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49ers waive Scott Tolzien

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The 49ers played four different quarterbacks against the Vikings on Sunday night and none of them were Scott Tolzien.

If you saw that as an indication of where Tolzien stood in the pecking order at the position, you were right. The 49ers announced Monday afternoon that they waived Tolzien as one of five moves they made to pare down their roster ahead of the Tuesday deadline to get to 75 players.

Tolzien spent the last two years as a third-string quarterback for the 49ers without seeing any regular season action. He was 18-of-34 for 188 yards and an interception in two preseason games this summer, production dismal enough that the 49ers decided to add Seneca Wallace to the group of possible Colin Kaepernick backups with Colt McCoy and B.J. Daniels.

Coach Jim Harbaugh said Sunday night that he feels good about McCoy as the team’s backup, a statement that came on the heels of a report that the Niners were shopping McCoy for a trade. If they do decide to make a deal, it won’t be to free up the next rung on the depth chart for Tolzien.

The 49ers also waived offensive lineman Al Netter, running back D.J. Harper, punter Colton Schmidt and linebacker Joe Holland. The 49ers have 10 more cuts to make to get to 75 players.

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36 Responses to “49ers waive Scott Tolzien”
  1. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 26, 2013 4:22 PM

    This kid is 15 times better than anything in Minnesota.

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  2. yondo123 says: Aug 26, 2013 4:26 PM

    Lavalle Hawkins will join him soon on the side after his antics during the Vikings game.

  3. supremekingz says: Aug 26, 2013 4:29 PM

    He just didn’t make the leap from last year to this year like he was expected to. He was nicknamed “Baby Drew Brees” last year but this year it’s more like “Baby Mark Sanchez”.

    If you’re not getting better you’re getting worse. Hopefully he can sign on with another team or have a better camp with someone else next year

  4. macklinr61 says: Aug 26, 2013 4:31 PM

    I can see the Jets picking him up but would feel sorry for Scott if they did. He’ll be picked up by someone – like the Seahawks (ala Russia with Snowden).

  5. greenandyellowarebabypoopcolorsiwouldrathrwearpink says: Aug 26, 2013 4:35 PM

    also known to block 15 times better then any o-linemen in greenbay!

  6. braceyourselffor12 says: Aug 26, 2013 4:41 PM

    I thought he commanded a better presence in the pocket over McCoy but the writing was on the wall after his absence last night. I think in game 4 we’ll see a lot more Wallace to battle McCoy for the #2 spot. B.J Daniels has earned that #3 spot hands down.

    GO NINERS!!!!!

  7. jayniner says: Aug 26, 2013 4:46 PM

    And so it begins….

  8. smartestpackerfan says: Aug 26, 2013 4:47 PM

    I wish the Packers would pick him up. Aaron Rodgers sucks in the postseason! :(

  9. raiderlyfe510 says: Aug 26, 2013 4:48 PM

    The Chiefs should pick him up. That Alex Smith’s right hand man when it comes to breaking down defenses.

  10. FlashPatterson says: Aug 26, 2013 4:50 PM

    tokyosandblaster says:
    Aug 26, 2013 4:22 PM
    This kid is 15 times better than anything in Minnesota.
    ———————————————–
    Probably but why are you so obsessed? Get a job or something, you comment first on like every story and its always about the Vikings.

  11. jiveturkeygobbler says: Aug 26, 2013 4:51 PM

    He’d be an upgrade for the Jets.

  12. alphabeta49er says: Aug 26, 2013 4:54 PM

    Also from last night’s game: Lavelle Hawkins picked up three personal fouls on two plays but gained 127 yards. Who says preseason football sucks?

  13. hawkforlife says: Aug 26, 2013 4:56 PM

    @ macklinr61

    Do you understand a football roster at all? You’re suggesting the Hawks would dump their qualified backups to sign a guy that can’t beat out 4 others in S.F. just to pick his brain on the eve of cut downs. And 10 people so far agree with you !!

    Please folks, bring some football knowledge to a football blog.

