Given Flynn's previous experience, he definitely knows what to look for from his receivers. That makes it all the better when you hear Matt talk about his current group of receivers and liking what he sees.
“They’re extremely talented and there’s quite a few guys on this roster that are talented guys that a lot of people probably haven’t heard their names before, but they’re talented. They’ve been working their tail of to talk with me, talk with Terrelle [Pryor], and just get with us and try to learn the game more. Try to learn about the route concepts, what they have against this coverage and all that kind of stuff. But what I see from them, I’m really liking right now. They’re running crisp routes, our timing with them is starting to come and it’s getting better and better every day, and the more we work, the more we do things. So far, I like what I see because they’re working their tail off.”
“So far” is the key phrase there because of course there is still a lot of work to be done. They need to all continue working hard every day and then the rest will come over time. They are all still just feeling each other out and getting to know each other. Those wondering if Flynn has figured out his go to guy yet, he hasn't but he is working on it.
“That’s something that will always be developed. I think we’re starting to get a better feel for that now and we’re starting to get a feel for what guys do best, what routes guys run better than others and what routes we like to throw and things like that. But that kind of stuff is going to progress with time. We’re not going learn that the first week. We’re probably not going to learn that the second week. We just have to keep going, get through the games, get further down in training camp and closer to the season.”
A go to guy may be needed, but multiple guys that he can go to is what you really want. That is what Flynn had in Green Bay, and that is what he would have had if he hadn't been beat out by Russell Wilson in Seattle. The best offenses have multiple people that you can go to at any given time, and that is an experience that wasn't lost on Flynn.
”Yeah, I think if you’ve only got one guy to go to, you probably don’t have a good all-around offense, and you’re probably not going to be good on a week-to-week basis. I’ve had experience with offenses that there’s no telling who the leading receiver’s going to be for that week. You can name one of five guys, and that guy could be the one with 100 yards in a game or whatever it was. That’s the kind of offense that I think we all want to have because that’s going to be completely balanced and the defense can’t tee-off or wind-up to cover just one guy or line up and stop the run, stop Darren [McFadden]. Whatever it is, they can’t do it. So if we can spread the ball around, make guys have threats, work sideline to sideline, then it’s really going to help us.”
Now that is exactly the type of offense we want to see in Oakland, and they have the talent around them to make it work. Flynn has played in this type of offense before and he knows what he is talking about. This is why he was brought in, to bring this type of motivation and intelligence to the team. Terrelle Pryor I am sure is soaking all of this up as well as he works closely with Flynn this training camp. No matter which one is out there, I hope they both bring this last quote to life.