Aaron Rodgers hopes to be throwing passes around Lambeau Field for at least the next 8-10 years. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

When do the Green Bay Packers start looking for a quarterback?

Aaron Rodgers will be locked up with a new contract for the next 10 years, but he won’t be quarterback forever. When do the Packers start looking for a successor?
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

You might think that the furthest thing from Green Bay Packers General Manager Ted Thompson is drafting or trading for a quarterback.

Green Bay Packers quarterback Graham Harrell (6) hands the ball off to running back James Starks (44) during the second half of a game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium.
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But consider the options the Packers have at the position behind all-world Aaron Rodgers: Graham (I-can’t-hand-off-without-fumbling-from-the-1 yard-line) Harrell and B.J. (I trained with Brett Favre, but am destined for the practice squad) Coleman.

If Rodgers goes down with an injury in 2013, just like last year, the Packers are going to be in a tough spot. In fact, you may as well dial up a step backward and start looking forward to the offseason’s draft.

The Packers have been incredibly fortunate for the past two decades. Since 1992, the franchise has had three quarterbacks who have started games (if you include Matt Flynn), and it looks like Aaron Rodgers is going to sign up for at least another 8-10 years with the team. That would make it nearly 30 straight years with two quarterbacks under center for the same franchise.

Unprecedented to say the least.

Since 1992, the Chicago Bears have fielded 46 different quarterbacks, including now-San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh.

But all it takes is one backside hit from Jared Allen, one stomp by Ndamukong Suh, and Rodgers could be lost for a game, a month, a season, or his entire career. We all know how fleeting an NFL career can be.

So, does that mean that Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy should be worried? They should if they don’t do something about their offensive line. Being sacked 52 times in 2012 was unnerving for every Packers fan and coach.

But does it mean that the Packers go out and draft or trade for a quarterback who could step in and take the reins from Rodgers? Last year, the Packers drafted Coleman knowing full well that he would be a project. Because we feel Thompson won’t be drafting a quarterback again this year, the competition for backup will be played out in preseason between Coleman and Harrell. With the initial advantage going to Harrell, maybe Coleman can push him. We’ll see on that count.

So the question is that after the Packers lock up Rodgers with a lifetime contract in the next month, the Packers will have to start looking at bringing in another quarterback, much like they brought in Rodgers when it was clear that Favre had at least another three or four seasons left.

It’s never a bad thing to pick up a quarterback … at any time … even when your franchise quarterback signs a long-term, multi-million dollar deal.

Unless it’s through a trade (very unlikely) or the draft (highly unlikely), the only way Thompson might bring in another QB this offseason is via an undrafted free agent. We all know how many of those stick with a team. Sans Kurt Warner, the likelihood of someone making the Packers that way are next to nil.

However, looking down the road, the Packers scouts should continue scouring the land for the next Favre or Rodgers.

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  • NFL Madness

    Should have re-signed Matt Flynn

    • kb

      Not for the price he signed for. This offseason made it clear top backups will make around 4 mil. I still think that is a lot though. As of now I’d rather go with developing youth. Coleman was a late rd prospect but so was Flynn. This year will be telling for him. If he doesn’t beat out Harrell it is time for another late rd prospect next year.

      • Allan Murphy

        what about Aaron rogders little brother espn and sports nation have him on their mock drafts check it out i my self would pick him in that 7 th round !

        • kb

          Not a fan of the idea. Reminds me of bringing in Matthews little brother. Just seems like a unneeded distraction.

  • Allan Murphy

    thay can draft jorden rodgers Aaron rodgers littel brother both espn and sports nation have them picking him in 7 th round how about that read the schoop on him hes more moble than Aaron ??

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.katorski James Katorski

    When does the Pack look for a quarterback? They have one of the best, and Mike McCarthy makes quarterbacks. The other best way I can answer that is McCarthy

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.katorski James Katorski

    When do they find a qb in Green Bay? Coach McCarthy makes quarterbacks. Just look at the list of former qbs around the league who have been “made” by him as former Packer 2nd stringers mostly from the draft starting with Ron Wolf drafting Brett back in 91-92. He made Brett Favre and a host of qu’s around the league, so don’t worry too much now that the latest backup has a couple years learning the system (who can remember his name?[Graham Harrell], even though his short lived initial appearance wasn’t in line with the numbers put up by Green Bays starters for the past couple decades, he is right now the best suited player in the NFL for the job. Wasting a draft on the position now would be risky, since more important holes need patching, like LB, the Line on both sides inside on O and outside on D have more concerns right now, then with the age of the D backfield, more help needed for a season to have depth, or running back, right now up for grabs with a few good prospects still active from the end of the season last year, maybe a 6th round or as late as possible, but I wouldn’t trade to move up in the draft for anyone. The system makes the qb, with mostly any good qb, turning them from very good to great, through the short to long procedure Mike Mac puts on every player at the position. It’s like Mike Mac will not let them throw deep until the short pass game is up to snuff, and that is around a 75% completion rate,, that sustains drives for the team, over and over again. Then Mike Mac is satisfied, and the mid range is open to the qb. I’ve seen it every season with every qb, witih every Packer team over the years.

    PS: I’m a 50 year fan, seeing 99.7% of every season and pre-season game since I was 7 years, back in 1962, under Lombardi, so I know their history. My studies started on roster and game stats, with the yearbook every year, so I have seen and know the team and the still held player tradition, shall I say, the opposite of the Raiders, as a tradition to put together only, or as many character traits possible in building a team and staff, even though an occasional bad apple gets in the bunch, such as the long departed tight end they could have kept this year. Mouth. That’s all I have to say.