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Concerns raised in Green Bay about backup QB Graham Harrell

Graham Harrell, Mike McCarthy AP

Graham Harrell has never played in an NFL game, but if Aaron Rodgers gets hurt, Harrell will step in as the Packers’ starting quarterback. And that may be cause for concern in Green Bay.

The departure of Matt Flynn in free agency means that the Packers have gone from having a backup quarterback they’re confident they can rely on to having a backup quarterback who was undrafted coming out of college and didn’t even sign anywhere as an undrafted free agent, ultimately opting to sign with the CFL and not doing anything of note there, either.

That’s why Rob Reischel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that if Harrell doesn’t perform well in training camp and the preseason, the Packers may search for a veteran backup. In that scenario, Harrell would either be demoted to No. 3 or released. B.J. Coleman, a seventh-round rookie from Tennessee-Chattanooga, is the Packers’ No. 3 quarterback at the moment.

If the Packers are forced to turn to their No. 2 quarterback at any point this season, it will be a significant blow — Rodgers isn’t the reigning MVP for nothing. But the Packers want to feel confident that if Rodgers goes down, there’s a backup in place who can play well enough for the Packers to be competitive, the way Flynn did the last two years. The company line in Green Bay is that the Packers are confident in Harrell, but if Harrell doesn’t do much to inspire confidence this summer, he may not be the No. 2 quarterback for long.

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  1. FinFan68 says: Jul 11, 2012 7:04 PM

    If they are truly worried, then a trade for Colt McCoy seems like the right move. The Browns won’t ask for the moon and he may be cut anyway as it is.

  2. calhounlambeau says: Jul 11, 2012 7:10 PM

    Watching Rodgers, Flynn and Harrell throw passes in mini-camp last year – it was pretty shocking and pretty obvious who was the #1, #2 and #3 QB’s just based on the zip, accuracy and spin of the ball, there was an obvious dropoff in arm talent from one QB to another. There’s a reason why rumors about McCoy stirred up, Harrell isn’t a Thompson guy, he’s a tough worker and he’s just good enough to hold the spot and with the LT situation/amount of hits Rodgers takes it’s definitely on Thompson’s mind.

  3. thehatefulnerd says: Jul 11, 2012 7:12 PM

    They used to say the same stuff about Matt Flynn. Harrell will be fine, imo.

    So will Flynn.

  4. imaginesuperbowlwin says: Jul 11, 2012 7:14 PM

    Jared Allen will be licking his chops.

  5. ragingrhyno21 says: Jul 11, 2012 7:15 PM

    They should give Brett Favre a call. He would be a pretty decent backup to Rodgers.

  6. tluke25 says: Jul 11, 2012 7:15 PM

    GM Ted Thompson and Coach McCarthy have already made plans to travel via a private jet down to Hattiesburg Misssissippi.

  7. marcinhouston says: Jul 11, 2012 7:16 PM

    If Harrell steps in an throws for 600 yards and 6 TDs in a game though, I hope people will admit that Rodgers is a little bit of a system QB and maybe not the league MVP.

  8. sfm073 says: Jul 11, 2012 7:18 PM

    Why even have him go into training camp as the backup in the first place? With a backup you either want a proven vet or a good prospect. He is neither.

  9. apm says: Jul 11, 2012 7:22 PM

    No need to worry, Harrell will be just another “system quarterback”, right?

    The next two months are going to most important for Harrell’s future as an NFL QB, no more hiding at #3.
    But this is not a surprise, Thompson’s apparently bet on Harrell succeeding since he didn’t seek out a “veteran” replacement for Flynn. And on the offensive-side at least, Thompson’s track record is pretty good.

  10. wludford says: Jul 11, 2012 7:22 PM

    There should be concerns. The Packers are playing without a net at QB, and the O-line isn’t exactly a strong point in the Packers line-up.

    I suspect they’ll try to address to problem by waiting to pick-up a cast-off QB before the season starts, but even that is a risky proposition- don’t know who’ll be left for them to pick from.

    My guess is that if nothing else becomes available, they may make a stronger attempt to land Colt McCoy.

  11. ppc50 says: Jul 11, 2012 7:22 PM

    Dallas should pick up McCoy from the Browns and trade McGee, for a 7th, or even Orton to GB.