  14. whatwhat2013 says: Aug 26, 2013 5:02 PM

    That BJ kid is special.

    – A Seahawk fan

  15. rohlo says: Aug 26, 2013 5:03 PM

    HE was with san diego before the 49ers signed him fro mthe practice squad. chargers might take a loof at him again as the are not excited about charlie whitehurst. tolzien can be a good qb imo i dont think he fits the pistol!….

  16. bdnnbd says: Aug 26, 2013 5:10 PM

    Tolzien, Bollinger, Sorgi – leave it to Russell Wilson to sully the rich tradition of Wisconsin backup quarterbacks.

  17. tedmurph says: Aug 26, 2013 5:12 PM

    hawkforlife says:Aug 26, 2013 4:56 PM

    @ macklinr61

    Do you understand a football roster at all? You’re suggesting the Hawks would dump their qualified backups to sign a guy that can’t beat out 4 others in S.F. just to pick his brain on the eve of cut downs. And 10 people so far agree with you !!

    Please folks, bring some football knowledge to a football blog
    ———————————————————-

    Easy with the condescension, it happens all the time. If the Seahawks cut Quinn and signed Tolzien, Quinn probably wouldn’t be signed by anyone at this point. And so what if he was. If not, the Seahawks could bring him back down the road. If your 3rd string QB is a factor, you’re not going anywhere anyway. Clipboards aren’t that heavy.

  18. swaggyy says: Aug 26, 2013 5:25 PM

    GO HAWKS!!!!

    #QuestFor1

  19. hatesycophants says: Aug 26, 2013 5:30 PM

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

  20. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 26, 2013 5:44 PM

    FlashPatterson says:
    Aug 26, 2013 4:50 PM
    tokyosandblaster says:
    Aug 26, 2013 4:22 PM
    This kid is 15 times better than anything in Minnesota.
    ———————————————–
    Probably but why are you so obsessed? Get a job or something, you comment first on like every story and its always about the Vikings.

    Unfortunately facts elude you.

    I don’t comment first on every article. Many, yes, but I have a smartphone and I get email alerts for new articles. Sending a reply takes 30 seconds tops.

    Also, I work 8-9 months a year, and take off for football season to spend it in Wisconsin with my family and my wife’s family.

    All that schooling paid off in so many ways.

    You should try it.

  21. hawkforlife says: Aug 26, 2013 6:09 PM

    @ macklinr61

    I see it written about all the time sure but actually see it happen, rarely if ever. My point was the Hawks and 49ers have talented rosters, tomorrow is cut down date and to assume the Hawks need intelligence from a 4th string QB to compete makes no sense.

    And as for Brady Quinn, I would much rather see a trade to a QB starved team such as Buffalo, Jets or Raiders than release him outright to do as you suggest.

  22. mmsierra says: Aug 26, 2013 6:11 PM

    This seemed pretty obvious last night
    Harbaugh says McCoy is the backup

    Will they try and sneak BJ Daniel onto the practice squad ?
    They’ll lose him if they do

  23. thefiesty1 says: Aug 26, 2013 6:15 PM

    It’s good to see Colt McCoy with a winner after being stuck in that hell hole in Cleveland. By the way, he already beat out Seneca Wallace while they were both stuck in Cleveland. He’ll do it again.

  24. norcalsportsknowledge says: Aug 26, 2013 6:21 PM

    It’s been hard for the niners back up QB’s this preseason because the backup OL has been terrible and there’s a lot of new WR’s still learning the play book. I haven’t seen McCoy been any better than Tolzien, but I have faith in Harbaugh, especially when it comes to QB’s.

  25. sisqsage says: Aug 26, 2013 6:39 PM

    Why would anybody call this guy a “Baby Drew Brees”?

    Didn’t do a thing over the last few years to suggest he deserved time on the field.

    They say he is a gym rat, loves the game, a smart guy who went to Wisconsin, so he should start his career as a coach ASAP.

