For a team thatÂ whose quarterback fortunes haveÂ been touched by the football Gods themselves over the past 20+ years, it would seem that the Green Bay PackersÂ could probably write the book on how to handle and develop the most important position on the field.
Alas, theyÂ learned a tough lessonÂ in 2013 and one that hopefully will set up a more ideal situation with their signal callers in 2014.Â I tend to like to revisit history quite a bit so let’s recap the quarterback situation last year for the Packers.
Heading into 2013, Green Bay had Aaron Rodgers, Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman set to go at quarterback and there was little question about whether they would all be on the roster, just a matter of how.
There was hesitation about Harrell after his subpar performances during the 2012 season but his experience in the offense was enough to instill the coaching staff’s confidence in him.Â Coleman was expected, by many, to step up and make a jump between his first and second seasons.Â Still, he was a possibility to land on the team’s practice squad again.
Neither of them made it to week one and questions began to fly about why so much was expected out of such mediocre players.Â Were the Packers losing their luster in being able to develop young passers?Â Both Harrell and Coleman were released during the preseason and the Packers signed veteran Vince Young, who had not played at all the season prior.Â Â Young was a complete dud and the Packers released himÂ after the last preseason game.Â Â The Packers then turned to Seneca Wallace to back up Rodgers but he had no time to practice or play with his new teammates in a game situation before the season started.
While Rodgers had missed a few games up until then, there was little reason to be too concerned about who was behind #12 as he had a strong history of being healthy and available.Â Unfortunately, Rodgers’ collarbone wasn’t quite as strong and was broken during a week six game against the Chicago Bears.Â Suddenly the Packers and their fans were in unfamiliar territory:Â they would have to rely on their backup quarterback for an extended period of time.