to choose one to be Aaron Rodgers' backup.
He chose Flynn.
McCarthy did not say why, but it's pretty obvious he sided with experience over potential. If he didn't think Tolzien had the ability to be better than Flynn, he probably wouldn't have kept him.
Flynn, however, was solid throughout camp and while he trailed his competition statistically in games (112.0 passer rating to 82.3), he apparently played well enough for McCarthy to think he gave the team the best chance to win if Rodgers gets hurt.
"I feel like I'm playing well. I feel like I'm in control of what I'm doing," Flynn said after practice Sunday. "I'm in control of what I'm doing physically and mentally. I feel good. I've always felt confident and comfortable going into seasons, but each year I feel like I'm getting better and better."
Monday, August 25, 2014, 6:35pm
Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub missed a second straight day of practice on Monday because of a sore elbow, but coach Dennis Allen insists that the team is not planning a reprise of last year when Matt Flynn’s elbow trouble led to Terrelle Pryor making a late leap up the depth chart.
“I don’t look at those two situations as the same,” Allen said, via Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group, when asked about the similarity to the way things played out at quarterback last season.
Allen also said that Schaub remains on pace to start the season opener against the Jets despite his elbow injury, which Allen said is not a major concern for him, and absence from practices that it appears he needs based on his preseason performances.
Monday, August 25, 2014, 10:11am
Presumptive Raiders starting quarterback Matt Schaub sat out practice Sunday with a sore elbow, a scene eerily similar to a situation a year ago that led to the ascension of Terrelle Pryor as the starting quarterback at the expense of Matt Flynn.
“He came in yesterday afternoon with a little soreness in his elbow,’’ Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “We’ll see where he’s at tomorrow and kind of take that day by day.’’
Monday, July 7, 2014, 8:19pm
If the progress they made from the start of OTAs to the end of the June minicamp is any indication, late-round rookie receivers Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis are primed to make an impression in their first NFL training camp.
Almost invisible in the first couple of OTAs open to reporters, Abbrederis and Janis began showing up a lot more often in the 11-on-11 work and modified seven-on-seven drills during the offseason-concluding minicamp.
Snagging passes mostly from backup quarterbacks Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien and Chase Rettig, the two late-round draft picks – Abbrederis was chosen in the fifth round, Janis in the seventh – appeared to be coming out of their rookie shell.
Wednesday, June 11, 2014, 1:40am
Aaron Rodgers said he and backup quarterback Matt Flynn recently discussed that when the Packers drafted TE Richard Rodgers in the third round, at least one analyst on the TV broadcast of the NFL draft said he’d rated Rodgers a sixth-round prospect.
“Which is pretty laughable when you watch the talent he’s got and the ability, especially some of the plays he made today,” Aaron Rodgers said. “Again, it’s helmet and shorts, but you have to be excited about his body type and the hands. He’s made some incredible catches, makes it look easy. I think he’s going to push for some playing time if he can transfer what he’s done in the spring now to the fall and have the potential to be an impact player.”
Quarless took over for Jermichael Finley after Finley went down in Week 7. From Week 8 through the Packers' playoff loss to the 49ers, Quarless averaged 2.6 catches for 27 yards and 0.20 TD, or 3.9 fantasy points per game. That's about what Brandon Pettigrew and Tyler Eifert scored in 2013, so it's not terribly promising. Moreover, his two best games -- back to back 6-66-1 outings against the Falcons and Cowboys -- came with Matt Flynn under center, so it's not clear what kind of rapport he has with Aaron Rodgers. According to Mockdraftable, he most resembles Todd Heap athletically, though it's tough to make that case using the eye test. Still, if he's starting, Quarless will be an intriguing TE2 option playing in Green Bay's high-octane offense.
Friday, December 20, 2013, 6:36pm
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone, out) took limited practice reps all week and is out for Week 16. Matt Flynn will get another start. TE Andrew Quarless gets a slight bump since he and Flynn seem to have a nice rapport.
This is not surprising news given the way this week has gone. Owners waiting on Rodgers will have to continue to put a band aid on the QB position. Kirk Cousins, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Tannehill, Joe Flacco and Jason Campbell are all decent-to-good streaming options. Even Matt Flynn and Matt Cassel are worth consideration. Check our QB rankings to see how we believe these players will perform this week.
Thursday, December 19, 2013, 6:44pm
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Rodgers has yet to be cleared by the medical staff, and it’s looking more doubtful by the day. There will be an announcement on Friday. Matt Flynn would get another start if Rodgers has to sit out another week.
Barring a surprise, it appears that Flynn will get another start. He's not trustworthy against a so-so Steelers secondary (#21 in QB aFPA).
Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 6:32pm
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Rodgers has yet to be cleared by the medical staff. We aren’t likely to know before Friday whether he’ll be able to play against the Steelers in Week 16. Matt Flynn would get another start if Rodgers has to sit out another week.
Monday, December 16, 2013, 5:28pm
Friday, December 13, 2013, 6:50pm
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone, out) took limited practice reps all week and is out for Week 15. Matt Flynn will get another start against a generous Dallas pass defense. He could post nice numbers, though the last time he played on the road, he imploded against the Lions. Our rankings won’t change much since we were planning for another Flynn start since early in the week.
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was declared out Friday by coach Mike McCarthy after a "difficult" morning. Matt Flynn will start at quarterback. The Packers coach said Rodgers was very disappointed and frustrated with the decision and feels that he's ready to face the Cowboys on Sunday in Dallas.
Thursday, December 12, 2013, 6:28pm
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (collarbone) took limited practice reps again Thursday. The Packers are reportedly “pessimistic” (per Ed Werder) about Rodgers’ Week 15 availability, though they’re being coy about his status. Rodgers will be re-examined on Friday and would need to take most of the reps in practice to play on Sunday (his words). If he can’t play, Matt Flynn would get another start against a generous Dallas pass defense.
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