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September 2, 2013
QB Seneca Wallace joins Scott Tolzien in Green Bay


The mystery surrounding Seneca Wallace's final day with the 49ers grew clearer today when he became the second ex-49ers quarterback in as many days to sign with the Green Bay Packers, who face the 49ers in six days. Wallace will serve as Green Bay's primary backup to Aaron Rodgers to start the season.

Wallace strangely didn't make the trip with the 49ers to San Diego for Thursday's preseason finale. Jim Harbaugh later said Wallace told him that morning he wanted to retire. It seems now that Wallace knew he would have a much better chance of making another team's roster and didn't want to expose himself to injury by playing behind the 49ers' third-string offensive line in the fourth quarter.

Wallace seemed like he had a real shot to make the 49ers' roster when they signed him Aug. 22. Both Colt McCoy and Scott Tolzien had struggled in the preseason while B.J. Daniels, while playing well, was a rookie. But three days later, Harbaugh announced that McCoy would begin the season as the No. 2 quarterback.

In the interim, McCoy restructured his contract with the 49ers. Wallace's signing now seems like it was leverage to get McCoy to rework his deal. Suspecting as much, Wallace (Cordova High, Sacramento City College) realized he had no chance to make the 49ers' roster. Harbaugh told reporters after Thursday's game that Wallace had decided to retire, which Wallace disputed.

In Green Bay today, Wallace told reporters it was "miscommunication" and said he called the coach to clear the air.

The Packers added Tolzien to their practice squad on Sunday. He had been with the 49ers for two and half years while Wallace was only with the team a week.

Tolzien, obviously, would have very good insight into the 49ers offensive and defensive personnel - especially starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick -- their defensive tendencies and their snap count pattern at the line of scrimmage. But in talking to players this spring and summer, there's been little, if any, game-plan preparation for the Packers thus far.

The 49ers opened the season against the Packers last year, too, and they openly said they began their Week 1 preparation as far back as the spring. The coaches undoubtedly started working on Green Bay earlier this year as well. But it hasn't been passed on to the players - perhaps in anticipation of this type of situation - and it won't until the first practice of the week on Tuesday.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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