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Jan 1, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn (10) warms up prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Flynn is in: Another Season, Another Raider's Quarterback

Dec 30, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (left) sits on the bench near Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Leinart (right foreground) during the fourth quarter against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

As of April 1, 2013 Carson Palmer is still an Oakland Raider. Of course that wont be true for long. Palmer’s high opinion of himself combined with Reggie McKenzie’s infatuation for former Green Bay Packers has landed Matt Flynn in Oakland. On paper the Raider’s 2012 quarterback didn’t seem too shabby. Palmer certainly proved a valuable commodity to acquire in a fantasy football league throwing over 4000 yards. However, the former Heisman trophy winner choked in the clutch like he was trying out for the Dallas Cowboys.

In comes Matt Flynn. A six year vet with just two starts under his belt. Albeit impressive starts, but even the aged egotistical Carson Palmer had more then two good games. Hell, Kerry Collins, Aaron Brooks, and Daunte Culpepper had more then two good games. Flynn is currently coming off a year in which he lost a starting job to a rookie quarterback out of Wisconsin. Not exactly franchise quarterback material. With Matt Leinart left on the depth chart as a sad and cruel joke it leaves only one other option at quarterback.

The fan favorite Terrell Pryor is viewed by most NFL experts as being at best a mediocre starter who is not yet ready to be given the reigns. In my mind it seems like if a quarterback is not ready after three years of riding the pine then he will never be ready. Yet there are still those who believe Pryor can be the next RG3 or Cam Newton. With the Flynn gamble in full effect the Pryor experiment is sure to get a chance. Bottom line, Dennis Allen will have more then just defensive concerns by the time the season rolls around.

As another NFL draft quickly approaches it seems as if the Raiders are still hunting for the successor of Rich Gannon, and the answer to the question that is the playoffs. It is my hope that the ever faithful Raider Nation wont have to suffer through another season of misery and defeat. Honestly the signing of Matt Flynn makes this Raider loyalist about as nervous as Mel Gibson at Temple. Although, the hope that Al Davis had something special planned for Terrell Pryor reminds me that anything is possible in the NFL.

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  • Daniel A Martinez

    “Reggie’s infatuation”? Seriously? It’s called taking a calculated risk. Not everyone makes moves with their emotions on their sleeves. The pick makes sense right now. There are no viable quarterback options. Wasting the 3rd pick on an unproven player while there are so many holes to fill would be moronic. Reggie’s moves are moving the organization in the right direction. It takes years to build a winner. Al Davis left a mess. You should know that breaking something is a lot easier to do than putting it back together.

  • James Wade

    “Those who believe Pryor can be the next RG3 or Cam Newton”.. You mean YOU?!?!? All you talk about is Pryor.. BTW.. Did anybody see Cam Newton’s second season? What is Cam Newton’s record as a starter? You criticize Carson who has great stats but a bad record.. but Cam freaking Newton is god with the same or less wins as Carson? WTF. You are about as worthless as any sports fan blog there is. I like Flynn.. I wanted Flynn before seattle got him… Now we have him, and half of the fans are criticizing Reggie for doing what is good for the teams future? A real fan would want to build another dynasty like the 60′s, 70′s, 80.s Raiders. You seem to be more interested in getting back to the Hue and Cable 8-8… Nobody is worth drafting, and frankly, build a defense and O line before you worry about a QB. How often are Brady, Brees, or Manning sacked?