Scott Tolzien is having a ball playing Drew Brees in practice this week.
Not a bad gig for the little-known practice-squad quarterback, who wasn't even drafted after a stellar career at Wisconsin or active on game day for the NFC West champion 49ers (13-3) this season. He realizes full well that his behind-the-scenes role is a key to San Francisco's preparation for its NFC divisional playoff game against the high-powered Saints on Saturday at Candlestick Park.
''It's kind of cool,'' Tolzien said. ''With all the success they're having, it's kind of fun to be running their plays and trying to figure out the rhyme behind the reason of why they're having so much success. The surprising thing is it's not really out-of-the-box thinking or anything, it's just typical stuff. It's a good game plan, but the players have to execute it for them to have success. They have a lot of good players over there who are making plays for them.''
The 24-year-old rookie has watched and admired Brees for...