Matt Flynn joked that he brought his sleeping bag to Saints headquarters. W
hile he will find way to get back to see his family each night, he knows there isn’t going to be much time for resting over the next few days.
Signed by the Saints earlier this week to serve as Drew Brees’ backup quarterback following a back injury to Luke McCown, Flynn is doing everything he can to get digest a new playbook in time to be ready if an emergency situation arises.
Right now, he says he’d be in over his head if he were thrown to the fire. But he’s hoping to have a better grasp on this in time for this weekend’s game against the Washington Redskins.
“It’s definitely going to take some adjusting, verbiage-wise and with some formation stuff,” Flynn said. “But concept-wise, I’m pretty familiar with it. There’s some carryover, but there’s a lot to learn.”
Flynn was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round of the 2008 draft out of LSU. He then signed the Seattle Seahawks in 2012, spent time with Oakland, Buffalo and Green Bay in 2013, and then returned to the Packers in 2014. He also spent time with the New England Patriots and New York Jets this season.
Learning a new system is not new to him, but right now he’s just trying to handle the basics.
“I’m just focused on the first day — what’s the snap count? What do we call in the huddle?” Flynn said. “I’m going to focus on the game plan. I’m not going to go in and try to learn the entire playbook.”
Flynn was the only quarterback the Saints tried out this week after McCown went down with his injury, according to a source. Coach Sean Payton said Wednesday that he felt the team knew Flynn’s game pretty well.
“He understands the system,” Payton said. “There’s some carryover from other places. He fit what we’re looking for.”
Flynn’s wife gave birth to the couple’s son a few days after he was released by the Jets. Flynn said he enjoyed being able to spend some time at the couple’s home in Baton Rouge with their new child, but was ready to get back to work.
It’s even better that he gets to do it with the Saints.
“Louisiana’s home for us,” he said. “Our roots are here.”
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