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 drops to third string behind Matt McGloin as Reggie McKenzie's first failure of a move is official

It was a move that was likely coming after Dennis Allen called out Matt Flynn for his performance on Sunday in the Raiders loss to the Washington Redksins.

Flynn threw just one touchdown and turned the ball over three times by way of an interception returned for a touchdown and two costly fumbles in Oakland’s 24-14 loss. For Flynn it was his chance to prove to Dennis Allen that he can still be relied upon if Terrelle Pryor was to be unavailable in the future and Oakland needed a backup. Allen saw something other than that out of Sunday’s performance, summing up the thoughts of many in Raider Nation postgame.

“Matt didn’t play well and we have to move on. We have to get better from that,” Allen said.

“Getting better from that” appears to now be in the hands of Matt McGloin as the undrafted free agent quarterback out of Penn State who wowed Raider fans during the preseason will be Oakland’s de facto #2 for the time being.

McGloin had a strong preseason and helped lead the Raiders to a second half comeback against the Dallas Cowboys in his first appearance as a Raider in their home preseason opener. Working hard all offseason and continuing so after beating out fourth round pick Tyler Wilson for the final roster spot at QB, McGloin has now earned the trust of Allen to be the in case of emergency guy.

Talking about Flynn and why he was demoted, Allen bluntly said to the media yesterday that Fynn just didn’t show what they thought he had when they gave him $6.5 million dollars this offseason.

“It hasn’t worked out like we anticipated and we’ve got to make decisions and we’ve got to move forward and continue to go,” Allen said. “Matt’s going to continue to battle and scratch and claw and I still believe that he’s a capable quarterback, but we’re going to give McGloin a chance.”

Whether Allen truly believes that Flynn is a capable quarterback or not is another question, but there is no doubt that Reggie McKenzie is none too pleased with how his big free agency move this offseason has played out.

After Carson Palmer was shipped to Arizona as RM freed up cap space for 2014 he brought in Flynn for a eye raising sum this spring in the hopes of the former Packers quarterback realizing the potential he showed while McKenzie was in the Green Bay front office.

That hasn’t happened an now it has to be wondered how the Raiders could have better spent that $6.5 million this offseason.

The offensive line could have obviously been addressed, as could have the wide receiver position as $6.5 million can buy you something better than a third string quarterback who is now on his second straight season losing a starting job when he was groomed for.

In the end McKenzie has been bitten by placing his trust in Flynn rather than Pryor, who similarly showed his potential as a starting quarterback during Week 17 last season against the San Diego Chrgers before working with Tom Brady’s old throwing coach during the summer to work on his fundamentals. Nobody saw Terrelle Pryor coming until the preseason and training camp, and when he arrived on the scene it was far too late.

It needs to be said that McKenzie has done a wonderful job in building a 2013 Raiders team out of small one year deals to free up a significant amount of 2014 cap space that should help the Raiders rebuild into a team that can compete for the playoffs for years to come, the move to bring in Charles Woodson in itself makes up for McKenzie’s miss on Flynn, but with $6.5 million moving to third string on the depth chart some blame is in order this week.

There could be worse free agency mistakes for a new General Manager to make and Flynn could still be traded off of the books before the league’s trade deadline and will likely not be a 2014 Oakland Raider, but for this week the spotlight has been on McKenzie as it looks like Flynn was nowhere near the level that he was evaluated as. McKenzie put his trust in Flynn and he got burned. Hopefully this will be a rare occurrence with McKenzie as he appears to be putting the Raiders in the right direction as their first General Manager. If that rebuild is going to translate into longterm success, he will not be able to afford misses like this on a consistent basis.

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  • Craig 7

    Hey we can’t get things all right. I run a business and sometimes you give people opportunities to prove themselves. Think about like this: wouldn’t you want an opportunity like Flynns. Its time to grit your teeth and move on. Next!

  • Duston Downum

    I’m a big fan of McKenzie’s work. He is a football minded guy that can get the job done in Oakland. C-Wood was a stellar offseason addition, and as you said, makes up for the whiff on Flynn. That being said, Josh Freeman just hit the open market.. Possibilities there?

  • Angel

    I’m glad to see the change. McGloin is a good QB. Flynn, sorry bro…. You suck

  • Raider Grant

    All McKenzie has done for the Raiders thus far is clear cap space for 2014. Lets not forget this years draft was a bust as well as the pick up of Flynn. I believe McKenzie will be hungry to prove his worthiness to the Raiders & should be given more time as our GM. Trade Flynn, bring Wilson back as our QB3 & stay away from Freeman!

  • Bob

    Many FA busts last year too. Bartel and Spencer immediately come to mind. The jury is still out on Briesel too. Not a good start for Reg in the FA market.

  • John Garcia

    Spencer was good but was hurt far too often. McKenzie can’t really be judged on free agency because he hasn’t had a full deck to play with. He has mined the free agency board for solid guys. Anyone remember Wheeler was a great pick but he moved on for more money. He picked up Streater last year, Mcgloin this year as undrafted free agents steals. He unloaded talent but they were never accused of being high motor guys or guys that loved the game. He has changed the culture even though it has yet to translate into wins and losses, but everyone should remember this team was put together with only 2/3 of the salary cap available to every other team because of dead money. Those problems do not exist in 2014 and the Raiders will become a playoff contender by next year with a huge amount of cap space available to them as well as several picks in the top 100 of a very deep and talented draft crop.

  • Berdj Rassam

    The 3 turnovers made by Flynn (1 INT and 2 fumbles) were back-breakers for the Raiders against the Skins.

  • Paul Graff

    Flynn was NOT a FA. He was obtained through a TRADE with the Seattle Seahawks.

  • phil s

    Some big mistakes GM.. rookie coach who’s now what (5-17)
    leading, 2 qb picks down the tube, 1st rounder that hasn’t impressed as much as you hope and expect a 1st rounder would! As of now the ONLY positive I truly see is his managing of next years funds. I love this team and am just tired of excuse after excuse season after season. Bad choices last week cost us another winnable game.

  • Mark Shafer

    In training camp Flynn looked great from the ball security side of it. Apparently he has lost a lot since then. He is definitely not in the Raiders future. Move on now!
    Get freeman or move Wilson up from the practice squad. Replace him with a o lineman.