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Packers to Add QB Scott Tolzien to Practice Squad

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Packers to Add QB Scott Tolzien to Practice Squad

Tolzien was released by the San Francisco 49ers last week after spending the past two seasons as their third-string quarterback.

The Packers play the 49ers in Week 1 of the season, so they'll likely be looking for Tolzien as a source of opponent intelligence.

Whether the Packers have interest in Tolzien beyond preparation for the 49ers remains to be seen. B.J. Coleman is currently the backup to Aaron Rodgers, but after playing poorly in the preseason, the Packers can't be confident in Coleman.

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Jamie's picture

Use him for intel, let him pick up the offense, after a few weeks dump BJ and promote him to 53. Makes sense.

Lucky953's picture

They can do better, can't they? I hope they get someone that can "be the guy", so they don't spend a 4th rnd pick next draft.

Jamie's picture

I know for a fact there are QBs better than Coleman out there (i.e. Vince Young). Not sure the Not sure how good/bad Tolzien is, but love the signing purely for his intel and smarts.

Mark in the montain's picture

Fact is Vince Young wasn't good enough to unseat BJC. That says volumes.

Jamie's picture

I know for a fact there are QBs better than Coleman out there (i.e. Vince Young). The only reason to keep Coleman IMO is because he knows the offense (maybe to keep him off of an opponents PS??). He literally can't do anything well as a QB.

Not sure how good/bad Tolzien is, but love the signing purely for his intel and smarts.

Jamie's picture

Just thought of another reason to keep Coleman over Young...to make GB a more enticing destination for cut QBs. Since the whole world knows how TURBLE Coleman is, cut QBs would see GB one of the better places for an easier shot to win the #2 job.

If they didn't really like either QB very much...this makes total sense to me.

DaGrub's picture

Tolzien was adequate as a badger and as a backup in the NFL. He may surprise people, if needed, to come in on a cold lambeau day or night and hold on to.a lead through ball control and intelligence!!!

I bleed Green More's picture

Coleman is a poor mans QB and he plays poorly also.

TommyG's picture

I have always wanted a Badger to become a Packer, but I wanted that person to be either a lineman or a running back.

Stroh's picture

Tolzien always had me thinking the Badgers need a better QB. In the NFL I think that's even more the case. Don't see the point of having him on the roster or the PS. Just another Harrell. Not enough tools to play in the NFL.

Jamie's picture

You don't see a point in having a guy that's ate, slept, breathed SF football for three offseasons and two seasons headed into week 1?

This is one of those signings that there may be no real long term benefit (other than helping us win week 1), but there is absolutely no risk.

So why not?

Stroh's picture

You put way too much stock in what a former player can tell the coaches about his former team! I put very little in it. Packers already know the 9ers very well. Not much Tolzien can add that's not already known!

Jamie's picture

I put a lot of weight into educating the Packers in the gameplan/plan of attack considering it's the first game of the season (prep started months ago). Getting a guy that has been exposed and coached on and off for a couple of months on SF's plans for week 1 is worth the signing alone.

This is the best time to sign Tolzien.

Stroh's picture

You don't think the Packers scouts and coaches can determine SF game plan and how they are going to attack us?! Seriously, getting inside info from a former player of an opponent is so dumb. Sure they question him, but to actually learn any thing of real value doesn't happen. The scouts and coaches watch film and tendencies, broken down by down, distance, personnel, among many other things! They probably know more about the opponent, in this case SF, than Tolzien does.

Longshanks's picture

I agree with Jamie. As we speak I am sure Tolzein is being beaten and cattle prodded deep under Lambeau in a secret area. TT probably had Campen or Kevin Greene be the interrogator. Both seem like someone that would enjoy that sort of thing.

Probably just a dark room, a table, a chair and a dangling light bulb. Once Tolzein gives up all the info he knows, TT will release him and he'll be free to go. I don't see any problem with signing Tolzein strictly for information. If he has any TT will get it from him trust me.

Brian Carriveau's picture

After completing over 72 percent of his passes and winning the Johnny Unitas Award, you thought the Badgers could do better than Tolzien? They could have had Cam Newton, I guess. Or Russell Wilson.

Stroh's picture

Wilson was FAR better and more talented for the NFL. Harrell completed a lot of passes too, how did that turn out? Tolzien had the fortune of being on a team w/ a Great running game AND a great college OL. His limited arm and overall talent aren't good enough for the NFL and he got a lot of help to be even considered serviceable in college.

The TKstinator's picture

I really don't think teams ever sign players just for enemy intel.

Jamie's picture

I think some do, but in this case think they also consider him a possible improvement over Coleman. I think the intel aspect is a consideration as well though.

jeremy's picture

Scott Tolzien knows the 9ers offense but he just does not have an NFL arm. Geep Chryst and Jim Harbaugh are excellent QB coaches. If they tried and failed with him, I think the Packers are wasting their time.

hayward4president's picture

Ummmm we all know the 9ers offense. Run with gore....occasionally pass one...run with Kaeperf#g...repeat.

Jamie's picture

Wow...you actually typed that...then you actually hit submit.

Steven's picture

ESPN reporting that the Packer's have signed Seneca Wallace as their backup.

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