GREEN BAY – Scott Tolzien doesn’t think he has any state secrets when it comes to the San Francisco 49ers, but the Green Bay Packers new practice-squad quarterback did deliver a scouting report on his former team to his new team Monday.
Of course, the ex-University of Wisconsin quarterback isn’t simply here for the counterintelligence he can provide. He’s also hoping to impress the coaches and personnel staff enough to earn an extended gig on the practice squad with hope of someday being the backup to starter Aaron Rodgers.
“I’m hopeful that I’m here for the long haul, but I think bottom line I can only control what I can control. It’s a great opportunity and the rest is what I make of it,” Tolzien said Monday after his spot on the practice squad was formally announced. “I think the thing is – and I felt this going through the process – there’s so many different variables involved.
“You’re looking (for) a place where, at some point, the short-term goal has to be to make a practice squad and then ultimately make a roster. But you’re looking at so many different things and ultimately trying to predict the roster – which, as we all know, it’s nearly impossible to do.
“Just knowing how good these coaches are here, that’s one of the first things I looked at. How can I progress? Well, good coaching.”
Tolzien and McCarthy actually hit it off at the Badgers’ pro timing day in March 2011, before Tolzien went undrafted a month later. After signing with San Diego after the draft, he was claimed on waivers by the 49ers and spent the last two seasons as the team’s third quarterback, even though he never played in a regular-season game.
The Packers cut last year's No. 3 quarterback B.J. Coleman, who spent all of 2012 on the practice squad, to make room for new No. 2 quarterback Seneca Wallace Monday. McCarthy didn't rule out the possibility of Coleman returning to the practice squad, but he sounded genuinely excited about adding Tolzien.
“Scott, I think he's an excellent fit for us,” McCarthy said after practice. “I really felt his preseason tape of this year and last year was impressive, in particular this year. We're excited that he was available. That's why you have a personnel department, and they're on top of things like that, and obviously the coaching staff trusts the personnel department. We had a lot of conversation particularly about the quarterback group, we feel fortunate that Scott's here.”
As for getting information about the 49ers from Tolzien and Wallace, who spent just five days in San Francisco, McCarthy replied, “I think any time players are (facing) a former organization, there’s always (the hope that) immediately they’re going to tell you everything about the 49ers. Scott and Seneca both are more focused on getting ready for the game. (But) they definitely can give you insight.”
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