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.