If not Vince Young, then who?

August, 30, 2013
8/30/13
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Vince Young didn’t play as well in Thursday’s preseason finale at Kansas City as the Green Bay Packers had hoped.

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In 11 series, Young managed only a pair of field-goal drives, one which came without the benefit of a first down after cornerback Tramon Williams intercepted Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniel on the first play of the game. On Young’s other nine possessions, the Packers either punted (seven times), turned it over (once on a Young fumble) or ran out of time at the end of the game.

In his first preseason start, Young completed 14-of-30 passes for 144 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. He was sacked twice and finished with a passer rating of 61.0.

Although he played only one series with the starting offensive line and just two snaps with receivers Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson, Young did little to convince the Packers he could play winning football if something were to happen to Aaron Rodgers.

On Friday, ESPN’s Ed Werder indicated that Young could be in trouble.

 
The problem for the Packers is that their options appear to be limited.

B.J. Coleman, who played four series against the Chiefs and completed just 2-of-7 passes for 19 yards with no touchdowns and an interception (45.2 passer rating), is not NFL-game ready. He needs another year on the practice squad before he can make a stronger push for the backup job.

The Packers’ investment in Young is minimal financially -- he’s scheduled to make the veteran’s minimum of $715,000 if he makes the roster -- but they spent nearly a month of training camp giving him practice and game reps. If they were to bring in another quarterback off the street, they would be starting over.

There isn’t another quarterback currently on the market that has any experience in coach Mike McCarthy’s system. Graham Harrell, who was cut by the Packers last Saturday, signed with the New York Jets. Even if the Jets release him, a return to Green Bay is unlikely. Matt Flynn, who was the Packers’ backup from 2008-2011, was competing with Terrelle Pryor to be the Oakland Raiders starter. Even if the Raiders go with Pryor, they may keep Flynn as the backup.

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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