After last night’s dismal outing by Graham Harrell, it’s reasonable to suggest the Packers might want to look elsewhere for a backup quarterback.
But their starter said that might be a mistake.
Harrell was an ugly 12-of-24 for 100 yards with two interceptions (26.4 rating) in a loss to the Browns. The third-year quarterback was playing part of the time against Browns starters (with a mix of second- and third-team players), and Aaron Rodgers knows that’s a trap sometimes.
He used to be in the same spot, when he was caddying for Brett Favre.
“We’ve got a lot of confidence in Graham. We’re not worried about him,” Rodgers said, via Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. “They kept their first-team defense in for the majority of the first half, I think the whole first half, and I know what that’s like at times.
“The fourth preseason game my first three years as a backup, we played Tennessee, and Tennessee likes to play their starters the majority of the game. And that’s difficult, especially when you’re playing against Jevon Kearse and Kyle Vanden Bosch and Keith Bulluck and [Cortland] Finnegan and those guys. It’s difficult.
“The Browns stars on defense should be able to have a favorable matchup against 2s and 3s on our team, although we’d like to probably move the ball a little bit more effectively. I obviously care about Graham and want him to do well.”
And after watching Harrell flounder around, the Packers obviously care a little more about Rodgers, and want him to stay well.