“Vince Young made plays with his feet. It’s something that was a huge asset of Vince’s. He’s getting better,” Packers Head Coach Mike McCarthy said in explaining the decision to release quarterback Graham Harrell. Harrell had been in competition with Young and
“Tough decision to release Graham, even more so on a personal level. I thought he was getting better. At the end of the day, we felt it was time to go with the other two quarterbacks,” McCarthy added.
The popular belief is that in leading the Packers to their only touchdown of the game in Friday’s 17-10 loss to the Seahawks, Young nailed down the backup job. McCarthy, however, said on Sunday that the job is still open to competition between Young and Coleman.
“We have two quarterbacks. The No. 2 question hasn’t been answered. Vince and B.J. are going to compete,” McCarthy said in his post-practice press conference.
That competition will reach a climax this Thursday in the Packers’ preseason finale, in Kansas City. The kicking drama, however, might be just beginning.
The Packers added
“It’s something we look at all the time,” McCarthy said of street free agents, which is what Ramirez was. “Ramirez is someone we worked out in the past. He kicked this morning in a workout. The second time around, we felt we needed to take a closer look. I felt all three kickers did a heckuva job in practice today.”
Does a third kicker confuse the situation?
“I don’t think it confuses the situation, it heightens it. Mason had one of his best days. Giorgio kicked the ball well. I like the competition aspect of it,” McCarthy said.
“It’s something you feel good about as a coach having in your back pocket,” McCarthy added.
“Jordy’s been ahead of schedule since the first week. I hope he’ll be able to play this week,” McCarthy said.Additional coverage - Aug. 25