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It looks like Matt Flynn vs. the Redskins on Sunday

Sep 27, 2013, 8:47 AM EDT


It looks like the Raiders will be starting their 16th different quarterback since the start of the 2003 season when the take on the Redskins on Sunday.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported via Twitter that Terrelle Pryor, Oakland’s starting quarterback for the first three games this season, is “unlikely to play” after suffering a concussion on Monday night. That means that backup Matt Flynn is likely to start against the Redskins.

Pryor had passed one level of concussion testing per the NFL’s protocol and he was able to practice on a limited basis on Thursday. But according to reports he has not yet been cleared for contact, a step that would be necessary for him to play on Sunday.

But it appears that even if he passes that test the Raiders will sit him, perhaps due to not feeling comfortable with starting an inexperienced QB who missed Wednesday’s practice and, as noted, was limited on Thursday.

If Pryor sits, Flynn will start his first game since the 2011 season finale. He was with the Packers then and since Green Bay had locked up home field for the playoffs Aaron Rodgers rested and Flynn started. It was an impressive performance as Flynn threw for 480 yards, a Packers record that Rodgers just tied against the Redskins, with six touchdowns and one interception.

That performance was supposed to vault him into a starting job somewhere in the NFL but in Seattle he lost out to Russell Wilson and after being traded to the Raiders this past offseason.

This is his sixth NFL season but his resume is quite thin. Flynn has 143 career pass attempts or four more than Robert Griffin III has thrown this season along.

At 0-3 the Redskins can’t afford to take anyone lightly. But they will be in serious trouble if they can’t beat a team quarterbacked by a journeyman backup who nobody really seems to want.

  1. rg3knees - Sep 27, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    I do know about you guys, but I am thinking Orakpo and Kerrigan are going to be all over Flynn all day long..
    I am thinking this could be a 5 – 8 sack game for the Skins on Sunday. I am also thinking Hall may get another INT, especially if the Skins get up early on the game.


    Can not wait for the big win on Sunday!

    • weneedanewcoach - Sep 27, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      Man I hope you are right 5-8 sacks is what we need, lots of pressure if not I would hate to see MF get hot and torch our secondary. first and foremost we must stop the run and put them in 3rd and long. We sure need this to be a win if not we have bigger issues than most think!


    • canadianfanforlife - Sep 28, 2013 at 7:16 AM

      I’ll tell you what…if Orakpo doesn’t pick it up he may not be playing in Washington next year. So far it doesn’t seem like he wants a new contract. If he want’s the big pay day then he better start producing like he wants one.


    • polofourme - Sep 28, 2013 at 6:43 PM

      Its always kinda strange to me when we base our hopes of winning on the other teams player being injured. Flynn is a pocket passer and OAK doesn’t have any OL that can actually block. So we get a break not having to face Pryor who maybe OAKs best player…now I understand all teams have injury issues.. I get that…but WAS hopes of winning are not so much on the team playing better but a teams best player not getting on the field. What I would like to is OAK plays Pryor and OAK puts its best team on the field and WE beat that team. I fully understand a win is a win. But even if we do win, we don’t get momentum from the win because next week is our bye week. And if we lose, that’s all this team will be thinking about for two full weeks. And that field. I have this bad feeling about the infield diamond being all dirt….not the kind of surface you want a gimpy QB to be running and cutting on….I know we should beat OAK but I will only believe It when I see it…and this game should not even be close…I mean this is OAK one of the worst teams in the league but they have ONE more win than we have….where does that put WAS?

      • Rich Tandler - Sep 28, 2013 at 6:45 PM

        The Redskins have yet to play the Jaguars. The Raiders have.