  12. vikings28 says: Jul 11, 2012 7:28 PM

    If Rodgers goes down, so do the Packers. Plain and simple. Harrell won’t get it done, he couldn’t even get it done in the CFL. Rodgers, in my opinion is a system QB and has the best 4 wide receiver set in the NFL, so I don’t see how he can’t succeed. The thing about Rodgers is that he is one concussion away from retirement. He has already had 2, so a 3rd could be real bad. After your 3rd, a little bump will send you into a tailspin. He is ONE blind sided SHOT from JARED ALLEN from being on IR.

  13. frankenderek says: Jul 11, 2012 7:28 PM

    McNabb is watching his phone.

  14. ernie ernie says: Jul 11, 2012 7:29 PM

    Hey, either you can throw a ball or not. By now the Packers surely know what they have in this guy and have made no moves. TT is playing cheap ball and is betting on Rogers not getting hurt. If he does, then the pack are DOA. Blaim Ted for that mistake.

  15. bigzant82 says: Jul 11, 2012 7:29 PM

    Colt McCoy pack ya bags for Wisconsin

  16. tannethrill says: Jul 11, 2012 7:33 PM

    Wasn’t Flynn taken in the 7th? These guys have proven to work well with QBs. If he’s #2 now then my guess is they see something they can work with.

  17. wjmoffatt says: Jul 11, 2012 7:42 PM

    Let Raji play if Rodgers goes down! Would love to see that dance again…

  18. teal379 says: Jul 11, 2012 7:45 PM

    People get all worried about who will back up Aaron.

    Let’s be realistic – AR is of the caliber that unless you have Brady, Peyton or Drew as your #2 – you have a drop off.

    THAT just isn’t ever going to happen.

    Other teams have a #2 come in and there’s no drop off or there’s a bit of improvement because they’re starting with a mid-pack or slightly above average QB to begin with. No knocking those guys for what they do but it is reality.

    GH will have his chance – if he’s not up to par, sure go get a vet and see what’s what. Hardly news really. 31 other teams do it across many positions.

  19. bluestree says: Jul 11, 2012 7:48 PM

    McCarthy has been working with Harrell and he knows qb’s. If they had no confidence in his arm Ted Thompson would have drafted a qb higher than the seventh, as he did when he got Brian Brohm. I know a coach who trained him out of college who said he never thought he could play in the NFL. The same coach said he saw great improvement in Harrell’s play for the Pack in the 2010 preseason. He was surprised by how much the kid has improved, so don’t sweat it. Nobody wants their backup to take a snap, but GB knows what they’ve got, and they’re not sweating it.

  20. vikescry1 says: Jul 11, 2012 7:49 PM

    marcinhouston says:
    Jul 11, 2012 7:16 PM
    If Harrell steps in an throws for 600 yards and 6 TDs in a game though, I hope people will admit that Rodgers is a little bit of a system QB and maybe not the league MVP.

    ——————————————————————————————————————————————————- i love the systems quarterback talk from people who don’t watch the packers play every week. first learn a little something about football and what to watch for accuracy, velocity. maybe rodgers is just the best qb in the league right now and every armchair qb at home who says he’s a system qb is wrong? maybe flynn worked his arse off and performed well becuz he knew he was going to be a free agent? dummy

  21. stavreafavre says: Jul 11, 2012 7:52 PM

    I’m glad the Packers decided to use that system where a QB can throw a perfect strike while on the run to his left. That’s a really good system.

  22. mrqwag says: Jul 11, 2012 7:54 PM

    If Harrell steps in an throws for 600 yards and 6 TDs in a game though, I hope people will admit that Rodgers is a little bit of a system QB and maybe not the league MVP.

    —————————————————

    So with that logic Brady isn’t that good because Matt Cassel played so well when he went down? You realize the Lions D that Flynn went up against was in the bottom third of football for a reason.

  23. apm says: Jul 11, 2012 7:55 PM

    Matt Flynn was a 7th round afterthought in the same draft that had 2nd round pick Brian Brohm slated as the GB QB for the future in that draft. Crazy how things work out. Flynn jumped Brohm on the depth chart almost immediately. Harrell’s been a tortoise to Flynn’s hare, but I’d *like* to think Thompson didn’t go hard after McCoy for a good reason.

  24. iluvbears says: Jul 11, 2012 8:05 PM

    I hear Brett Favre may be available to come in as a veteran backup.

  25. Sixx says: Jul 11, 2012 8:12 PM

    “If the Packers are forced to turn to their No. 2 quarterback at any point this season, it will be a significant blow”……..If ANY CONTENDING TEAM has to turn to their backup it will be a significant blow! This article could be written about at least 15 teams.

