Green Bay Packers: Three Positions In Need of Reinforcements

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3. Quarterback

Scott Tolzien
Free agents: Matt Flynn
Entering final contract year: Scott Tolzien

The Green Bay Packers have Aaron Rodgers locked up until 2020. This is more of a question of what’s behind Aaron Rodgers?

The Packers got a hard lesson in reality when Rodgers broke his collarbone in 2013. That lesson was, stop dicking around by trying to develop or plug in a bunch of clowns at backup quarterback.

Graham Harrell? B.J. Coleman? Failures.

Seneca Wallace? Unprepared and not really a guy you want to pin your playoff hopes on.

Scott Tolzien? Not ready for prime time.

Matt Flynn? Okay, Matt Flynn came in and did well enough. In fact, Flynn has been the only Packers backup quarterback who’s given the team a chance at victory since Aaron Rodgers was sitting behind Brett Favre.

Of course, now he’s a free agent. We’re betting the Packers will re-sign Flynn and let him compete with Tolzien for the backup job.

On the other hand, it certainly wouldn’t hurt if the team drafted a solid young quarterback (before the seventh round, Ted) to handle this job for at least the next four years.

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About The Author

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

19 Comments on "Green Bay Packers: Three Positions In Need of Reinforcements"

  1. TyKo Steamboat

    Please hire Greg Schiano as your D-Cord. & make the switch to a 4-3…
    I’m not your typical commentor that calls for people’s heads like many do with Ted Thompson…but dammit

    We have the personnel for a 4-3 already
    I hate our pussy 3-4. It’s a lame full-time nickel defense.

    Why the hell you draft guys like Mike Neal & Nick Perry just to have them change positions is beyond me.

      • TyKo Steamboat

        Yes. Schiano can coach a defense. He is a really good coach. He will go somewhere & make someone into a great defense.

        I don’t hate Dom. I have a lot of admiration for Dom. He won us a Superbowl

        Schiano would run a defense like the Ryan brothers…that is hard-core NFL defense.

  2. GBslacker

    Will there be another article: “Three positions that blow!”
    Will that be where the ILBs are mentioned?

    Jones just doesn’t have it. All I can remember from last season is his slew-foot jog to a pile, after the play is over.

    Hawk plays like he’s wearing buckets instead of cleats.

    Francois will likely get ditched after the Achilles injury.

    Lattimore is not worth a tender?

    What a steaming pile.

    But on a serious note, it may not be the players.
    Q: Who lets Hawk play 5-6yds off the LOS, and drift back in space and try to tackle or cover?
    A: Capers — the “excellent” coach.

    • Cheese

      How about and article called “How many conversion projects will they have this year?”
      D-line to LB?
      CB to safety?
      OT to center?
      Whatever Ray Webber was before to TE?
      WR to back up QB???? Cobb can do anything lol

  3. Phatgzus

    I wouldn’t go so far as to say Neal showed more promise than Perry. When healthy, Perry was starting to get in a groove, Rookie year and especially this season (3 strip-sacks, one right before half that led to points). His problem is whether he can stay healthy or not. Neal was pretty good as well, just not as good as a healthy Perry IMHO. Neither could cover a wastepaper basket with a dumpster lid.

  4. Howard

    The next article, “Three positions that blow” will show the real problem with the defense. We are weak up the middle and you cannot play championship defense with a weak middle. Nose tackle/D-line, inside linebackers, and safety. Once those positions are upgraded by the draft or free agency with more speed, length, ball awareness, and willingness to wrapup on a tackle, then the current or future outside linebackers need to contain alot better than the last few years.

    A substantial portion of the big run plays had one common feature and that was loss of containment to the outside after the middle somewhat held there own. Neal seemed to loose contain the most of the regulars for some reason. It is possible Neal just needs more experience at linebacker.

    Palmer and Mulamba need experience in run contain with Palmer needing more upgrade than Mulamba. Perry when not injuried does seem to be a play maker.

    What we need is an outside linebacker like Worilds from Pittsburgh. He was all over the field in the game against us. Not sure if that game was the exception or the rule; however Worilds stood out and was making plays from sideline to sideline.

  5. BZ in BA

    I think that ILB is more of a problem than OLB. I also am surprised that Safety wasn’t mentioned, as this is our most critical weakness in my opinion.

  6. Phatgzus

    I don’t understand the “Conversion Argument”, just seems like a lazy stance to take. There are hundreds if not thousands of successful NFL players who altered their positions during the Collegiate-Professional or even later in their careers: Shields, Adderley Rod Woodson being two obvious examples, also Jason Peters, Jason Taylor, Otto Graham, Dave Casper, Andre Tippett, and the list goes on; Hell, Carleton Hasselrig was one of the most dominating linemen during his peak and he didn’t play a lick of football in college.

    • TyKo Steamboat

      You mean way back when they played football barefoot? The game has kinda, sorta evolved since then.Especially in the last 15 seasons.

      These players need to be familiar with a position & a system…but by the time they get decent at it, it comes time for a new contract or they get hurt. (See Packers, Green Bay)

  7. the real russ letlow

    I would like to see the Packers carry 3 QBs this year. Sign Flynn and hang on to Tolzien. They can make room by keeping one less TE.

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