With what fans saw from Wallace on Monday Night Football, they're beginning to call for former backup quarterback Matt Flynn, who was recently released from the Buffalo Bills. Wallace completed 11 of his 19 passes for 114 yards and an interception while being sacked four times, often looking hesitant and uncomfortable in the pocket.
Mike Florio (aka Pro Football Talk) recently tweeted that Flynn cleared waivers, raising the question as to why the Packers wouldn't want him. Even the great Donald Driver, who was teammates with Flynn, tweeted that the team should bring him back.
However, for as much as fans may want to be quick to abandon the wild-card in Wallace for the familiar in Flynn, it isn't a good idea. Vic Ketchman from Packers.com was asked about the idea of bringing Flynn back, and here's what he had to say:
"There are over 2,000 emails in my inbox and the preponderance of those emails are asking the same question: Will Matt Flynn save us? The answer is no, at least not this week. Mike McCarthy said on Tuesday that Seneca Wallace will be the Packers' starting quarterback on Sunday against the Eagles."
Packers fans always go back to the 2011 game against the Detroit Lions, where Flynn threw for 490 yards and six touchdowns. But a lot has changed since then, and Flynn isn't the same quarterback. Since leaving the Packers, he lost the starting job to Russell Wilson in Seattle and Terrelle Pryor in Oakland, then was released by the Raiders before being picked up by the Buffalo Bills, only to be released shortly after.
It's safe to say that he hasn't been the same player.
Flynn was simply terrible in his one start this season with the Raiders, throwing for 246 yards, a touchdown and an interception while being sacked seven times. He constantly misread the coverage for the Washington Redskins, including on the play where his pass attempt was picked off by David Amerson, who took it all the way for a touchdown. Despite playing just 70 total snaps, Pro Football Focus has Flynn as the 13th worst-graded QB this season.
There's clearly something wrong with Flynn if all of these teams have passed up on him. The Seahawks were completely in the right going with Russell Wilson, but for the Raiders to stick with Terrelle Pryor and for the Bills to start Jeff Tuel, and undrafted free agent, while Flynn was on the team certainly says something about how far he has fallen.
Even the Packers are concerned with Flynn. According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com, he was told that the team is concerned that Flynn has arm issues and that the team was unlikely to sign him.
With what we've seen happen to Flynn so far, it's unlikely that he's much better than Wallace, if he's any better at all. Wallace may have been bad, but he was thrown out against the Chicago Bears without being prepared at all. With a full week of practice with the first team and going up against the worst pass defense in the NFL, Wallace should be able to at least put some points on the board.
The similarities to Flynn and Wallace are actually a bit similar in regards to the first time they were each forced onto the field and had to run the offense for an extended period of time. Flynn didn't do much better in his first game with major playing time, throwing for 177 yards and an interception. The very next game against the New England Patriots, after getting a full week with the starters, he threw for 251 yards, three touchdowns and one interception with a 100.2 passer rating.
In his recent press conference, McCarthy spoke highly about Wallace, saying "He's played in a lot of games, been in the league a long time. I look for him to improve with a week of preparation. I have all the confidence in the world in Seneca."
While fans would love to see the Flynn of old return to Green Bay, he's just not the same player, and the Packers should just stay committed to Wallace instead of trying to change quarterbacks once again.
Tyler Brooke is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report, focusing on the Packers, Colts, and the NFL in general. His work has been featured on ESPN.com, CNN.com, SI.com, and a number of other great sites. Follow Tyler on Twitter @TylerDBrooke
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