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I don't understand how losing out to a guy that proved to have the greatest rookie season of all time (arguably) proves you are mediocre. Similarly, I guess we'll have to see how good Pryor is to really know. Flynn could well be mediocre or worse. But not being handed the starting spot over Russell Wilson doesn't prove anything in my mind. If Pryor plays like I expect him too, it will. But maybe Pryor is better than I think.
Well, I will give this one try.
Flynn signed a big contract with the Seahawks. That ususally gives you a leg up to be the starter. The Seahawks spent a lot to get him.
He then lost out to a guy that, at the time, was an unproven 3rd round draft pick. Sure. Wilson ended up having a good season...but there is no way to predict that when Wilson was given the job. You are judging the decision based on 20/20 hindsight. at the time the decision was made he lost a training camp to a 3rd round rookie.
Now this year, the Raiders gave up draft picks for the guy. They spent a lot to get him, and after a training camp and preseason, he lost out to a guy that was a supplemental draft pick and has no experience outside of preseason...
TWO YEARS IN A ROW, the guy has lost a training camp battle to a highly unproven commodity. Teams took HUGE risks starting the rookie/inexperienced guy OVER Flynn, a guy some people, based on two actual NFL starts, insteand of what should be the more proven commodity in Flynn.
What I am saying is that the coaches must be seeing something in practices and training camps or meetings where Flynn is not showing an aptitude to lead effectively or something where the younger guy is.
Flynn, in his two NFL Starts, benefitted from a very good offensive scheme with a good HC and OC, and did very well in those starts, which probably elevated a lot people's analysis of his abilities.
With the Raiders I guess you can say that they know they are going to suck so they are giving the young guy a try to see if they should move forward next year...
but two years in a row a team spent a lot to acquire him and then opted not to start him. To me, that speaks volumes.
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