The Green Bay Packers were already having awful luck with injuries this season (Randall Cobb, Casey Hayward, Nick Perry, Bryan Bulaga, James Jones, and Eddie Lacy are just some notable names to have missed time this year), but the injury to Aaron Rodgers took “bad luck” to a whole new level. Veteran WCO-fit Seneca Wallace was tabbed to start in Rodgers place, and unproven Wisconsin product Scott Tolzien was promoted as the No. 2 QB.
Well, lo and behold, Seneca Wallace suffered an injury in today’s 27-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, and the groin injury didn’t seem like much at first. It was a totally fluky, bad-luck play that caused Wallace to leave the game and Tolzien to enter it. To that point, Wallace looked sharp by going 5-for-5 on the opening drive for 25 yards.
When Tolzien came in, erratic play was expected, and that’s exactly what happened. I was hoping for some sort of miracle, dream debut king of scenario for Tolzien, but fairy tales don’t always come to light in the NFL. No, this was another cold, hard Sunday in the league, as Tolzien had a QB Rating of 70.5 with two interceptions. He actually moved the ball up field pretty well with 7.2 yards per attempt, mainly because he showcased excellent arm strength.
In all honesty, it wasn’t a bad debut for Tolzien, considering the circumstances. I mean, he was indeed thrust in to making his first start, and we saw worse quarterback play today (looking at you two Andy Dalton and Andrew Luck). He will be making his second start next week, as Packers head coach Mike McCarthy announced that Scott Tolzien will make the start against the New York Giants, who have a good shot at padding their resume with a win over the Packers. He’ll be more prepared and the Giants have struggles of their own, so I wouldn’t lock it up. But with the way the Packers played today on pass defense, things don’t look good for the Pack either.