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Ted Thompson on Vince Young: "This Is an Itch We Wanted to Scratch"

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Ted Thompson on Vince Young: "This Is an Itch We Wanted to Scratch"

Packers general manager Ted Thompson joined Sirius XM's NFL Radio on Wednesday, and among other topics, he touched upon the recent signing of quarterback Vince Young.

"This is sort of an itch we wanted to scratch," said Thompson. "Vince Young, people have some negative things to say, some positive things, but he's proven that he can win games. And we felt this was a good opportunity to be able to take a look and add some competition to that position."


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Fi crane's picture

When the packers defense couldn't stop Harrel"s scout team read option they saw the hand writing on the wall. The future of the nfl is running quarters. It's 1934 all over again

Morgan Mundane's picture

My take. When Ted and Mikey saw that BJ Coleman on Family night looking no better than a high school qb trying to pass on a running team, they realized, he ain't the number two or three guy. Better do something fast.

BobBrews's picture

I had high hopes for Coleman. He dashed them on family night. One outing does not make a career but something in his Composure told me "don't waste the time"!

I am not a Young fan! I think he is still immature? But he has played the game and if ARod stays healthy? It will give Young time to learn how to be a pro from the right people!

cpacker's picture

I'm not sure if Young is even ready to assume the #3 spot at this point. Harrell is looking much better - we will see what the OL does for him tomorrow night. If Harrell stinks it up, where do they go next? Young is no where close to being ready to toss into a game and from what I see is further behind BJ or Harrell were when they first practiced with the team years ago. Not sure rusty is the right word to use. Stale, moldy, spoiled... ?? Hoping Harrell preforms in the preseason games.

The TKstinator's picture

Harrell may lack impressive physical tools but at this point I would hope he knows what he is doing, understands the offense and his limitations, and knows NOT to pull a TJ Rubley if he would see meaningful regular season action.

In the meantime, the staff can get busy "brainwashing" VY!

cpacker's picture

HA!! I think they have been brainwashing the media in to first believing BJ was the second Farve (which he reminds me of when he tosses an INT) and now into believe the VY is going to be the savior if AR stubs his toe or gets poked in the eye.

Harrell reminds me of our last back-up, similar skill set, just hasn't had the real game time to do anything - 1 trip up/fumble doesn't count him out in my book(but a second similar outcome in a real game would might cause me some heartburn).

dawg's picture

I was at practice today, VY looked bad at the start, BUT after a red zone scramble to keep the series going, he rain bowed a touch pass to to Ross in the corner of the end zone, catch able. but Ross fell down as the pass hit him in the hands.
VY has a nice touch down field, but his short timing routes suck. After 3 days, what do you expect!
Stoneburner almost caught a VY fade in the corner, but covered by two bd's, good job bt DBs , BUT , VY had a nice touch on the pass!

Copackerfan's picture

He also had the ball flop outbid his hands. Sure , he has talent and could certainly become a good player again. But realistically, how long is it going to take him to shake off the dust and to learn a new system? On tip of that, his play has never matched up with what greenbay is all about. If mm or tt are truly concerned about the back up situation (as the media has made such a big deal of) Then why VY? No how no way he can contribute in this position in a real game at this point or in the near future.

The TKstinator's picture

If AR goes down for any length of time our prospects don't look good.
I'm thinking Harrell would be the immediate replacement whereas MAYBE VY would be ready by midseason? If he shows enough early on to earn his keep.

Fish . Crane's picture

it will be half VY getting ready for the Packers and half the Packers getting ready for VY. It would be a very very different type of offense and i think MM would be up to the challenge. Hopefully we never have to find out

Copackerfan's picture

Really, you think the Packers would retool their entire offense, mid season for this guy? What a disaster that would be, would have a lasting effect. Who are you guys? A bunch of UT fans praying for the grand return of VY? Harrell knows the offense well, why would they throw everything away to accommodate a washed up vet.

Saratoga Packer's picture

When you have a chance to obtain a QB like VY who might be able to win a couple for you if AR is out, you go get him. Packers will do due diligence.

dawg's picture

Agree Toga, Harrel and Coleman pretty much suck!

As of now!

Brainwashing not complete! Ha

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