Coach Allen hopeful of Flynn following footsteps of Rodgers, Schaub


The Raiders makeover kicked into overdrive Monday when they traded for inexperienced quarterback Matt Flynn and worked further on jettisoning veteran quarterback Carson Palmer.
General manager Reggie McKenzie has been in cost-cutting mode since he was hired by owner Mark Davis last year.
Getting out from under “out-of-whack contracts” and finding a long-term solution at quarterback were huge priorities from the outset. In Flynn, the Raiders are hopeful they found their man at a fraction of the price Palmer would have cost.
“Matt’s one of those guys, even though he hasn’t had a lot of opportunities, when he’s had those opportunities, he’s made the most out of those chances,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said in a conference call. “We feel real good about that, and feel real good about getting a young prospect at quarterback.”
Therein lies the rub. Palmer started 121 regular-season games during his 10-year NFL career. Flynn and Terrelle Pryor combined for three starts during their NFL careers. Yet, one of them is going to be the starter a little more than five months from today.
Palmer still is a part of the Raiders roster. However, he no longer is a part of their plans, Allen said. Several reports said Palmer is bound for the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a late-round draft pick.
“When we looked at it, both from his standpoint and our standpoint, we just realized that it was time for us to move on and move forward,” Allen said of Palmer.
Flynn was unavailable for comment. He is slated to speak with Bay Area media Tuesday.
Flynn, 27, started only two games in his five NFL seasons. He spent his first four seasons backing up Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. Last season, he appeared in only three games for the Seahawks after being beaten out by rookie Russell Wilson.
Allen said he is hopeful that Flynn will flourish if given the opportunity, in much the same way Rodgers did taking over for Brett Favre and Matt Schaub did after being traded to the Houston Texans.
Neither Allen nor McKenzie anointed Flynn the clear-cut starter. That’s in keeping with their stance that they want competition at every position.
Yet, it seems likely that McKenzie and Allen are counting upon Flynn to be their starting quarterback for 2013 and beyond.
“Matt is a tough football player, and a talented quarterback,” McKenzie said in a press release. “He will get the opportunity to compete to be a starter with the Raiders. I believe Matt has that potential, but I also know he hasn’t had enough experience.”
Palmer is the latest high-priced player targeted by McKenzie this offseason. He joins defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, cornerback Michael Huff and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, all of whom were released.
Palmer, 33, is scheduled to earn $13 million in base salary in 2013, whereas Flynn is on the books for $5.25 million. Allen said he hasn’t spoken with Palmer since the Flynn trade.
“I talked to Carson probably Saturday, over the weekend, and kind of explained to him, where we were at, what the process was,” Allen said. “He and his representation totally understand where we’re at.”
McKenzie inherited a roster that featured Palmer as the unquestioned starter and Pryor the long-term project. Flynn provides a measure of comfort through McKenzie’s familiarity with the Louisiana State product.
McKenzie scouted Flynn in 2007, when McKenzie worked for the Green Bay Packers. Ultimately, the Packers selected two quarterbacks in the 2008 draft, Brian Brohm in the second round and Flynn in the seventh.
Taking a chance on Flynn is the latest in a long line of gambles by the Raiders on finding a long-term solution.
Since 2006, the Raiders committed seven draft picks on the following quarterbacks: JaMarcus Russell, Jason Campbell, Pryor, Palmer and Flynn.


Steve Corkran

  • The_Judge37

    946.DJ Johnny Says:
    April 2nd, 2013 at 8:48 am
    The_Judge37 Says:
    April 2nd, 2013 at 8:40 am
    The only problem i really have with this recent Flynn deal is that Carson is still on the roster. What is the motivation now for Arizona to Trade with us if they can just resign him after he’s cut and not take on his contract? We tipped our hand too early. He should’ve been gone as soon as the Flynn deal was made final.

    …but if Az. really wants Palmer then they risk Palmer being cut and hooking up with any other team.

    Hence the incentive to do a trade now right?

    But what other team? The Jets? Bills? Jags? AZ is closet to his home, has good WR’s and a Good defense. They’re in better shape than anyother QB needy team.

  • Charlie


    Reggie will pay for performance.

    That is why he wants to be about $20 to $30 million under the cap this year.

    The dead money issue we have is record breaking but most of it will be cleared up by 2014. We will be able to pay our contributors this season in 2014 to keep the guys we want.

    What he is doing is simply managing payroll relative to wins and losses. As I said earlier, we are 49-111 over the last ten years while being at or near the cap limit every season.

    That is the worst situation in the NFL.

  • Charlie

    Judge and Johnny

    You are both right.
    Bottom line is we will not get much for Palmer and would not have given the size of his contract.

    Bottom line is, the team that wants/needs him the most will give something to secure him.

    If he gets cut his destination is anyone’s guess.

  • Dakota

    Portet signed!

  • LTR

    I compare thr Flynn deal to Cassel. Cassel looked good in NE after Brady went down and was the next best thing since sliced bread. How did that work out? I hope Flynn does well, but I’m Disappointed that Pryor just got screwed. There will not be any REAL competition for the QB spot. Reggie got HIS guy and Flynn is our new starting QB.

  • Al_is_theraiders

    flynn is cassell part two…

  • Al_is_theraiders

    reggie dont pay for perfomance…see wheeler…


    First of All this guy has 2 career starts average arm strength at best he has no weapons around him so he is going to have to make plays and extend plays to be sucessful and I just don’t see that in Matt Flynn he is not very athletic at 6’2 undersized and you mean he is going to come in here and win over the confidence of this team standing next to Pryor who is 6’5 230 and runs like a deer all over the field making play after play. Flynn is a dink and dunk game manager that is it. This is a total sham to me I have no confidence in what Dennis Allen is doing he already has proved incompotent as a head coach by bringing in the Greg Knapp crap. Mark Davis better wake up and bring some people who know what the heck is going on. All they have done so far is bring in unwanted retreads from other teams. Name me one player that they have brought in starting form last season that has been a difference maker right none! I have seen this act before and it stinks to high heaven!!!!!!!