Jan 1, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn (10) warms up prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

Matt Flynn Is The Best Option For Dolphins


Say it with me.  “Matt Flynn is the answer to the Miami Dolphins QB situation”.  That wasn’t so hard was it.  Now the question really is, can he legitimately be the long term answer for a team that hasn’t caught a break since 1983.  Year in and year out, the Dolphins fan base and the media dissect the QB position in Miami and every year it’s the same argument over and over again.  Who is the best fit for the Miami Dolphins?

This year, there are names like Orton, yes that same chanted name from last off-season, Matt Flynn, Peyton Manning, RGIII, Chad Henne, Matt Moore, Andrew Luck, and then the name dropping stops.  Six names to choose from and at least three teams needing a QB.  Who is going where and who is not is as much of an argument as who is right for this team or that.  In Miami, Jeff Ireland has made it know, his team needs a QB.  Stephen Ross won’t get outbid financially but also won’t simply overpay for the sake of throwing money at the top of the heap.

When all the card are on the table, starting March 13th, we will get a great idea of where we stand and what we will need to do come the end of April.  I’m about to show you why Matt Flynn is the right QB at the right time for these Miami Dolphins.

Consider this a Flynn vs. “insert name here” type of debate.  Know this.  I have no guarantees that Matt Flynn is going to resurrect the franchise.  For all I know he will be a monumental bust.  The Dolphins however need to take a risk and frankly, that time is now.

Peyton Manning is the first in line when the debates start.  Signing Manning would immediately improve the offense.  He alone can take an also-ran squad and put them at the top of the division.  He will not however come cheap.  You can expect around 12-15 million a year taken off the cap immediately.  Possibly more.  He will turn 38 by seasons start and is clearly in the twilight of his career.

He is also injured.  Not just sort of injured, by life-threatening injured.  The nerves in his neck are not fully fused into his body and after three surgeries, he still has not been cleared to play.  Don’t believe for a moment that he will take a wait and see approach before signing a contract with another team.  If a deal is offered, he will take it whether he plays again or not.  Truth be told, Peyton Manning is too high a risk for the money he will command to sign in free agency.  I would have to pass.

Matt Flynn is no Manning, not even close.  However he is cheaper, younger, and healthy.  How much cheaper?  He likely would sign a deal that will pay him between five and six million a season.

We can forget about discussing Kyle Orton, Matt Moore, or Chad Henne.  All three are no longer viewed as starters but instead viable options as a back-up.  For the Dolphins, they can draft a back-up if that is what they want.  Matt Moore will go into the season the starter and it will be whomever is penciled in as the future guy to beat him out.  Unless of course it’s Flynn or Manning.  In other words, land one of them and Moore is a back-up once again.

The easiest name to toss out of this list is Andrew Luck.  The Dolphins do not have enough to get him and Indy is setting their sites on drafting the top prospect over the last two decades at QB.  Since, well Peyton Manning.  Luck is so much an afterthought anymore that no one bothers to mention his name as a possibility.  So instead let’s focus on RGIII.

RGIII is the consensus number two overall pick in this years draft but that may not be the case come April.  St. Louis will not likely draft him and instead try and trade the pick.  Rumors are flying all over the internet that Cleveland and their two first rounders will jump up two spots and get him, but what if Cleveland lands Manning or Flynn instead?  Suddenly, they are no longer looking to move up.  The same can be said when mentioning Washington.  If that scenario played out and both the Browns and Redskins took free agent QB’s the Dolphins would not have to move up to number 2 but instead allow RGIII to fall a bit further as the top QB  hungry teams would all have their guys.

Matt Flynn costs the Dolphins nothing.  Not one draft pick unless he gets tagged.  Only money.  Something they can afford.  Joe Philbin knows him well.  Maybe more than anyone else in the NFL.  Can Miami make the right pitch to land him?  They can if money isn’t a concern.  Why?  Simple, the best chance that Matt Flynn has to succeed in the NFL is with Joe Philbin.  Which means he will likely want to come to Miami.  Unless of course he never liked Philbin to begin with.

Washington and Cleveland can’t offer him the same system as Philbin can.  Flynn will be a starter wherever he goes and the Dolphins know this.  It’s his job if he wants it, provided his monetary demands are not crazy out of this world and that Philbin endorses him.  There is little change for this QB if he comes to Miami.  It should equal an easy transition from back-up to starter.  It’s an absolute rare event when a back-up free agent QB can join another team with a similar system with his old coach calling the shots.

Flynn obviously would take Miami out of the running for a first or second round draft pick at the same position and that is fine.  He may lack the experience as a full time starter but he has started two more games in the NFL than any of the rookies heading to the NFL…again, no learning curve.  Free agency starts prior to the draft so the Dolphins can have a plan in place heading into the draft and should have a QB in place to lead the team, alleviating the need to move up for a guy that they will inevitably over pay for.

So why is Matt Flynn the best option?

Flynn has two more NFL games under his belt than any of the incoming rookies and his salary will be manageable.  He will also come with no additional draft picks required by the team, something that would be spent to move up to grab Luck or RGIII.  Flynn knows the system, the coach, the signals, and the game planning structure that Philbin will use.  It’s also a perfect fit for Flynn to succeed.  He is younger than Peyton Manning, healthy, and will come a lot cheaper.  Yes, he is no Manning, but he can lead, something that the Dolphins have not had in a long time.

