Davis planning for the Packers without Rodgers
Seneca Wallace is 6-15 in his career as a starting quarterback. (USA Today Images)
When the Eagles put together a game plan, defensive coordinator Bill Davis said they “major in certain things.” With the Eagles traveling to Green Bay on Sunday, they would have majored in Aaron Rodgers, who has a Ph.D. in passing and has been schooling opposing defenses for years.
That’s how it would have gone, but the Packers' Pro Bowl quarterback was injured in their Monday night game against the Bears. There are reports that Rodgers suffered a small fracture in his collarbone and could be out for three weeks (see story). Seneca Wallace is expected to start in his place.
Rodgers has missed only two games since becoming Green Bay's starter in 2008. In 2010, he sat out against New England after getting a concussion the previous week. Rodgers also sat out the last game of the 2011 regular season when the Packers rested him against the Lions. His backup that year, Matt Flynn, threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns in the start against Detroit.
The Eagles are obviously hoping this season’s Green Bay backup doesn’t have nearly as much success as Flynn did that year. At the least, the Birds’ coaches are familiar with Wallace. Davis was Cleveland’s defensive coordinator while Wallace was with the Browns, and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was Wallace’s head coach in Cleveland last year.
“I know Seneca from being in Cleveland last year,” Davis said. “He was with us the last two years. And then I was in that division and coached against him. He’s a (Mike) Holmgren-raised West Coast offense [quarterback]. So is Mike McCarthy. It’s a high-efficiency offense that’s really built for a quarterback to quickly distribute the ball, and they didn’t come too far off that. I think they’ll stay with that type of plan with Seneca.”
The Packers signed Wallace during the first week of the regular season. As of Tuesday, he and Rodgers were the only active quarterbacks on the Packers' roster.
Wallace replaced Rodgers on the second drive of Monday night’s game and promptly threw an interception. He completed 11 of 19 passes against the Bears for 114 yards with an interception, no touchdowns and a 53.4 quarterback rating.
The 33-year old is in his eighth NFL season. For his career, he’s completed 59.1 percent of his passes for 4,922 yards, 31 touchdowns, 19 interceptions and an 80.6 quarterback rating. He also averages 4.3 yards per carry.
Wallace, who is 6-15 as a starter, has not won a game as a starter since Oct. 3, 2010, when the Browns beat the Bengals.
“The one thing about Seneca, he’s a very veteran player,” Shurmur said. “He knows how to play this game. He’s got a good set of legs on him. He can move around and make throws. I think he’s got a very strong arm, and he’s played long enough in their system, Mike [McCarthy’s] system, to be efficient. I think if Seneca ends up playing this week, we’ve got to be prepared for a guy who can execute it at a high level. And really he can be dangerous using his legs as well.”