College Career — LSU Tigers
Flynn only started one full season in college at LSU — it was in his senior year of 2007. He completed 202 of 359 passes (56.3%) for 2,407 yards (6.7 yards per attempt) with 21 TDs and 11 INTs. In comparison to the 2011 NFL Draft Class which you can reference in my 2011 article, Flynn’s college stats are very, very pedestrian. In fact, Chad Henne had better numbers at Michigan. Therefore, I am not going to dwell too much on Flynn’s college career.
2010 NFL Season and Preseason — Green Bay Packers
In the 2010 preseason, Flynn completed 50 of 85 passes for 583 yards — that is 58.8% completion percentage, 6.9 yards per attempt, and a QB rating of 77.7. He had 2 TDs, 2 INTs and 4 sacks. His best game was against Kansas City in the last game of the preseason where Flynn completed 23 of 37 passes (62.2%) for 304 yards (8.2 yards per attempt) with no TDs, no INTs, and 1 sack. His worst game was against Seattle in the second game of the preseason where Flynn completed only 10 of 20 passes (50%) for 130 yards (6.5 yards per attempt) with no TDs, 1 INT, and 2 sacks. It is somewhat important to keep in mind that Flynn did play for the Packers in the 2008 and 2009 preseason — so, this was not his first preseason in the NFL.
During the 2010 regular season, Flynn played in 4 games. In two of the four games, he played a limited role completing just 1 of 2 passes for 5 yards with 0 TDs, 0 INTs, and 0 sacks. In a game against Detroit, Flynn completed 15 of 26 passes (57.7%) for 177 yards (6.8 yards per attempt) with 0 TDs, 1 INT, and 2 sacks — he had a QB rating of 62.5. In “the” game against the Patriots in New England, Flynn completed 24 of 37 passes (64.9%) for 251 yards (6.8 yards per attempt) with 3 TDs, 0 INTs, and 5 sacks — he had a QB rating of 100.2.
2011 NFL Season and Preseason — Green Bay Packers
In the 2011 preseason, Flynn completed 22 of 40 passes for 311 yards — that is 55% completion percentage, 7.8 yards per attempt, and a QB rating of 86.6. He had 2 TDs, 1 INT and 5 sacks. His best game was against Cleveland in the first game of the preseason where Flynn completed 11 of 18 passes (61.1%) for 126 yards (7.0 yards per attempt) with 1 TD, 0 INTs, and 2 sacks. His worst game was against Kansas City in the last game of the preseason where Flynn completed only 2 of 10 passes (20%) for 12 yards (1.2 yards per attempt) with 0 TDs, 1 INT, and 2 sacks.
During the 2011 regular season, Flynn played in 5 games — one of which he attempted no passes. In three of the four games, he played a limited role completing 2 of 5 passes for 19 yards with 0 TDs, 1 INT, and 1 sack. In “the” game at home against Detroit which set many Packers records, Flynn completed an 33 of 49 passes (67.3%) for 518 yards (10.6 yards per attempt) with 6 TDs, 2 INTs, and 5 sacks — he had a QB rating of 124.8.
Matt Flynn undoubtedly had one very good NFL game (2010) and one great NFL game (2011) for the Green Bay Packers. However, the remainder of his NFL preseason and season stats are really nothing to write home about — to include one below average regular season game in 2010. His preseason stats look mostly like an average backup QB in the NFL. What is very troublesome in all of his NFL career to include the two highlight games is that Flynn has a propensity to get sacked a lot and throw interceptions — especially, in comparison with Aaron Rodgers, who QB’s on the same team. In two NFL regular seasons, he has thrown 9 TDs, but has been sacked 12 times and thrown 4 INTs. In the two NFL preseasons he has thrown 4 TDs, but has been sacked 9 times and thrown 3 INTs. These are not good stats — especially, considering that Flynn may play behind a Dolphins offensive line who protected the QB very poorly last year giving up 52 sacks.
So, could it be that Matt Flynn is a bit overrated? Is Matt Flynn worth the risk of giving a 4 year deal worth as much as $20 million or more? The good news is his former Offensive Coordinator is now the Head Coach of the Miami Dolphins. If anyone would know the answers to these two questions, he should — he saw him everyday in practice — and, his job security may depend on it.
But, I would say don’t be surprised if the Dolphins do not go after Matt Flynn despite the drumbeat of the media. Why?
It is difficult to judge a QB based on his performance in two or three NFL games. Consider this, in a game this past season in Kansas City against Chiefs, Matt Moore completed 17 of 23 passes (73.9%) for 244 yards (10.6 yards per attempt) with 3 TDs, 0 INTs, and 0 sacks — he had an amazing QB rating of 147.5. Also consider, in a game in 2009 at home against the rival Jets, Chad Henne completed 20 of 26 passes (76.9%) for 241 yards (9.3 yards per attempt) with 2 TDs, 0 INTs, and 0 sacks — he had a QB rating of 130.4. Although their passing yardage was not as impressive as Flynn’s, these unfit-to-be-franchise-quarterbacks of the Dolphins had more impressive QB ratings … and, about the yardage, keep in mind the run-first Tony Sparano was the coach.
So, I say buyer beware when assessing QBs who only play in a couple of NFL games. Can anyone say A.J. Feeley? One has to wonder whether Flynn will be a Matt Schaub or Kevin Kolb?
What do you think?
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