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Morning Tailgate: Tolzien Influence

Posted Sep 6, 2013

Scott Tolzien and his knowledge of the 49ers offense is a hot topic leading up to Week 1.

It seems like Green Bay’s backup quarterbacks are getting as much, if not more, attention this week than the team's former NFL MVP.

Aaron Rodgers remains as one of the best signal-callers in the league, but his backup and practice squad teammate happen to be fresh off the 49ers roster.

The Packers signed Seneca Wallace to be Rodgers’ backup. They also added Scott Tolzien to the practice squad.

Wallace was with the 49ers for a short time this offseason. Tolzien’s knowledge of the 49ers offense, on the other hand, has truly been a hot topic this week. The third-year quarterback spent two years in San Francisco’s meeting rooms and some think his knowledge of the offense could be a key to Sunday’s season opener.


Greg Roman, Tolzien’s former coach, downplayed the aspect to Sunday’s Week 1 meeting with Green Bay.

“They have a great defense and looking at them in the preseason, they played really well,” the 49ers offensive play-caller said. “I think it’s really going to come down to the players on the field. I mean I could say something pretty clever like, ‘Once they think they’ve got all the answers, we change the questions.’ That may or may not be true, but I’m not going to say that.”

Roman feels that the game will come down to execution and fundamentals.

“All that other stuff, it tends to get a little overrated,” he said. “When you pin your hopes on stuff like that, there’s a flip-side to that coin too on what can happen.”

Roman understands the Packers will be picking Tolzien’s brain for understanding of the 49ers offense, but he’s not losing sleep over it.

“It’s really not going to have any impact on the game,” Roman said.

When asked if the 49ers will be changing verbal cues at the line of scrimmage to ensure the Packers aren’t tipped off, Roman noted that executing such changes requires extreme focus from everyone on the offensive side of the ball.

Roman then said, “Fortunately, our guys are very focused individuals.”

More headlines can be found in today’s Morning Tailgate

Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle discussed the 49ers defending Green Bay's running attack.

Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com looked ahead at possibilities for Jim Harbaugh's next contract.

Mindi Bach of CSNBayArea.com shared the 49ers comments on Rodgers.

John Clayton of ESPN.com discussed the biggest games of Week 1.

Andrew Pentis of 49ers.com looked at Vernon Davis' reaction to Randy Moss' comments.





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