  26. stevenfbrackett says: Jul 11, 2012 8:13 PM

    I have been saying this for some time — Harrell, by all reports, is a heck of a good guy, but anyone who has watched him play in any of the pre-season chances he had had to have seen that he didn’t have the chops – even to be a solid #2. But I think most people also thought that with the Pack’s track record of developing guys, and all the mentoring from Rodgers (unlike Favre who would sometimes refuse to even acknowledge Rodgers existence when spoken to) he would come along and get better.

    If that hasn’t happened by now, it’s time to move on.

    Maybe the Jets – he’s got to be better than the #2 they have now.

  27. hyzers says: Jul 11, 2012 8:16 PM

    mrqwag says:
    Jul 11, 2012 7:54 PM

    You realize the Lions D that Flynn went up against was in the bottom third of football for a reason.
    ————————————————-

    Yeah because they had 1 starter in the secondary playing in that game.

    GB fans love to say the Packers “B” team beat the Lions when in reality the Lions were playing with less starters than the Packers were in that game.

    We saw what can happen when Rodgers goes down… they can lose to a Lions team being QB’d by Drew Stanton!

  28. erikmc10 says: Jul 11, 2012 8:18 PM

    Perhaps they should send the Eagles a 2nd round draft pick and we’ll send someone over. Eagles are the experts at QB trades.

  29. purplehayseuss says: Jul 11, 2012 8:24 PM

    OK, so I don’t watch GB practice every day. I don’t know Harrell’s skills. I do know, though, for a fact, that if Rogers goes down, for any reason, the Packers are done. D. O. N. E. Unless their backup is a miracle worker or steps up in Hollywood fashion, the Pack is in the Back.

    I do hear, though, that in Seattle, they are pretty darn high on the little (- and I say that carefully because the kid is a helluva player) Wisconsin QB, Russell Wilson. There is little interest in a certain T.Jackson and the local experts expect him to be released. Yes, I hear you groan. TJack has quite a few NFL starts under belt. Does McCoy? I heard McCoy wants to stay in Cleveland, if you can fathom that. Orton would be a find but I can’t see him accepting a backup role that easily. TJack has accepted that in every team he’s been on. And every time, he’s come in to start. Win? Some, yes. Ridicule, sure. But he’s tough as nails, guys.

    My biggest point is that GB insists on drafting their studs and takes little interest in free agency. So Harrell must have some gifts out there hidden to have risen to #2 on the GB QB chart. But then GB didn’t draft Harrell, either. So what’s up? Is the kid at #3 a college stud?

  30. FinFan68 says: Jul 11, 2012 8:31 PM

    If Rodgers does go down this season you need look no further than the 2011 Bears to see how things will end

  31. duffer58 says: Jul 11, 2012 8:40 PM

    Yes if Harrell compeletly sucks they may look for someone else. No kidding! What a worthless article.

  32. duffer58 says: Jul 11, 2012 8:45 PM

    The concerns you talk about are an idiot reporter not McCarthy or Thompson.

  33. onbucky96 says: Jul 11, 2012 8:46 PM

    What about Aaron Brooks, Ronnie McCada, or maybe Craig Nall? Any other former Packer QBs looking for work besides the ‘ol textslinger.

  34. roadbiscuit says: Jul 11, 2012 8:51 PM

    The “concerns” are a footnote to a much longer story and belong to a reporter.

  35. tsi431 says: Jul 11, 2012 8:59 PM

    Could be worse, Tebow could of been the Packers backup.

  36. 1oldpro says: Jul 11, 2012 9:09 PM

    With all the talk of depth on this team, it seems they loaded all the QB eggs in one basket.

  37. tluke25 says: Jul 11, 2012 9:10 PM

    The pack seem to have a pretty good system in place. I imagine they could even run up the score with Matt Linart in there

  38. stunzeed5 says: Jul 11, 2012 9:10 PM

    Harrell = Colt Brennan

    …..just not as frail and girly like Colt.

    Be forewarned, Colt Brennan has washed out of the NFL, UFL, and now CFL. If he fails to land a spot in the Lingerie Football League then he’ll break the record for most fails in a career.

    Just wait and see…….

  39. buffbill99 says: Jul 11, 2012 9:14 PM

    If the Packers are that worried about the backup QB, either Vince Young or Tyler Thigpen will be available. The Bills are only keeping one of them, for what its worth.

