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B.J. Coleman could leapfrog Graham Harrell in Green Bay

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In some cities, the backup quarterback is the most popular guy in town.  In others, he’s the most forgotten.

It’s the latter in Green Bay.  In five years as a starter, Aaron Rodgers has missed two games.  One due to a concussion, and another due to coach Mike McCarthy hoping to prevent a concussion or any other injury for many of his starters in a meaningless Week 17 game.

But with Rodgers taking plenty of sacks (51 last year), the risk of injury is always there, and the Packers need to feel good about the next man up.

They may not feel as good as they’d like to about Graham Harrell; as explained by Lori Nickel of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Packers are giving B.J. Colemanevery opportunity” to become the No. 2 quarterback.

On Wednesday, Coleman was indeed the backup to Rodgers in practice.  Unfortunately for Coleman, he threw two interceptions.

McCarthy downplayed the gaffes.

“I would throw those mistakes in the area of experience, recognition and something that all quarterbacks need and he can’t get enough of it because this is where he is,” McCarthy said of Coleman.

He’s getting more experience than his rookie season.

“Last year I might get a rep or two at the end of each period,” Coleman said.  “This year I’m getting five a period but also really getting the chance to feel comfortable in there and get a little bit of a rhythm.”

Still, Harrell isn’t slinking away and accepting a demotion.  Per Nickel, Harrell stepped up with his limited reps on Wednesday, throwing a 50-yard bomb to receiver James Jones, who broke free on a double move.

“It’s a competition and you have to go out there and put your best foot forward,” Coleman said.

The competition undoubtedly will continue through camp and into the preseason.  And possibly beyond, up until the moment the Packers dread most — a reason for Coleman or Harrell to play because Rodgers is injured.

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34 Responses to “B.J. Coleman could leapfrog Graham Harrell in Green Bay”
  1. tangysizzl says: Aug 1, 2013 9:44 AM

    One has to wonder if Brett Favre would have made 275 consecutive starts if the new concussion protocols were in place during that streak?

    I like Graham Harrell but would rather have Coleman win the job because of his superior arm strength and overall better skill set.

  2. rpiotr01 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:53 AM

    Put your best foot forward, give 110%, take it one play at a time, do what you do, just play your game and try to help the team.

  3. vltrophy14 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:56 AM

    Here’s hoping Coleman gets the backup position. He’s got more potential than Harrell IMO.

  4. Frazier28/7 says: Aug 1, 2013 9:57 AM

    Who? And who?

  5. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 1, 2013 9:58 AM

    What difference does it make? I’ve been assured by many Packer fans that it doesn’t matter who the quarterback is, as evidenced by their claim that being without your starting quarterback in a playoff game is no excuse for losing.

  6. jrmbadger says: Aug 1, 2013 10:06 AM

    Well, I’d rather have B.J. Coleman as the backup than Christen Ponder as the starter.

  7. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 1, 2013 10:47 AM

    BJ could start for at least a half dozen NFL teams. And he would be the hands down starter for at least one NFC North team.

  8. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 1, 2013 11:01 AM

    I’d rather have BJ Coleman as the starter than Christian Ponder as the backup.

  9. jrmbadger says: Aug 1, 2013 11:16 AM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:Aug 1, 2013 9:58 AM

    What difference does it make? I’ve been assured by many Packer fans that it doesn’t matter who the quarterback is, as evidenced by their claim that being without your starting quarterback in a playoff game is no excuse for losing.
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    It absolutely does make a difference, but the Vikings have no excuse for putting a guy on the field who was so woefully unprepared to play QB in the NFL after having him in that role for so long (he was the backup for at least 2 years I believe). Joe Webb wasn’t just backup bad, he was “where’d they get that highschool arm,” bad. Fans in the stands at one point were laughing as one of his throws was 15 yards too short!

    That is a failure of the team at the GM level (your magician couldn’t magically conjure up at least a competent backup?) and at the coach level that does not give the Vikings any excuses.

  10. PowerMad says: Aug 1, 2013 11:23 AM

    The Green Bay Packers are one injury away from 3-13. You’d think the geniuses in the front office would have a better contingency plan for a team in a division that features the best defensive linemen in the league–none of which wear green and gold. But wait, Eddie Lacey will be their salvation. LMFAO.

    Packers=Last

  11. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 1, 2013 11:30 AM

    @jrmbadger -

    True. Keeping Joe Webb as the backup was a failure that is completely unacceptable. I still can’t fathom why they would do that. That said, Packer fans have contended that their victory in that playoff game was proof of their dominance over the Vikings. I think the outcome may have been different if Christian Ponder had been starting for the Vikings and BJ Coleman or Graham Harrell had been starting for the Packers. If you’re wondering what would have happened if both Ponder and Rodgers were starting, you can look to the previous week’s game for a clue.

