Scott Tolzien: Better Option for Green Bay Packers Than Matt Flynn
The Green Bay Packers‘ season has fallen even further off the rails, when backup quarterback Seneca Wallace was injured on the first drive of the game on Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. The Packers turned to third stringer Scott Tolzien, who in his brief NFL career has never taken a regular season snap. Tolzien stepped in and played very well after being thrown into the fire. Scott only made a couple of crucial mistakes a rookie would make when being thrown into their first NFL playing time. He threw an interception in the end zone that doomed the Packers, but there seems to be a bright future for Tolzien, if he can get a full week of practice under his belt with the first team offense.
With the loss of Wallace to a groin injury that will keep him out multiple weeks, the Packers have turned to a familiar face. Green Bay brought former backup quarterback Matt Flynn in for a try out on Monday and signed the former signal caller to be Tolzien’s backup. Mike McCarthy said during his press conference that Tolzien would remain the starter with Flynn as his backup, which is the best possible option the Packers have at this point of the season.
Tolzien, is the better of the two quarterbacks right now on the Packers roster, Flynn turned into a journeyman in the NFL after leaving Green Bay for a big pay day with the Seattle Seahawks, which he lost his starting job to Russell Wilson. He then moved to the Oakland Raiders, and lost the quarterback competition to Terrelle Pryor; he was soon after released and picked up by the Buffalo Bills where Flynn couldn’t win the starting job even with an injured E.J. Manual out. The news around the NFL is that Flynn’s arm is shot, so why did the Packers bring in a quarterback who couldn’t outplay two rookies to win a starting job in the NFL. The answer is that Green Bay has become desperate with the loss of both the starting and backup quarterback.
The Packers should stick with Tolzien, unless he plays himself out of a job, but if he can play the way I saw when sitting on the 40 yard-line at Lambeau Field on Sunday the Packers can win with Tolzien. He gives them the best shot at weathering the storm until Aaron Rodgers is completely healed, at this point for Green Bay it is the only option after a season of absolute turmoil.