Vince Young hands off to running back Johnathan Franklin against the Kansas City Chiefs. John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Green Bay Packers finish preseason at 1-3

There were some definites that became clear as the Green Bay Packers lost their final preseason game at Kansas City tonight.

The main definite is that Packers coaches, administrators and fans absolutely do not want to see Aaron Rodgers get hurt this season.

That’s because if Vince Young took a step forward last weekend against the Seattle Seahawks, he took two steps back tonight against the Kansas City Chiefs. Young finished 14-of-30 for 144 yards tonight, not the eye-popping statistics that might set us at ease. While Young alternated time with teammate quarterback B.J. Coleman, Young took over in full in the second half and never gained the confidence one thought he might gain with so much time on the field.

To Young’s credit, his offensive line didn’t give him and the running game much support.

Mike McCarthy
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Overall, tonight’s game was probably on a par with the preseason opener against the Arizona Cardinals, but at least the Packers did score points. But for a team that’s supposed to be an offensive juggernaut, the team scored a total of two touchdowns during their four preseason games. Granted, starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers played fewer than 50 snaps in the four games, but if the Packers are going to be considered one of the teams that will compete for a Super Bowl they need to have the reserves in place to step in when injuries occur. Judging from the way the second and third strings played the past month, the team may be in trouble.

But there were a few who did some things tonight to possibly earn themselves a place on the Packers’ roster. Jeremy Ross was one – he caught three passes for 50 yards and will most likely have a role in special teams come the regular season. In addition, defensive back Chris Banjo also showed dynamic playmaking abilities that might give him a shot.

The follow are some of the quotes from McCarthy’s post-game press conference:







So, as the Packers move toward Saturday’s final cutdown, it will be interesting to see which direction the Packers move. Will there be some surprise cuts? Maybe. But my  guess is that most of the cuts will be as expected. Vince Young will be named the team’s backup quarterback and B.J. Coleman will most like be stashed once again in the practice squad.

Beyond that, we’ll let the coaches make the call. That’s why they get the big bucks.

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