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Packers backup quarterback job “up in the air”


While the Packers certainly hope that their backup quarterback does nothing more strenuous than hold a clipboard this season, they learned in 2013 that things don’t always work out that way.

Aaron Rodgers missed seven games, forcing the Packers to throw Seneca Wallace and Scott Tolzien into the fire before coming back to the familiar Matt Flynn to solidify things down the stretch. Flynn is back this season and the expectation was that his experience in the Green Bay offense would keep him in the No. 2 job.

According to quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt, things aren’t working out that way. Tolzien is putting up a good fight and is working as the second quarterback in drills this week as the Packers try to figure out the best choice for the job.

“I think it’s up in the air right now. It’s in a competition. That’s healthy for everybody,” Van Pelt said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “Right now both of them are playing well. Obviously, with Matt’s knowledge of the system, he’s at a little bit of an advantage. Scotty’s now had an offseason working in the system. He’s understands the footwork and the timing and the progressions and the routes, so he’s coming on as well.”

Van Pelt said the pecking order for Saturday’s game against the Rams hasn’t been set yet, but that the team wants to see Tolzien work with the second team so he could get the call before Flynn this week. If he continues to play well, the Packers will have to make a tough choice because Flynn has generally played well when called upon in Green Bay even if that hasn’t translated to his stints in other uniforms.

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  1. seapoeschl says: Aug 14, 2014 10:39 AM

    At least it is the backup qb and not the starter that is “up in the air”.

  2. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 14, 2014 10:41 AM

    What an embarrassment of riches!

  3. mvp43 says: Aug 14, 2014 10:45 AM

    I think Tolzien has the edge because of his upside. However it wouldn’t surprise me if they keep all 3, if anything for trade bait down the road. Problem will be- what spot do you sacrifice? Receivers and TE are their bread and butter……. probably running back. The used car salesman may be looking for another sales job somewhere.

  4. diveleft says: Aug 14, 2014 10:53 AM

    In Green Bay the position should no longer be called back-up QB. It should be called half-the-season-starting QB.

  5. lambeauphan says: Aug 14, 2014 10:54 AM

    Tolzien is the better arm by far

  6. tformation says: Aug 14, 2014 11:07 AM

    Can someone explain Matt Flynn to me?

    The man holds some impressive single game QB records for the Packers… against a team that has had some true titans at the QB position… Starr, Favre, Rodgers, etc., etc.

    And yet, the man can’t hang on to the back up QB position. He bounced around to half a dozen teams, disappointing them all, until he eventually landed back in Green Bay.

    What happened? Was he just insanely lucky in those couple games where he filled in for Rodgers?

    I don’t get it.

  7. dwarftosser says: Aug 14, 2014 11:13 AM

    Tolzien has promise, but I really hope the backup QB spot returns to it’s traditional insignificant role in Green Bay.

  8. In Teddy We Trust says: Aug 14, 2014 11:17 AM

    Unless the backup quarterback is Peyton Manning, it doesn’t matter who it is. If Rodgers doesn’t play, the Packers are one of the five worst teams in the NFL. If you disagree, allow me to draw your attention to Exhibit A: The 2013 season.

  9. ariani1985 says: Aug 14, 2014 11:20 AM

    Judging from the picture I didn’t know that the 3 stooges were packer fans!

  10. seapoeschl says: Aug 14, 2014 11:22 AM

    If they are so bad and the Vikings starters are only able to get a tie, then what does that say about the Vikings team?

  11. fartweasel says: Aug 14, 2014 11:25 AM

    Erin and Flynn share the same nail polish, so it only makes sense to appoint Matt as the backup.

  12. snoop24 says: Aug 14, 2014 11:26 AM

    This Franchise goes as the QB position goes. Just not that good beyond Rodgers. Better hope he stays upright Packer fans.

  13. bordner says: Aug 14, 2014 11:40 AM

    Wow, if the Packers are one of the five worst teams in the NFL, that must mean that the 3 teams they finished ahead of when they won the division last year are 3 of the worst 4 teams in the league.

    I’m sure viking fans would agree with that assessment of their team, but I’d be a little upset with that opinion if I were a Lion or Bear fan.

  14. 23rdusernameused says: Aug 14, 2014 11:41 AM

    as are about 20+ other positions… up in the air!
    Fail Ted, fail!

  15. VickyMendozaDiagonal says: Aug 14, 2014 11:42 AM

    Might as well have no backup, without Rodgers they one of the worst teams in the NFL.

  16. ariani1985 says: Aug 14, 2014 11:53 AM

    I could make that rancid roster of garbage with some jogging

  17. pervyspankspackfans says: Aug 14, 2014 11:56 AM

    Never has been a backup qb on that poorly managed team. They could use Ponder

  18. seapoeschl says: Aug 14, 2014 11:56 AM

    Also I love how Rodgers and Cobb get 1 injury and they are instantly injury prone players like Harvin and Gronk. If that is the case than AP is also injury prone.

  19. packsoldier says: Aug 14, 2014 11:59 AM

    The Packers lost ARod for half the year and still won the division. How sad is that for the rest of the division? Especially the last place Vikings.

  20. longtimefanhtr says: Aug 14, 2014 1:01 PM

    Keep all three. When BustH2O fails as he will, then trade one to the Vikings. hehe

  21. irishddddd says: Aug 14, 2014 1:09 PM

    Ponder is available in a trade..Please?

  22. theoriginalbvan says: Aug 14, 2014 1:34 PM

    If the Pack needs the roster spot they’ll cut Flynn. The assumption is Tolzien would be picked up by another team while Flynn wouldn’t be and therefor could be brought back later if needed.

