Vince Young is Visiting the Packers

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Vince Young

Vince Young

The Green Bay Packers appear to be a bit uneasy about their backup quarterback situation. That’s the only conclusion you could draw from the fact the team is working out Vince Young today.

Young last played an NFL game in 2011 with the Philadelphia Eagles’ “Dream Team.” That year he threw for 866 yards, four touchdowns and nine picks. Not exactly stellar numbers.

Young went to camp with Buffalo last season, but the team cut him before the season began.

Young hasn’t really put up stellar numbers at any point in his career, but he somehow made two Pro Bowls while a member of the Tennessee Titans. Those came in 2006, when he threw for 2,199 yards, 12 touchdowns and 13 picks, and 2009, when he threw for 1,879 yards, 10 touchdowns and seven picks.

What Young may lack as a great passer, he somewhat makes up for with his athleticism and running ability. For example, in 2006, he ran for 552 yards and seven TDs.

So what are the Packers thinking bringing in a guy who hasn’t played in over a year? Part of it has to be B.J. Coleman’s continued erratic play.

Coleman was supposed to challenge Graham Harrell for the backup job, but he didn’t do himself any favors during Family Night, when he chucked two interceptions.

“I thought the first one was poor,” Mike McCarthy said of Coleman. “I had a chance to talk to him. The second one was a jump ball and really didn’t give him a chance. He did some good things, but the two turnovers was obviously the black eye for B.J. Coleman.”

Harrell, meanwhile, did just fine in the scrimmage, hitting 9-of-12 passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. The question remains whether he could win a regular-season game.

Although he hasn’t done much of it lately, Young has proven he can win in the regular season. His career mark is 31-19.

About The Author

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

18 Comments on "Vince Young is Visiting the Packers"

  1. The Really Real, for serious this time, Russ Letlow

    All for it – Get him in camp and try coaching him up a bit. His upside has to be better than Graham Harrell’s. BJ Coleman should be driving a cab in Green Bay..

  2. GBslacker

    No way a McCarthy offense meshes with a VY mind — so he’s not-at-all a viable option at backup QB.

    So they’re either still worried about read-option, or they’re just kickin’ tires.

  3. Letlow,I totally agree.Vince is a better option than either of the back ups.Even though early on they might have come up with a better option.At least you have a run option with him.T.T. does not to part with this boys and when he does its too late to get anything for them

  4. Iltarion

    Anyone talking about VY for a back up is a moron.

    That is Graham Harrell’s job. He has 4 years in this offense and has complete command of it.

    This is an example of TT kicking the tires of someone who he liked coming out of college. That’s all.

    The ONLY way I could see VY making the 53 man roster is as a read-option consideration.

  5. FITZCORE1252

    “The Green Bay Packers appear to be a bit uneasy about their backup quarterback situation. That’s the only conclusion you could draw from the fact the team is working out Vince Young today.”

    No, actually there is a much more reasonable conclusion one could draw… He’s a read option look, for fucks sake! Bring his ass in, we need all the looks we can get in the next few weeks.

  6. FITZCORE1252

    Very close in size to Kaperdink I may add, with much of the same wiggle… They’re trying to get ready for weeks 1 and 2… Clear as day.

  7. calpackerfan

    Can we move past the Graham Harrell ‘fumble’ or what ever you call it please. I was tempted to start posting videos of VY throwing his pads at fans, crying on a bench or throwing i cant count how many INT’s in his last game. At this point, Harrell is a much safer bet as back-up. Young has shown he cannot adopt to a normal offense – he wants to run and sling the ball like he did in college. Simply an older version of Tebow.

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