Matt Flynn Is The Answer For The Dolphins


It’s time for all of us to get real here and just understand that the big stud from Stanford, Andrew Luck, will not be a Dolphin in 2012.  People who are thinking that Luck can still come to Miami probably still believe in Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy.  It’s just not going to happen… And, do you really want to get into a bidding war with the Redskins, Browns, and Seahawks to trade up to get Baylor’s Robert Griffin III?  Are you that convinced that his size and style of offense will enable him to become an elite QB in the NFL that can lead a team to a Super Bowl?  I realize that a lot of Dolfans will disagree with this article, but I think Green Bay’s back-up QB, Matt Flynn, is the answer to the Dolphins’ QB dilemma.  In my opinion, he is very talented and is the best QB option for the Dolphins next year. 

Yes, I’m fully aware that Flynn has only started in two NFL games during his four years with the Packers.  However, both starts were against great teams.  Last year, he went toe-to-toe with Tom Brady in New England.  He completed 23 of his 37 passes for three touchdowns and one interception for 254 yards.  He drove his team deep into New England territory late in the game but was sacked on the final play to lose a heartbreaker 31 to 27.

This past weekend, the student finally taught the great Professor a few things.   Flynn set two all-time Green Bay Packer records against a very good and hungry Detroit Lions team, even with several offensive starters resting for the playoffs.  Flynn was able to throw for an amazing 480 yards and six touchdowns.  Something Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers never accomplished.  Flynn was able to outduel the very talented Matthew Stafford in a 45 to 41 barnburner to close out the season in Green Bay.   

For four years, Flynn has waited patiently on the sideline holding a clip board watching and learning from the best QB in the entire NFL.  One could only be so lucky to show up to work with a guy like Rodgers every day and receive a free education on how to execute the QB position to perfection.  Fortunately for Flynn, he is becoming a product of his environment.

Some birds are meant to have their wings clipped and confined in cages.  Flynn is not one of these birds.  Last weekend he was allowed out of the cage and he sure did take advantage of it.  Flynn will be a free agent and will no longer want to be a back up to anyone and nor should he.  He looks confident, poised in the pocket, plays with urgency, has great football awareness, and throws a beautiful deep ball.  Flynn has the characteristics of a great leader and is ready to be a starter now in this league.

Unlike RGIII, it won’t take multiple precious early round picks to make Flynn a Dolphin.  Last year, Philadelphia Eagles QB Kevin Kolb was the hottest free agent on the market and the Arizona Cardinals only had to give up a second round pick and CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to get him.  Even when the Dolphins do address their QB issue, they still have several huge holes to fill and desperately need all the draft picks they can get.

That’s why it would be wise for the Dolphins to make a small “draft” investment in Flynn instead of a King’s ransom for RGIII.  Also, with any rookie QB, there will be growing pains and early struggles.  It could take a few years to develop any of these QBs in this year’s draft.  Heck, even the great Peyton Manning threw 28 interceptions and struggled to win just three games his rookie year.  That won’t be the case for Flynn.  He’s already assembled in the package ready to go.  

Flynn plays with intense passion and knows how to win big games.  After all, he did help his LSU Tigers win the 2008 BCS National Championship game beating the Ohio State Buckeyes 38 to 24.  Flynn was under the brightest spotlight with tremendous pressure and he delivered in the clutch.  He was named the offensive MVP of the game.  During that same season, Flynn helped his team win some last second thrillers, including a 22 yard touchdown pass with one second remaining on the clock to beat the Auburn Tigers, which became an Instant Classic.

I believe Matt Flynn is a diamond in the rough and is ripe for the picking.  For the last four years he has been tutored and groomed by the league’s finest QB.  He is a gun-slinger that certainly has no issues scoring points, which is exactly what this team needs.  Most importantly, Miami wouldn’t have to trade away their entire draft to get him.  I think Flynn is the best option for the Dolphins right now and he can finally be the answer to their quarterback dilemma.

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  • RoeBlount

    RG3 is a better option for the dolphins, forget about what it will take to get him there are so many good players that will be free agents that the phins can fill all the other spots there. That being said RG3 NEEDS TO BE, HAS GOT TO BE, a Miami Dolphin.

  • Cornerss

    dude, it was only 1 game. Chad henne had 419 yards in week 1, ryan fitzpatrick had 4 td’s. I dont see anyone screaming for them to be our next franchise qb.

  • Cornerss

    what you dont understand is, you mock those for wanting to trade picks and pay big money for a rookie qb, but fail to realize flynn will probably get franchise qb money from some sucker willing to make a huge bet. This reeks of kevin kolb, and would cripple our franchise leaving us unable to get a new qb if he failed after we gave him a big contract. No test runs here, 4 year gamble. Yes, 2 starts is not nearly enough for a former 7th round pick. I doubt flynn is the second coming of brady,like some seem to think

  • phinphan58

    In my opinion Matt Barkley is worth waiting for. I believe we can be competitive with matt moore for one year. I believe we should trade down in the draft to get a few more picks. We need to get another WR a Safety and a athletic TE. We can adress the o line in free agency. We could also use another corner to replace the god awful and pathetic sean smith. I would rather wait and trade our 2013 draft away for Barkley than trade our 2012 draft away for RG3. I would however trade our 2012 draft and Brandon Marshall for Andrew Luck. Marshall is not worth even close to what we gave for him. He is still a valuable and talented reciever.

