Quarterback position in good hands

Many Packers fans feel that Green Bay's quarterback position is a little too green, but Packer Report's Matt Tevsh explains why Ted Thompson is doing the right thing by not signing a band-aid veteran.

Take it easy PackerReport.com readers. The Packers are doing the best they can with their depth at quarterback even though a quick read through of the most recent sampling of "Letters to the Editor" would suggest a simmering state of panic. It seems that a lack of a veteran backup at the position is a big concern.

This quick take is to assure everyone in Packers Nation that everything will be okay. That going with rookies over veterans this time is the right approach.

Yes, having a brand new starter in Aaron Rodgers, and having backups like second-round pick Brian Brohm and seventh-round pick Matt Flynn is a scary proposition, but what other sensible options has Thompson had this offseason?

Quinn Gray? Please.

Gus Frerotte? Only if there is a new head-butt version of the Lambeau Leap.

Daunte Culpepper? Only if Randy Moss comes with him.

And Craig Nall? The Packers have seen enough of him to know he is not wanted anymore.

Even once-available free agent (and former Packers' backup) Mark Brunell and Super Bowl champion Trent Dilfer seemed like attractive options for the Packers, but consider this: If Rodgers was injured and lost for the season, would you rather have a scrub veteran take over or Brohm?

At least Brohm offers some hope.

Thompson did all of the above veterans a favor by even giving them consideration to join the Packers. Culpepper is really the only one that has done anything worth a darn in his career, and he still remains a consideration for Thompson even though his size (6-4, 260 lbs.) and style, not to mention his fumbling, seem ill-suited for the Packers' offensive attack.

In a perfect world, the Packers would already have a capable veteran in place to backup Rodgers, but because that has not yet happened, it speaks volumes for what is available in this year's free agent market. There was nothing and is nothing left. Unless the Packers can uncover a gem in the CFL or Arena League, or work an unlikely trade, they would be better off asking Vinny Testaverde to come back again just to add some "experience" to their roster.

There is a time and a place for a veteran backup at quarterback and now at 1265 Lombardi Avenue is not it. Rodgers has gotten all the mentoring he needs. Sitting three years behind one of the one of the game's all-time great quarterbacks should be quite enough, and now his talent must take over.

As for concerns that Rodgers is injury-prone? All the better to find a younger, stronger signal caller at the No. 2 and 3 spots to give the quarterback position a better chance at durability should Rodgers go down.

None of the aforementioned veteran names – Gray, Frerotte, Culpepper, and Nall - offer the Packers much more than a roster spot. They are all band-aids unfit for a team that builds for long-term health. Such vision under Thompson, though questioned by some, has proved to work wonders in Seattle and Green Bay.

What the Packers need now for their backup quarterback position is someone that they can mold in case Rodgers fails to meet expectations.

They need someone who at least has the potential to run their spread-offense attack if Rodgers cannot.

And they need someone who would be ready to go if Rodgers is no longer in their plans when his rookie contract expires after the 2009 season.

That man, they think, is Brohm. That he was the quarterback they targeted in the second-round is debatable, but he was certainly the best option when compared to the available free agents. Brohm offered not only value, but an accurate passer and a leader. Same goes for Flynn, who led LSU to a national championship a year ago.

Because the Packers have built a strong, young team at nearly every position, they have no reason to change their approach with quarterbacks. With the selection of Rodgers in the first round in 2005, and now Brohm and Flynn in 2008, they are showing the importance of finding quality quarterbacks at any moment such players become available.

No one said life after Brett Favre would be easy. Finding one, let alone two quality quarterbacks is a luxury in the NFL, so Packers' fans need to face reality and realize the team's depth is probably better than they think.

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