Green Bay Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien had an interesting performance in the team’s loss to the New York Giants on Sunday. Apparently, Tolzien’s ability to hit several targets downfield was enough to convince Packers head coach Mike McCarthy that the third-year player has what it takes to get another start.
“Scott Tolzien will start this week,” McCarthy said, according to NFL.com. “Was that was quick as last week?”
Tolzien went 5-for-5 on passes that were more than 25 yards downfield. Like the rest of us, McCarthy was impressed with the efficiency, which is a big reason why Tolzien has already been given the vote of confidence. The fact that the signal caller constantly stood in the pocket and delivered with pass rushers in his face is another reason fans should believe in his ability to lead Green Bay out of their three-game losing streak.
It’s true that Tolzien tossed three interceptions, all three of which were not very pretty. The momentum-changing pick six courtesy of Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was obviously the worst. That is something that simply cannot happen against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 12.
There is certainly a learning curve with a third-string quarterback under center. Unfortunately, the Packers don’t exactly have the time to wait around for Tolzien to find a way to be efficient for all four quarters. He must use the last two games as a learning experience, with Sunday’s contest in Minnesota being the final test. Green Bay needs a victory in order to keep pace in the division and it must come against a team that is 2-8.
Some fans may argue that Matt Flynn deserves a chance now that Tolzien has been unable to get a win in two weeks. I believe the Packers are right to stay with Tolzien because he proved that he is more than capable of getting the job done, as long as he takes care of the football.