Black and Blue all over: Brohm's predicament

September, 2, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Brian Brohm took it like a man.

Entering the NFL draft, Brohm was considered a polished passer and a quick study. Those attributes made him perfect for the Green Bay Packers, who needed a player ready to step into the No. 2 quarterback role behind starter Aaron Rodgers. But Brohm struggled from the outset of training camp, and Monday the Packers confirmed that fellow rookie Matt Flynn will serve as the primary backup.

Speaking Monday to reporters in Green Bay, Brohm accurately and professionally outlined his failure. According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Brohm acknowledged his breakdown in the most basic of fundamentals.

"Of course I'm disappointed, but I knew I didn't perform up to my level of expectations in the preseason games and in camp. I think the breakdown really wasn't mental. I think some of my technique has been a little bit off this camp. Got to get back to throwing the ball the way I know how to, putting a little more juice behind the ball and just letting it rip. I think I might have been holding back on a few throws so I just have to get back to letting the ball come out of my hand. Let it fly."

Brohm eventually could overtake Flynn, but it won't be easy. Flynn already has caught the eye of coach Mike McCarthy, who on Monday compared his "moxie" to that of Carolina's feisty Jake Delhomme.

It's far too early to call Brohm a wasted draft pick. In many ways, however, he has squandered an ideal assignment: The Packers had Brohm tapped to serve an important role without being thrown onto the field right away -- as the Atlanta Falcons are doing with rookie Matt Ryan and the Baltimore Ravens with Joe Flacco.

In the preferred scenario, Brohm would have received practice snaps in the Packers' offense to help fuel his development. Now, he is a member of their scout team with an uphill battle to secure a more prominent role.

Elsewhere around the NFC North:

  • The Chicago Bears' projected starting receivers are Devin Hester and Brandon Lloyd, writes Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times. (Editorial comment: Yikes.)
  • The Bears need to get rookie running back Matt Forte at least 20 touches per game, according to David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune.
  • The Detroit Lions haven't picked a winner yet in the cornerback competition between Leigh Bodden and Travis Fisher, according to the Detroit Free Press.
  • On the other hand, the Lions have awarded veteran George Foster the starting right tackle job. For now, first-round draft pick Gosder Cherilus will be on the bench.
  • The Minnesota Vikings are nearing a sellout of their Sept. 14 home opener against Indianapolis, but they have 8,000 tickets remaining for their Sept. 21 game against Carolina. To avoid a potential blackout, they are teaming with the local Fox affiliate to sell discounted tickets.

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