  40. jcbadger34 says: Jul 11, 2012 9:14 PM

    hyzers says: Jul 11, 2012 8:16 PM

    GB fans love to say the Packers “B” team beat the Lions when in reality the Lions were playing with less starters than the Packers were in that game.
    ————

    I’d love to see how the Lions would play against the Packers without Matt Stafford, Calvin Johnson, Ndonkeykong Suh, Cliff Avril, both starting offensive tackles, whoever their best running back is at the time, etc. etc. etc.

    You know, the way the Packers played that game without Rodgers, Jennings, Clifton and Bulaga, Clay Matthews, Charles Woodson, James Starks, Sam Shields, Randall Cobb, Ryan Pickett, etc. etc. etc.

    Something tells me they wouldn’t beat the Packers, even if Green Bay only only had one of their normal secondary starters playing. There’s a difference between playing without any of your main stars, and playing without some of your worst starters. Apparently, Lions fans don’t get this difference.

  41. gibbstastic says: Jul 11, 2012 9:23 PM

    Colt Brennan is still available.

  42. uwsptke says: Jul 11, 2012 9:28 PM

    This report is contrary to another story in the same paper that raved about his physical transformation this offseason. He was much improved at minicamp and gained 14 pounds of muscle in 18 weeks, working specifically on shoulder strength.

  43. bosshoghussla says: Jul 11, 2012 9:30 PM

    I believe either Tyler Thigpen or Vince Young, whomever loses the backup battle in training camp will be released, and they could probably scoop up whichever one is out there.

  44. randallflagg52 says: Jul 11, 2012 10:27 PM

    purplehayseuss says:Jul 11, 2012 8:24 PM

    OK, so I don’t watch GB practice every day. I don’t know Harrell’s skills. I do know, though, for a fact, that if Rogers goes down, for any reason, the Packers are done. D. O. N. E. Unless their backup is a miracle worker or steps up in Hollywood fashion, the Pack is in the Back.

    I do hear, though, that in Seattle, they are pretty darn high on the little (- and I say that carefully because the kid is a helluva player) Wisconsin QB, Russell Wilson. There is little interest in a certain T.Jackson and the local experts expect him to be released. Yes, I hear you groan. TJack has quite a few NFL starts under belt. Does McCoy? I heard McCoy wants to stay in Cleveland, if you can fathom that. Orton would be a find but I can’t see him accepting a backup role that easily. TJack has accepted that in every team he’s been on. And every time, he’s come in to start. Win? Some, yes. Ridicule, sure. But he’s tough as nails, guys.

    My biggest point is that GB insists on drafting their studs and takes little interest in free agency. So Harrell must have some gifts out there hidden to have risen to #2 on the GB QB chart. But then GB didn’t draft Harrell, either. So what’s up? Is the kid at #3 a college stud?

    ==================================

    I personally think TJack would be better than McCoy myself. Watching McCoy twice a year against my team, I have the impression he is not a NFL QB, even in a backup roll. He doesn’t have the ability to take control of a team and lead them to a win and often looks lost out there. Jackson is also a warrior, playing last season with all sorts of injuries while McCoy quit on his team in the NCAA title game against Alabama, the biggest game he’ll ever play in. Jackson is also more talented than McCoy, who is a product of the same system that game the NFL the gift of Vince Young. Harrell also came from a similar goofy college offense that doesn’t translate to the pros.

    Either way as it’s been said before, it’s really going to hit the fan if Rodgers goes down for multiple games, but I think Jackson would be a better option if Rodgers is only knocked out of part of a game.

  45. petersonhandshake says: Jul 11, 2012 10:37 PM

    If Rogers can’t stay healthy and that causes the Packers’ season to tank, then how will that affect his comparisons to Favre? You can be the best QB, but you gotta stay on the field.

  46. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Jul 11, 2012 11:11 PM

    Relax, TT and MM are in charge.

  47. raiderspride says: Jul 11, 2012 11:53 PM

    Aaron is one of the top three toughest QB’s in the NFL. Combine that with his quickness and pocket sense to avoid the big hit he is a low risk for injury. He is also smart enough to not risk injury by trying to pad his numbers. (He does not need to.)

    He is a cerebral fitness freak who works hard on improving his agility and flexibility with the right off season program.

    Packer Fans only worry for him should be a concussion from some Bear/Viking/Lion prick with a deliberate helmet to helmet hit.

  48. theprocessoflosingmymind says: Jul 12, 2012 12:11 AM

    Three words: Purple. Fizzy. Drank.

    Why not give Jamarcus a try? He beat out Flynn at LSU. Definitely better than Harrell.

    Dennis Dixon would be a decent fit as well.

    Or Troy Smith.

