Aaron Rodgers’ sore calf has meant increased practice snaps for Matt Flynn, who returned as the No. 2 quarterback in Green Bay after failing to nail down starting spots in Seattle and Oakland.
“I think that would be a big mistake to try to be Aaron,” Flynn said. “I play the game like I play the game, and don’t plan to mimic anybody. I just go out and try to make sure the communication is there, first and foremost, because we do a lot of stuff at the line of scrimmage. … I just make sure that everybody can hear my voice, see my signals and get used to me.”
Excelling as Rodgers’ understudy was what once raised Flynn’s quarterback stock in the first place.
He came into the league in 2008 as a seventh-round pick out of LSU and served four mostly quiet seasons as Rodgers’ backup.
But in 2011, he threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns in the season finale against Detroit. No Packer had ever done that; and in fact the only other NFL quarterbacks who had were Joe Namath and Y.A. Tittle. That, combined with his performance at New England the season before, also made Flynn one of three quarterbacks since 1970 to throw for at least three touchdowns in each of his first two career starts. The others were Dan Marino and Kurt Warner.
Front offices across the NFL noticed. The one that landed Flynn was Seattle.
However, that offseason also happened to be the one when the Seahawks used a third-round draft pick on a quarterback named Russell Wilson.
Wilson’s instant emergence limited Flynn’s season to zero starts, three appearances, nine passes thrown and five completed.
The next offseason, he was traded to Oakland. He got one start there before being released and returning to Green Bay.
Though in Seattle only a season, Flynn said he remains friendly with players there.
“I still talk to a good amount of them,” he said. “There are guys I formed good relationships with there, and my wife formed good relationships with some of the players’ wives as well. We keep in touch.”
He also remembers the fans.
“I don’t think you’re going to get any louder anywhere,” he said. “It’s as loud or louder than anywhere else. They have smart fans: They know when to get loud and when to get quiet. They love their Seahawks.”
Flynn isn’t the only Packer with Seattle connections.
Executive vice president Ted Thompson was the Seahawks’ vice president of football operations from 2000-04.
Assistant head coach/linebackers Winston Moss played his final three seasons (1995-97) as a Seattle linebacker and began his coaching career there.
Tim Terry, Green Bay’s assistant director of pro personnel, played at linebacker for the Seahawks from 2000-02.
During an interview, linebacker Nick Perry referred to Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson as a “triple threat.”
A reporter asked about the third threat beyond running and passing.
Perry paused, smiled and admitted he didn’t know.
Another reporter suggested, “He’s soooo good-looking.”
The Packers trained in Green Bay on Friday morning before flying to Seattle. They were still weighing indoor and outdoor training options for Saturday. … The day after the Packers’ lost to Buffalo in mid-November, coach Mike McCarthy had his players vote on six captains for the remainder of the season. And that’s why QB Rodgers, WR Jordy Nelson, LB Julius Peppers, SS Morgan Burnett, WR Randall Cobb and CB Jarrett Bush will be wearing the “C” on their jerseys Sunday at CenturyLink Field. … RB Eddie Lacy (knee), QB Rodgers (calf) and G Josh Sitton were limited in practice Friday, but all were listed as probable for Sunday. Also listed as probable is DT Josh Boyd (ankle) who returned to full participation after being limited on Thursday.