Packers GM Ted Thompson: backup quarterback situation ‘my fault’

Nov 4, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy talks with quarterback Seneca Wallace (9) during the first quarter against the Chicago Bears at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports


Backup quarterbacks are usually backups for a reason, and unless he’s the “quarterback of the future,” no one should expect them to come in and perform as well as the starter, especially if that starter is Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Still, is reporting that Packers general manager Ted Thompson is taking all the blame for any problems with the teams current backup quarterback situation.

Thompson had this to say in an interview with USA Today‘s Tom Pelissero yesterday:

If something went wrong at the backup quarterback position, it’s my fault. It’s not somebody else’s fault. It’s not even one of those quarterbacks’ fault. I just didn’t get it worked out right.

Thompson also explained why he was comfortable with quarterback Seneca Wallace as Rodger’s backup, even though he was not with the team in training camp:

I had a pretty good comfort level with him. I was in Seattle when we drafted him out there. I know the kind of person and I know his football intelligence. I know he’s got good mobility, has confidence as a player.

With Rodgers out for an ambiguous amount of time with a broken clavicle, Wallace will certainly be the starter for at least Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Unfortunately for the Packers, Wallace is only 6-15 as a career starter.

However, Thompson says he is not worried:

I think it’s important to be a winner, but you’d have to examine each set of circumstances, and sometimes the odds are stacked against you pretty good.

This preseason, the Packers had a three-way battle for the backup spot between Vince Young, Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman. Ultimately, all three were cut. The Packers then brought in Wallace after he was cut by New Orleans

Wallace, who has spent time with the Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns, was 11-of-19 for 114 yards and an interception after replacing Rodgers last Monday night against the Chicago Bears. The Packers lost 27-20.

If Wallace continues to struggle this week, the Packers may have to look outside the organization for another quarterback, especially if Rodgers is going to miss an extended amount of time. Currently, Scott Tolzien, who was previously on their practice squad, is serving as Wallace’s backup, but is unlikely to start for the Packers at any point.

It has been reported that the Packers are planning to work out Matt Flynn who, despite his failed attempts as a starter in Seattle and Oakland, played his best professional football as a backup with the Packers.


Topics: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers, Seneca Wallace, Ted Thompson

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  • RyansDad

    Considering Wallace’s very limited time with the Packers and him coming off the bench, I think he did a pretty darned good job. If a fee breaks had gone our way , we would have won that game. I fully expect Wallace and the Packers to beat the Eagles Sunday and to win three of the next four games. It will be up to the defense, the offensive line and Lacy/Starks to give the Packers the TOP advantage needed to win w/o A-Rod. I think Thompson knows what he has on Wallace.

  • Bill Eyer

    The whole season fell apart, the day Ted Thompson [Packers GM] decided to hire Seneca Wallace as the backup for Rodgers.

    Just the tiniest bit of research will reveal why good old Seneca played the way he did two weeks ago and what we can continue to see if he had remained the backup. His contract states, [paraphrasing] “if you end up on injury reserve, we’ll cut your pay my more than half”. So he’s playing it safe, and he has zero incentive to do otherwise.

    Two, Wallace has not taken a real snap in the NFL in over two years. He was just some castoff from the 49er’s practice squad, who was somehow traded to Seattle.

    Three, if Wallace does get hurt and can’t play. Who will his backup be?? Jordy Nelson? Mason Crosby? Thompson gambled Rodgers would not get hurt, but it would seem reality called his bluff.

    Four, note that Thompson was comfortable with Seneca’s contract deal, not his ability to perform as backup.

    Fifth, getting Flynn back now will of little consequence, other than to appease fans hungry for some positive production.

    Conclusion: Thompson should come right and say, “yes, I screwed the pooch” and “I was WRONG to let Flynn go in the first place”.

    Sorry as I’m to say this, but reality is knocking again…kiss this season goodbye! And for all the knuckleheads clamoring for a quick fix from Farve, c’mon man get real!

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