  49. kevishu says: Jul 12, 2012 12:12 AM

    Aaron Rodgers… a system QB??? As one or two others have pointed out, system QBs don’t have anywhere near the arm strength, accuracy, throw-on-the-run, mobility, or intelligence that Aaron Rodgers has. Sure the Packers have a system. But ALL teams have a system. They just don’t all have an outstanding QB to complement it.

  50. jimbo75025 says: Jul 12, 2012 12:20 AM

    Hmm, I seem to remember seeing to quite a few articles in GB circa 2006-2007 questioning if Rodgers could ever be the long term solution given his injury history, etc. Things seem to have worked out OK.

  51. bronc24 says: Jul 12, 2012 12:23 AM

    Marcinhouston is in idiot !!!!!

  52. scrapingthefloorioforstorios says: Jul 12, 2012 12:25 AM

    brunnell, pederson, brooks, detmer, warner, halfasselbeck, favre, rodgers, and maybe flynn: the packers make nfl starting quarterbacks. harrell will be coveted in a couple years, too.

  53. thraiderskin says: Jul 12, 2012 1:01 AM

    How did we get through an article about “what if” a starting QB gets hurt and not have a slew of comments pertaining to the Saints licking their chops?

  54. sumnomeaztim says: Jul 12, 2012 1:18 AM

    I am a Browns fan first and a Packers fan second. Colt McCoy going to the Packers makes all the sense in the world and I hope it works out for him and both teams.

    Colt would be better with the type of O Green Bay runs and would be a serviceable backup for Rodgers if he went down. The key is “serviceable”. Colt could keep the Packers in some games for the short term until Rodgers could come back but he wouldn’t win a Superbowl.

    If Cleveland could get a low draft pick or decent bench player and BJ Coleman I’d do the deal. I actually like Coleman as a long term project and the trade would help both teams.

  55. hikohadon says: Jul 12, 2012 1:18 AM

    This is awesome reporting smack dab in the middle of the offseason.

    Either this “report” is too late or too early – for the sake of not getting deleted, I vote that PFT is so way ahead of the curve on their excellent and prescient NFL coverage!

  56. asublimeday says: Jul 12, 2012 1:30 AM

    Here’s hoping for an absolutely shredding knee injury for Erin Rogers. I’m talking Culpepper-like.

  57. tokyosandblaster says: Jul 12, 2012 2:07 AM

    Lots of vikings fans talking about system QBs and “One concussion away.”

    It’s funny, because Minnesota is where once good Packers players go to die.

    It’s also funny because Minnesota’s super star is one misstep away from retirement.

    Torn MCL AND ACL? Yikes.

    Enjoy 4-12, haters.

  58. randallflagg52 says: Jul 12, 2012 5:50 AM

    raiderspride says:Jul 11, 2012 11:53 PM

    Aaron is one of the top three toughest QB’s in the NFL. Combine that with his quickness and pocket sense to avoid the big hit he is a low risk for injury. He is also smart enough to not risk injury by trying to pad his numbers. (He does not need to.)

    He is a cerebral fitness freak who works hard on improving his agility and flexibility with the right off season program.

    Packer Fans only worry for him should be a concussion from some Bear/Viking/Lion prick with a deliberate helmet to helmet hit.

    ==================================

    Flacco, Eli, Brees, and Rivers all tougher than Rodgers. Top 3 my butt… These players haven’t missed a start in over 4 years. Get real bro. Do some research before you post.

  59. sufferingbirdsfan says: Jul 12, 2012 6:16 AM

    Um yeah… If the biggest problem your 15-1 team is “Oh no our backup QB ain’t Johnny U!” I’m sorry, but you have no problems…

  60. stellarperformance says: Jul 12, 2012 7:22 AM

    asublimeday says: Jul 12, 2012 1:30 AM
    Here’s hoping for an absolutely shredding knee injury for Erin Rogers.
    ———————————————————–

    Who?

  61. MichaelEdits says: Jul 12, 2012 7:40 AM

    If the Saints cut Brees, he can backup Rodgers. Unless, that is, Favre wants to unretire again.

  62. tsi431 says: Jul 12, 2012 10:05 AM

    randallflagg52,
    Flacco, Eli, Brees, and Rivers all tougher than Rodgers. Top 3 my butt… These players haven’t missed a start in over 4 years. Get real bro. Do some research before you post.

    ———————————————

    Playing every game doesn’t make you tough. Otherwise 40 year old punters are the toughest in the game.

    Rodgers has missed one game in 7 years, not counting sitting out the last game of last year, not due to injury.

