Jun 11, 2013; Alameda, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Flynn (15) throws a pass at minicamp at the Raiders Practice Facility. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders: Still Bitter Over Super Bowl Loss, Ron Jaworski Rips Matt Flynn

The Oakland Raiders denied Ron Jaworski’s only opportunity to win a Super Bowl ring.

So, the current ESPN analyst must certainly be enjoining the state of the current Raiders’ franchise, with an unproven roster, specifically at the quarterback position.

Jaworski ranked Raiders’ starter Matt Flynn 32nd on his list of NFL quarterbacks, and had some criticism as well.

“The more throws I watched, the more his arm strength limitations were evident,” Jaworski said, via RotoWorld. “… In fact, I was concerned that his few deep balls lost energy at the back end. They had a tendency to die.”

Flynn was acquired by the Raiders earlier this offseason via trade, after Carson Palmer had departed. He has started just two games over the course of his five-year career, and most recently lost the starting job in Seattle to Russell Wilson.

Flynn is noted to be a quarterback who excels at the short pass, so it is not a complete shock that Jaworski believes he has limited arm strength. He also said that the Raiders will have to “manipulate” Flynn with “pass concepts and playcalling.”

However, it is impossible to rank or draw conclusions on players without seeing them in action over an extended period of time. Jaworski’s criticism may be spot-on, but talk is cheap. It will be up to Flynn to prove him wrong.


If you were wondering about Jaworski’s Super Bowl loss, that came in 1981 when he was the quarterback of the Eagles, facing the Raiders in Super Bowl XV. The Raiders picked off Jaworski three times in that game, winning decisively by the score of 27-10.

“The farther I get removed from that game, the more pain I feel,” said Jaworski in the days leading up to Super Bowl XLVII earlier this year. “We only had one opportunity to win a World Championship and we didn’t get it done. You think we’re all going to win three or four [Super Bowls] but it doesn’t happen that way so it still pains me.”

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  • Pauly

    Bahhahhh u Bum

  • Chris Schroeder

    So glad Jaworski is irrelevant. At least him and his opinion have that in common.

  • Chris Schroeder

    Look Jaloserski… Don’t be a sore hater because the Raiders denied you a Super Bowl ring. Suck it up and move on, it’s Flynns time to be great now, so sit back and enjoy the ride and eat your words. When you throw six touchdowns in one game then you might be as good as Flynn on his second start ya looooser.

  • Brian F

    Jaworski said essentially the same thing last year about Flynn when he was in Seattle. However, Jaws did have Flynn ranked as the 27th best QB then.

  • Tim Martindale

    Don’t care it ain’t like he’s going to the Hall of Fame. That’s why we have 2 backup plans with different skill sets. And how can u put anyone below the jaguars QB or Sanchez or kolb, or ponder, or weeden and I can name a few more he don’t know jack

  • Silvia Arredondo

    I cannot take this guy serious when he is still butt hurt about a super bowl loss against the Raiders; he sounds like he has alot of hate towards them.

    • S&B_Attack

      Yeah, everyone hates us, they still hate how dominant we were and all the analysts around now are the ones who watched all their favorite teams get crushed by us when they were little.

  • todd stevens

    Ranting’s of an average quarterback who had TONS of arm strength in his day, in fact just enough to throw three picks to ROD MARTIN! the proof is in the pudding, Jaworski revel’s in his status as an “Expert” when he was never anything more than a click above journeyman.

  • Armando Gonzalez

    Gannon had no arm strength either. Let’s wait and see on Flynn. I’m still rooting for Pryor or Wilson but I’ll give Flynn a fighting chance.

  • Guest

    So what if Jaworski ranked Flynn 32nd. Last year he had him ranked 27th and then Flynn lost his job to a rookie in training camp. What did you expect that it would magically raise Flynn’s position in Jaworski’s mind? Also, what does it matter if it still bugs him that he didn’t win his one chance at a Superbowl? Does that automatically mean that he hates the Raiders? There is one way and one way only that the Raiders will start to get respect from the press & talking heads. Just win baby! Until then, the Nation should quit getting paranoid every time someone throws out a little criticism. It’s been pretty well deserved for a while.