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Packers Backup QB Plan: Josh McCown?

Josh McCown

Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson got ripped apart for not having a viable backup quarterback on the roster after QB1, Aaron Rodgers, went down this season.

Seneca Wallace. Good plan.

At the time, Thompson essentially said he didn’t want to sign a good backup because he thought it would jinx Rodgers. Well, good fucking plan, Big Ted.

The Packers were able to tread water after they signed Matt Flynn during the season. Before that, the coaching staff talked the hell out of Scott Tolzien and look, that guy does have a big arm. Much bigger than Matty Flynn’s.

He can sling it. He didn’t win a game after Wallace went down with a torn something or other, though. Granted, he only got to start two of them.

So, the Packers enter the offseason with a question at backup to QB1. Matty Flynn is a free agent. Scotty Tolzien is, well, Scotty Tolzien.

Enter Josh McCown.

You’ll remember McCown as the Chicago Bears backup quarterback who was better than starter Jay Cutler. Cutty!

You’ll also remember him as the guy who torched the Packers for 272 yards and two TDs in early November.

At the time, we were like, “Yeah, this fucking clown. He can go suck it.”

And then we found out that he’s the best quarterback on the Chicago Bears. What did McCown do last season? Just throw for 1,829 yards, 13 TDs and only one pick in five starts.

So why the hell are you blathering on about this dick, you’re probably wondering?

Well, the topic of the Green Bay Packers’ backup quarterback situation came up on NFL Insiders today. Phil Savage, or maybe one of those other dudes, said, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Packers signed Josh McCown.

McCown is a free agent. The Packers have seen him first-hand. He was the best quarterback on the Chicago Bears last season.

By far.

All of that being said, we’re the Green Bay Packers. We don’t sign free agents!

Monty McMahon

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



  1. Andrew January 14, 2014

    If we can’t sign him for the vet minimum why waste good money that we can spend else where? Flynn will most likely sign for cheaper and can obviously get the job done..

  2. Tucson Packer January 14, 2014

    McCown is gonna want to be and paid like a starter. And with the way he played that may very well be justified.

    Why cant Flynn just stay this time? It should be apparent it’s really the only system he works well in..

  3. K.L. January 14, 2014

    Flynn is fine for now. I hope we keep Tolzien on the roster, as well. He is a bright guy with a lot of potential. And if we put him on the practice squad, I guarantee that he will be immediately snatched by another team.

  4. Packin Smithy January 14, 2014

    If they decide to get rid of Flynn I hope they get Aaron Murray from Georgia in the draft.

    1. Vijay January 15, 2014

      Murray has good ‘ol boy smarts and can’t handle a complex offense. If you want a game manager try AJ McCarron or Jimmy Garroppolo (just to piss off the Vikings).

      1. Phatgzus January 15, 2014

        Brett Favre had “good ol’ boy smarts” and he’s a first-ballot H.o.F.er (he became pretty damn good at diagnosing D’s as well); as was Terry Bradshaw. Cam Newton and Kaepernick aren’t exactly astrophysicists and they’re pretty decent. Ryan Fitzpatrick, on the other hand, attended Harvard and he’s little more than a career backup.

        Playbooks aren’t really that complicated-seeing as many of the players who have to execute them are lucky to have an education level of about grade 8. Furthermore, if one watches
        enough game tape and one is not legally mentally incompetent, one will eventually become at least somewhat capable of reading defenses (e.g. Brett Fave).

        As for Murray, the kid can throw-if he hadn’t torn his ACL he very well may have been a 2nd or 3rd-rounder.

  5. I think the Chicago Bears organization is idiotic. Josh Mccown is better than Jay Cutler and you even have ex-Bears such as Brian Urlacher saying so. It’s quite obvious when Mccown was putting better number up on offense. I believe Josh Mccown is a great back-up for the Packers, but I personally believe Mccown should be starting for most NFL teams.

  6. NickDaPick, I miss you... January 14, 2014

    They best not spend even one draft pick on a quarterback. Let’s see, there are questions about the D-line, shore up the O-line, and perhaps another OLB. Am I missing something? Maybe just ONE safety that doesn’t get torched.

