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B.J. Coleman anointed backup quarterback for Green Bay Packers

It is not at all certain that second-string quarterback B.J. Coleman could successfully lead the Green Bay Packers if Aaron Rodgers went down.

It is not at all certain that second-string quarterback B.J. Coleman could successfully lead the Green Bay Packers were Aaron Rodgers to go down.

The Vince Young era in Green Bay ended as abruptly as it began.

Young announced the news morning in an almost-readable tweet:

The move did not exactly come as a shock. From the day he was signed, I had expressed skepticism that Young, who was completely out of the league in 2012, would survive the second round of roster cuts, and he did nothing on the field to change that opinion.

I assumed that perennial backup Graham Harrell, who had already spent three years in head coach Mike McCarthy’s system, would have the inside track to the second-string job, even though his development was at a standstill. But when Harrell was released after the third preseason game, it looked like the backup spot was Young’s to lose.

Apparently, he proceeded to do just that.

Lackluster play

With Young out of the picture, second-year player B.J. Coleman ascends to the backup position by default , assuming general manager Ted Thompson decides to stand pat and not bring another veteran.

The real surprise is that head coach Mike McCarthy seems willing to roll into the regular season with only the inexperienced Coleman behind starter Aaron Rodgers. Although an impressive physical specimen at 6’3″ and 231 pounds, Coleman has far been less than impressive in limited action.

Last year in three preseason games, he completed seven of 18 passes (a miserable 38.9 percent) for 77 yards and an interception. His average of 4.3 yards per attempt was simply dreadful, and it was reflected in his passer rating of 29.2.

His performance was only marginally better this preseason, as in four games he completed 14 of 34 attempts (41.2 percent) for 128 yards (3.8 ypa), one touchdown, and one interception. He was sacked twice for a loss of 13 yards and rushed two times for -2 yards.

Murky future

Admittedly, it’s difficult to judge Coleman’s output, given that he played mostly behind patchwork offensive lines and thrown primarily to backup targets. Still, it’s concerning that a prospect who, coming out of the University of Tennessee, was lauded by scouts as having NFL-caliber arm strength would average less than four yards per attempt to this point in his career.

To put it bluntly, Coleman looks at least a year away from being able to confidently lead an offense as complex and intricate as McCarthy’s.

Indeed, it’s a sign of just how dire Green Bay’s backup situation is that B.J. Coleman, arguably the least productive quarterback brought into camp, turns out to be the last man standing. Conventional wisdom has long held that if Aaron Rodgers goes down for any extended period of time, the Packers’ season is over.

As of today, it’s pretty much official.

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0125
0125 moderator

Kyle Rudolph or Matellus Bennett?

jmac3444
jmac3444

sooo I have three bears on my money fantasy league

Buhlitze
Buhlitze

off subject, but.... 
 
don't you guys think the word lisp should be spelled L-I-T-H-P?  you know, to be more inclusive & supportive?

Building With the Alabama Hammer
Building With the Alabama Hammer

Jay Cutlerfinished the 2012 season with a Total QBR of 22.0 when facing five or more pass-rushers. That number ranked 33rd out of 36 qualified quarterbacks.

Cutler's struggles against extra pass-rushers weren't limited to plays where he was actually put under duress. In fact, Cutler posted a better Total QBR (37.2) when under duress against five or more rushers than when he wasn't pressured (21.1).

JJKeepPounding51
JJKeepPounding51

Some idiot made an top 5 Heisman rankings after week 1 and didn't have Bridgewater on it because he played against a okay team in Ohio but had DeAnthony Thomas, Marcus Mariota, Braxton Miller, and Johnny Manziel on the list smh.

0125
0125 moderator

I missed the first 3 rounds of my draft. I picked 6. I got Ray rice, AJ green and Brandon marshall via auto pick

aciddragon
aciddragon

the one thing about this year will be that we will know by the end of it if Bakhtiari has any chance of developing, his firs three games are against Smith, Orakpo, and Micheal Johnson, add in 2 games against Allen and Peppers, we'll know if he has it or not. i know he'll struggle at times and needs to get stronger but we'll see if the potential is good.

smtate91
smtate91

@JJCAMpaign2013 Clemson will blow it against Wake Forest or some other crap team, they do every year.

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@_MKE_ I am very leery of trading a top-three fantasy player with a phenomenal history of reliability for a rookie with a nagging hamstring injury who plays behind a suspect line. I am willing to deal Manning, but I think we can do better than this.

smtate91
smtate91

@JJCAMpaign2013 They said that last season, and the season before, and the one before that, and you get the point.

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Yep, I learned that in Germany. I never knew until then that a lisp is just part of the Catalan dialect. They pronounce all the Spanish s's as "th."  At first I thought that the Catalans I knew were just lispers, but then they told me that's how the dialect works.

smtate91
smtate91

@_MKE_ Any thoughts on the different trade packages I detailed below on the other comments?