Sep 29, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn (15) kneels after being sacked by Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (not pictured) in the first quarter at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Flynn Laments on “Hard Loss to Swallow” Against Redskins

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.



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  • Bob

    A microcosm of the game: Raiders get a turnover at the 50. One pass and two runs net 9 yards. Seabass misses the filed goal. Thanks for coming and remember to tip your wait staff generously.

  • Brandon

    I think its funny how he won’t take blame on that pick 6. It was totally his fault the defender was practically standing right in front of moore I saw it comming before he even threw the ball! He needs to just accept the facts he is not a good qb he will never be a good qb. He just needs to sit down shutup and collect his overpriced contract!

  • Bob

    I was just about to say here comes the pick and it happened. Made me go take a piss.

  • Brandon

    All we can hope for now is a healthy pryor the rest of the season. Still a lot of season left I still believe we can put up a decent record this year.

  • Jay Haskins

    Khalif barnes: “I could’ve done some things I could’ve done better. A lot of
    guys could’ve done some things they could’ve done better. We all take ownership.
    It’s never just on one guy.” Sometimes home-crowd boos are silly and irrelevant.
    Sometimes they’re just mean and reckless.

    Well those the boos were for your @$$ too. But those fans were pissed because they didn’t sell out that
    raggedy coliseum to watch Flynn at QB. They did it expecting Pryor to play. They were frustarted beyond belief. The fact that Flynn was booed even during introductions, tells you that was the case. I was in RM’s corner, even after he didn’t keep Hue, the best offensive mind since Gruden. But I agree with Amy Trask. Why didn’t he just roll with TP in a rebuilding year? The potential was there after the San Diego game last year. Why would he sign sorry @$$ Flynn and give up 6.5 mil and draft picks?! CRAZY!
    But no worries for RM. Mark Davis is COMPLETELY clueless, so RM will be able to keep his job longer than he should.

    Hurry back TP! We need you to make this sh! respectable.

    Go check out TP’s twitter page. He is pissed that we lost.

    He is also asking the fans to shut the hell up when the Raiders have the ball. I agree. Yo, fans at the games, you should ONLY make noise when the OTHER guys have the ball

  • Phil Mokate

    The pussy cant even admit he got sacked 7 times for birping the baby all day, threw and fumbled the game away. He drags the whole O under the bus with him! Now RM has some decisions to make and this whole thing is a good thing. We stand by our Raiders live or go down swinging but we never give up on them!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Pridenpoise

    Agreed, I’ve been watching football a long time, and I’m still wondering what exactly was going through that empty head of his when he threw that pick. And if it wasn’t his fault exactly who’s was it. Oh right, it’s Reggie’s fault for acquiring this douche.

  • Fernando Maestas

    The line had some work on their plate coming into this game and, seriously, they did a good enough job blocking for any QB in the league. Flynn, you can’t sew if you can’t thread the needle… Flynn simply didn’t trust in any of the plays to even throw a simple quick in-route that only takes 2 seconds. Throw it!!! Sorry… I put my voice on auto to say “throw it” very loud at the game. Seriously… I did! No lol today!
    What more can you ask for? Beautiful perfect weather, a good pocket to climb if needed vs the worst ranked defense in the entire National Football League. Uhhhhhh… Pay cut! I think the wrong guy got paid.. TP needs a new house Reggie… He’s a keeper!

  • MartyCalderon

    Hey, at least we have a $6million holder, considering King isn’t quite the holder for SeaBass that he wanted.

  • Angel

    Flynn has no heart for the game. He was absolutely terrible. Fkn Chad Henne looks better than Flynn…. Fk the dead money, drop Flynn he doesn’t deserve to wear silver & black.

  • cerrone sanchez

    I think prior should have started, now we now wat we new along…

  • urlacker

    guy pretends to be aaron rodgers for one game in GB, throws 400 somthing yards and lands a fat contract in oakland, does jack shit. sounds like a bust to me. he ain’t brett favre, whos forearms looks like a blacksmith