Flynn Returns to Packers

Flynn (Tim Heitman - USA Today Sports)

Matt Flynn, who led the Packers to a 2-2-1 record in five games, has re-signed with Green Bay.

If the signing of Julius Peppers was the shocker of the Green Bay Packers' offseason, then Matt Flynn's re-signing was the most expected.

Even coach Mike McCarthy spoke as if Flynn's signing was not a matter of "if" but "when."

After all, McCarthy had spoken several times this offseason of his desire to add a fourth quarterback to the equation during the draft. With only Aaron Rodgers and Scott Tolzien under contract, any draft pick would have given the Packers three quarterbacks.

"I thought Matt Flynn came in and did a number of good things," McCarthy said at the Scouting Combine. "There's a lot of stability he brings to the quarterback room as far as the role that he needs to play and his role to the starting quarterback to help them scout and so forth, so Matt is, obviously, a good fit for our program. I thought he definitely gave us a shot in the arm when we needed it."

Whatever Flynn's physical limitations, he just fits with Green Bay.

Flynn, a seventh-round pick in 2010, beat out second-round pick Brian Brohm to be the No. 2 quarterback behind Rodgers. In the 2011 finale against Detroit, Flynn threw for franchise records of 480 yards and six touchdowns while continually answering the Lions in a 45-41 victory.

That got him hit a shot with the Seahawks in 2012 and the Raiders and Bills in 2013. While Flynn flopped in those stops, he enjoyed a rebirth with the Packers as a belated midseason addition.

He completed 61.4 percent of his passes for 1,146 yards, with seven touchdowns, four interceptions and a passer rating of 86.1 in four-and-a-half games. Beginning with Flynn's entry into the lineup during the second half of the Week 12 game against Minnesota, Flynn's fourth-quarter passer rating of 125.5 led the NFL.

The Packers had never won under McCarthy when trailing by more than a score during the second half. Flynn got a tie against Minnesota and comeback victories over Atlanta and Dallas. That gave Green Bay a 2-2-1 record with Flynn either starting or playing significantly in relief after going 0-3 without Rodgers against Chicago, Philadelphia and the Giants.


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