  23. mightymightylafootball says: Aug 14, 2014 3:01 PM

    Actually, what’s up in the air is any prayer of a chance the Packer have this year if Rodgers goes down…

  24. deltaoracle says: Aug 14, 2014 4:15 PM

    Flynn has never really had the stuff you want in a QB other than the fact that he’s smart and finds ways to win.
    But I agree with theoriginalbvan, if they only keep two Flynn is more likely to be available off the street in an emergency than Tolzien is.

  25. axespray says: Aug 14, 2014 4:16 PM

    VickyMendozaDiagonal says:
    Aug 14, 2014 11:42 AM
    Might as well have no backup, without Rodgers they one of the worst teams in the NFL.
    Forgot to mention, “without Clay, Bulaga, Sherrod, Cobb, Finley, The No.2 QB, Perry, Jolly, Brad, and Casey Hayward” – they are … a team that still won games with Flynn as their starting QB.

  26. iamdinguskhan says: Aug 14, 2014 4:27 PM

    Why o why didn’t they try to get Clipboard Jesus?

  27. stellarperformance says: Aug 14, 2014 4:48 PM

    The Viking trolls would love to have one of the Packer back-ups as their starter. We know it. They know it.

  28. dgt178 says: Aug 14, 2014 5:19 PM

    viking trolls = obsessed closet packer fans

  29. whatjusthapped says: Aug 14, 2014 5:35 PM

    If anyone stopped to think for a minute, the answer is crystal clear. Keep Tolzien and cut Flynn, where’s the downside in that?

    Flynn has already bombed out with three other teams (PEDhawks, Raiders and Bills) so none of the other 28 teams will touch him, not even the Vikings who don’t have a real Qb.

    If Rodgers goes down, bring back Flynn and at the first sign that Tolzien can’t handle it, just plug Flynn back in.

  30. packmanfan says: Aug 14, 2014 5:59 PM

    Just have every player on the team be a back up QB. Better safe than sorry that way.

  31. tangysizzl says: Aug 14, 2014 6:38 PM

    Matt Flynn is what he is, a good backup QB. He doesn’t make a lot of mistakes, usually knows where to go with the ball and is fairly accurate.

    Looking at his work last year he wasn’t very good in the 1st 3 quarters but had something like a 130 QB rating in the 4th quarter.

    The reason Flynn did not make it with the Shehawks was Russell Wilson. The reason he did not make it with the Raiders or the Bills was limited time to learn the playbook and a bout of elbow tendonitis.

  32. tokyofilthblaster says: Aug 15, 2014 12:31 AM

    Contending is fun. I sure am glad the Packers don’t stink every year.

  33. Frazier28/7 says: Aug 15, 2014 1:12 PM

    Love the pic! the packers are getting destroyed on thanksgiving and rodgers doesn’t say one single thing to tolzien or flynn! no heart.

  34. judsonjr says: Aug 15, 2014 1:14 PM

    I like Flynn, but it seems like he has a narrow band where he functions well. 3+ wide, shotgun, short passing game seems to be where he excels. He doesn’t really have the arm strength to make long throws in tight windows, but can find an open man with lots of guys out in the route. He has enough composure that he wouldn’t just run backwards under pressure (Seneca Wallace). Last year that niche was what was needed in comebacks versus the Vikes and Cowboys.

    However, Tolzien has a much better arm, throws a nice deep ball, and good mobility. His problem seems to be reading defenses, which in turn leads to picks. The tough part about that skill is I am not sure how much it gets tested in preseason against 3 or 4th stringers.

    Tough call.

  35. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Aug 15, 2014 3:24 PM

    Best job in the league IMO!! GO PACK!!!


  36. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 15, 2014 4:37 PM

    They should be looking for a back-up RB for when Fragile Lacy gets hurt, again.

  37. usdcoyotesfan says: Aug 15, 2014 7:26 PM

    It should be Flynn. At least he won a few games. Also, Tolzien couldn’t seem to finish drives last year.

  38. beavwarius says: Aug 15, 2014 10:16 PM

    packer backup qb’s still better than viqueen starters. or jay cutler. aka dumpster fire.

  39. arianil985 says: Aug 16, 2014 1:52 AM

    Could you send your QB leftovers to the Vikings? The 3 guys we have are just hot garbage.

  40. zerochampionshipsmustsuck says: Aug 16, 2014 1:42 PM

    In Teddy We Trust says:
    Aug 14, 2014 11:17 AM
    Unless the backup quarterback is Peyton Manning, it doesn’t matter who it is. If Rodgers doesn’t play, the Packers are one of the five worst teams in the NFL. If you disagree, allow me to draw your attention to Exhibit A: The 2013 season.

    ____________________________________And even when he was out half the season they still won the NFC North. Wasn’t your name “in Christian we trust” 3 years ago? How did that work out? As usual, your dumb comments make no sense and only make you look inferior just like your over 50 year old Champion-less team!
    Geaux Saints, Seahawks and Packers (relevent teams with championships AND great fan bases)

  41. benniehifive says: Aug 23, 2014 11:37 PM

    Tolzien has potential, but you don’t need potential in your backup quarterback…you need somebody that will come into the game in case of an emergency and run the offense as efficiently as possible. Flynn won’t ever impress anybody with his arm, his speed, his ability to avoid would-be tacklers. he will however, make on time throws, not bobble the handoff, and have the calming effect of somebody who has been there before, all of which are going to be much more necessary than a big arm and potential if Rodgers goes out again.

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