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.

41 responses to “Packers backup quarterback job “up in the air”

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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

  17. 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.

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

  19. 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)

  20. 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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