Backup Quarterback Job Still Open for Green Bay Packers

By Michael Terrill
Backup Quarterback Job Still Open for Green Bay Packers
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Even though the Green Bay Packers have decided to part ways with last year’s backup quarterback Graham Harrell, it does not mean the job has been sealed up. There is still an open competition between Vince Young and second-year player B.J. Coleman for the right to hold Aaron Rodgers’ clipboard for the 2013 NFL season.

“We have two quarterbacks here,” head coach Mike McCarthy said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “And the No. 2 spot hasn’t been answered. That’s where we are. B.J. and Vince are going to compete and take the majority of this football game.”

Do not expect to see Rodgers at all in the team’s last preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The Packers need as much time as possible to see what Young and Coleman can do. Without a doubt, it will be a very entertaining week in Green Bay with a thrilling game against the Chiefs to decide who will be the No. 2 on the depth chart.

Obviously, Young is the favorite to win the role. Everyone emotionally involved in the organization would be devastated if something were to happen to Rodgers. However, at least they would have a proven quarterback to take over. Young has appeared in 61 career games, including one playoff start, and has tossed 46 touchdowns in his career.

“I’m still working, still trying to get better, still catching up,” Young told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “It’s a lot to learn right now. I just really feel like just a lot of extra work behind the scenes is going to help me get to where I need be at.

“I really feel like the job is still up in the air right now. I feel like me and B.J. are still competing. Overall, it’s not about us, really, it’s about the team and pushing each other so we can bring the talent out of both of us as well as Aaron.”

Coleman certainly has a chance to win the job, but he will need to play some of the best football of his life over the next few days. Otherwise, he will be placed on the practice squad once again.

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