One of the reasons I wasn't terribly enamored with Matt Flynn's first preseason start was that he was captain checkdown in that game. If memory serves he only threw one pass that traveled in the air more than 7 yards past the line of scrimmage in that game. It was something like that.
That said, I came around on Flynn in week 2 when he showed more willingness to attack intermediate and deep. His numbers in that game were awful, but take TO's drops out of his line and he would have had a rating around 100, if not higher.
Flynn missed week 3, and was good in week 4, with a mix of short and intermediate passing.
I forget who did it, but somebody tracked Flynn's passing in Green Bay and found him to be a very ineffective QB on intermediate passing. Flynn's arm isn't great, but it hurt him more on intermediate stuff since you don't need a rocket arm to have a nice deep ball.
Well today I couldn't help but notice that Flynn was not conservative at all. Most of his pass attempts targeted players that were more than 10 yards downfield. He did struggle a bit with overthrows, but the Matt Flynn I saw today was basically running Russell Wilson's version of the offense, and running it decently well. He wasn't checking down. He was taking shots and making big boy plays.
Hopefully Wilson will never miss a meaningful game over the next 10+ years and this won't end up mattering, but I really like the progress I've seen from Flynn as an intermediate passer. He seems like a much better QB when playing with an opportunist mindset. I wonder if he had played with a more aggressive mindset from the start (and not had the TO and elbow problems) if he wouldn't be the starter right now. Not that I'm complaining, obviously.