  26. seatownballers says: Aug 26, 2013 6:47 PM

    Bj Daniel is the hidden gm in sf. Niners will regret placing him on practice squad if they do. McCoy and Wallace are not your answer

  27. igocommando says: Aug 26, 2013 7:05 PM

    tokyosandblaster says: Aug 26, 2013 5:44 PM

    FlashPatterson says:
    Aug 26, 2013 4:50 PM
    tokyosandblaster says:
    Aug 26, 2013 4:22 PM
    This kid is 15 times better than anything in Minnesota.
    ———————————————–
    Probably but why are you so obsessed? Get a job or something, you comment first on like every story and its always about the Vikings.

    Unfortunately facts elude you.

    I don’t comment first on every article. Many, yes, but I have a smartphone and I get email alerts for new articles. Sending a reply takes 30 seconds tops.

    Also, I work 8-9 months a year, and take off for football season to spend it in Wisconsin with my family and my wife’s family.

    All that schooling paid off in so many ways.

    You should try it.
    ————————-
    only 8-9 months. Slacker. Imagine how well off you and your family would be if you had a full time job and worked the whole year. You certainly wouldn’t have to settle for Wisconsin.

  28. forever9ers says: Aug 26, 2013 7:50 PM

    Tolzien’s best game was in a Chargers’ uniform in the preseason 2 yr. ago. And Josh Johnson clearly outplayed him in the preseason last year. Wish the Niners had kept Johnson, he is better than McCoy, Wallace and Tolzien and a perfect fit for the read-option.

  29. cri33 says: Aug 26, 2013 7:51 PM

    supremekingz …well I don’t know if I agree that if u are not getting better u are getting worse. You could be just staying the same. You know the old saying…the more things change the more they stay the same. But in the NFL if you are not good and don’t improve (whatever the reason) then you may have a hard time finding a “home”. Tolzien may find a home with some other team, maybe not as a starter but as a backup. I am surprised that McCoy beat out Daniels as 2nd behind Kap, but it is what it is and Harbaugh is the head coach not me.

  30. sportsbastard says: Aug 26, 2013 7:56 PM

    Time for Jeff Fisher to sign Tolzien to be the 3rd stringer. An upgrade over Clemens and the added benefit of being able to debrief him on the Niner playbook. Sounds like a win-win.

  31. hawkforlife says: Aug 26, 2013 9:39 PM

    @ wholelottaawesome

    Please, no more Mike Holmgren as the great coach/GM.

    “ruined a championship team Holmgren was trying to build.”

    He was responsible for destroying the Hawks but gets nothing but praise for it.

    1992-1998, he served as the head coach of the Green Bay Packers, followed by head coaching the Seattle Seahawks from 1999 to 2008. After all that one (1) ring and it was in spite of Holmgren.

    As a GM even worse, look at the mess he left Seattle in and now Cleveland.

    Enough already.

  32. hawkforlife says: Aug 26, 2013 9:41 PM

    whoops, I screwed up. Wrong thread. Sorry.

  33. nick4552 says: Aug 26, 2013 10:09 PM

    This guy went to my high school. i saw him play when i was little. He was (and still is) a legend and is the best player to come out of the Chicago suburbs. Some team better give him a chance because he will be dangerous if given the chance.

  34. cuda1234 says: Aug 26, 2013 10:26 PM

    Alex Smith, Scott Tolzien, Colt McCoy, all white, fired.

    Kapernick, Wallace, Daniels, all black, hired.

    Just like what Raheem Morris did in Tampa.

    Very interesting.

  35. sportnorcal says: Aug 27, 2013 12:09 AM

    I liked this kid.
    I hope it works out for him somewhere.

  36. footballnut85 says: Aug 27, 2013 5:53 PM

    nick4552 are you referring to Tolzien? A legend where? In your mind? He had a couple of lower tier offers from the MAC and was a last minute pickup for Wisconsin. He wasn’t even close to being the best quarterback ever at Fremd! I can think of three right off the top of my head that I would pick over him as Fremd’s best QB!

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