this Nov. 4, 2013, file photo, Green Bay Packers quarterback
Seneca Wallace throws during the first half of an NFL
football game against the Chicago Bears, in Green Bay, Wis.
Wallace replaced Aaron Rodgers, who has a fractured left
GREEN BAY —
Seneca Wallace has an unofficial — but well-paid —
quarterbacks coach in Aaron Rodgers.
Sidelined by a
fractured left collarbone, Rodgers could only watch in green
warmups while Wallace ran through drills Wednesday at practice.
The process of
getting Rodgers' presumed replacement up to speed for Green Bay's
game Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles has begun in earnest.
still learning," Wallace said. "You're never going to
get comfortable. Aaron, he's learning each and every day, when we
come out here, even though he's been here a long time, there's
always something new."
But it sure helps
being able to practice with the first-team offense, instead of
being relegated to just running through a handful of plays a week.
will be much better off," coach Mike McCarthy said. "Not
only just Seneca being comfortable going through the reps, but
everybody else being comfortable with Seneca."
Bay Packers quarterback Seneca Wallace reacts after James
Starks' 32-yard touchdown run during the first half of an
NFL football game against the Chicago Bears Monday, Nov. 4,
2013, in Green Bay, Wis.
considered a mobile quarterback. He has been around the NFL since
2003, when he was drafted in the fourth round by the Seattle
Seahawks. He has played in 63 games, starting 21, and McCarthy
doesn't think recognizing defenses will be an issue.
It's more about
the coaching staff fitting the game plan around Wallace's skill
set, then the backup trying to be the next Rodgers, the 2011 NFL
have to try to adapt. Like I said, it is up-tempo, fast pace, and
try to emulate some of the things he does," Wallace said.
"Obviously, it's not all going to be the same, but just try
to make sure the receivers and everybody (are) on the same
After Rogers was
injured early against Chicago, Wallace was largely ineffective in
a 27-20 loss, finishing 11 for 19 for 114 yards and an
interception in his first regular-season action since Jan. 1,
2012, when he started for Cleveland in a 13-9 loss to Pittsburgh.
For his career, Wallace has a 59 percent completion rate with 31
touchdowns and 19 interceptions.
He'll join a
small club. The Packers have had just three starters over the last
22 years — Brett Favre (253 games), Rodgers (86) and Matt Flynn
to be a good challenge. Obviously, when you lose someone of that
caliber, no matter where it is," receiver Jordy Nelson said.
"But a quarterback is a little more important. We're all
confident in Seneca."
Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is sacked by Chicago
Bears' Shea McClellin (99) and Isaiah Frey (31) during the
first half of an NFL football game Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, in
Green Bay, Wis.
Rodgers has his
back. He was officially listed Wednesday on the practice report as
having not participated. Coaches don't have to officially rule out
players until Friday for a Sunday game.
There was Rodgers
at the indoor practice facility, hands on knees a few yards behind
the quarterback coach, watching Wallace and newly-called up backup
Scott Tolzien take practice snaps during light drills. At one
point, Rodgers dropped back on his own without the ball and ran
through the motions. Facing Tolzien from about 10 yards away, he
leaned over with emphasis while watching a pass sail by, as if
trying to will the ball to a certain spot.
going about it just as if he were playing in the game,"
McCarthy said. "He's going right through it right next to
Notes: Tolzien, a
third-year player who played at Wisconsin, was signed off the
practice squad to serve as Wallace's backup. ... LB Clay Matthews,
coming back from a thumb injury, sported a club on his right hand
while talking to position coach Kevin Greene during a portion of
practice Wednesday open to reporters. He's missed four games. ...
LBs Andy Mulumba (ankle) and Nick Perry (foot) were limited. G T.J.
Lang (concussion) did not participate. ... T Derek Sherrod, the
team's 2011 first-round draft pick, took part in his first
practice since being activated from the reserve/physically unable
to perform list. He broke his leg in a game in December 2011. ...
The team signed Alex Gillett to the practice squad. The rookie,
who was with the Packers as an undrafted free agent through
training camp started 30 games at quarterback and three at
receiver at Eastern Michigan.