Matt Flynn is not used to being on a losing team. He has been a part of exactly one losing team in his entire football career dating back as far as high school. His lone losing season came with the Packers who went 6-10 in his rookie season with the team. That situation turned around pretty quickly.
"I've been fortunate to be a part of very good teams, championship teams," said Flynn. "Whether that's been in high school, college, NFL and I know what it looks like and I know what that mentality looks like in the locker room, on the field, practice field, wherever it is. Hopefully I can bring a little bit of that here."
Dennis Allen is also hoping his new QB can bring that winning feeling into the building. Flynn is joining a team that went 4-12 last season and is in the midst of a rebuild. He is part of that rebuild. And while that might help him to have his first full time starting job in the NFL, one would think the idea would not be preferable to him. Not so, according to Flynn.
"It's something that fires me up. It's something that really makes me ready to get here because I want to be a part of something special and I really think that is a big possibility here. Building something special, building a winning environment and building a really great organization. I think that's part of the plan. Like I said, I am very humbled and I feel very blessed to have this opportunity and to be a part of that."
At 27 years of age, Flynn still has youth on his side. Unlike his 33 year old predecessor, he has a lot more years ahead of him to build toward larger goals. That 6-10 team in Green Bay was a great way to learn that because it was just a couple seasons later that they were Super Bowl champions.
While he was with the Packers, so was Reggie McKenzie. In Green Bay Aaron Rodgers was the heir apparent to Brett Favre and the team had a mini revamp. McKenzie and Flynn can both draw from that experience and the championship that resulted from it.
"Talking with [Reggie McKenzie] leading up to this process got me excited because he has a vision for where this thing's going. He's a big picture guy, he knows what he wants out of this thing and it got me excited... I'm looking to the future and I think that future is very bright for the Raiders. It's something that I hope I can be a part of and look forward to it."