Stepping into a starting role can be extremely nerve-wracking for some – but don’t tell Scott Tolzien.
Stepping into a starting role after having been on the active roster for less than a week, makes the term “nerve-wracking” seem like a game against the 2008 Detroit Lions – a relief. Nevertheless,when handed the reins on Sunday, Tolzien showed little anxiety and stepped into the role with complete confidence, according to teammate Jordy Nelson.
In an article released yesterday on packers.com by staff writer Mike Spofford, both Nelson and Mike McCarthy are quoted, giving praises to the team’s new starting quarterback. While McCarthy spoke highly of Tolzien’s work ethic, Nelson was impressed by his confidence, saying:
The way he came in and just controlled the huddle, he was very confident in the way he spoke. If he was just lying to us the way he was speaking, or if he was just trying to put off a good vibe, he was very confident. He knows his stuff. We see the work he puts in. When you see a guy grinding like he does every day, you know he’s going to be prepared.
Tolzien’s confidence could also be seen in his play. He led the team into the red zone three times, and inside the Eagles 30 yard line twice, but could not capitalize in the red zone, which is no surprise. If the team struggled in the red zone with Aaron Rodgers under center, it is no surprise to see this trend continue with a quarterback who is not as talented.
On the other hand, the future isn’t all dark and gloomy. Tolzien, who played in big games such as the Rose Bowl said this:
The preparation week is where you make your hay. You have to win the week first. That’s where a lot of the wins and losses come. It’s how you approach the week leading up to the game. That’s the best way to combat pressure, to prepare the right way.
Even though the Giants are a measly 3-6, this is still an important game for the Pack. The Giants are riding a three-game win streak, including a win against an Eagles team that made the Packers’ defense look like they belonged in a pee-wee league. Throw in the fact that if the Packers lose this game, they will move to 5-5 on the season, and the Giants still have a shot to win the NFC East. That’s what makes this a huge game for both clubs.
Hopefully Tolzien has put in the work thus far, and will “win the week” before they travel to Metlife Stadium to take on the Giants.