Forget Flynnsanity Cleveland

Flynn seems poised to make the transition from a backup, who learned from the likes of Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rogers, to a starting quarterback in the NFL

Earlier this week, there were conflicting reports that Cleveland Browns were in contract talks with Green Bay Packers free agent quarterback Matt Flynn. A few days later, Flynn visited with the Seattle Seahawks followed by the Miami Dolphins. Cleveland was not on Flynn's travel itinerary.

Then on March 18, Flynn signed a three-year deal with the Seahawks. The Browns appeared indifferent with Flynn during the entire process. Was that the right decision?

Our colleague, Zac Jackson of FoxSportsOhio.com, wrote that the Browns needed to get Flynn.

"The Browns could sign Flynn now and then shape a specific plan for how to proceed and find a pass rusher, secondary depth, a right tackle and some skill guys," Jackson wrote. "Being the only team to start the League Year with no sure answer at quarterback, running back or wide receiver is a tough spot."

The Browns did try to solidify the quarterback spot, but their attempt to trade up to draft Robert Griffin III failed. A few days later, the Browns' brass sounded as if they were content with either Colt McCoy or Seneca Wallace as the team's signal caller in 2012.

If Griffin III was Plan A, why wasn't Matt Flynn Plan B?

Combined, McCoy and Wallace have 40 more NFL starts than Flynn, but it is hard to ignore what Flynn did in his two starts — 55-for-81 passing for 537 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions.

Flynn seems poised to make the transition from a backup, who learned from the likes of Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rogers, to a starting quarterback in the NFL, after signing a three-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks.

Yet one thing bothers me: He was a seventh round draft pick.

Bill Huber, who covers the Packers for Scout.com's Packers Report, asked Flynn about that last season.

"I wondered if any point did that make him think this isn't going to work," Huber said. "How many national championship quarterbacks from the SEC go in the seventh round? He said ‘no' and that he has the utmost confidence he could play at this level.

"He's not cocky, but confident."

When you look at the Super Bowl winning quarterbacks over the past 10 years or so, the majority of quarterbacks were taken in the first or early second rounds, with a few exceptions like Kurt Warner or Tom Brady.

The odds say Flynn is not the exception to the rule. Moreover, the price tag Flynn commanded was worth up to $24 million, according to some reports, and with three picks in the top 37, the Browns may be allocating their money wisely.

Whichever camp you reside in — McCoy just needs more talent, Matt Flynn, another QB to be determined later — the Browns need to solidify that position. It does not appear that the team has settled on that position with McCoy. One common theme of Super Bowl winning teams over the past decade or so is that they are solidified at that position.

The sooner the Browns can arrive at that decision, the better for the sake of the franchise. This time, it does not appear Matt Flynn was the answer for Cleveland. Flynn could be the next Scott Mitchell or the next Matt Schaub. We won't arrive at that answer with Flynn wearing orange and brown.

But if your like to play your percentages and look at the amount of high-drafted quarterbacks win Super Bowls, the Browns made the right decision by not signing Flynn.


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