        • polofourme - Sep 28, 2013 at 6:59 PM

          A win in the NFL is a win…any team on any given day can beat any other team. Regardless of who OAK beat, they still have a win…I am sure nearly every fan had us beating PHIL and DET….but it didn’t happen. When you play a team like OAK they have absolutely nothing to lose they can play free and easy….but WAS, its playing with a big anvil hanging around its neck…WAS has to win…if they lose their season is OVER. And this team had not played with much energy or purpose. Even when we are behind, they just seem to walk around with no realy purpose or energy…get on the field run your two minute drill…get to the line in with some energy. I have not seen that from WAS all season. They just don’t seem to watching the clock at all…and the play calling is so unbalanced….this team has become pass happy even when they are still in a game…mistakes, TOs penalties and personnel fouls…no discipline, no sense of urgency.

  2. weneedanewcoach - Sep 27, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Good evening Rich, any word if Rambo plays this week?

    • Rich Tandler - Sep 27, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      No word; think he will get some snaps but we’ll see.

  3. polofourme - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    This is team WAS has to beat simple as that..but they are playing away, in OAK which means they lose a day of practice to travel so a short week to prepare. They will be playing on one of the worst fields in the NFL half grass, half baseball diamond. I am concerned about that especially for Griffins knee. We are playing a team that I am sure, everyone fan had marked down as a walk over win….lets see playing away, a must win situation, against a team we know we should beat, short week to prepare, That just reminds me too much of our games against teams like StL…we always seem to play down these teams and find away to lose. I was at the SB game against OAK and WAS was the big favorite, going 14-2 in the regular season and we got waxed. I don’t like these games that we are supposed to win…especially away games. WE have a long history of losing these games. Call it a curse or what you will but these games always seem to come back to haunt us. Looks like we will get Flynn…that’s a plus. He is about as mobile as Grossman….so we should be able to get to him. Should be able to get to him…this is a game we can win but we are completely capable of losing and that is what really concerns me…staring 0-4 with a bye week to think about it…not a good thing. We are probably already done as far as the POs goes at 0-3 but IMO the NFC E has a chance to have a division won with an 8-8 record so at 1-3 still in the hunt…0-4 is probably another thing all together…but if we win,…we don’t even get to create any momentum with the bye week immediately after. Gees we need to win this game. But frankly I really don’t have a clue if we can.

    • Rich Tandler - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:36 PM

      They practiced today and took off for the Left Coast at about 4. They will do their Walkthrough at the stadium tomorrow. Zero missed practice time.

      • polofourme - Sep 28, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        So instead they suffer jet lag and they have a walk thru Sunday morning…its as bad as losing a day of practice…they should have left Friday, had a day to acclimate and more than just a walk thru on that field. So what exactly did they do Sat…film and coaches meetings?

        • Rich Tandler - Sep 28, 2013 at 7:00 PM

          They did leave friday. Posted that yesterday.

    • rg3knees - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:42 PM

      I tell you one team that really wants us to lose, and that is St. Louis. Every loss we have means a better and better pick for them come next year. Giving up the 1st round pick next year hurts, especially when the Skins are already playing with a bunch of no name players and the guy we gave up the world for is still recovering from a 2nd major knee operation.

      The dirt on the field is a joke, I can not believe a professional team has to play in crap conditions like that. It scares me big time for RG3, considering if he re-injures that same knee it could possibly be a career ending injury. I am pretty sure no one has ever come back from a third acl\mcl type of injury. That is why I thought KC would start until the bye week, so that RG3 had maximum time to get healthy. Remember last year when he was playing at not 100% he blew out his knee. I would hate to see him playing again at not 100% and have a set back, it really makes me nervous. The guy is the future of the skins and I thought we should take it easy on the guy. Certainly if we lose to the Raiders than the season is a wash. I could not even imagine why he would play at that point. Remember star QB’s like Rodgers, Manning, etc. do not even play that much in preseason. Superstars really do not need major reps, so if people say that RG3 needs the reps to get better, does that mean they are saying he is not a superstar?

      Anyways, I am pretty sure we got this one, so much so I bet $50 on it to this a$$hole at my work that was so certain Flynn would torch us he even gave me a 7 point spread.