Mostly however, Flynn is the right fit because if he is the wrong fit, it won’t cripple the team.  Ross is out of some money, and the Dolphins move on.  If it’s RGIII and he busts out, forget it.  You are out of money and draft picks to move up.  If it’s Manning, you may never see him actually take the field, or he may do so for a short period of time.  He will also be looking to retire in the next two seasons as well.

When you put it all together, Matt Flynn is no closer to becoming the next Dan Marino than he is to become the next Chad Henne.  But he does make the most sense.

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  • RoeBlount

    For Flynn in Miami he would have a familiar offense, but remember Matt Cassel he had a familiar offense installed in Kansas City cuz Charlie Wies was the OC. So a familiar offense doesn’t matter, Dan Marino doesn’t believe in him as a starter for the Dolphins. Dan Marino does however, does believe Miami should go after RG3.

  • jeremy16

    Brian you wright great stuff. I agree with you about almost everything. I worry about the price you think Flynn will command. If he comes for 5 million a year like you say he`ll be a steal for us. However that guy Snyder in Washington has been notorious over the years for overpaying…..

    I hope you`re right

  • Phinphanatic

    @RoeBlount We will see who is right or wrong in about four years. RGIII will lead no team to the Super Bowl and will be an afterthought in about 6 years. Love Marino but completely disagree with him. If Miami moves up to get him, they throw draft picks in the garbage can.

  • johnnyd77

    I agree. Matt Flynn is the best option for the Dolphins at this time. I would rather waste money than 3 first round draft picks for RGIII. However, I doubt he will be as cheap as $5M per year. I’m thinking he will sign for around $8-$10M per year.

  • drumzan

    I agree with a lot of stuff you say Brian and enjoy reading all your articles, but Flynn is not the best option. The Phins have failed on WAY too many FA QB’s. Even Dan Marino isn’t sold on Flynn. He played two games against bad secondaries which padded his stats. He played mostly out of the shotgun against Detroit which worries me. He’s going to be overpriced for an unproven player. I realize most people aren’t going to agree with me on this, so we’re just going to have to agree to disagree. But if I were Ireland, I’d sign Henne for another year. Have him compete with Moore and draft Weeden if he’s available in the 2nd round. I saw too much improvement out of Henne last year to not just give up on him. He didn’t have a defence to help him win games this year, had 5 new pieces (mostly rookies) to work into the offence with a very short off-season. The running game didn’t get going for a while. And the o-line wasn’t even in sync until halfway through the season. Protect the QB and the Phins will be a much better team next year. And no, I’m not crazy. I was the guy raving that the Phins should draft Dalton last year. And this year, I only see two QB’s worth considering and that’s Luck and Weeden. RG3 ain’t worth trading up for.

  • Mimi46

    I worry about signing Flynn? Does anybody remember Jay Fiedler? Wasn’t he signed on the strength of one great game against the Dolphins???

  • BigKen472

    @RoeBlount exactly chasing Flynn for 60+ million would be falling directly into the same trap as KC fell into . KC’s Gm Pioli new Cassel from NE as well but at the end of the day you would have to be a fool to ignore the stable of prime aged talent that surrounded Flynn in GB.

    Coincidentally Matt Cassel did his damage in a experienced offense coming off a SB run just like Flynn did .

    I say woo them all if we can and then decide its foolish to think that the one you know is the best option simply because you know him

  • OrangeandTeal4Real

    @drumzan Wow Drumzan…with that thinking we’ll be right where we are for the next 10 years. Henne? Are you serious? When Tony left, so did henne.

  • OrangeandTeal4Real

    @johnnyd77 With Kolb busting this year can only help lower the price for a QB that had a couple good games and shows real up-side. I think at most….at most you’re looking at Fitzpatrick money. I think that might be high as well..

  • acestoker

    , if ross lets joe pick the new qb ?////// IT WILL BE great QB ,, why ? JOE IS A COACH,, A TEACHER OF THE GAME ,, FIRST TIME POST DON ,,, BUT ON THE D SIDE ?/, WHY,,, HIRING FRIEND WHEN YOU ARE THE BOSS ,,, IS BIG TROUBLE GO DOLPHINS

  • nfl_know_it_all

    The greatest QB in the world doesn’t do much good without a rock solid supporting cast. That’s what Flynn had in GB when he broke the franchise passing record. The supporting cast in GB is what makes the QBs shine. With that said, Flynn accomplished what Rodgers, Favre, Dickey, and Starr couldn’t. To minimize that accomplishment is to be naive.

  • ChrisLeeuw

    Agreed. I’d rather take Flynn and use the draft pick on DE Coples. Need that 4-3 pass rusher

  • drumzan

    @OrangeandTeal4Real I think Henne is on a very short leash but still think he deserves another year because of the leadership he showed in the offseason and the improvement to his game. Paying a guy like Flynn $8M is just crazy talk. I’m not convinced and would much build a QB from within the organization rather than sign another FA. People were all over Kolb last off-season and I was one of the big anti-Kolb guys and look how that turned out. I was also the one pushing to get a high 2nd round pick to acquire Dalton. I’m not bragging, I mean I could be wrong about Flynn. But I know a QB when I see one…and I just haven’t seen enough out of Flynn to be convinced. Weeden and Luck…those are the two QB’s in this years draft.