Three Quarterbacks for the Packers?

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Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn

Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn

It appears the Green Bay Packers will at least consider the option — keeping three quarterbacks on their active roster.

By all accounts, the coaching staff is pleased with both Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien. Their battle to carry Aaron Rodgers’ golf clubs is even with two preseason games to go, according to quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt.

Scooter has produced more yards and looked more impressive throwing the ball (when someone doesn’t have to peel Derek Sherrod’s guy off his broken carcas). Flynn has wowed absolutely no one, but he has produced more points (18 to 6).

And he’s Matt Flynn: winner of ballgames (but only with the Packers).

The two quarterbacks have alternated reps with the No. 2 offense week by week for the past few weeks. That means Flynn should be the No. 2 QB on Friday, when the Packers face the Raiders.

And, if the pattern holds true, Scoots would start the preseason finale against the Chiefs.

If things keep going the way they have been, the Packers have a tough decision. Proven commodity vs. higher upside. Or, waste a roster spot on a third quarterback.

That’s not unheard of. A lot of teams keep three quarterbacks. The Packers used to keep three quarterbacks. They just haven’t traditionally kept three quarterbacks under Mike McCarthy.

So why would they consider it this year?

Well, because of last year for one. I mean, obviously no one ever wants to see either of these guys on the field for the Green Bay Packers, with the exception of Matt Flynn, Scooter Tolzien and Scooter Tolzien’s mom.

However, we all learned what happens when you don’t have a good backup plan for an Aaron Rodgers’ injury. You end up looking like the Cleveland Browns and starting four quarterbacks in one season.

So why not be a little extra careful instead of keeping, say, 18 tight ends?

Another reason the Packers might keep three quarterbacks is because they think both Flynn and Tolzien have value. You don’t want Matt Flynn showing up with Detroit and torching the Packers late in the season after Matthew Stafford develops elephantiasis.

Our bet is three quarterbacks won’t happen. There’s too much talent at other positions and those are special teams guys.

Matt Flynn isn’t going to make a very good gunner on punt coverage.

About The Author

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

4 Comments on "Three Quarterbacks for the Packers?"

  1. the real russ letlow

    with the additional 2 practice squad slots, I think that enables us to keep 3 QBs. We have to make 7 of the 53 inactive every week, regardless. That third QB is one of the 7. The 2 additional PS spots allows TT & MM to keep 2 talented players that need a little more seasoning to make the 53. Don’t know if it will happen, but I’m all for it!

  2. Skinny

    They better keep 3 after what happened last year. Cant stash Tolzy on the PS and pay him like hes part of the roster like they did with Harrell.

  3. GBslacker

    I keep hearing that they’re neck and neck… if so, why keep two, if the talent is so similar? The Pack has rolled with two before; I don’t think Rodgers’ injury makes him any more susceptible to future health concerns.

    I’ve heard that Flynn “scores” — but his passes look so much weaker. To me, it looks like he seldom hits players in-stride, in their route — perhaps resorting to dink&dunkers. He seems to be reticent throwing the ball — maybe that’s why his throws look weak: he waits too long and then has a longer throw to make when he finally pulls the trigger.

    I’m not concerned about QBs.
    My biggest concerns:
    –Will Sherrod suffice in spot duty?
    –Will any of the lower-tier OLBs develop into *somthing* ?
    –Can weaknesses at ILB be covered up? (I’d be in favor of some kind of “dime” or “quarter” — where HHCD and Richardson team up, and replace the ILBs completely)

  4. knucklehead

    GBslacaker: You have to be fucking kidding me. You aren’t “concerned about QBs.”???!!!!
    What the fuck man. Did you watch last season? That was a total shit show when we were reduced to the Seneca Wallace gimp show. We absolutely need 3 QBs available. The Favre iron man days are over, say what you want about that fucker but he took his licks on the field like no one else and stayed in. We have a quarterback who is human now when it comes to injuries. He will get hurt again and we need viable backups.
    And I really don’t understand all this trust in Tolzien shit. He was horrific last year, it was like having Brandon Weeden or some shit in there. He couldn’t even get the damned ball over the D-line.
    Flynn can win.

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