February 11, 2016

Tolzien to start Sunday at New York

Scott Tolzien played well enough on Sunday to lead Mike McCarthy to quickly

Scott Tolzien

Scott Tolzien

announce at his post game press conference that the former Badger would start for the Green Bay Packers at quarterback on Sunday against the New York Giants.

For the second straight week, the Packers saw their starter go down early in the first quarter and this time it was Scott Tolzien’s turn to take over for Seneca Wallace.  Tolzien completed 24 of 39 for 280 yards, 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions.  His quarterback rating was 70.5.

Tolzien’s numbers weren’t enough to prevent the Packers from falling to the Eagles
27-13, but it was enough to convince Mike McCarthy that he was the best man for the job going forward.

The Packers are scheduled to take a look at Matt Flynn today, but even if they signed him, it appears McCarthy would go this week with Tolzien.

The Packers liked Tolzien enough to give him a raise while on the practice squad, then they signed him a week later off the practice squad to serve as the teams backup.

AUDIO: Mike McCarthy said Tolzien managed the team well :17

AUDIO: Mike McCarthy said Tolzien did a heck of a job :19

Tolzien was able to run everything in the game plan, despite limited snaps in practice during the practice week.

Tolzien showed he had a better arm than Wallace and he stood strong in the pocket.

When Tolzien starts Sunday against the Giants, he’ll be the 47th different starter at quarterback for all of the teams combined this season.  That’s more than all of last year.  The Packers will also have three different starters in three different weeks.  The last time that happened in Green Bay was 1987.

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