Matt Flynn may be on shakier ground than people thought in Green Bay. After Saturday night’s rain-soaked preseason game, former Badgers QB Scott Tolzien could legitimately be pushing Matt Flynn for the #2 QB job behind Aaron Rodgers.
Despite miserable conditions in Tennessee, Tolzien was able to play very well from late in the first half through the second half, going 8-of-12 for 124 yards. Two of Tolzien’s incompletions were flat out drops by Packer receivers. Tolzien’s one big mistake was a fumble that he was able to recover.
Tolzien spoke after the game about how he was able to maintain his composure despite the “Noah”-like conditions on the field (via jsonline.com):
“There’s a balance between being extra-conscious and also not being timid,” Tolzien said. “You really have to focus on it but you can’t over-focus on it. Then, you’re going to be worried on the little things, rather than your game plan.”
Coach Mike McCarthy praised Tolzien for his command of the huddle and his ability to operate in the no-huddle. But he remained coy when comparing Tolzien to Flynn, saying Flynn also showed good command.
Though Flynn has to still be considered the favorite to backup Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay, there’s no doubt Tolzien is giving Flynn a run for his money. You have to think the Packers would like to elevate Tolzien to no. 2 and move on from Flynn, who has been good for them as a backup but isn’t as athletic as Tolzien.