  • Phinphanatic

    @Cornerss not really Corners. yes he will get a boatload of money tossed his way but he comes from a very QB friendly development system. Unlike Kolb in Philly. Kolb came with ? marks. The truth is that GB has been a great spot for QB’s and Flynn has been there learning from their coaches, Brett Favre, and Rodgers. It’s not like Jim Sorgii from Indy, Kolb from Philly, or anyone else….plus he is free in terms of pick compensation and the only thing you lose is the money if he fails. I see a lot of upside in Flynn, especially over a guy like RGIII who I think will be a bust at the NFL level or nothing more than average at best. Not saying Flynn will take the team to the next level but he could have far more upside.

    I also think if Miami does go after Flynn, they still need to draft a QB this year…

  • Phinphanatic

    @phinphan58 We would need to finish with a top 1 to 3 pick to land Barkley next year

  • stevehoffart

    I completely agree with your assessment of Matt Flynn. He’s a winner! I am also on the bandwagon and yelling the praise of Brandon Weeden. I agree that Matt Flynn is going to get his shot and I think it should be in Miami, with a 2nd or 3rd round pick invested in Weeden. RG3 may be the sexy pick, but it also looks like he will go top 5. Question is going to be, how much to do you give up to draft RG3?

  • bill.stowers

    Agree completely. Matt Flynn and Matt Moore should battle it out in the preseason. Matt flynn I think can be a top 5 QB.

  • phinphan58

    I think matt flynn could be the answer. I wouldnt be apposed to giving him a shot. I just dont see a QB besides Luck that is worth the 1st round pick. RG3 lacks ideal size and thats what scares me the most. He has great tools but how will they translate to the NFL. We saw first hand how Pat White got absolutely crushed on the feild. Guys are even bigger and faster in the NFL. I just think that RG3 is too small. I would love to get Flynn and trade back in the draft to get alshon jeffrey or malcom floyd to counter Brandon Marshall then draft a safety and maybe a QB like Weeden or Tannenhill.

  • stevehoffart

    @phinphan58 Agreed completely!!!

  • Southbeach

    This fascination with Flynn is silly. Paying a blind squirrel, playing a few VG games at QB, multi-millions is even worse. A late round QB pick still has the talent of a late round QB pick. Tell me of all the othere who have become “The Answer” to any team?

    If anyone mentions 6th rounder Brady yet again, I will vomit.

  • stevehoffart

    @Southbeach Undrafted:

    Kurt Warner

    Tony Romo

    Jeff Garcia

    Late Rounders:

    Matt Schaub – 3rd

    Marc Bulger – 6th

    Matt Hasselbeck – 6th

    Rich Gannon – 4th

    Mark Brunell – 5th

    Brad Johnson – 9th

    … left out quite a few, yes I know how to work the GOOGLE machine…

  • Mattpatrick5

    @Southbeach I couldn’t care less what round Matt Flynn was drafted in. When I watch him play, that is the last thing on my mind. Instead, I look at his poise, pocket awareness, sense of urgency, passion, accuracy, mobility, decision making, and how quickly he gets rid of the ball. These are the things I look for in a solid QB. Personally, I like all of these traits in Flynn and I think he has a lot of potential. I liked him at LSU and I like him now.

  • Southbeach

    Steve, Congrats on being able to work Google.. Aside from Schaub, none were close to to being a franchise type QB for a team in dire need of one.

    Now try the same google skills to list the ones who did not do anything.

    Also, list the ones who cost many millions of cap space to see IF he was any good?

  • Southbeach

    @Mattpatrick5

    Matt, How the hell much could you watch him play in the NFL? He had two VG games in 4 freakin years.

  • OrangeandTeal4Real

    I agree Matthew. I must say. Brian sure made a wise decision allowing you to write. I just don’t like giving away draft picks. He will be a FA. and if not….we’ll pick up GB TE Finley.

  • Mattpatrick5

    @Southbeach @Mattpatrick5 That’s two more “VG games” than what RGIII has in the NFL. He had a killer instinct at LSU and still seems to have the same killer instinct now as a Packer. He has shown he can win in clutch situations. In my opinion, he has a lot of potential and the risk to get him is nominal to the Dolphins compared to getting an unknown RGIII. Personally, I like his skill set and would like to see him in Miami. Two years from now, I could have egg on my face. Who knows. But I believe he will be successful next year whereever he goes. We shall see.

  • Michael Rosenbloom

    The bottom line is, nobody has any idea has Flynn or RGIII or anybody else is going to do when they get a chance to play. Your argument that Flynn has won in clutch situations is ridiculous, as starting for a 14-1 club in Week 17 in a game that completely does not matter to anybody is anything but clutch. I love Flynn and I think he will be successful, but calling him the next coming of Dan Marino after watching two starts in four years is the reason why I hate the sports media. Let the guy play and let’s say nothing more than he has a lot of potential. Remember, the Packers have a lot more talent on their offense than the Dolphins do. Flynn could be nothing more than a product of the talent around him.

    As for RGIII, what do you have against him? You can’t compare him to Flynn considering RGIII has yet to play a down in the league yet. However, he is a running QB with one hell of an arm and accuracy. You don’t see that often. We don’t know for a fact he is a great investment but the same can be said for Flynn or basically anyone.

  • drumzan

    2 total NFL starts against brutal secondaries. No thanks.

  • Lespaul

    @phinphan58 Robert Griffen is not even close to Pat White. Not even in the same universe…I watched RGlll each weekend for three years and the kid has the goods. He will be just fine in the NFL…he took a LOT of hits by big time defenses like Nebraska, Texas, Oklahoma, OK state, A&M. He played against tough teams early on when he didn’t have an O-line. Someone in the NFL will have a great QB. Now, Tannehill….no way. Big kid who played one year as a starter and couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn with a nuclear warhead and a GPS. Wedeen would be a good choice, though….very accurate and very smart.