So it has come to this. Aaron Rodgers has gone down. We are three backup quarterbacks from Rodgers, and who knows who will be around next year?
Everything can get somewhat confusing and convoluted.
So who is sticking around next year?
While you never can tell, I think it’s safe to say Seneca Wallace is as good as gone. He never seemed to have a full grasp of the offense, and even if he did he does not have the talent to be an efficient game manager anymore. He went 16/24 for 139 yards and 66.7 percent completion rate. The bad thing was he had no touchdowns in 1.25 games, a pick, and only 5.79 yards per completion. Add that to a 15.2 OBR and 64.4 percent QB rating and seeing him gone is a safe call.
Scott Tolzien is probably the most interesting of the bunch. He flashed talent, but just could not finish drives – that and turnovers. He seems to at least warrant a look during the offseason in Mike McCarthy’s “quarterback
school.” A full offseason in the Packers offense could turn his talent into something.
If I had to predict, he will be back, but on the practice squad.
He has gone 55/90 for 717 and 61.6 percent completion rate, with 7.97 yards per completion. Like Wallace, the main problem was not accounting for much scoring, as in 3.5 games he only accounted for two touchdowns, one passing and one rushing. He also accounted for five interceptions. The QBR scale and QB rating was not nice to him, finishing at only 24.3 and 66.8.
The wildcard here is Matt Flynn.
Flynn came in last week and very nearly won the Packers a game, going 21/36 for 218 yards, 58.3 percent completion rate, a 6.06 yards per-completion rate, and a TD. The good thing here is that his QBR and QB rating were 74.5 percent and 85.2 percent, respectively. He is the most likely start versus Detroit Thursday and really sparked the team when he went into the game.
Flynn has the most likely shot at getting the backup job, reclaiming what was rightfully his, so to speak. But there are 2two keys. One, he has to show up versus Detroit and prove last week was not a fluke. Second, his asking price had better not be too high. I understand backup quarterbacks are at a premium right now, but the Packers have to realize they hold the leverage here. The NFL is a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately league, and Flynn unfortunately has not shown he can function without the Packers yet.
In my perfect world, Flynn is the backup quarterback and Tolzien is on the practice squad. Maybe sign Flynn to a one-year deal and then train Tolzien for 2015.
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