Cross Your Fingers Vince Young Never Has to Play for the Packers

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The moment Graham Harrell was cut, I have to admit that I was surprised.

Not because Harrell was no longer a member of the Packers. But because the word from 1265 Lombardi Ave. was that Vince Young would compete for the No. 2 job.

The moment I heard that, I nearly choked on my ice water.

Anybody that has watched a morsel of the waning moments of Packers preseason games the last two years knows that B.J. Coleman is nowhere near a backup job. I’m not saying that may never happen, but after being drafted No. 243 in 2012 and spending last season on the practice squad, Coleman needs a lot of seasoning.

I know that Mike McCarthy is one of those coaches that want to make players earn everything. And trust me, that’s a great thing. You never want to make players get too comfortable.

But, barring an eleventh-hour trade that would send Colt McCoy to the Packers, a guy that Ted Thompson pondered about bringing to Green Bay, Young is the backup.

Young is a much better option than Harrell, but can he digest the playbook quick enough? If Rodgers gets nicked up with an early-season slate of the 49ers, Redskins and dramatically improved Bengals, what will the offense look like?

I don’t doubt Young’s ability to make something out of nothing with tremendous improvisational skills. His long, wiry body makes it easier for him to avoid would-be tacklers.

But how often will he make something out of something? That’s the question. When will Young be able to perform when he’s supposed to?

For the Packers sake, let’s hope they don’t have to find out.


Cory Jennerjohn is from Wisconsin and has been in sports media for over 10 years. To contact Cory e-mail him at jeobs -at- or follow him on Twitter: Cory Jennerjohn