Aaron Rodgers has established himself over the past few seasons as a top three NFL quarterback. Rodgers, Drew Brees, and Tom Brady, at any given moment could make the strong argument as being the top signal caller in the league. Fresh off his first Super Bowl win as a pro, Rodgers has put himself in a position to stake a claim as one of the game’s all-time greats. However, in a couple shorts months, Rodgers will not be the most talked about Green Bay Packers quarterback. Perhaps lost in all the NFL playoff jubilation this past week is the fact that Rodgers’ backup, Matt Flynn, will become an unrestricted agent this off-season. The former LSU National Championship winning quarterback has looked impressive in his limited action as a professional.
The NFL is unquestionably a quarterback driven league. Let’s not forget that we live in a world where Kevin Kolb gets handed a 5-year, $63 million contract only to be replaced by John Skelton weeks later. With Matt Barkley staying in school, Flynn will become one of the most highly coveted quarterbacks available this off-season, along with Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III.
While 12 teams still have hope that they will lift the Lombardi Trophy in February, the other 20 are left evaluating their personnel. Last year was an oddity, with free agency taking place after the NFL draft, but the NFL draft is usually largely based off what a team does or does not do in free agency. Considering the two events are highly linked together, we decided to outline the potential destinations for Flynn. In order of the likelihood of Flynn signing with them.
- Washington Redskins – Was anyone really surprised when the quarterback duo of Rex Grossman and John Beck didn’t end up working out? The fact that Washington got to five wins (just enough to play their way out of Luck and RGIII, by the way) despite their quarterback play is somewhat of a miracle. These five wins really is a testament to the talent surrounding the quarterback. In comparison to some of Daniel Snyder’s other teams, this Redskins team wasn’t that bad of a team. Defensively the ‘Redskins have a front seven in place that could match-up with some of the best in the game. Enter Matt Flynn, and the Redskins would have a dangerous roster in 2012-13. Never a stranger to opening up the checkbook, I expect Daniel Snyder to make Flynn a hefty offer during free agency to be the ‘Skins quarterback of the future.
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Mark Sanchez has become almost immune to criticism through his first three years in the league. He’s won more road playoff games than any other quarterback and he’s barely 25, so he earns somewhat of a pass. But ask yourself, are the Jets any different in any of those playoff games if they have Kyle Orton, who has become this generation’s epitome of an average quarterback, at the helm instead? Probably not. The Jets would still pound the ball and rely on their defense to carry them to victory. Sure, Sanchez did an impeccable job of managing those games. However, you don’t spend the fifth pick in the entire draft on a quarterback that can just manage a game. By no means is Mark Sanchez looking like the franchise quarterback the Jets expected, and he is on the fast track to being labeled as a bust.
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Editor’s Note: Not everyday can you turn on CNN and find pundits talking college football instead of politics. The unraveling of the scandal at Penn State transcends sports. Within hours, Jerry Sandusky, Mike McQueary, and Graham Spanier have all turned into household names. On Wednesday night, as the situation at Penn State transgressed into the national spotlight, legendary head coach Joe Paterno was fired. Riots at State College then ensued at the culmination of the week that Penn State students and alums would love to quickly forget. S2S has a couple close friends that attend Penn State and witnessed the riots personally. I asked one of them to write a first-hand account of the riots, and he agreed under the condition of anonymity. For the record, the official stance of S2S remains that Penn State was correct in firing Joe Pa. However, since everybody on twitter/facebook is attacking PSU supporters, I figured I would provide a medium for which a Penn State student could defend himself and his peers.
Turns out, Happy Valley can get vicious. The Penn State campus was enraged on Wednesday night after it learned that its head coach for the past forty-five year, Joe Paterno, was fired. How enraged was the campus might you ask? There was enough anger to incite a riot that lasted over three long hours.
- Continue reading Happy Valley No Longer: An Inside Look on the PSU Riots
Pardon the terrible pun, it was inevitable. We’re approaching week 7 in the NFL season, and fans in Buffalo, Oakland, and Detroit are looking forward to football in January that’s not called the Senior Bowl. Meanwhile, the Colts and the Eagles are jockeying for the number one pick. Times are a little different in the NFL these days. OK — Andy Reid’s squad is definitely more than capable enough to string together a little win streak and make the NFC East more interesting, but for the purposes of this column they’re in the sweepstakes. Even though calling it a sweepstakes would imply there’s an underlying gambling aspect to this event. And there’s not.
- Continue reading Lucky to Take His Talents to South Beach
There has been a lot of publicity in the media over the past few days of the Philadelphia 76ers snagging Elton Brand away from the dysfunctional franchise that is the Los Angeles Clippers. This led me on a search to find the team most comparable team to the L.A. Clippers in the NFL. This is difficult because [...]
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