To get a better understanding of Flynn’s game, NFL Films’ Greg Cosell did an in-depth film study on his two NFL starts. He recently spoke to The Finsiders to share what he learned.
While Cosell feels that Flynn lacks superior arm strength, he doesn’t see it as a huge deterrent, as long as he plays in a system that plays to his strengths.
“A large majority of quarterbacks need to be manipulated by scheme, by play-calling,” Cosell said. “There’s not that many Aaron Rodgers’ out there. Everybody would like one, but there’s not that many guys.”
After watching Flynn’s two starts, Cosell was impressed with the way he dissected a defense. That ability–and his relationship with Joe Philbin, who helped him succeed in limited action–could make Flynn an attractive option for the Doplhins.
“The game is defined by the play of the quarterback, but you have to play your offense to maximize his strengths and minimize his limitations,” Cosell said. “If you ask the quarterback to do things he’s not capable of doing, you’re eventually going to get in trouble.”
What makes elite quarterbacks special, Cosell feels, especially in such a pass-heavy NFL, is the ability to make pre-play adjustments.
“If the magic can happen before the ball’s snapped, then you can camouflage and compensate for perceived arm deficiencies,” he said.
When trying to project Flynn’s ceiling, Cosell likes the popular comparison to Texans quarterback Matt Schaub.
“Matt Flynn would be that kind of player, as well,” Cosell said. “No one would say Matt Schaub has a big arm, but he’s a highly efficient player in a really beautifully schemed pass game.”
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