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Alex Van Pelt likes his backup quarterback options


The Packers were looking for a short-term fix when they brought Matt Flynn back last November.

Now they have a long-term question about who to hang onto behind starter Aaron Rodgers.

New Packers quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt said he was impressed with Flynn during his emergency relief role last year, and would like to hang onto him.

I think Matt has a great track record,” Van Pelt said, via Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “It’s very tough to operate as a quarterback in this system with all the flexibility you have to be able to change plays at the line of scrimmage. Having an understanding of the system is huge for him.

“The way he fits in the locker room, especially in the quarterback room. The things he does to get Aaron ready to play on Sundays are little things that are hidden sometimes when you’re looking at guys, so I’m excited to hopefully get him back in there.”

Of course, Flynn has a choice in the matter as well, as he signed a one-year deal in hopes of playing well enough for a shot at a starting job again. That didn’t work out so well in Seattle or Oakland, but his 2-2 record down the stretch might convince someone to give him another run.

If he leaves, Van Pelt thinks Scott Tolzien has promise as well.

“I like Scott. I think Scott is a tough, tenacious guy who has a presence to him,” Van Pelt said. “He’s a natural leader. His work ethic is sensational. . . . Obviously he’s a self-starter. Physically, he has the physical tools to be a player. This system is complicated for a quarterback, so I think he’ll grown in another year of the system and understanding all the adjustments. Those will just help him.”

Of course, what will help them more as a team is not having to use either one of them, since that means Rodgers is in one piece.

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5 Responses to “Alex Van Pelt likes his backup quarterback options”
  1. robinyount19 says: Feb 12, 2014 4:50 PM

    Yep, and that’s the same thing they said going into the preseason last year with Harrell and Coleman, and the same thing they said after Rodgers got hurt about Wallace and Tolzien. And not one of them did a damn thing to help the Packers win a game in 2013.

  2. johnnyjagfan says: Feb 12, 2014 4:54 PM

    Flynn is right where he belongs.

  3. meatcarroll says: Feb 12, 2014 4:56 PM

    Best QBs in the NFL:
    1.) Aaron Rodgers
    2.) Russell Wilson
    3.) Peyton Manning
    4 – 30.) Irrelevant
    31.) Blaine Gabbert
    32.) Colon Krapperchoke

  4. jda129 says: Feb 12, 2014 5:17 PM

    I consider these guys like body doubles. You really only want them to come in flash a little cheek then get the hell off set so your star can get back to work.

  5. axespray says: Feb 12, 2014 8:17 PM

    Scott wasn’t even on the roster til days before the week 1 game.

    Give him a full off-season to gel with the playbook with the other players and he’ll probably be the long term backup.

    Dude had some good deep throws – he just has to get more consistent and protect the ball better.

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