The Oakland Raiders have moved on from their supposed heir apparent quarterback Matt Flynn today. From the moment he first donned the silver and black uniform Flynn has looked like the backup to JaMarcus Russell that he once was in college. While the Raiders will not miss Flynn at all, his quick departure calls into question general manager Reggie McKenzie’s ability to scout talent.
One hundred percent of the blame for the Flynn debacle should be on McKenzie who had years to scout Flynn dating back to their years in Green Bay. Although McKenzie has done a remarkable job cleaning house and getting the Raiders salary cap in order for next year, he has not shown that he is a great talent evaluator. McKenzie’s lone big free agent signing last year Mike Briesel has looked awful in his two years with the Raiders. While McKenzie didn’t get to select his first player until the third round in 2012, his pick Tony Bergstrom does not look like he is cut out to be an NFL player.
At the end of the day, McKenzie made a huge mistake that has cost the Raiders salary cap room. I doubt Matt Flynn is ever in the conversation to be a starter in the NFL again. It looks like the Raiders are going to be looking for a veteran backup quarterback to replace Flynn, which does not bode well for McKenzie’s other mistake Tyler Wilson. ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski was correct in his assessment of Flynn earlier in the offseason when he called Flynn the worst starting quarterback in the NFL.
Flynn’s downfall came after the injury to left tackle Jared Veldheer. Many analysts thought Flynn was the best quarterback on the roster during training camp but that was when Flynn was not getting touched by defenders. Another factor was that the Raiders front seven was dealing with injuries so they could not get a pass rush during practice. After Flynn’s horrific start against the Saints in the third preseason game, it became obvious to everyone that Flynn was not the answer to the Raiders quarterback problems.
Hopefully, this will be the last major blunder for McKenzie in the foreseeable future. Having 70 million in cap space means nothing if McKenzie can’t find the right talent to fill out the roster.