Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
The Packers had to have learned their lesson about having proven backup quarterbacks last year. The team floundered for a number of games after starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers fractured his clavicle in Week 9 against the Bears.
Injuries like that hadn't happened to a starting quarterback of the Packers for over 20 years. Brett Favre never missed a start in 16 years. Aaron Rodgers had missed only one game due to injury (concussion) in five-and-a-half years.
But that all changed last year, when the injury to Rodgers caused No. 12 to miss seven games.
Part of the problem for the Packers last year was the game of musical chairs the team played with the backup quarterbacks.
In training camp, the Packers had Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman battling for the backup position behind Rodgers. Neither one of them impressed the coaching staff, so the team signed Vince Young to compete.
When it was all said and done after training camp, Harrell, Coleman and Young had all been released.
The team signed veteran Seneca Wallace to backup Rodgers and also brought in Scott Tolzien to the practice squad.
But after Rodgers was injured, Wallace soon followed that path as well. In just his first start for the Packers against the Philadelphia Eagles, Wallace suffered a groin injury which ended his season.
By then Tolzien had been elevated to the active roster, and although he showed some promise, he also made some critical errors.
After the injury to Wallace, the Packers brought back Matt Flynn, who had been the backup to Rodgers from 2008-2011.
After the Packers had lost three straight games and Tolzien was struggling against the Vikings, Flynn got his chance and brought the Packers back from a 20-point deficit to at least earn a tie that game.
Flynn struggled against the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving, but he played very well down the stretch, as he led the Packers to two comeback victories over the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys and almost did the same against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Flynn basically saved the season for the Packers, as he put the team in position to win the NFC North in Week 17 when Rodgers was able to return against the Bears.
Tolzien will be back this season, but the Packers need to make sure that Flynn is also brought back.
Flynn has a very solid track record as a backup in Green Bay, and although he hasn't fared very well in other NFL locations, he has found a comfort zone with the Packers.