    1. Vijay January 15, 2014

      MLB and TE likely as well…lots of needs for a team that some think is perfect already ;)

      1. Phatgzus January 15, 2014

        We don’t NEED a TE like we do an ILB, S (or 2), and 2 or 3 run-stuffing D-linemen; we do have Quarless and Bostick, who are by no means elite or second-tier, but they are at least serviceable, and Aaron Rodgers can do wonders with serviceable. We still have at least 3 good-elite receivers to help in the passing game as well.

    2. Remedy January 15, 2014

      I love your username

      I miss him too…

    3. Cheese January 15, 2014

      I miss him too..

    4. Phatgzus January 15, 2014

      If they re-sign Flynn or somehow acquire another QB of his calibre, I absolutely agree:

      As for your username-I miss him as well; RIP Nick Collins.

  7. Big B January 14, 2014

    If I were the Bears GM I’d have let Cutler walk and signed McCown to a two year deal. Draft a QB high and develop him over that year or two and then take advantage of that relatively inexpensive QB play for the following 3 years. Cutler wasn’t worthy of big ticket deal….but as a Packers fan I’m thrilled about it.

    1. Phatgzus January 15, 2014

      Indeed, that sounds like a logical decision; good thing for the Packers and us you’re not their GM.

    2. icebowl January 16, 2014

      That’s why they are da Bearz!

  8. Remedy January 14, 2014

    That would be cool, but hopefully Flynn has made enough money, and is sick of failing on other teams, and just stays in GB.

    I like Tolzien quite a bit too. Dude has a nice arm, can make plays in open space (insert spin move gif), and just has a lot of potential

    I’d be fine rolling into next season with Flynn as #2 and Tolzien as #3

  9. rebelgb January 14, 2014

    Sign Flynn. He knows the offense, the team, the orginization. Let the guy live his live in obscurity as Rodgers bitch. He will get paid more than any of us will ever get paid, and he will fuck random Green Bay white chics who crave Green Bay Packer Cock regardless of position or salary; of which there are plenty, ask Frank Winters…..

  10. Kristofer from Oshkosh January 14, 2014

    Imo, Flynn is a nice qb3 and Tolzien is a career qb4. The packers need to keep flynn and draft a qb2 to develop for trade bait a couple years down the road. I don’t think tolzien will get much better and the packers are better off getting someone who will get better. Cut tolzien now and forget about him.

    1. Cheese January 15, 2014

      I think Tolzien has potential. Who knows, I could be totally wrong, but what do you expect from a 3rd string QB getting thrown into a situation like he did.

      1. Phatgzus January 15, 2014

        Same here; he certainly seem to have the deep passing game down, now all he has to do is work on his technique, reads, and improve upon what should be the easy stuff-the short to intermediate passing game.

  11. Vijay January 15, 2014

    I also like this mid to late round value pick, Jeff Mathews from Cornell. He broke all Ivy league passing records. He needs to work on a few noticable flaws like footwork and taking snaps under center vs. shotgun. However, he has obvious arm strength and pretty good touch…could be a sleeper! (if we somehow draft a QB).

    1. Phatgzus January 15, 2014

      Pretty good tape. Based on it, he might be Aaron Rodgers Ultra-Lite. Strong, accurate arm (the pass on the run on the streak then improved comeback was in a perfect spot and got there pretty quickly, though it looked about as steady as the Wright Flyer). Good mobility but he runs like a wounded gazelle, with the ball at his hip, and challenges defenders (any NFL defensive player would snap that twig). Seems like he has good pocket presence and solid decision making (that pass on the slant or in with a man in his face wasn’t a good decision). His five-step drop looks pretty decent, not so sure about the three-step. Not a big fan of the 3/4-delivery: I wonder if that’s resulted in a large amount of batted balls, especially in short passes and thus partly responsible for his lesser accuracy in the short-game?

      If we could get him in the 4th or later (ideally 5th or later), I’d be a fan of the pick.

      1. Phatgzus January 15, 2014


        Also, like that he stays in the pocket and delivers the ball instead of chuck-and-ducking. Appears as though he reads the field quite well-even though you don’t need to be smart to be a great QB it certainly doesn’t hurt.