If there was any complacency in Matt Flynn’s approach to last season with Seattle, he’s not making the same mistake this time around. Asked on NFL Network’s Total Access if this was his team, Flynn responded, “They brought me in here to compete, and that’s what I’m going to do.”
Flynn has been quick to credit Aaron Rodgers for his development as a quarterback, but it seems Russell Wilson may have taught him something as well – work hard, and assume nothing. Maybe Flynn is just repeating the company line, but you can be he hasn’t forgotten what happened in Seattle.
There are no scholarships in Oakland anymore.
Newly signed CB Mike Jenkins may have summed up the new policy best when he told reporters, “Those guys were pretty much straight forward with me, never promised me anything, and I felt like the only thing they promised me was a chance.”
The Raiders gave up valuable picks for Flynn, but the endorsement he got from Reggie McKenzie was, “Matt could turn out to be the guy, and if he does, so be it.” Not exactly the Jim Plunkett comparison that Al Davis once branded on Jason Campbell.
The Raiders obviously would like Flynn to step up and win the job. He has a solid skill set, good mechanics, and has looked the part in two starts filling in for Aaron Rodgers. The job should be his to lose, but it also looks like anyone’s to win.