Over the weekend Green Bay parted ways with Graham Harrell who saw little action as Aaron Rodgers’ backup the past two seasons, which presumably makes Vince Young the number 2 QB. Head coach Mike McCarthy said Sunday that there is still a competition for that role, however no one believes those words.
The 30 year old Young now appears to be the heavy favorite to back up Rodgers in 2013. The Packers would still be in a world of hurt if their starting quarterback were lost for any stretch in 2013. The team can certainly feel more confident about Young as their sudden backup front runner keeping the offense afloat.
Harrell, for all his knowledge of the Packers offense, lacks an attribute at the position that can consistently strike fear into a defense. He may know all the plays, check downs and protections, but understanding and executing in a live game setting have always been two separate entities for Harrell.
In the Packers preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, Harrell struggled moving the first team offense. Meanwhile, Young led a touchdown drive with the reserves and generally looked like the more threatening quarterback. Overall, Young’s running ability represents the trump card that Harrell simply doesn’t possess; a go-to trait that can save a play otherwise destined for failure.
“That’s my Texas boy so I’m not going to say anything bad about him,” tight end Jermichael Finley said, “but I thought he looked great tonight. He got his feet wet and I can’t wait to see what he does next week.”