Matt Flynn and training camps don’t seem to get along with each other.
After losing his starting job with the Seahawks last season to Russell Wilson, Matt Flynn now goes into a new start in replacing Carson Palmer in Oakland by being rated as the worst starting quarterback in the NFL by the ESPN quarterbacking guru.
Last year Flynn was rated the 27th best overall quarterback in Jaws preseason rankings, but this go around Flynn’s question marks were pointed out and exposed. Jaworski said he doubted Flynn’s arm strength, saying the his deep balls “tend to die” harping on the same thing that the rest of the media did at the start of Raiders minicamp.
Regardless of what you think of Jaworski as an analyst of the game, this is more negative media that has to be getting inside of Flynn’s head. After the saga at minicamp and losing his job last year, Flynn has to be feeling the heat and it is only going to get worse as the time before training camp and the first preseason game goes forward. There is nothing Flynn can do to prove the doubters wrong until the end of July and it is only going to get worse as the lack of an elite quarterback is the main reason analysts are killing the Raiders off in early season predictions.
With Terrelle Pryor’s growing support base amongst Raider Nation and an athletic skill set that offensive coordinators always love to keep around in case of emergency and the emerging rookie in Tyler Wilson, the more bad press that comes in Flynn’s direction the more a QB battle will heat up as Dennis Allen and Greg Olsen have four unproven quarterbacks coming to camp and not one of them has stepped up and distinguished himself as the number one guy.
Flynn was brought to Oakland for a new start as the Raiders guy after Carson Palmer opted to go to Arizona. It seems that the media isn’t letting Flynn have that fresh start as the vultures are continuing to circle around Flynn after his breakout season leaving Green Bay never came in 2012. It seems that the former LSU star is going to have to ignore the critics until preseason starts, but for now expectations of Flynn are sitting at an all time low. Something that doesn’t bode well for the Raider Nation who are doing their best to keep faith.