The Green Bay Packers need to find a backup and do it quick before the next game's first series. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Green Bay Packers: Team needs a backup for the backup's backup


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.

Matt Flynn stopped by the Buffalo Bills long enough for a cup of coffee. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Matt Flynn stopped by the Buffalo Bills long enough for a cup of coffee. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports photograph

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.

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  • Prestwood

    hey Vince has it if given the chance .

    • Vearly C. Evans Sr.

      I agree with you… Bring back VINCE YOUNG, but this time give him a REAL chance and he will WIN ball games for you…

  • lars

    vince has it but hes on the black list…..number 2 after preseason and not even getting a call… would they beat detroit with him would the handle the eagles??? yes

  • Vearly C. Evans Sr.

    I like the way “you people” make excuses quarterbacks like Matt Flynn… this man has not won more than two games as a starter… But you won’t give Vince Young a chance… not even as a backup…. WHY, because people are afraid of what he might do… WIN…
    One man’s trash could be another man’s treasure… If “you people” would just give him a real chance…. VINCE YOUNG is a good man with a good heart…

  • Terry Ray

    2011 Vince Young came off the bench in Philly and beat the Giants in the Meadow-lands, snapped an Eagle losing streak.
    He’s 3-0 vs Eli Manning, and he’s won twice as many games as all these other guys combined.
    Seneca Wallace? What a give-up. Tolzein might be good in a year. He’s a keeper.

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