  12. purpleguy says: Aug 1, 2013 11:32 AM

    The inordinate amount of focus Packer fans place upon the Vikings and Christian Ponder in articles about their own team is almost Freudian.

  13. jrmbadger says: Aug 1, 2013 11:33 AM

    PowerMad says:Aug 1, 2013 11:23 AM

    The Green Bay Packers are one injury away from 3-13. You’d think the geniuses in the front office would have a better contingency plan for a team in a division that features the best defensive linemen in the league–none of which wear green and gold. But wait, Eddie Lacey will be their salvation. LMFAO.
    ==========================

    and the Patriots are one injury from 3-13, the Broncos, the Giants, and on and on. Even the Vikings would probably go 3-13 if AP were to get injured – well, nevermind, they probably will still go 3-13 with AP.

  14. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 1, 2013 11:56 AM

    Lol.

    Vikings fans comment on Packers articles more than they do on their own articles.

    No matter who plays backup, I hope they only see limited playing time this year, after the Packers are ahead if the Vikings by 4 TDs at the beginning of the 4th quarter in both games.

  15. vikingsrulez69 says: Aug 1, 2013 12:16 PM

    Rick. Awesome response.

  16. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Aug 1, 2013 12:25 PM

    ck Spielman is a Magician says:Aug 1, 2013 11:30 AM

    That said, Packer fans have contended that their victory in that playoff game was proof of their dominance over the Vikings.

    —-
    Absolutely not true. We use the fact that we’ve won 13 championships (7 since the Vikes joined the league) and you’ve won 0 as proof that we’re dominant over the Vikings.

  17. irishgary says: Aug 1, 2013 12:27 PM

    @Rick Spielman is a Magician

    I see you failed to mention the first game in Green Bay where both Rogers and Ponder started.

    I also see you failed to note that Green Bay finally came up with a game plan to stop AP in the playoff game.

    Good teams step up in the playoffs. This is where the Vikings always fail

  18. jrmbadger says: Aug 1, 2013 12:31 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:Aug 1, 2013 11:30 AM

    @jrmbadger -

    True. Keeping Joe Webb as the backup was a failure that is completely unacceptable. I still can’t fathom why they would do that. That said, Packer fans have contended that their victory in that playoff game was proof of their dominance over the Vikings. I think the outcome may have been different if Christian Ponder had been starting for the Vikings and BJ Coleman or Graham Harrell had been starting for the Packers. If you’re wondering what would have happened if both Ponder and Rodgers were starting, you can look to the previous week’s game for a clue.
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    And Viking fans contend that their last second field goal victory the previous week was some sort of proof that the Vikings were a better team than the Packers – which isn’t the case.

    The Vikings played their best game of the year that week and to expect that they would sustain that level of play, on the road, in a playoff game, at Lambeau, is silly. Even if they had Ponder, they would have lost. Maybe the game would have been closer, but they would have lost.

  19. axespray says: Aug 1, 2013 12:36 PM

    If Ponder is struggling with july winds in practice – what do you think he would have done against January Lambeau Field Winds?

  20. GenXJay says: Aug 1, 2013 1:26 PM

    axespray:
    good point. there seems to be a lot of hot air blowing around in cheesebay.

  21. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 1, 2013 1:39 PM

    As the late great Bud Grant once said, “Viking fans are small people, living small lives, beneath the giant shadow of the Green Bay Packers”.

  22. tokyosandblaster says: Aug 1, 2013 1:53 PM

    I think we can all agree that Vikings fans are the sorriest form of life form on Earth. They’re the same as us in every measurable way, education, obesity, quality of life, etc. the only difference is that we cheer for a better team, and they pretend they do.

    Oh, and they also pretend that they’re better than us, which is as laughable as their 12th pick QB.

  23. jrmbadger says: Aug 1, 2013 2:03 PM

    GenXJay says:Aug 1, 2013 1:26 PM

    axespray:
    good point. there seems to be a lot of hot air blowing around in cheesebay.
    ======================

    I can guarantee you that January wind in Lambeau is not hot.

    Of course, I’m not sure why, as a Viking fan, you are commenting on hot air, as that is the only thing holding the roof of the Metrodump up.

  24. thepvyharvin says: Aug 1, 2013 2:06 PM

    tokyosandpounder says:I think we can all agree that Vikings fans are the sorriest form of life form on Earth. They’re the same as us in every measurable way, education, obesity, quality of life, etc.
    ====================================
    You Sconnies keep pretending you’re the same us us….actually we are different in all said categories jello head. We drink Summit…you Old Style. We drink kale shakes….you inhale pork cakes. We preach higher learning…you chuds do butter churning. Our fish are bigger too!

