Should the Packers Re-Evaluate Week 11 Starter After Matt Flynn Signing?

Sean ODonnellContributor IIINovember 11, 2013

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The Green Bay Packers dropped to 5-4 on the heels of a 27-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. All of a sudden, the Packers find themselves in third place in the NFC North behind the Detroit Lions (6-3) and the Chicago Bears (5-4).

Green Bay is set to play another NFC East opponent in Week 11—the surging New York Giants. The Giants have now won their past three games and find themselves on a hot streak as they host the Packers this Sunday.

If the Packers are to stay in contention in the NFC North, the quarterback position must be evaluated going forward.

After backup quarterback Seneca Wallace was ousted from the Week 10 contest with a groin injury, third-year quarterback Scott Tolzien was thrown into the fire. Tolzien played admirably, completing 24 of his 39 passing attempts for 280 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions for a passer rating of 70.5. However, the Packers now must ask themselves: Is he the best option going forward?

Starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers does not have a timetable to return to the field, which brings an unfortunate circumstance to this talented Packers team. Green Bay must find its best option at quarterback going forward.

The team has certainly done its due diligence this week after signing former Packer Matt Flynn, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. Flynn had his best game as a pro with the Packers back two seasons ago when he passed for 480 yards and six touchdowns against the Lions.

Unfortunately for Flynn, he has not been able to create the same success since.

Despite signing Flynn, the Packers have continued to look for other options at quarterback. According to Lauren Magiera of, Green Bay will also have former Arizona Cardinal starter John Skelton in for a workout this week.

Head coach Mike McCarthy has already ruled out Wallace for next week's game against the New York Giants and has named Tolzien the starter, according to Tom Pelissero of USA Today. Said McCarthy:

He comes here, and it's a totally different language from where he's been his first two stops. He's worked diligently on our language, transferring plays he's had in the past and how we do things. For the most part, he was seamless in the huddle. I thought his game management, especially from the amount of preparation he had going into this game, was outstanding.

This absolutely rings true. Tolzien played a great game considering the limited amount of preparation that he was awarded. However, the question remains: Is he the best option going forward?

The Packers have two—three if they sign Skelton—options going forward to replace Rodgers at quarterback for the next several games. Certainly, the coming week of practice will be very telling when deciding who should be under center against the Giants in Week 11.

Tolzien remains the favorite at this point, as he has spent the majority of the 2013 season with the Packers. However, Flynn could be a sneaky start due to his familiarity with a similar offense that he ran back in 2011.

Skelton—if signed—remains the odd man out. Not only does he need to become acclimated with the offense, but he has yet to build any chemistry with the Packers wide receivers.

Logical thinking will point to the fact that Tolzien will start another game for the Packers in the coming week. His performance will dictate if he's to stay under center for a longer duration. The Packers organization is well aware of what Flynn is capable of producing in their system—he could certainly be awarded an opportunity should Tolzien falter.

However, for now, Tolzien will remain the starter for the Packers.