Time to Panic About Graham Harrell?

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Graham Harrell

It’s been well documented. Green Bay Packers backup quarterback Graham Harrell had a poor showing against the Cleveland Browns Thursday night.

Harrell was 12-of-24 for 100 yards and two picks. He didn’t move the offense. Of course, everyone is panicking.

Well, almost everyone.

Aaron Rodgers isn’t panicking.

“We’ve got a lot of confidence in Graham. We’re not worried about him,” Rodgers said. “They kept their first-team defense in for the majority of the first half, I think the whole first half, and I know what that’s like at times.”

This is true. Harrell played with a bunch of scrubs. He faced a lot of pressure. His receivers didn’t always hold onto the ball. Still, there’s that troubling thing about not moving the offense. If it weren’t for two nice catch-and-run plays by Jarrett Boykin, Harrell would have thrown for about 60 yards in nearly three quarters of action.

The Packers have to be going over their options at this point. Inevitably, that always seems to bring us back to Browns backup Colt McCoy.

Adam Schefter suggests McCoy is available for a fifth-round pick.

“Cleveland would be willing to deal McCoy for the right price, no matter what it says,” wrote Schefter, “and the Packers could use McCoy as much as any team in the league right about now. He would be great insurance for [Aaron] Rodgers and give the Packers the type of backup they would need to sustain their playoff hopes in the event of an injury.”

Interestingly, the Browns played McCoy only one series last night before going to Seneca Wallace. McCoy led them to a touchdown.

It’s almost as if they were dangling McCoy in front of the Packers before pulling him back, which is probably because they didn’t want him to get injured. That would really hurt his trade value, you know?

What would McCoy bring to the Packers? Someone who knows the west coast offense and a former starter. He’s also a guy who could keep the Packers in the playoff race if Rodgers went down. That’s something Harrell doesn’t appear to be at the moment.

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Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.

15 Comments on "Time to Panic About Graham Harrell?"

  1. stetrou

    McCoy is a viable option. He spent last season running for his life with the right side of the 0-line struggling, had no run support and receivers that were arguably the worst in the league. Look at what he did against the Patriots and Steelers the season before. Do we really want to throw away a good season with a Bears/Hanie-like meltdown with Harrell?

  2. monkee

    Did the author of this article watch any of colts game last year – he looked as bad as Harrell, but was playing with their 1st team. Before we start jumping to conclusions it might be nice to see Harrell play with the 1st team. If he has to come in for anything more than mop up duty during the regular season he wont be playing the 2nd and 3rd team.

  3. doug

    Harrell has looked pathetic, but I agree that the guys he is playing with aren’t helping him any. O-line was better than against SD, but the run blocking was still painful to watch. No run game makes the pass game harder. I’d give him a little more time, but I admit I’m a little nervous about him right now…..

  4. Vijay

    What about Seneca Wallace instead? He’s still 32…wouldn’t that cost less than a 5th rounder? Maybe Cleveland wants to keep Wallace and they really want to deal Colt.

  5. iltarion

    This article and Adam Schefter show complete ignorance when it comes to the Packers.

    This isn’t the Baltimore Ravens.

    The Packers don’t run the ball and they don’t play defense.

    They win games thanks to having the best QB and WR core in football.

    Colt McCoy isn’t capable of keeping this team in shit. The Lions and Bears are in this division. Take A-Rodge off this team and it finishes 3rd in the division. Period.

    Let’s say A-Rodge gets another concussion and is just out a couple games. If Harrell starts, they lose. If McCoy starts, they lose. If Wallace starts, they lose. If McNabb, or any other jackoff people can think of, starts, they lose. Same difference.

    Next fricking question.

  6. Rebelgb

    I have to disagree “Ill”tarion. Look at the Lion game last year. Yes the game didnt mean shit to either team, but the talent on our offense turned a so so QB named Matt Flynn into a 2012 starter and a multi-millionaire.

    Could Graham come in and use our 1st team offensive talent to beat the Bears or the Lions like Flynn? No fucking way. Could Mccoy? Possibly.

    And if Possibly gives us a chance at the playoffs or even a home playoff game absent Arodge then its worth taking a shot and picking him up.

    • iltarion

      The Packers had a QB in Matt Flynn at that time who had been in the system for 4 years.

      Colt McCoy or any of those other jokers? No comparison.

      Harrell is the only guy that has any chance to look anything like Flynn did.

      Let Harrell play with some NFL caliber WRs and OLs before talking crap about him

  7. Pretty good debate here. Some folks for McCoy some against.

    It makes sense the Packers pick up McCoy if they can get him for a 5, develop him and let him back up Rodgers for a year or two as cheap insurance while developing their other young quarterback, BJ Coleman. Coleman is bigger and stronger and ultimately better suited to backup Aaron Rodgers and maybe replace Rodgers in the distant future. In two years when Coleman is ready they trade McCoy to someone looking for a starter or good back up.


  8. Doug Bishop

    Say it twice… say it louder…
    Everybody knows that Brian Brohm didn’t even get a first chance at Green Bay! Folks in Green Bay are saying that Harrell deserves a chance! What gives… Harrell gets a chance & Brohm gets no chance! Go figure…! Perhaps Brohm just wasn’t cheezy enough for Green Bay!

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