  25. jrmbadger says: Aug 1, 2013 2:11 PM

    thepvyharvin says:Aug 1, 2013 2:06 PM

    tokyosandpounder says:I think we can all agree that Vikings fans are the sorriest form of life form on Earth. They’re the same as us in every measurable way, education, obesity, quality of life, etc.
    ====================================
    You Sconnies keep pretending you’re the same us us….actually we are different in all said categories jello head. We drink Summit…you Old Style. We drink kale shakes….you inhale pork cakes. We preach higher learning…you chuds do butter churning. Our fish are bigger too!

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

    I take it you’ve never been outside of Saint Paul.

    Your state elected Michelle Bachmann. ‘Nuff Said.

  26. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Aug 1, 2013 2:25 PM

    irishgary says:Aug 1, 2013 12:27 PM

    @Rick Spielman is a Magician

    I see you failed to mention the first game in Green Bay where both Rogers and Ponder started.

    I also see you failed to note that Green Bay finally came up with a game plan to stop AP in the playoff game.

    Good teams step up in the playoffs. This is where the Vikings always fail
    _______

    I was using the most recent game as the example. Congratulations on that excellent game plan that held AD to only 99 yards rushing. And that game plan was “Have Joe Webb start at quarterback.” Good luck with that this year.

    Clearly the Packers do not have a good team, since they have been blown out in the playoffs the last two years.

  27. gbmickey says: Aug 1, 2013 3:31 PM

    Live it up viking trolls because reality will soon be here and you wont be able to hide behind the paper champion banner you laid claim to for the 3rd straight offseason. Once the season begins and you are relegated once again to being in the Packers shadow will you still be here?

  28. deltaoracle says: Aug 1, 2013 3:49 PM

    Vikes beat GB at home on last play of the game when Packers are without Randall Cobb (and several other injured starters like Bulaga) = “proof” that the Heidis are now superior.
    Pack beats Vikes at home a week later easily = “nothing” because sister Christian was hurt.
    That’s “logic” in East Dakota.
    Btw, wouldn’t be surprised if Harrell gets cut. The undrafted kid they picked up could turn out to be a decent QB in a couple of years. Coleman has talent but seems to be a bit of a jerk; MM will need to coach that out of him.

  29. 7ransponder says: Aug 1, 2013 5:01 PM

    Yes, Delta… having your starting QB injured and out is EXACTLY the same thing as having a WR injured and out. No wonder you guys are the self-proclaimed best fans in football, you are just SO knowledgeable!

  30. gbpshareholder says: Aug 1, 2013 5:11 PM

    have faith that MM will choose the best man for the job… after all he did go with Rodgers and trade Farve once the time came… and that worked out pretty well. Pack will be fine and the rest of the NFC North still has some catching up to do…

  31. filthymcnasty1 says: Aug 1, 2013 7:49 PM

    One of these guys could be the Viking starter after the cuts.

  32. keevel says: Aug 2, 2013 1:43 AM

    Harrell is in a contract year, Coleman has another year of Practice squad eligibility.

    Colman has more upside, but until he show the same type of system mastery that Harrell did in the 4th preseason game of 2012, Green Bay has zero risk keeping Harrell and giving Coleman another year to season.

    Undrafted free agent Matt Brown was injured and cut before camp which means there are only the 3 QB’s in camp an many many balls to be thrown.

  33. stellarperformance says: Aug 2, 2013 7:09 AM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    Aug 1, 2013 9:58 AM
    What difference does it make? I’ve been assured by many Packer fans that it doesn’t matter who the quarterback is, as evidenced by their claim that being without your starting quarterback in a playoff game is no excuse for losing.
    /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Yes? And? What’s your point?

  34. stellarperformance says: Aug 2, 2013 9:38 PM

    thepvyharvin says:
    Aug 1, 2013 2:06 PM
    You Sconnies keep pretending you’re the same us us….actually we are different in all said categories jello head. We drink Summit…you Old Style. We drink kale shakes….you inhale pork cakes. We preach higher learning…you chuds do butter churning. Our fish are bigger too!
    ///////////////////////////////////////////////

    Pretending? Pretending what exactly? If we pretended to be you we would have to believe our *hit didn’t stink and that we have grossly exaggerated superiority complexes. Let me pretend I’m you for a moment…..I’m wearing a big cowboy hat but I don’t own any cattle. I tell people how cool I am but I still drive a 1993 rusty Taurus. I tell people I saw Prince at Walmart, but it was actually a friend of a friend of a friend that made that claim. You sir and your fan mates are the ultimate Pretenders with a capital P.

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