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CBS Sports Analysts Question Latest Raider Quarterback Moves

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Matt Flynn, left, and Carson Palmer, right. (CBS Sports)

Matt Flynn, left, and Carson Palmer, right. (CBS Sports)

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    Palmer so much more than Flynn


By Pete Prisco, CBS Sports Senior NFL Columnist

These are the 2012 regular-season numbers for two quarterbacks.

Quarterback A: 3,817 passing yards, 7.2 per attempt, 22 touchdown passes, 10 interceptions, 59.7 completion percentage and a passer rating of 87.7.

Quarterback B: 4,018 yards 7.1 per attempt, 22 touchdown passes, 14 interceptions, a 61.1 completion percentage and a passer rating of 85.3.

Those numbers are similar, right? Well, quarterback A is Baltimore’s Joe Flacco. Quarterback B is Carson Palmer.

The Oakland Raiders trade Palmer and have agreed to a deal to acquire Matt Flynn from Seattle. Once again, what are the Raiders thinking? Just Stupidity, Baby. In no way, shape or form is Flynn in the same class as Palmer. READ MORE

    Raiders show desperation with trade for QB Matt Flynn


By Josh Katzowitz, CBS Sports NFL Writer

The Oakland Raiders are screwed at their quarterback position, and the fact that Oakland has traded two future late-round draft picks for Seattle Seahawks backup Matt Flynn simply proves it.

Trading for Flynn is desperate. In fact, it almost comes off as the type of move that a coach and general manager would make if they thought their jobs were in danger (and it wasn’t even a move that Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland was willing to make a year ago).

Remember, Flynn has had exactly two standout games in his career. READ MORE

    Quarterbacking the Raiders: A recent history


By Evan Hilbert, CBS Sports

In 2002, Rich Gannon led the Oakland Raiders to an 11-5 record and an appearance in Super Bowl XXXVII. He was named league MVP that year after throwing for 4,689 yards and 26 touchdowns.

It has been all downhill for Oakland quarterbacks since then.

Matt Flynn is next in line to take over as the Raiders’ signal-caller, and if he wins the starting job as he is expected to, he will become the 16th different starting quarterback in Oakland since 2003.

So add another member to the Raiders quarterbacking fraternity. And, given Flynn’s pedigree, it’s hard to imagine he won’t suffer the same fate as his 15 predecessors. READ MORE

(Copyright 2013 CBS San Francisco & CBS Interactive. All rights reserved.)

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