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.”