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Scott Tolzien impressing Packers with his preparation

Mike McCarthy, Scott Tolzien AP

When now-Packers starting quarterback Scott Tolzien was trying to stick as an undrafted rookie with the 49ers, he actually lived at the team facility for a few weeks, since he was unsure of his future and putting in long hours anyway.

While he hasn’t taken it to that extreme in Green Bay, coach Mike McCarthy did have to send him home Tuesday night around 9:30 p.m., after a day of cramming to learn the offense for his new role.

“He tells me he sleeps well. I’ll take his word for that,” McCarthy said, via Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com. “He’s getting his proper rest. He eats well because he’s here all the time. So I’m not worried about him. The man loves it, and you’ve got to appreciate his work ethic. It’s refreshing, and it’s good for everybody. He’s going about it the right way.”

For players such as Tolzien, opportunities like this one are rare. The Packers bad luck in losing Aaron Rodgers to a broken collarbone is his open door, and he’s not going to cheat himself of the opportunity.

“The most important thing is that the preparation is where you make your hay. You have to win the week first,” Tolzien said. “That’s where a lot of the wins and losses come, how do you approach the week leading up to the game. The best way to combat pressure is to prepare the right way.

“I think you build your confidence through your preparation through the week. It’s Wednesday right now. Hopefully as the week goes on your confidence builds more and more with your comfort level and your preparation and your plan.”

That kind of attitude has made him a quick favorite among the Packers, and Rodgers compared him to another former backup who capitalized on a chance start, and put a lot of capital in his bank account as a result.

“But Scott reminds me of a young Matt [Flynn],” Rodgers said. “I said that before Matt was here – and I don’t like to make a ton of comparisons – but it is a compliment. When Matt came in, you saw a lot of growth in the way he was throwing it and in his approach. And I think Scott, he’s been throwing it better since the first day he got here, and his approach has been very solid, he’s very detail-oriented.

“It’s been impressive to see him make plays on the scout team, and I’ve always said it, whether it’s the young guys (on the 53-man roster) or guys who are trying to get activated off the practice squad, the way to get people’s attention is to make plays in practice. The way you’re going to have confidence in the game is making those plays in practice, whether it’s the first team or the scout team. And Scott’s been making a lot of plays on the scout team, whether it’s throwing the ball in tight windows, throwing the ball deep, moving in the pocket, a lot of stuff you saw on Sunday.”

If Tolzien can hold them over and win a game or two in Rodgers’ absence, he’ll have a place in the hearts of Packers fans forever. And he’ll certainly have to get a place of his own.

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21 Responses to “Scott Tolzien impressing Packers with his preparation”
  1. TheDPR says: Nov 14, 2013 10:47 AM

    Smart kid. These next few weeks could mean millions of dollars to him. He could set himself and his family up for life. Good luck to him.

  2. thatstinks says: Nov 14, 2013 11:07 AM

    Hopefully this Tolzien’s hard work and preparation will translate into fantasy points for my team . Yes Scott I’m playing you . Congratulations kid !

  3. jimmysee says: Nov 14, 2013 11:08 AM

    From adversity comes opportunity.

    We’ll be watching you, Scott.

    Go for it!

  4. thehatefulnerd says: Nov 14, 2013 11:11 AM

    Hope this doesn’t jinx him. Dude was looking good.

  5. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 14, 2013 11:33 AM

    The ball comes out fast. Nice release.

  6. pabrownsfan says: Nov 14, 2013 11:59 AM

    Great story. Good luck to you Scott!

  7. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Nov 14, 2013 12:04 PM

    If I were woefully inadequate to be a starting quarterback in the NFL (which I guess I am), I’d be preparing like crazy too!

  8. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Nov 14, 2013 12:05 PM

    I think Tolzien has a good chance to be the next T.J. Rubley.

  9. sportnorcal says: Nov 14, 2013 12:18 PM

    I loved him in SF.
    Sure hope he’s found a home, it sucks to be behind such a stud like Rodgers (long term) but great to see him getting a shot now with Aaron out for a few weeks.

    I have always thought Tolzien has what it takes to make it as an NFL QB. Classic pocket passer. Good luck, Scott.

  10. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 14, 2013 2:02 PM

    This will be the same situation as Brady/Bledsoe in NE. Except for the SB wins that is.

  11. sippindasyzurp says: Nov 14, 2013 2:41 PM

    Maybe the players on Green Bay D can take some notes on how hard he’s working to prepare himself…

  12. jpherling says: Nov 14, 2013 8:03 PM

    I’m all in favor of Tolzien becoming a good QB – after the Giants game.

  13. footballnut85 says: Nov 14, 2013 9:19 PM

    Give the kid a chance – he is legitimate!

  14. purplepunisher says: Nov 14, 2013 9:19 PM

    Tolzein makes me happy. Packer fans deserve these losers in green, as they are lesser human beings than other NFL fans

  15. vikescry1 says: Nov 14, 2013 9:31 PM

    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:
    Nov 14, 2013 12:05 PM
    I think Tolzien has a good chance to be the next T.J. Rubley.

    ————————————————————————————————————————————————— whew, i thought you were gonna say he had a good chance to be the next christian ponder…. that was close!!!

  16. duece5 says: Nov 15, 2013 1:23 PM

    Brohm, Harrel, Coleman, Rubely…..the TT and MM QB graveyard!!!!!!

    The gbay way….next man up:

    Brohm…..no
    Harrel…..no
    Coleman…no
    Rubely….no
    Wallace….no
    Tolzien…..the next Matt Flynn!!!!!

    The QB graveyard…….if you want to develop your game…..DON’T GO TO GBAY!!!!!!!

  17. rcpecook says: Nov 15, 2013 1:39 PM

    “I think Tolzien has a good chance to be the next T.J. Rubley.”

    Do you mean to say he has a good chance to make enough of an impact in the NFL that a trolling Viking fan will be talking about you 20 + years later?

  18. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 15, 2013 5:50 PM

    In his first NFL appearance, Scott Tolzien threw for more yards on Sunday than any Viking starter has in a game all season. And this practice squad call up hasn’t even started his first game yet.

    Sometimes I think McCarthy could take BJ Raji and turn him into a better QB than anyone on the Viking roster.

  19. 6kingswest says: Nov 15, 2013 7:30 PM

    My preparation for observing Green Bays annihilation at the hands of the Giants has been EXCELLENT!

  20. nickynick04 says: Nov 16, 2013 8:50 AM

    duece5 says: Nov 15, 2013 1:23 PM

    Brohm, Harrel, Coleman, Rubely…..the TT and MM QB graveyard!!!!!!

    The gbay way….next man up:

    Brohm…..no
    Harrel…..no
    Coleman…no
    Rubely….no
    Wallace….no
    Tolzien…..the next Matt Flynn!!!!!

    The QB graveyard…….if you want to develop your game…..DON’T GO TO GBAY!!!!!!!
    …………………………………………………
    KURT WARNER Super Bowl MVP
    Mark Brunell
    and the kid who went to the Saints
    So
    You have nt a clue as what comes out of your mouth

  21. chawk12thman says: Nov 18, 2013 4:30 PM

    He may only need to be like Flynn for one more game…..Rogers will be back in a week or two.

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