Aug 11, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn (15) passes the ball to running back Robert Turbin (22) during the 1st half against the Tennessee Titans at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Does Adding Matt Flynn Really Make The Raiders Better?

I can not help but love the moves that Oakland Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie has made thus far. He is taking calculated risks while not over paying for talent. However, trading for Matt Flynn was not a move I agree with. Whether I concur with the acquisition or not, the fact of the matter is Flynn is now an Oakland Raider. Below are three reasons why I believe Flynn will not make the Raiders better, but in fact, may make them worse.

For starters, the Raiders reached for Flynn, by trading away a 2014 fifth-round draft pick and a conditional 2015 draft pick. And although I believe the draft picks were of little value, the fact that McKenzie builds through the draft, makes it hard for me to believe he would just throw away picks, for a career backup. But that is what happened. I agree the Raiders need a starting caliber quarterback, but is Flynn really the answer? I doubt it. I would love for him to prove me wrong, but playing behind a shaky offensive line will make that difficult. Which brings me to my next point, the offensive line.

Whether it was the zone blocking scheme or just lack of talent, the Raiders offensive line was downright atrocious. They do have a couple bright spots in tackle Jared Veldheer and center Stefen Wisniewski but that is about it. If the Raiders hope to improve as an offense it will have to start up front. They could surprise many and draft tackle Eric Fisher, who is regarded as the second best tackle in the draft, but that still remains to be seen. Whoever is behind center, he will need to have a running game to compliment his passing attack, which in turn means, a better offensive line. Some options the Raiders could pursue is to trade back and stock pile some picks, to draft one of the two guards in this year’s draft, such as Chance Warmack or Jonathan Cooper. Both of those players would be ideal maulers in the running game with the athleticism to pull.

And probably the most important reason why Flynn will not make the Raiders better, is his lack of consistency. That’s right, Flynn does not have the consistency to take the Raiders to the next level. Mark my words, he will be the second coming of Kevin Kolb. He will have a four touchdown, 300-yard performance, one week. And then, a four interception game the next. I would rather roll the dice on Terrelle Pryor, or a Matt Barkley, but that is just me. We will just have to wait and see how everything plays out.

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  • Gregg Brennan

    Matt Barkley? Are you kidding me? Let’s look at track record of USC QBs in the pros. When your best QB is Carson Palmer, then that’s all that needs to be said. I guess the Raiders should take a Penn State RB too and completely screw themselves.

  • Ricky Bobby

    I concur about trading for Flynn, that was DA more so than Reggie for Allen has a bias towards Black QB’s.
    don’t believe mr, just look at last season. To was the backup yet DA brought in Leinart & GAVE the backup job to him. During the preseason what was the only highlight? TP vs the Lions in the second half. The Nation was estactic & he wasn’t bad vs Seattle either but DA wasn’t about to promote TP for he knew when Carson struggled, the Nation would be chanting for Pryor. That is why Pryor was inactive for all of 3 games!! Pryor gave the theme am the best chance to win but DA deliberately sabatoged his development by making him inactive!!

    • Daniel A Martinez

      There is no racial bias. Pryor was a great college quarterback. He has not shown that he is anything but a 2 or 3 quarterback in the NFL. In his one game he completed less than 50% of his passes. A professional organization is not going to hold a payer back because he is black. They will give the best player the starts, and anybody else will get a chance to compete. Al Davis ran this organization into the ground, Terrel Pryor was one of the last mistakes he made.

  • Daniel A Martinez

    Your reasons to support your claim that Flynn will not succeed are anything but compelling. The supposed evidence you cite is so lacking it doesn’t even quaify as flimsy. What have you seen to support the claim that Flynn is incinsistent? He has played two games. In both those games he was phenomenal. What legitimate comparisons exist between Flynn and Kolb?
    Opinions are great, but when not supported by evidence, one may look stupid and ill informed.