August 30, 2014

Tolzien and Flynn both play well in finale

Scott Tolzien - UPI/Robert Cornforth

Scott Tolzien – UPI/Robert Cornforth

Scott Tolzien and Matt Flynn both tossed a pair of touchdowns as the Green Bay Packers knocked off the Kansas City Chiefs 34-14 in the preseason finale at Lambeau Field.

Who wins the right to back up Aaron Rodgers?  And can the Packers afford the luxury of keeping three quarterbacks?

Certainly, the decision will be a difficult one, even more so if the Packers decide they can only hang on to one of the two.  But it’s a healthier scenario than the past couple of seasons when Graham Harrell, BJ Coleman and Vince Young were trying to compete for the backup job.

Flynn completed 7 of 15 for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Tolzien was 12 of 18 for 139 yards and two touchdowns.

Flynn has performed well in training camp, but when it came to performing in games, Tolzien won that battle.  But what Flynn has on his side is history.  He helped the Packers win just enough last season to allow Aaron Rodgers to return and put the Packers in the playoffs.  That may be a security blanket the Packers won’t want to part with.

But that doesn’t make Flynn sleep any better.

AUDIO: Matt Flynn says he won’t sleep well :08

AUDIO: Matt Flynn said it’s waiting time :11

The last time the Packers kept three quarterbacks was 2008.  It may be a luxury the Packers can’t afford.  So who stays if the Packers can only keep two.

It’s really a matter of comfort for Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy.  Tolzien has developed well under Mike McCarthy’s teaching.  He’s younger, has a stronger arm and may be ready for his first opportunity.  If the Packers let him go, there’s a good chance he won’t be around to come back to the Packers practice squad.  He’s more likely to be signed by another team.

AUDIO: Scott Tolzien feels he can help the Packers win :14



Packers must find Aaron Rodgers backup

Matt Flynn & Scott Tolzien at final Training Camp practice

Matt Flynn & Scott Tolzien at final Training Camp practice

The Green Bay Packers face the Kansas City Chiefs in the final preseason exhibition at Lambeau Field tonight.  It’ll be the last chance for Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien to show Mike McCarthy why they deserve to be Aaron Rodgers backup this season.

Some believe the Packers could name one of the two the backup and keep the other around as the 3rd string quarterback.  But others believe other positions on the 53-man roster will be more valuable than having an extra quarterback around.

Years ago teams used to carry three quarterbacks with regularity, but that approach has changed.  Instead, teams like the Packers find more value in keeping an extra linebacker, tight end or receiver to help bolster special teams.

The last time the Packers went into the regular season was 2008 when Flynn as a rookie, beat out another rookie Brian Brohm.

Scott Tolzien has by far put up better numbers in preseason games, but Flynn has history on his side.  The new practice squad rules do allow for Tolzien to land on the Packers practice squad again.  But he would have to be exposed to waivers and he could sign with any other team.

The Packers went 2-2-1 in games that Flynn played in last season.  That kind of history will certainly weigh heavily when the Packers make their decision.

Flynn is expected to start tonight but will split time with Tolzien in their last attempt to prove that they belong.

AUDIO: Aaron Rodgers is pulling for Flynn and Tolzien (:23)

The Packers and Chiefs kick off at 6pm tonight at Lambeau Field.  Following the game, the Packers will have to start trimming their roster from the current 75 players, down to 53.

Nelson wins PCL honor

Jimmy Nelson has been with the Milwaukee Brewers for more than a month, but he still did enough at Class AAA Nashville to be named the Pacific Coast League’s pitcher of the year.

Nelson joins Johnny Hellweg in being named the best pitcher in the league.  Hellweg won league honors last year.

In 17 games with Nashville, Nelson went 10-2 with a 1.46 ERA, striking out 114 in 111 innings.  He held opposing batters to a .179 batting average.

Nelson was a second-round pick of the Brewers out of the University of Alabama in 2010.  He’s 2-5 with a 4.10 ERA in nine starts for Milwaukee this season.


Brewers blow lead, fall to Padres in 10 innings

Francisco Rodriguez blew a 9th inning lead and the Milwaukee Brewers fell to the San Diego Padres 3-2 in 10-innings on Wednesday night at Petco Park.

Padres catcher Rene Rivera’s home run tied the game, then Rivera delivered the game winning rbi single off of Zach Duke in the 10th to win it.

The Brewers dropped 2 of 3 in the series and fell to 6-5 in extra-inning games this season.

After Rodriguez gave up the 9th inning home run, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was ejected for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Mark Ripperger.

Gallardo escaped a pair of jams in the fifth and sixth innings to keep the Padres off the scoreboard.  He wound up pitching six innings of shutout, 3-hit ball.   Gallardo went into the night needing five strikeouts to surpass Ben Sheets for the all-time franchise lead.  But first the first time ever, Gallardo failed to strike out a single batter.

The Brewers scored twice in the 7th when Lyle Overbay singled.  Elian Herrera followed with a double to right, scoring Overbay.  Herrera took third on the throw, then scored on a wild pitch.

The Brewers missed a chance to increase their NL Central Division lead on St. Louis.  The Cardinals lost last night as well.  The Brewers still hold a game and a half lead entering an off day today.  They’ll open a 3-game weekend series in San Francisco against the Giants on Friday night.


Packers release Lyerla

Colt Lyerla

Colt Lyerla

The Green Bay Packers changed their minds on rookie TE Colt Lyerla.  Instead of keeping him on season ending injured reserve, the Packers waived Lyerla, reaching an injury settlement that covers the first eight weeks of the regular season.

After eight weeks, Lyerla could sign with any other NFL team.  He wouldn’t be allowed to resign with the Packers until after the 14th week of the season.

Lyerla tore his MCL and PCL trying to hurdle a Packers defender during the team’s Family Night practice on August 2.

Packers reach 75 player limit

The Packers reached the NFL’s 75-player limit yesterday by placing six players on injured reserve.  Among the six is defensive lineman B.J. Raji who tore his right biceps in Friday’s 31-21 win over Oakland.

The Packers also placed Jared Abbrederis, Don Barclay, Andrew Tiller, Rajion Neal and Joe Thomas on I.R.

None of the six were designated as the team’s player to return from injured reserve.  The Packers will have to make their final cuts, getting down to 53 players by 3pm Saturday.