Is anyone really surprised that the Green Bay Packers cut ties with backup quarterback Graham Harrell?
It is true he was a favorite among the organization as coaches and players, including superstar Aaron Rodgers, enjoyed his presence. It is also true that he made strides in the film room, weight room and practice field since his arrival in 2010. Unfortunately, none of that ever transitioned to the gridiron during preseason games, which ultimately cost him his spot on the 53-man roster.
The Packers never intended to bring in Vince Young this summer. However, the organization felt the need to bolster the depth at the quarterback position behind Rodgers after Harrell and B.J. Coleman failed to impress in the team’s first preseason game. It was obvious Green Bay was attempting to light a fire under Harrell, but apparently, the signal caller never got the message.
“Graham, frankly, there is some video that we really need to look at,” Mike McCarthy said following the 17-10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. “I’d like to see more. He had some tough breaks there with the penalties, but the rhythm of the offense and some of the things mechanically, I would have liked to have seen us be more sharp. We played primarily against an eight-man front, and we didn’t do a very good job handling that.”
The harsh reality of the situation is that everyone emotionally involved with the Packers, including the fans, feel more comfortable with Young backing up Rodgers than anyone else on the roster. If something were to happen to Rodgers during the season, people would feel more comfortable with Young’s 61 games of experience and 46 touchdowns than Harrell’s two completions during the regular season.