      • Rich Tandler - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:04 PM

        OK, let me explain this. Medically, Griffin was 100 percent when he took the field against Philly. He was not going to get any better by sitting on the bench. He has not been the same player he was in 2012 because he did not participate in OTAs/minicamp, was very limited at training camp, and didn’t play in the preseason. There also is the fact that he has to get used to playing on a reconstructed knee.

        He was not going to make up for the lost time and learn how to play on the reconstructed knee by sitting and watching Cousins for four weeks. He would have come into the Dallas game and would have struggled as he knocked off the rust and gained confidence in the knee. And his knee would not have been significantly healthier since you can’t get healthier than 100 percent.

        • weneedanewcoach - Sep 27, 2013 at 10:25 PM

          Rich while I agree with the fact he was 100 percent healthy as far as his knee surgery, but was he 100 percent in “football shape” you know that term our VP / HC likes to use when it benefits him? I am not saying he should have sat out for the first 4 games but I am saying if he was not 100 percent ready “football shape” why risk our 4 pick franchise QB and risk his career? IMO he was not even close to “football shape” in week one, he almost looked as fast as Grossman against Philly.

        • Rich Tandler - Sep 28, 2013 at 5:06 AM

          Have no idea what you’re talking about with “football shape”. The guy was in shape as far as conditioning. He had to learn to play on a reconstructed knee. Griffin was not going to do that in practice. He was rusty, just like Adrian Peterson was last year when he had one 100-yard game in his first six. Nobody was calling for Peterson to be benched and nobody said he should have “rested”. Griffin had to play or the process of getting used to playing on the reconstructed knee would just have started later.

        • weneedanewcoach - Sep 28, 2013 at 7:47 AM

          ” He had to learn to play on a reconstructed knee”

          Rich this is what I am talking about any other player MS would have said they were not in “playing shape” you know as good as the rest of us, I will agree to disagree with you on this issue lets just hope we can beat a MF lead Raider team with practically starting a brand new D.


        • Rich Tandler - Sep 28, 2013 at 8:00 AM

          No, sorry weneedanew coach. “Any other player” plays all the time when not in “playing shape”. Do you think Steiger was 100% at the start of last year after October of ’11 ACL surgery and a scope during training camp? Garcon gutted it out with his toe, Morgan playing with seven screws in his foot. Just not true that all “other” players much be totally free of injury issues.

          Think it’s just Shanny? Was Peyton Manning really himself last year when all he could do was throw short and the Falcons got six picks off of him? Back to Peterson, was he himself in September and October last year with just one 100-yard game?

          If you want to disagree with facts and slant things so they fit your story line, fine. Just don’t expect to be treated as an intelligent fan, not around here anyway.

        • weneedanewcoach - Sep 28, 2013 at 5:25 PM

          ” Just not true that all “other” players much be totally free of injury issues.”

          never said such I said its ok for our coach to use in “playing shape” when it suits him. never once said anything about not playing hurt or with an injury, if that were the case 3/4 of the NFL would be out on game day! All I know is I have seen Robert on the playing field when he CLEARLY was not in playing shape period, like I said ; I will agree to disagree with you on this and their are many who think and say the same on this issue. lets just all hope it does / has not ruin our 4 pick franchise QB

  4. rg3knees - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:49 PM

    Darn, NFL. website says that if Pryor clears tests tomorrow than he well start the game?

    Hey Rich: Have you got any inside info on this or do you think this is going to come down to a Sunday game time decision?!?

    • Rich Tandler - Sep 27, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      No inside info. My gut says he sits due to missed practice time but we’ll see.

  5. weneedanewcoach - Sep 28, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    One thing I know is MS does not like the Raider organization and loves to beat them. He has said many of times that Al Davis owed him money. Does anyone remember when I believe it was Steve Young threw a ball at Al Davis when MS was QB coach in Sanfran? So lets all hope MS plans for another beat down on an organization he loathes!

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