If you follow me on twitter, you’ll know what my answer to that question is already.
I’m puzzled, to be quite honest. Really puzzled.
The Raiders already have a limited amount of picks, they’ll have to have given up a fairly high pick for the backup who has started two games in his career, both towards the end of seasons when there wasn’t much to play for.
I hate the idea of trading for a backup, because there will always be a quarterback better than him in the NFL. He’ll be limited in what he can do, which means a much lower ceiling than a quarterback picked in the NFL Draft.
The potential draft pick who Flynn was picked instead of was Geno Smith, a West Virginia product who will almost certainly be the first quarterback taken in April’s draft.
Smith has a ton of potential, and with the right setup will be one of the better quarterbacks in the league eventually. Do I ever think Flynn will reach those heights? No. Not at all.
Cast your mind back to this time last year. Remember the Miami Dolphins being “nailed on” to sign Flynn as he’d worked with the new Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin. Philbin worked with Flynn for several years and probably knew him better than any other person in the league.
So what did the Dolphins do? They passed on Flynn. The national media were dismayed by this “typical Dolphins” move. Instead, a quarterback from Texas A&M labelled a “project” by experts was selected, someone who had no chance to start in Miami and had a high chance of becoming a bust apparently. Now lets look at the move from the viewpoint of March 2013. Experts.
Jeff Ireland and Joe Philbin passed on Matt Flynn because they knew he was limited. They knew that Ryan Tannehill’s ceiling was higher and that he had all the tools to succeed. Flynn does not.
Geno Smith is a similar prospect to Ryan Tannehill, he’s been rated higher coming out of college, but just like Tannehill he has the tools to succeed. The Raiders are settling for mediocre when they could have great. Obviously there are no guarantees that Smith will be great, but who do you think is more likely to become great, Smith or Flynn?
Final point: Tell me a team that traded for a quarterback in recent years that has won the Super Bowl? The Manning-Rivers draft day trade doesn’t count.
Good luck, Raiders fans.