Packers backup QB Matt Flynn confident despite uncertainty ahead

Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn (10) reacts to a touchdown with tight end Andrew Quarless (81) in the fourth quarter at AT&T Stadium on Dec. 15.  

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GREEN BAY, Wis. — Multiple players wondered aloud Wednesday why there were even more reporters than usual inside the Green Bay Packers’ locker room. Well, as Matt Flynn approached his locker, he had to make his way past just about every one of them, with media members lined up several rows deep to get a word with the quarterback who will, perhaps — depending on the status of Aaron Rodgers — attempt to lead the Packers to a third consecutive victory this weekend and keep the team’s playoff chances alive.

Here are five question-and-answer highlights with Flynn:

1. Are you expecting to start Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers?

FLYNN: "I don’t know. I’m going to prepare like it. My mindset is I’m starting. Obviously, we all hope that Aaron plays, but my mindset is I’m starting just so I can prepare myself."

2. What’s it like preparing every week without knowing for sure whether you’ll start?

FLYNN: "It’s fine. I’ve felt like I’ve gotten my preparation, I’ve gotten my work in in practice. Mentally, I’ve felt really good the last two weeks. Preparation-wise, for me, it hasn’t been a problem."

3. What was the difference between your first half and second half in Dallas?

FLYNN: "I think it was probably more just that we got in sync, we got in more of a rhythm. Obviously the execution was different, but we got in a rhythm. I felt like I was seeing the field better. I just kind of cut it loose a little bit more."

4. Mike McCarthy said he was "concerned about letdown" coming off such an emotional comeback victory. Do you fear that could happen?

FLYNN: "I don’t know. I feel like I’ve never really experienced that, coming off an emotional high and then people playing bad. We’re all pros. We’re all adults. We know how to handle ourselves. We’ve played this game enough. We know how to forget about the past and focus on the present."

5. In addition to James Jones calling you "the new Matty Ice" he also said you’re a "gamer." Is that how you view yourself?

FLYNN: "I guess. I’m a competitive guy, I’m a hard-headed guy, so it’s, I mean, trust me, we’d like to not be in these close games, we’d like to put up a bunch of points and do all that, but there’s so much talent here, we’re such a good team, especially on the offensive side of the ball. There’s so many talented guys that a lot of times they make my job easy out there. I don’t know. I’ve just always been one that keeps on fighting, whether it’s stupidity or stubbornness or whatever it is."

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