One week ago, we were all raining down praise upon Packers quarterback Vince Young. He was the next best backup quarterback in Green Bay. We felt convinced and at ease that if all-world QB Aaron Rodgers would go down with an injury that we would be well set with Young hitting the frozen tundra.
Heck, the Packers felt the same. They went out the day after Young’s performance against the Seattle Seahawks and sent longtime backup Graham Harrell home. They felt strongly enough that Young was the guy to back up Rodgers that they were willing to let the unproductive Harrell packing.
It was Young’s 6-for-7 passing and 130.7 quarterback rating against the Seahawks that had them convinced. Everyone was happy.
That was until yesterday.
Young went out and laid the biggest egg that a hyped up quarterback in Green Bay laid since … probably John Hadl.
To his credit, Young did hit a couple of nice passes Thursday night against the Kansas City Chiefs, but overall he was pathetic. His passes didn’t have any zip and were so off target that he couldn’t have hit the proverbial side of the barn even if he had been inside the barn.
Granted, Young is still learning the system. He’s learning the nuances of his teammates and of his coaching staff. We can’t expect him to be a world beater considering he’s only been in Green Bay for a little more than a couple of weeks.
But we’re up against the wall here. The season starts next week and the Packers are just one hard hit away from a killing injury that would put Young in charge.
Should we be concerned? Heck yeah we should be concerned. From what I saw last night, if Young took a step ahead against the Seahawks, he took two steps back against the Chiefs. The Packers got lucky the past few years. They haven’t had to rely on their backup quarterback. Heck over the past two decades, Packers fans and the team haven’t seen their backup quarterback in action. That’s a good thing, but the law of averages are catching up with the team. Something’s bound to happen. You know it and I know it.
So what do we need to do? Well, prayer would probably be a good idea, but better yet, getting Young up to speed might be a better option. We can only hope that Mike McCarthy can do his magic with Young.
Better yet, while we’re worried about Vince Young, we hope he never gets the chance to play.