Read here for Vic’s thoughts on Packers camp through the Bengals game (an article from last Friday). Of primary interest to me are 3 things: his thoughts on the back-up QB issue, other people’s alleged thoughts re the O-Line, and Jason Hunter’s speed.
- First of all, I do think it’s time we weigh in on the back-up QB controversy. Jennings and others have said that Brohm apparently looks better in practice. And yes, Brohm received a $900,000 signing bonus and Flynn received a $64,000 signing bonus. I’m sure that factors in here for the team as to who should be #2. And, Brohm came to the Packers after having a very impressive college career. And, Brohm apparently has the physical tools to not just be a solid back-up but to be a potentially valuable NFL starter someday. But he is being seriously outplayed right now by Flynn. I noticed after the Family Night scrimmage, the first of Flynn’s 3 better games, that Flynn seemed to have a presence or poise out there that I was just not expecting. He hasn’t played great in any of the 3 games so far, but so far he has just seemed more ready to step in and play QB than Brohm. Perhaps it’s because Flynn is playing against 3rd team defenses etc, but keep in mind, then Flynn is also playing with a 3rd team offense. In the end, my position on this would simply be to let the 2 QBs continue to duke it out until the season starts. If the pattern continues, and Flynn continues to outplay Brohm, I think you have to go with Flynn as the #2 guy. But I also think it’s only fair to continue to give Brohm a shot at redeeming himself. He may just be having a slow start and he still does have a ton of potential. So, I’d keep Brohm at #2 for now but considering making a switch if he continues to stink it up in the next 2 games.
- How can other teams be apparently drooling over our O-Line right now? Sure this comment was made before the San Fran game, but is Carucci serious re this: “In fact, several NFL teams are known to be ready to snatch up any of the players they release on the unit and are also expecting the Packers to trade one or more of their linemen.“
- Carucci mentions that Jason Hunter, a 6’4″ 271lb DE, apparently runs a 4.4 40 yard dash. That’s unreal folks. Maybe he should return kicks! How would you like to tackle a guy running with 4.4 speed at 271lbs. Better yet, maybe he should get a look at Tight End…actually, that’s not a bad idea if he can catch anything at all
UPDATE: Need to clarify my position on the QB situation a bit. I didn’t mean to convey that I would not be open to acquiring a veteran QB. (I was too focused in my post on the battle for #2 QB). I definitely think picking a veteran QB should be on the table. If things continue to go as they have gone, especially if both QBs no-show again for the Denver game, I think a veteran QB may be needed.