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Packers Mercifully End the Graham Harrell Era

The Green Bay Packers started releasing players today and backup quarterback Graham Harrell was one of the first to go.

And thank Christ.

The Packers gave Harrell an opportunity with the first string offense on Friday night and he did what he’s done all preseason — underwhelmed. Harrell was 6-for-13 for 49 yards. That’s a 56.2 rating.

Harrell also displayed his typical lack of accuracy and inability to throw the deep ball.

The move opens the door for NFL retread Vince Young to be Aaron Rodgers’ backup. Young, who’s still learning the offense, led the Packers to their only touchdown on Friday night — a one-yard toss to rookie Jonathan Amosa. Young was 6-for-7 for 41 yards and he also ran for 39 yards.

Young isn’t the most accurate guy, but he does bring an element of athleticism that Harrell clearly doesn’t have.

For the moment, the Packers still have B.J. Coleman on the roster too. Coleman probably won’t end up making the final roster, but could be a candidate for the practice squad for the second season in a row.

That’s where Harrell spent 2010 and 2011 before making the roster as the No. 2 last season.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. Harry Houdini August 24, 2013

    ILTARION – I thought Graham Harrell had “command of the offense” and everyone was crazy for thinking that VY would be the back up?

    1. PF4L August 24, 2013

      lol….That’s ok…iltarion also thought the O line played good the last 2 years…Kool-Aid anyone?

  2. MarcoBrusa August 24, 2013

    it’s about time

  3. TyKo Steamboat August 24, 2013


    Ironically, Harrell beat Young’s former team in a shoot-out with a game ending with a nice TD pass to Michael Crabtree in college…

    I just still can’t get that vision of Harrell coming in for 1 play last season & fumbling in the opponent’s Red Zone…SMH

  4. E. Wolf August 24, 2013

    Era is the wrong word to use. Have the Lombardi-Starr era, Favre era, Rodgers/McCarthy and so on. Better would be mistake, experiment, gamble, and so on

    1. Phatgzus August 24, 2013

      Debacle, temporary insanity/abbreviated psychosis?

    2. MarcoBrusa August 25, 2013

      “shenanigans” seems appropriate.

      1. Phatgzus August 25, 2013

        You mean shenanigans’? You’re talking about shenanigans’, right?

  5. Welcome to the Vikings lol

    1. Abe Frohman August 26, 2013

      The best comment in this thread! That’s funny.

  6. GBslacker August 24, 2013

    I thought McCarthy was the QBmaker??

    Don’t know if I’ve seen that with Flynn, Harrell, Coleman in 2013 preseason week 3…

    1. Kyle August 24, 2013

      You can’t expect him to take a pile of crap like Harrell and turn him into gold.

      1. GBslacker August 25, 2013

        it’s not my expectations, but McCarthy’s expectations — apparently McCarthy thought he had something for three years.

        if he’s this awesome QB-guy, why didn’t he see that Harrell was a pile of crap and ditch the guy?

  7. Iltarion August 24, 2013

    I was wrong. I thought VY had no chance.

    I also thought Harrell was past the horseshit we’ve seen in previous preseasons. He looked good in camp and during Family Night. But when the preseason starts, dude is just cursed. Dropped balls, penalties, missed blocks, fumbles, tipped balls, WRs falling down. Everything and anything bad that could possibly happen did so with Harrell on the field.

    VY didn’t prove shit against Seattle’s back ups, who should have picked him on his third play from scrimmage. I think this is more an indictment of Harrell, as in – You aint got it now so you aint ever going to get it. When Harrell threw two sideline passes and a corner route out of bounds, I think that was the end of that.

    But regardless, I am glad it is done. At least now there is relief from all the endless bitching and complaining about a guy who you hope to never see the field anyway. BJ Coleman has the tools and better start picking it up, pronto. Otherwise, it’ll be time to draft another QB.

    1. Harry Houdini August 25, 2013

      Sounds good. We will go back to bitching about the O-line that you love.

  8. Kyle August 24, 2013

    Halle-fuckin-lujah. Vince Young is so much better than Harrell. Glad this happened.

  9. therealChuckywasCecil August 24, 2013

    He’ll be backing up Ponder (Cassel) soon.

  10. Fats August 24, 2013

    The Green Bay Chill offered a contract to Graham. All is not lost for him in titletown.

  11. Deepsky August 24, 2013

    Of course the Packers were going to keep Vince Young. They didn’t pick him up just as a backup. You didn’t think the Packers coaches went to Texas to learn to DEFENSE the read-option, did you? NO!! Vince Young is going to RUN the read-option against the 49ers!!

  12. the real russ letlow August 24, 2013

    a lot of time and energy spent on Harrell. too bad he couldn’t pull it together, but he really looked horrible this preseason. at least they didn’t waste any more time………so long sammy, see you in Miami?……………probably not…………

  13. packers5 August 25, 2013

    M.M. said he released Harrell based on his PERFORMANCE. What a brilliant statement.

  14. hgs August 25, 2013

    Graham Herrell will do fine somewhere else. Lots of talent AND INTELLIGENCE…that could do well in a different club. The Packers are on their way downward anyway.

  15. Abe Frohman August 26, 2013

    I recall hearing that the knock on VY coming out of college was essentially that he was an idiot – both IQ wise and maturity wise. Wasn’t his wonderlic score like a 9? I think he may have matured a bit, but to quote Ron White “you can’t fix stupid” Philly ran more or less the same offense we do under Andy Reid. There shouldn’t be that big of a learning curve for him here – perhaps different terminology, but similar concepts.

  16. tequila August 26, 2013

    Welcome to Buffalo, the only place in the NFL colder than Green Bay.