The Packers quarterbacks are forcing Mike McCarthy to think long and hard about carrying three on his roster. Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien are pushing each other for the backup position. The competition has produced two reliable throwers.
“It’s neck and neck,” quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt said to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “You look at rep count, completion percentage, explosive gains, they’re both having solid camps.
“We’d love to have them both, obviously, but that’s a tough question that I couldn’t answer.”
Aaron Rodgers knows well that he has little to do with the battle, but he shared his thoughts on it.
“I think they’re both playing well and it is close,” Rodgers said Wednesday. “I think they have made the No. 2 decision difficult and also keeping three quarterbacks difficult.”
If the Packers chose to cut one of the quarterbacks, they’ll be handing someone else a backup. And there’s a shortage of good ones around the league. Bob McGinn of the Journal Sentinel points out the the 49ers have a great need. On the other hand, their in-division rivals are set — so while they will be helping someone else, it won’t necessarily hurt the Packers.
Flynn clearly likes playing for the Packers’ as this is his second stint with the team. So too, does Tolzien.
“I love it here,” Tolzien said. “Everything. Players. Locker room. Coaches. Organization.
“You want the trust of your teammates and your coaches. But, really, what I can control is my preparation and my performance. You can’t get sidetracked thinking about that other stuff.”