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Daily Madden: Why The Packers Picked Up The QBs The 49ers Cut

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Defenders Nico Johnson #57 and Jerrell Powe #95 of the Kansas City Chiefs sack quarterback Scott Tolzien #3 of the San Francisco 49ers during the second half on August 16, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

Defenders Nico Johnson #57 and Jerrell Powe #95 of the Kansas City Chiefs sack quarterback Scott Tolzien #3 of the San Francisco 49ers during the second half on August 16, 2013 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The Green Bay Packers signed Seneca Wallace and Scott Tolzien, two back-up quarterbacks the 49ers released last week. Are the Packers looking for inside information as they prepare for this weekend’s season opener against San Francisco? “That could be, but it’s down the list,” John Madden told the KCBS Radio morning crew, noting the Packers scouts know plenty about the 49ers.

“They’ll know more than Wallace or Tolzien… (But) the 49ers are going to have to change some of their verbiage on the line of scrimmage,” said Madden. “That’s something that you probably wouldn’t know from your scouting report, but you would know from a player.”

Madden said it’s more likely the Packers signed Wallace and Tolzien because they weren’t happy with the players they had to back up Aaron Rodgers. “We used to always say we would rather have someone that we don’t know can do it or not, rather than someone we know can’t do it.”

The NCAA has a new ‘targeting’ rule that allows referees to both eject and suspend a player during a game. Madden said the rule may go too far, noting a Cal player’s suspension during the loss to Northwestern Saturday night has already been overturned.

“In the NFL, we would always penalize during the game and then fine or suspend after the game, and you had that time to really review. The college game is trying to penalize and suspend at the same time, with a small gap between the time you penalize and the time you suspend. That seems to be the problem right there… I don’t know how long that’s going to take to work out, or I don’t know if it’s going to work out.”

Listen to the John Madden segment live weekday mornings at 8:15 on KCBS All News 740 AM/106.9 FM.

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