  63. chi01town says: Jul 12, 2012 11:15 AM

    Rodgers aint NO Farve he can an probley will be hurt at some point of the season, that offense has been exposed by the Giants… Bump the WRs on the line an put pressure an knock downs on Rodgers. Make Rodgers run or move his feet… He can not beat a team like that, Rodgers will make a play under pressure BUT he can not win an thats how the Giants embarrassed Greenbay last season. Whats worse Greenbay didnt change a thing for this season, an defensive coordinators all over the league is looking at that Giants game tape, the 15/1 season will not happen this year packers fans

  64. jazzytrav says: Jul 12, 2012 11:18 AM

    I’ll never understand this fear of the unknown. Before Flynn got his chance, everyone was saying the same thing about the Packers not having a veteran to backup Rodgers. Then Flynn proved himself and left. Why is it assumed that Harrell can’t do the same thing if given the opportunity?

    The Packers have done this over and over with unknown QBs in their history…Mark Brunell, Ty Detmer, Matt Hasselbeck. Harrell has been in McCarthy’s QB school for a few years now, and he has shown improvement every year in preseason, culminating in a late-game winning drive in the last game of last years’ preseason.

    And just because he went undrafted shouldn’t mean much. Flynn was a 7th rounder and took the spot from Brohm, who was a 2nd rounder. It’s about how well they fit into the system, and early reports are that Harrell has come into camp with more muscle and a stronger throwing arm. I trust TT and MM to decide if Harrell is a better backup than trading a draft pick for Colt McCoy.

  65. lambeauandlombardi says: Jul 12, 2012 8:23 PM

    So Rodgers is a system quarterback? Seems to me that a lot of other teams should be copying the Packer`s system then. Give up the “If Rodgers goes down, the Packers are toast” drivel. Please, all of you football experts please explain to the rest of us which team is going to win the Superbowl with their backup QB. And it`s no fair saying the Vikings because all of their QB`s are backups.

  66. randallflagg52 says: Jul 13, 2012 1:22 AM

    lambeauandlombardi says:Jul 12, 2012 8:23 PM

    So Rodgers is a system quarterback? Seems to me that a lot of other teams should be copying the Packer`s system then. Give up the “If Rodgers goes down, the Packers are toast” drivel. Please, all of you football experts please explain to the rest of us which team is going to win the Superbowl with their backup QB. And it`s no fair saying the Vikings because all of their QB`s are backups.

    ==================================

    The Ravens went to the SB with their backup QB. Dilfer did not start until like week 4, just sayin’…

  67. randallflagg52 says: Jul 13, 2012 1:58 AM

    tsi431 says:Jul 12, 2012 10:05 AM

    randallflagg52,
    Flacco, Eli, Brees, and Rivers all tougher than Rodgers. Top 3 my butt… These players haven’t missed a start in over 4 years. Get real bro. Do some research before you post.

    ———————————————

    Playing every game doesn’t make you tough. Otherwise 40 year old punters are the toughest in the game.

    Rodgers has missed one game in 7 years, not counting sitting out the last game of last year, not due to injury.

    ==================================

    True but the fact of the matter is that Rodgers is not tougher than these guys. Rodgers plays in a softer division than both Eli and Flacco, where the defenses are elite. In Flacco’s case he has to face 3 top 10 defense a year and yet he still has never missed a start. Eli also has to face the likes of Trent Cole, D-Ware, Orakpo and Kerrigan. Who does Rodgers face other than Allen? Don’t say Suh because he had like what 5 sacks last year?

    Look at the hits the guys I named take and look at what Rodgers takes and don’t tell me that Rodgers is tougher. He probably wouldn’t survive in the AFC North. Oh and it’s easy to only miss one start in 7 years when you ride the pine for 3 of those years…

  68. muskyhunter2542 says: Jul 13, 2012 9:50 AM

    Randall Cobb was a QB in college!!!

  69. chi01town says: Jul 13, 2012 9:35 PM

    If Rodgers get hurt Greenbay is done…. when the free agent market open after team cuts the packers should try to find somebody who can hold the season together… Chicago just went threw that

  70. bla bla bla says: Jul 14, 2012 10:54 PM

    randallflagg52,

    Have ya ever heard of a team called the Chicago Bears? They’ve got this Peppers guy that’s kinda good, and some fella called Urlacher that’s alright as well. Briggs too. More that I’m forgetting at the moment.

    God, I hate the Bears, but if you think facing them twice a year is fun for any QB, you need to think again.

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