Packers Stand Pat at QB By Elevating Scott Tolzien
Well, forget about Brett Favre, who some Chachi suggested the Green Bay Packers had reached out to. Forget about former backup Matt Flynn, which NFL Insiders suggested the Packers would sign once he cleared waivers, providing his elbow checked out. The Packers have elevated Scott Tolzien from the practice squad to beef up their quarterback depth.
We know you’re really excited.
The Packers obviously like something about Tolzien, who was, like Wallace, released by San Francisco in the preseason. They gave him a sizable raise to keep him on the practice squad last week after Cleveland tried to sign him.
The problem, in our eyes, is both of these guys have only been in the Packers system since week one. It’s absurd to think either would have a firm grasp of the offense.
Wallace gets limited practice reps and Tolzien is limited to a one-hour workout prior to each game with quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo, according to Tom Silverstein.
Suffice it to say, this is the position none of us wanted to be in.
On Monday, Wallace was 11-of-19 for 114 yards and a pick. For his career, he’s 463-of-783 for 4,922 yards, 31 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. The problems with Wallace is he’s just 5’11” — you saw the Bears batting balls all over the place last night — and doesn’t have a strong arm.
Tolzien, on the other hand, has never thrown a regular season NFL pass, but he possesses the intangibles Wallace doesn’t. He’s 6-3 and can fling the ball around.
So there are your options. We’re sure the Packers will start with Wallace, but if he plays like he did last night, Tolzien might just get his shot.
Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.