In order for a quarterback and coach to get along, there has to be effective communication between both men. It is easy to understand why Seneca Wallace is no longer playing for Jim Harbaugh’s San Francisco 49ers.
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Wallace, who signed with San Francisco nearly two weeks ago after New Orleans released him, recently signed with the Green Bay Packers. That occurred after Harbaugh said he thought the quarterback was retiring.
Apparently, Wallace was only walking away from the 49ers, not football.
"I've been around this game long enough where I can see what's going on," Wallace recently told the Des Moines Register, "and I realized right away the reason they brought me here was to get Colt to take a pay cut."
Wallace is referring to Colt McCoy, who recently had his base salary reduced from $1.5 million to the league minimum of $630,000 (with incentives if he were to reach certain playing time marks). After that deal was reached on August 24, Wallace believed his time in San Francisco was over.
That is when Wallace decided not to accompany the team to San Diego for the 49ers' preseason finale last week. In Harbaugh’s defense, if Wallace informed the coach he did not plan to travel with the team, it is easy to understand why he thought the quarterback was retiring.
Ironically, Green Bay will play against San Francisco on Sunday, and conspiracy theorists – that might include Ray Lewis – believed the signing was just a plot by the Packers to pick Wallace’s brain. However, Packers coach Mike McCarthy refuted that notion on Monday by pointing out the quarterback’s experience and saying, “Just talking football with him last night, I felt confident that he'll be ready to play Sunday.”
Despite the confusion, Wallace told JSonline.com it was all simply 'miscommunication' between both parties. Wallace also said he called Harbaugh to clear the air.
“You can never dream about how things worked out," Wallace said. "I mean, it was tough. It was a tough couple weeks but what happened is behind me and now I’m moving forward and focusing on being here in Green Bay and being the best provider as a back-up to A-Rod.”
That is something everyone can understand.
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