2013 Packers Position Group Analysis: Quarterback
Packers quarterbacks: That Aaron Rodgers guy is pretty good. Should he ever get hurt for an extended stretch (God forbid), things could go south in a hurry. Most teams are in the same boat as the Packers when it comes to quarterback. If the starter gets hurt, they’re screwed. Fans like to get all worked up over the backup quarterback. “Bring in a good backup,” they yell. “I want someone with experience,” they cry. Well, if the backup QB was good, he probably wouldn’t be a backup in the first place. And bringing in a veteran? I’ll take a low-cost young guy with a high ceiling over someone with experience who is overpriced, washed up, and probably no good, anyway.
Where are we now:
Here are the current suspects;
Aaron Rodgers (1st round)
Graham Harrell (7th round)
B.J. Coleman (7th round)
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Aaron Rodgers: The most physically gifted quarterback in the game. By now, we all know what Rodgers is good at. If we wanted him to be even better, I suppose we could point to his tendency to hold the ball and ignore underneath receivers. Sometimes it feels like Rodgers is almost too talented for his own good. He’s always trying to wriggle around the pocket and keep his eyes downfield, hoping a receiver comes open deep for a bomb. Sometimes you want to shake Rodgers and tell him that there’s nothing wrong with a “normal” five-yard pass every now and then. That’s getting really nit-picky, though. It’s not like Rodgers never throws underneath and always holds the ball too long.
Graham Harrell: Is Harrell the young QB who can be developed into something useful that I was talking about in the introduction? It didn’t look like it in 2012. Harrell’s arm strength is below average and he looks clumsy. But he’s still young. Real young. Matt Flynn didn’t look like much, either, at first. Don’t count out Mike McCarthy’s ability to make a bad young QB into a useful young QB. I wonder how long of a leash Harrell has. If he doesn’t show significant improvement over the summer and in training camp, do the Packers go with B.J. Coleman, or take another flyer on a QB late in the draft?
B.J. Coleman: I know next to nothing about this guy. I did a draft profile on him about a year ago. I know that Jersey Al likes him. I know that Rodgers and the Packers coaching staff have praised Coleman’s work ethic and his dedication to learning everything about the offense and getting better. That’s all well and good, but can he play? Only the Packers coaches have an idea about the answer to that question. We didn’t see much of Coleman last season, even in the preseason. Perhaps that was the Packers’ way of keeping Coleman hidden so nobody else claimed him.
So that’s where we are. Next let’s look at…
Where we want to be: The Packers are right where they want to be at QB. They have (arguably) the best QB in the NFL, and two young guys backing him up that McCarthy can mold any way he wants.
How do we get there?
There’s no need for the Packers to waste resources on a “good backup quarterback.” That phrase is an oxymoron. McCarthy and his other coaches need to have a come to Jesus meeting about Harrell and decide if they need to cut ties, focus on Coleman, and maybe take another flyer on a QB late in the draft.
If McCarthy does decide that he wants to go with a more experienced backup, I hope he finds someone that can run. I have no idea who that might be, because I really don’t care. I’m not going to waste my time researching backup quarterbacks. The Packers probably aren’t, either.——————