Brought in to be the Raiders starting quarterback, Matt Flynn knows all about the struggles of trying to fit in as the face of a new team’s offense at training camp. In fact he faced more than his share of difficulties last training camp when he lost the starting gig to Russell Wilson in Seattle last fall after being groomed for the job after being acquired from the Green Bay Packers.
Flynn lost the job to a promising undersized rookie from Wisconsin, the Seahawks made a nice playoff run, and the rest was history as Flynn was
quickly traded to Oakland. Now once again being labelled as the favorite to be the Raiders Week One starter heading into this weekend’s training camp, Flynn naturally had to answer a line of questions about what went wrong last season.
Flynn, the reserved quarterback out of LSU, suggested that his calm demeanor might not have fit in with Pete Carroll’s college program type of attitude in an interview with the L.A. Times after day one of camp.
“I had to find a medium ground last year because I knew that Pete was high energy, all over the place in practice, and I knew he probably wanted that out of his quarterbacks a little bit,” Flynn tells Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times. ”But I still didn’t want to be someone I wasn’t.
Flynn did obviously concede that Russell earned the job under the merits of his own talent and gave the young quarterback credit for running away with the opportunity at such a young age in the NFL.
“I think Russell and I had two different personalities. But I don’t think any of that played a part in the decision. The bottom line was, Russell took ahold of his opportunity and made the most of it.”
Flynn vows to be a steady and calm presence for the Raiders, letting his play and confidence do the leading rather than acting like a cheerleader in the fashion of college type leaders like Tim Tebow and Wilson.
“I feel like if the guys can look at me in the huddle and see a calm and collected face, that they’re going to relax a little bit,” Flynn said. ”The way I look at it, leadership and being that guy is, don’t be someone you’re not. Don’t be a hoorah guy jumping around and clapping your hands if you’re not that guy. Makes you look desperate. Makes you look silly. That’s not me.”
Flynn has been playing consistently during the Raiders first two practice sessions of training camp. If he can navigate August without a drop off in play he should easily be named the Raiders Week One starter. Just don’t expect Flynn to be getting to excited once he gets the Raiders to the endzone this year. As long as he can guide the team to wins in 2013/14, I doubt there will be many complaints.