Green Bay Packers' Back-up QB Still a Question Mark

By K.C. Gronke

Coming in to the 2012 season, the Green Bay Packers are faced with a problem that they haven’t had in a very long time; the backup quarterback position.  Along with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, the Packers have been the gold standard for quarterback reliability for the last decade. Matt Hasselbeck and Aaron Rodgers were backups to Brett Favre, then Matt Flynn was the backup to Rodgers.  The packers haven’t had to worry about their backup quarterback situation for as long as I can remember.  Rodgers was a great insurance policy until Favre finally decided to call it quits (then come back, then call it quits again, and come back again. . . Well, I’m sure you remember).  Once Rodgers took the wheel, the Packers drafted Flynn to back him up.  Flynn proved to be a more than capable backup, and probably did better than even the Packers would have wanted.  In Flynn’s Week 17 start against the Detroit Lions last year, he threw for 480 yards and 6 touchdowns, both of which are Packers single-game franchise records.  This astonishing performance prompted the Seattle Seahawks to offer the free agent backup a $26 million dollar contract, including $10 million guaranteed, an offer the Packers couldn’t even think of matching.

Now, with Flynn trying to follow in Hasselbeck’s footsteps in Seattle, Graham Harrell is the primary backup, and Harrell hasn’t done a single to ease the worries of Packers’ fans.  Harrell has posted a horrendous 55.6 passer rating so far this preseason, with 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions.  Despite the rough start, and the outcry for a veteran backup, Packers general manager Ted Thompson claims he isn’t ready to make a move just yet.

Rodgers is by no-means an injury-prone player; he has missed a few games here and there with a small history of concussions.  With today’s NFL being as over-protective as it has been the last few seasons, it is not out of the realm of possibility to see Rodgers miss a game, or more, in this upcoming season.  This situation isn’t at a panic level yet, but if Harrell doesn’t improve, it could turn out to be quite troublesome.  Especially in the NFC North, a division that looks to be one of the most competitive in all of football.

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