Whether Seneca Wallace is healthy or not, Scott Tolzien will be the Green Bay Packers quarterback next week.
Coach Mike McCarthy made that announcement after Sunday’s game. Wallace hurt his groin on the Packers’ first series in the loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He didn’t return.
In his absence, Tolzien threw for 280 yards, one touchdown and two picks. Apparently, that was good enough for McCarthy, who didn’t hesitate or wait for the injury news to name his starter against the Giants.
“I thought Scott did a hell of a job,” McCarthy said. “We’re running plays he hasn’t even practiced yet. It’s a totally different language from where he’s been in his two stops. He’s worked diligently on our language transferring plays he’s had in the past to how we do things.
“For the most part he was seamless in the huddle. I thought his game management, especially for the amount of preparation he had going into this game was outstanding.”
We kind of figured this was coming, but we figured it would take a bad performance by Wallace to make it happen. Well, Wallace didn’t even really get a shot.
And that’s not really a big deal. Seneca Wallace certainly wasn’t going to lead the Packers to the promised land, so why not give Tolzien a shot?
Like Wallace being forced into action against the Bears after Aaron Rodgers went down, Tolzien got next to no practice reps during the week. Unlike Wallace, he still went out and looked like he could lead the offense.
It’s hard to see much positive in a disheartening 27-13 loss to an obviously inferior team, but Tolzien showed some flashes, especially considering he probably doesn’t know half the offense yet.
We wouldn’t be surprised if the Packers work out Matt Flynn and if they find him to be healthy enough, they sign him and release Wallace.