Dennis Allen finds a scapegoat in Matt Flynn

  • By Gregg Rosenthal
  • Around The League Editor
  • Published: Sept. 30, 2013 at 12:58 p.m.

Oakland Raiders
coach Dennis Allen couldn't hide his exasperation. He thought quarterback Matt Flynn was the decisive factor in the team losing a winnable game against Washington.

"Matt didn't see the field well," Allen said via the San Francisco Chronicle. "Matt didn't play well, and we've gotta move on. We've got to get better than that."
Well, that's a change of pace from coaches that usually want to "watch the film." Flynn was booed all day by fans that wanted Terrelle Pryor on the field. (Pryor was out with a concussion. Allen said the team used "extreme caution" in resting Pryor.)
Flynn certainly held the ball too long, although it's not like he was playing with a stacked deck. The offensive line struggled and the team lost running back Darren McFadden and fullback Marcel Reese to injuries.
Allen might be showing some frustration with his front office's signing of Flynn, who was supposed to be the team's starter. Allen wouldn't even promise that Flynn would stay ahead of undrafted rookie Matt McGloin on the depth chart.
The coach made it clear that Flynn is not his guy, and this could be the last time we see Flynn if Pryor stays healthy.