It wasn’t a storybook return from the brink for Matt Flynn, but it was likely his last chance at earning the Oakland Raiders starting quarterback job in 2013. With Terrelle Pryor out with a concussion, Flynn was given the unexpected chance to show what he is worth to Dennis Allen and Greg Olson.
It was a nightmare for Flynn.
A Pick-6 and two costly fumbles resulted in a 24-14 loss to the now 1-3 Washington Redskins. The loss came despite a 14-0 lead for the Raiders early in the first half, thanks to Flynn’s lone touchdown pass of the game and a Rashad Jennings blocked punt in the Washington end zone. With the lead, Flynn gave the Redskins a touchdown to get the visitors back into the game and things went downhill from there.
Flynn was given countless opportunities, thanks to the Raiders impressive defensive performance, to right the ship and put points on the board, but each time he failed. Fumbling on a fourth and inches play to put the cap on what was a nightmare of an afternoon for Flynn. He validated all those who criticized the move Reggie McKenzie made by bringing in Flynn after he lost the starting job in Seattle to Russell Wilson.
Flynn, who knows how much the game meant to his career, admitted how hard the loss was to take in talking to the media post game. When asked about his post game emotions Flynn said, ”Yeah it was; it was a tough one, hard one to swallow.”
On his interception that was returned for a touchdown, Flynn never quite admitted direct blame. ”I thought we had a good play,” Flynn said. “Hey we’re in man-to-man coverage. We have to clean up the execution of that, all 11 of us have to clean it up.”
Flynn also admitted to hearing the very loud boos coming out of the Black Hole. “Yeah, I mean it’s hard not to hear it. You just try to focus on your job and do what you can, but it’s definitely hard not to hear,” Flynn said.
Dennis Allen was blunt about being disappointed in the production he got out of a player he was told was the Raiders top choice quarterback when he was signed by Reggie McKenzie for a six million dollar sum. “Obviously, I don’t think he saw the field very good today. I think he was obviously part of some of the sacks that we gave up in the game. It was a tough situation for him to go into and obviously, with the loss of McFadden and Reece that didn’t help him out any,” said Allen.
Allen then pointed out that the lack of offense is what cost the Raiders a winnable game, “Offensively, we didn’t get it done and that’s really the bottom line.”
Flynn is now officially at the lowest point of his career. Once assumed to be the next backup-to-starter story in the NFL after two impressive showings in Green By, Flynn’s career path has officially been steered off course. Once Terrelle Pryor gets healthy, it is clear that the Raiders best chances of winning go with his leadership under center. Flynn’s status as a clipboard holder were only further confirmed on Sunday. It will be a long time before he is talked about in a starter’s role, if ever again.