I am not a talent evaluator. I scour Youtube during draft time much to the chagrin of my computer speakers which get worn out playing “Bodies” by Drowning Pool every time some no-name defensive end sacks a division two quarterback over ultra-grainy close-up video footage. With that in mind, I can’t possibly say definitively from an expert point of view that Matt Flynn is the next backup-turned-Pro-Bowler quarterback in the NFL. What I am saying is that it would be really good for the Browns if he was and they were successful in their pursuit.
Seems like too obvious a statement for a post, right? “Here’s hoping a free agent is not only a great player, but ends up in a Browns uniform!” (PUBLISH)
There’s more at work here though. The Cleveland Browns tipped their hand a bit this week when Randy Lerner spoke to Mike Trivisonno. That’s not to say that finding a franchise quarterback when you don’t have one is a trade secret that nobody knew, but the way Randy Lerner talked about it indicates just how much of a priority it is. When you think priorities like that, you start thinking about trading up in the draft. You start thinking about throwing gobs of money at free agents that fill a huge need. That’s where the Matt Flynn hope comes in for me. With those two options hanging in the balance, I would love not to have to trade up.
This isn’t a knock on Robert Griffin III either. I think he could be a dynamic talent and potentially even a franchise quarterback for the next decade plus. He is reported to possess an attitude and intangible leadership qualities that extend beyond his sick athletic abilities to make plays on the field. The problem being that Griffin just finished his junior year. He is going to be a project in some way shape or form. He can’t be expected to come straight out of the gate and run the offense with perfect efficiency while also getting used to the speed of the NFL.
If he is going to end up being a hall of famer, who cares, right? Agreed.
But, if the talent evaluators with the Browns including Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert think Matt Flynn is that guy that would prove to be a cleaner, more predictable strategy for the Browns. The Browns could throw a bunch of money at the guy and still have the draft picks that we as fans have waited so patiently for the Browns to be able to use this year. Plus, it kind of bugs me that the Browns could trade two first round draft picks for the second best guy at his position coming out this year. Maybe that is flawed logic, but I’m feeling it.
It may be simplistic, but if Matt Flynn is thought to be the future for the Browns then the Browns could end up with him and at least two first round draft picks as opposed to burning two-for-one and having to wonder if, when, and how fast Robert Griffin III can take this team to the next level.
I don’t know if Matt Flynn is the right guy or if the Browns are going to get him, but I sure hope so. Cleveland Browns fans know all about hope.