Nov 2, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston College Eagles quarterback Chase Rettig (11) takes a snap against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the first quarter at Alumni Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Wolfstein-USA TODAY Sports

Green Bay Packers QB competition could end with Rettig on the roster

Boston College Eagles quarterback Chase Rettig Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Boston College Eagles quarterback Chase Rettig
Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports photograph


It almost seems like a surprise to see Scott Tolzien on the roster for the Green Bay Packers.

More changes will be coming in Green Bay with the quarterbacks after watching Tolzien last season, seemingly not knowing the system very well. Against Minnesota last season, his last start, he had difficult time against the Vikings’ dismal rush and was replaced by Matt Flynn who led a comeback but still couldn’t get a victory. The next week Flynn lit up the skies with a real good passing day, holding onto the job until Aaron Rodgers came back to start.

Not to be down on Tolzien for his attempts in Green Bay, but in my opinion, I’d have to say it’s a big surprise to see him on the roster yet. After four years experience and a few games for a couple other teams, Tolzien should be ready to make it “Rock N Roll” when he takes the helm.

But it seemed he didn’t know the system very well. He just seemed like he needed to learn a lot, and had a long way to go. I’d like to wish him the best of luck, but it will be hard to stick with a very talented rookie bidding for a spot. If the team decides to keep three quarterbacks, one will have to go, and in fairness, an unsigned rookie deserves at least two to three years to learn the system well enough to handle the starting job.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien prepares to throw the ball against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lambeau Field. Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph

With Aaron Rodgers being a league and Super Bowl MVP with giant contract, this position seems to be a shoe-in, but in the NFL things can change in a blink of an eye at any time. The way the new young quarterbacks were nurtured made good sense and made Mike McCarthy a quarterback-making machine, along with his quarterback coach(es).

I speculate that the team will drop Tolzien in favor of Chase Rettig, the 6-2, 214-pounder who was brought in as an undrafted free agent. Rettig, who won 20 of 30 games for Boston College, started through several coaches who changed systems each time, making him a study that might actually help him in Green Bay, making it easier for him to adapt. I wish the young quarterback all the luck in the world, and hope we see his name in the Packers yearbook for 2014,

Tolzien got the nod last season after Rodgers went down with a fractured collarbone and backup Seneca Wallace also went down with injury. Against the Minnesota Vikings, he was 7-for-17 with no interceptions or touchdowns before being replaced by Matt Flynn early in the third quarter. Flynn brought the team back, but it wasn’t enough to win against a poor Minnesota defense. After seeing both of these quarterbacks in game situations, it seems even when Tolzien is going good, he is not putting up the type of numbers Flynn can post. The same goes for Flynn, who cannot put up game stats as can Rodgers. This should make that change a no-brainer. Flynn gets the number two spot as quarterback, followed by rookie Rettig.

Rettig is an undrafted free agent in which Packers scouts saw something. These intuitions seem to be on par with the hierarchy’s former team holdings on players. While some teams carry four quarterbacks, they would do well to keep three and have a hook in the water for a fourth player if needed later on. As an undrafted free agent, Rettig will have a difficult job proving what he can do for the Packers.

But here’s to a new season with new players proving their worth.

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  • Hunter Watson

    Look up Rettig’s films. He’s very impressive, almost as if he were an NFL vet. at QB

  • Kenneth Kumerle

    Rettig looks like a good option!

  • Mark Lindwall

    You said “in fairness, an unsigned rookie deserves at least two to three years to learn the system well enough to handle the starting job”. Do you realize that Green Bay signed Scott Tolzien to the practice squad on September 2, 2013?

    • Phillip

      I was about to say that same thing, Tolzien wasn’t even on the active roster but like a week before being tossed in there, n dude showed some solid arm talent, he at least deserves an off season n preseason to show what he can do after learning the system. This was a very lousy article.

  • Mike Brand

    he is practice squad there is only 53 spots and 3 qbs ia ll we will carry . thats why mccarthy wanted a 4th qb was for practice squad to train so he can make the 53 man roster in a couple of years

    • Phillip

      There’s a good chance Green Bay goes back to carrying just 2, there’s a lot of young potential in other position that could use that roster spot, its gonba be a tough decision to carry 3 QBs especially if there’s a handful of udfa’s that impress, like Lyerla, Hubbard, Joe Thomas, just a lot of talent n I wouldn’t be shocked if whoever plays best out of Flynn n Tolzien in camp and preseason is the only backup we carry n Rettig gets a practice squad deal. Guarantee Rettig wasn’t TT’s 1st option, QBs went quick after the draft, was hoping for Brock Jensen.

      • Mike Brand

        the only problem with that is contracts both are under one now and tolzien is no longer eligible for practice squad . i can see us using 3 this year on the 53 just for the safe side. rettig will bea good back up in the next 3 years so the practice squad will do him good. i have a feeling the biggest competition will be for the practice squad this year because so many udfas out there and only a few spots . i also wanted jensen i think that was teds first choice

  • Phillip

    You should be fired after this article, this is a lousy piece of writting, basically bashing Tolzien. 1st, it seems you don’t realize Tolzien didn’t join the practice squad until after preseason, n 2nd it seems you don’t realize he didn’t even see the active roster until a week before playing. Yeah the dude showed a lack of knowing the system, but how much can you actually learn in 2 months on the practice squad?? Dude probably didn’t get any work and then was tossed in, but still showed a really strong arm n throwing a really pretty deep ball, dude definitely had flashes of talent, just inexperienced n no chemistry with the WR’s. And you said the week after Flynn replaced Tolzien vs Minnesota, he “lit up the skies”, do you even pay attention to football?? The week after Minnesota Flynn was embarrassed in Detroit!! Straight embarrassed. Tolzien deserves a shot on the roster right now, he deserves an offseason and preseason to compete with noodle arm Flynn.