The game of musical chairs behind Aaron Rodgers continues for the Green Bay Packers.
After the Packers released Vince Young over the weekend, B.J. Coleman became the default backup to Rodgers. The Packers did sign another quarterback in former Wisconsin Badger Scott Tolzien but he has since been placed on the practice squad.
Now Green Bay has reportedly cut Coleman, according to Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press- Gazette. Fans have been clamoring for former backup Matt Flynn to return to Green Bay, but reports are coming in from Ed Werder of ESPN that Seneca Wallace will be the new backup to Aaron Rodgers. Wallace, like the also recently signed Scott Tolzien, was released by the San Francisco 49ers.
With now two former 49ers quarterbacks on the team, it’s clear GM Ted Thompson and head coach Mike McCarthy are going all-in for an opening day win against the 49ers. Wallace, however, might have additional incentive for wanting beat the 49ers after he ripped coach Jim Harbaugh for telling reporters Wallace had retired from the NFL when he really had not. According to Wallace, he had simply asked for and was granted his release after the quarterback realized he was only brought in to force backup Colt McCoy to take a paycut.
So the backup quarterback derby for the Packers continues. Green Bay had better hope Rodgers stays healthy or this game of quarterback roulette could really come back to haunt them. It will be interesting to see if Wallace and Tolzien remain with Green Bay after Week 1 or if this is just an intelligence gathering effort on the part of the Packers.
Wallace faces an incredibly tight window to learn the Packers’ playbook. He is a bigger quarterback who is mobile and has played in many NFL games and holds a 6-15 record as a starter according to Pro Football Reference. It’s not a great record, but it’s better than Coleman or Harrell and Wallace already has some familiarity with the West Coast Offense.
This is also a highly unusual move for Thompson. Is he scrambling? Does he now regret the release of Young?
Time will tell, but both he and McCarthy better pray hard Rodgers stays healthy or this could get really ugly.
Kris Burke is a sports writer covering the Green Bay Packers for AllGreenBayPackers.com and WTMJ in Milwaukee. He is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America (PFWA) and his work has been linked to by sites such as National Football Post and CBSSports.com. Follow @KrisLBurke