Nov 17, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Green Bay Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien (16) drops back to pass during the first quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Mike McCarthy: Scott Tolzien will start agains the Minnesota Vikings

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy announced at his press conference this afternoon that Scott Tolzien would be the team’s starter against the Minnesota Vikings next Sunday afternoon. Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy held his Monday afternoon press conference. In addition to saying that the tackling in yesterday’s game had to get better, he also announced quickly that Scott Tolzien would be the starting quarterback for the Packers next Sunday against the Vikings.

Here are some of the quick-hitting highlights from the session:

• It wasn’t surprising that the head coach began his conference by telling reporters that Scott Tolzien will start versus the Minnesota Vikings this coming weekend.

• However, he followed that with “Frankly, I haven’t met with the medical staff yet, so I haven’t been given an update (on Aaron Rodgers).”

• “We all know he wants to play, wants to play as soon as he can. But those are big decisions.”

• Sunday’s game, according to McCarthy is “an extremely important football game … We need to play better, prepare better. This is very accountable team.”

• Another nugget of McCarthyisms: This team is fun to coach. We’re not quite where we need to be right now.

• Tackling wasn’t good enough. Needs to be better.

• Shields did game day workout, didn’t go well. He was injured Thursday in practice, didn’t practice Friday.

• On Burnett: Didn’t have his best game last week. Comfortable with the way he played yesterday.

• Our turnover ratio is clearly not where it needs to be.

• In praise of Tolzien, here is another nugget: I have never seen a quarterback hit on all his big plays like that in a game. Has a lot to work with. There’s a lot there for a young quarterback. Tolzien has lot of good football ahead of him. He has to protect the football better.

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