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Matt Flynn: "I feel very confident"

Posted Oct 30, 2013

The Bills quarterback talks about getting first team reps, adjusting to a new offense, and getting to work with the receivers in practice.

QB Matt Flynn
Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Q: Did you get sound reps today?

A: Yeah, I got a few, which was good. That was my first rep since I’ve been here. It was good to get out there and call the play and just go through the mechanics for everything. The plays we’re running is the same stuff, everyone everywhere kind of has the same concepts but it’s just a matter of getting the operation down, getting the communication down with the line and letting them hear your voice, things like that.

Q: What can you say about how the adjustment process has been?

A: It’s definitely been an adjustment. I’ve kind of been through the process before. I kind of have a routine down that helps me. One of the biggest problems of learning a new offense is forgetting your past offense. That’s a step you have to get past. The people have been great, the coaches, players have been great. Sitting down with guys talking to them about the game, the protection schemes, routes, how they have been doing it and what adjustments they are making. They really have made it easy on me, this is my job. This is what I do. I have been spending a lot of time in the playbook. I feel like every day I have been getting more and more familiar and comfortable with what I am doing. It was good to get out there today and put that on the field, communication wise.

Q: Do you feel like you’re almost in a quarterback competition with (Jeff) Tuel this week?

A: I don’t see it that way. To me, I am in a competition with myself to learn the playbook and get myself as ready as I can. That’s the nature of the beast of the NFL, especially at the quarterback position. If you’re not that starting guy, you have to be ready no matter what. I have been in that situation plenty of times before in the past. It doesn’t matter if you are the first guy or the fourth guy, you have to prepare yourself like you are up there playing. You owe it to yourself, your teammates, just in case you get that call, whatever happens. You can’t control it what everyone else does, all I can control is how prepared I am.

Q: At this stage do you feel confident?

A: Yeah, absolutely. I feel very confident. I know that schismatically it’s a West Coast system, I have been in a West Coast system since my rookie year with the football portion of it. To me football is football. It’s just a matter of learning how to call it, how these coaches are calling it and getting familiar with the receivers.

Q: Does the pace make it a little harder that they do it full speed?

A: I don’t think so. It makes it a little simpler to call the plays. You are calling them shorter terminology, than the actual huddle call, calling everybody’s route, everyone’s protection. I guess the normal West Coast offense is pretty wordy, so I had to take a step back learning the terminology and the shorter verbiage.

Q: Has there been any one on one time with Coach (Nathaniel) Hackett?

A: Yeah, there has been a little bit of one-on-one time. It’s kind of tough right now coming in the middle of the season because the offensive coordinator is busy game planning and all that stuff. Every time I can find a moment, I am up there trying to pick his brain and figure out the nuances and ins and outs of the offense. It is tough right now.

Q: To this point, how much time have you had with the receivers?

A: I haven’t had a lot. I have thrown a little bit of throwing routes vs. air in practice. Other than that there hasn’t been a lot until today. Today I felt that I got a god amount of throws with them. I’ve been watching them closely every day. Watching how they come out of the break, how they run their routes, their speed, how smooth they are because everybody is different. I’ve been trying to watch them as closely as I can and take as many mental reps as I can. I feel familiar with them but still throwing is obviously nice.

Q: What was your initial reaction when Doug (Marrone) came in and said it could be anybody?

A: To me, I am going to prepare every week like it could be anybody. No matter what happens. When I was four years in Green Bay, Aaron (Rodgers) was obviously the starter, so I prepared every week like I could go in and be the starter or I could play. So when he said that, it’s just something that I would not prepare any harder than I would have already.

Q: How much do you have to keep your emotions in check, given that your road where you have gotten to this point being the starting quarterback, not the way you drew it up but to be on the verge?

A: Definitely. What’s happened in my recent past hasn’t been the highlight of my career by any means. I have always been a confident person. I am not going to let whatever happened in my past effect how I go about my business and how about I go playing the game. I have a lot of confidence in myself, call it stubbornness, competitiveness, or whatever you want to call it. But I have always just believed in what I can do so if I get an opportunity, whenever, however it comes, I am going to be ready and be excited. Whatever has happened, I am not going to go out there and play scared. I am going to play my game and let the 10 guys around me do what they do best.

Q: How much are you somebody who would like to go out there and show people they're wrong?

A: I think that’s kind of a slippery slope to get into to, trying to go out and prove people wrong. People talk about chips on their shoulder and stuff like that. I’d be lying if I said there wasn’t anything deep down but it’s one of those things that you don’t go out and try to impress too much. You don’t go out and try to throw 10 deep balls in a game just because you want to prove people wrong. You have to play the game, play the system, read the defenses and just do the right things. If that opportunity ever comes, I am definitely going to be emotional very ready.

Q: The opportunity to play against an unbeaten team, how does that crank your juices in some way?

A: It’s a great opportunity. No one comes into the NFL wanting to play bad teams. Kansas City, they have proven they're a good team right now. If an opportunity comes of any reason, what an amazing opportunity to play against one of the best teams.

Q: Knowing that your teammates don’t have a book to go on what you are capable of doing, how do you take your confidence and put it on the 10 guys in the huddle come Sunday? If you are in fact the guy, where they feel they are going to be okay.

A: I think for the 10 guys on the field to have confidence in their quarterback and the play that is being called, especially in a short time where they really don’t know me that well and I am coming in just off a couple short weeks, as long as I exude confidence and know exactly what I am calling, I am very confident in the play call and MIC declaration, how I am signaling things and how I am going about my business, staying calm, don’t look around and act like this is too big for me and what’s going on. As long as I don’t seem like a deer in headlights, hopefully they will respond well. But I don’t have any worries about that.