Coaches from other teams were asked about Matt Flynn at the NFL Scouting Combine last month, but they wouldn’t “go there” because the backup QB had not reached free agency and there was even some thought that the Packers might use their franchise tag on Flynn.
The one coach who could discuss the merits of a player with two NFL starts on his resume was Mike McCarthy.
“Based on what I see in the everyday classroom, practice field, he’s ready,” the Packers coach said. “It’s his time to play. And you don’t ever know. You don’t ever know if a backup quarterback can take that next step and go out and play 16 games. I know mentally he’s ready, emotionally he’s definitely ready, but until you play the position and go play those 1,100, 1,200 snaps, that’s when you really find out. And I think Matt’s ready for that.”
After four seasons of getting limited snaps while backing up Aaron Rodgers, Flynn will at least get a chance to compete for a starting job after agreeing to terms with the Seahawks on Sunday. The Seahawks were impressed with Flynn’s football IQ during his free-agent visit last week, and that did not surprise McCarthy.
“He’s very consistent, the same guy every day,” McCarthy said. “I’m talking about emotionally, mentally and physically. He can make all the throws, does a very good job of running the system.
“The same game plan that we had in for Aaron Rodgers, we went with the same one with (Flynn’s) opportunities. He has the ability to play the moving phase and the action phase and also drop back and throw the ball on some deep, out-breaking balls. I think he’s very savvy in the pocket and people underestimate his athletic ability. He’s a very good football player when he leaves the pocket.”
McCarthy isn’t the only one impressed with Flynn. After Flynn agreed with the Seahawks, Rodgers tweeted, “Seahawks got a great player today, Graham (Harrell, backup QB) and I will miss u buddy.”