Tolzien: "I probably would have pulled me"

November, 24, 2013
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Give Scott Tolzien credit for one thing on Sunday: The Green Bay Packers quarterback gave an honest assessment of his second straight start.

“I probably would have pulled me, too, to be honest,” Tolzien said after he was yanked midway through the third quarter of Sunday’s 26-26 tie against the Minnesota Vikings at Lambeau Field.

Flynn
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Packers coach Mike McCarthy opted for Matt Flynn after Tolzien led just one scoring drive in seven possessions on Sunday.

Tolzien didn’t turn the ball over like he did a week earlier, when three interceptions ruined his 339-yard passing performance in a loss to the New York Giants. But other than his 6-yard first-quarter touchdown run -- in which he faked out Vikings defensive end Brian Robison and spun away from defensive end Letroy Guion -- he was largely ineffective.

He completed just 7-of-17 passes for 98 yards. Those deep throws he connected on against the Giants were much harder to complete on Sunday. He hit Jordy Nelson for a 34-yarder down the seam in the first quarter, but that was about it.

“I was just off a bit,” Tolzien said. “I mean, I’m not going to sit here and make an excuse. Just didn’t play well and a lot of throws you wish you could have back.”

Though Packers coach Mike McCarthy was noncommittal about who would start at quarterback in Thursday’s Thanksgiving game at the Detroit Lions, it’s hard to imagine him going back to Tolzien if Aaron Rodgers can’t return from his broken collarbone.

Flynn not only performed well, leading four scoring drives -- two touchdowns and two field goals -- but he probably has a greater understanding of the offense despite re-signing with the Packers less than two weeks ago. Not much has changed in the passing game since Flynn last played for the Packers in 2011 and with him, they used the no-huddle far more extensively than they did with Tolzien, who ran it only in two-minute situations.

“Matt Flynn was placed in the game to give the offense a spark,” McCarthy said.

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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