By Eric Staunch: Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy says he’d like to have backup quarterback Matt Flynn back with the team in 2014 to play behind starter Aaron Rodgers. Flynn was signed late in the season in 2013 and played in 5 games to fill for an injured Rodgers. Flynn mostly played well in completing 61.4 percent of his passes on 102 of 166 throws for 1,146 yards with a passing rating of 86.1.
“I’d like to have Matt back,” McCarthy told ESPNMilwaukee.com. “I thought Matt was a good addition to our football team. I have great respect and admiration for him, just being around him a lot on a positional basis. Yeah, I’m hoping financially it works out.”
The Packers could use a quarterback like Flynn to fill in for Rodgers in case of injury. Flynn played for the Packers from 2008-2011, and played well for them in the times that he saw action. He left the team in 2012 in signing with the Seattle Seahawks, but he was immediately beat out by rookie Russell Wilson for the starting job and ended up not playing at all during the season. The Oakland Raiders traded for Flynn before the 2013 season, but he failed to win the starting job in part due to a tired arm from training camp. Eventually, Flynn was beat out by quarterbacks Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin, and then released from the team.
The Packers ended up re-signing Flynn last season after Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone. They initially used practice squad quarterback Scott Tolzien as the starter, but he played poorly and was unable to move the ball in the red zone. Out of pure desperation, the Packers signed Flynn to see if he could play at a high level with the team like he did during his first stint with the Packers. As it turns out, Flynn was still able to play quite well, and he held the team together until Rodgers was able to return to the lineup late in the season.