SEC FAN wrote:
skater18000 wrote:So its hard to find a liable BACKUP... Tebow, Collin Klein, Travis Jackson are u kidding me.... plenty of good backups that will come here for way less money 2
You want Tebow, Klein, TJack over Matt Flynn? We already know the coaches prefer Flynn over TJack. So that leaves us with Klein and Tebow. I can't say you are wrong but only 2 teams wanted Tebow. Of those 2 teams in Jacksonville and NY Jets, the Jets won't even play him over a horrible starter. So that tells me atleast 31 teams wouldn't play him over their current starters. Klein isn't available until next year and he will be a rookie. He is a project middle round pick at best. So even if you get a 3rd rounder for Flynn, which is unlikely, you are drafting someone in the same round with no experience and is a project.
Flynn has experience, starter appeal, and his salary isn't that much. Remember he was just about our starter this year, but was beat out by the rookie of the year (potentially) who is leading his team to the playoffs.
You've given examples of backups that were good, but none were players picked up with the idea that "we need a great back-up behind our starter", all 3 were players that were picked up as potential starters in the future (or in Brady's case, probably a potential back-up, it's hardly as if Belicheck drafted him saying "we need a great back-up behind Bledsoe", he drafted him thinking "maybe we can do something with this guy").
Young was a guy traded for by Walsh because he was impressed by his abilities - but he also had a 1-2 TD-INT ratio at Tampa Bay, hardly the same situation Flynn was in. Similarly, Warner was a guy that was cut by the Packers and played Arena football - and when he was picked up by the Rams, was sent to Amsterdam to develop. They didn't pick him up thinking "we need a great back-up", they saw potential they hoped could translate to the NFL and they wre successful.
Flynn is a totally different situation in that he was brought in to compete for the starter's job, failed to win it because a guy yougner than him was better than him, and now he's stuck here as a good player that's on the bench - there's hardly a comparable situation, almost any time a team has a back-up that's good enough to start for another team, they trade him or let him hit free agency because they're too expensive to keep on/can get more value from a draft pick for them.
In recent years see - Matt Schaub, Matt Cassel, Kyle Orton (albeit he was cut rather than traded because the Broncos didn't feel they needed him/he wasn't good enough).