Does Vince Young have what it takes to be a backup quarterback to Aaron Rodgers? Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Report: Executive says Young not up to backup duties


It sounds as if newly-acquired quarterback Vince Young will get some time on the field for the Green Bay Packers tonight, despite the fact that he only has three practices under his belt.

That might be a good thing, but it also might not be depending on how he plays.

While he competes for a backup job behind Aaron Rodgers, a report on jsonline.com today cites an unnamed league executive who says that Young simply isn’t cut out to be a backup quarterback – for any team.

The executive goes so far as to say that the signing of Young by the Packers appears to have been done in panic mode:

“Unless you’re saying that maybe Graham (Harrell) is that guy supporting (Rodgers) on game day but he’s just not ready to be the guy, and that’s how you’re rationalizing it, it’s just so strange to me. I respect them so much. It just screams of an emergency move.”

Young has all the tools: size (6-5, 230 pounds) and athleticism, as well as some success in the league. However, he just didn’t blossom into an elite quarterback like so many thought he would. In addition, according to the report, the executive said that not only did he not become the starting quarterback everyone envisioned, but that he more importantly doesn’t have what it takes to be a backup quarterback in this league.

Not that Young doesn’t understand the game, the executive, who is said to have seen him operate on a day-to-day basis, said that the quarterback doesn’t have the preparation skills needed for a NFL signal-caller.

“This isn’t a guy who’s going to read coverages from the sideline and be in your ear about things he’s seeing. All these little things that maybe don’t come to the forefront when you talk about a back-up quarterback, you see them holding clipboards, that’s always the moniker, but not many people understand what that means, what that can do.”

In other words, this executive doesn’t think that Young could handle the Packers backup position even if he were to earn it by playing well on the field.

“It’s going to be an interesting challenge for (Young) and one I don’t necessarily expect him to excel at.”

 The executive, who said he has a ton of respect for Ted Thompson and the Packers, didn’t think the signing of Young sounded like a Thompson move. Could he have been talked into it? That’s highly unlikely given that he’s the top dog and takes responsibility for all things that deal with personnel.

But here’s what the exec said in full about that issue:

“I guess it has more to do with the sad situation in the NFL back-up quarterback market. It seemed like the kind of guys that Ted wanted around were a bit smarter than this. Maybe it’s just the impression you have around the league and the credit Ted is due, you carry that kind of respect for him. Maybe it’s being biased from being around Vince, around that experience, but it just didn’t scream of a Ted Thompson move.”

We’ll know more starting tonight and in the coming days and weeks whether this executive is right. Young has said the right things in the locker room to the press, but whether he can turn his past experiences into positives in Green Bay, Wisconsin, remains to be seen.

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  • Loren Baldwin

    He’s got size but that 6 on the Wunderlic test isn’t going to do him much good in understanding the Packers complicated play book.

  • Taryn Miller

    He rode the wave of ignorance of some in the NFL.

  • ObiWanWotan

    He is here to help them practice against the Run-Option. He was cheaper than a draft-pick’d QB. GB has absolutely no chance with anyone other than AR. You see that plain as day when the hideous defense (THEY HAD) went up against a real QB, even the rookies last year, and AR couldn’t win by himself. The defense better be very different, or they will be lucky to win 8 this year, even with AR healthy. The NEW defense should be called GD2 – GreenBay Defense version 2. If they aint a whole new version – it will be very ugly.

  • meat man

    I take issue with the “anonymous executive.” Vince is going to be fine. He will step to the plate if we need him.

    • skeletony

      I don’t think Vince Young will ever play QB in the NFL again. I liked the guy and wanted Seattle to grab him to be RW’s backup but he just does not have the skill or intelligence to be an NFL QB. When he was with the Titans they had a stellar defense and running game and that is how they won games with him. It is one thing if ONE NFL scout, QB coach etc. says Vince is no good but for every single one of them to have the same evaluation…that means something. There is always Canada for Young but the Packers are cutting him after the next game.

    • skeletony

      I don’t think Vince Young will ever play QB in the NFL again. I liked the guy and wanted Seattle to grab him to be RW’s backup but he just does not have the skill or intelligence to be an NFL QB. When he was with the Titans they had a stellar defense and running game and that is how they won games with him. It is one thing if ONE NFL scout, QB coach etc. says Vince is no good but for every single one of them to have the same evaluation…that means something. There is always Canada for Young but the Packers are cutting him after the next game.

    • skeletony

      I don’t think Vince Young will ever play QB in the NFL again. I liked
      the guy and wanted Seattle to grab him to be RW’s backup but he just
      does not have the skill or intelligence to be an NFL QB. When he was
      with the Titans they had a stellar defense and running game and that is
      how they won games with him. It is one thing if ONE NFL scout, QB coach
      etc. says Vince is no good but for every single one of them to have the
      same evaluation…that means something. There is always Canada for Young
      but the Packers are cutting him after the next game.

  • just sayin’

    Thanks for your input Jeff Fisher …errr… anonymous executive.