OK, so let’s all say it together, fans of the Green Bay Packers: We’re confused!
There is an entire generation out there who has never seen more than two quarterbacks play for the Green Bay Packers (well, three if you count Matt Flynn).
I feel sorry for that generation … they’ve missed all the fun! You know it wasn’t more than two decades ago (maybe even closer to three decades) when the Packers dealt with the likes of Randy Wright, Don Majkowski, Anthony Dilweg, and Blair Kiel (God rest his soul). In fact, you’ve got to go all the way back to the 80s for the last time the Packers started three different quarterbacks over three straight weeks – that would have been Majkowski, Dilweg and Kiel.
And while that triumvirate surely wasn’t as famous as Tinkers to Evers to Chance (oops! wrong sport), they did play a part in building what was probably one of the worst memories in recent Packers history.
Leading into the 2013 season, we’ve been spoiled. We’ve had the best quarterbacks in the business and it looked like we were skating toward another decade with more stability.
But what we were truly sliding toward was disaster. While Ted Thompson tried to solidify the backup quarterback position during the offseason and into training camp, it didn’t work out. B.J. Coleman was a poor man’s Brett Favre, Graham Harrell was a disaster and Vince Young just didn’t have it anymore.
Now the Packers are desperate. Aaron Rodgers‘ clavicle breaks, Seneca Wallace substitutes against the Bears and then stops in for a cup of coffee against the Eagles, followed by former practice squad-player-turned-starter Scott Tolzien, who matriculates the team down the field, but can’t finish.
Now he’s the starter by default, but really not through any fault of his own – in fact, there were times Sunday when Tolzien look downright good.
But we’ll withhold judgment until we see more from the journeyman backup.
Now the team has a different problem is finding a backup to the backup’s backup (say that really fast 10 times). Most likely Ted Thompson is on the phone with Matt Flynn’s agent expediting that workout that everyone said was being scheduled. Will old number 10 be back in the fold by the time the Packers hit the field at Met Life Stadium next Sunday?
Something’s got to be done and short of calling the Ol’ Gunslinger himself, I can’t think of anyone better to fill that spot than Flynn.
Stay tuned … it’s going to be a bumpy ride.