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Mike McCarthy Wants to Draft a Quarterback

Mike McCarthy

We suggested this was the way for the Green Bay Packers to go — draft a quarterback before the seventh round in order to solidify the backup job for a number of years. Mike McCarthy suggested that’s exactly what the Packers will do, on Friday.

“I think we definitely need four so I’m hopeful that we can get a young guy in the draft,” McCarthy said. “That’s something we’re looking at and maybe taking even a harder look this year — well, that’s not true, we’ve always taken a hard look. That’s something that we’re focused on. We’ll see how that unfolds.”

If you want to read between the lines even further, McCarthy also seems to be suggesting the Packers will re-sign free agent Matt Flynn. He would be the fourth, joining Aaron Rodgers, Scott Tolzien and a draft pick.

Flynn played well for the Packers in relief of Rodgers in 2013, but he hasn’t played well in three other NFL stops between tenures in Green Bay. Whether that means Flynn can only succeed in the Packers’ system is open for debate, but it almost certainly means there won’t be a lot of teams clamoring for Flynn’s services when free agency opens.

As for the backup position, the Packers haven’t had a young guy who actually gives the team a chance to win since Flynn’s first go-round in Green Bay.

Both Graham Harrell, a street free agent, and B.J. Coleman, a seventh-round draft pick, fizzled when given the chance to be Rodgers’ caddy.

Coleman had some of the tools, but none of the intangibles. Harrell had some of the intangibles, but none of the tools.

But that’s what you get when you’re playing with quarterbacks no one else wants. This time around, if the Packers are wise, they’ll use a mid-round pick and get a guy to solidify the position for the next four years.

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. beardownpackup February 21, 2014


  2. Packin Smithy February 21, 2014

    He has to draft a QB, get Aaron Murray from Georgia. He is a great QB.

    1. Phatgzus February 21, 2014

      If Murray or Mettenberger (somehow) falls to us in the 4th round, I’d be ecstatic; I’d be pretty damn happy with McCarron as well. Garoppolo, Smith, and Thomas (though he may be the next B.J. Coleman) could be pretty decent as well.

      1. Vijay February 23, 2014

        Bad draft to get a backup QB, especially mid rounds…stick with what we have. If you need a camp body get Logan Thomas, Taj Boyd, Bryn Renner, Tom Savage (porn star name), Jeff Mathews, etc. Ain’t got no time for this!

  3. E. Wolf February 21, 2014

    Way too many needs to be doing that.

    1. TyKo Steamboat February 21, 2014

      What are you talking about? Is all we need is a Safety, a Nose Tackle, an Inside Linebacker, a Cornerback & a Tight End…

      1. TyKo Steamboat February 21, 2014


  4. Remedy February 21, 2014

    “Coleman had some of the tools, but none of the intangibles. Harrell had some of the intangibles, but none of the tools.”

    Well said

    I still feel like Tolzien could be something…

    1. Old Man At The Gym February 21, 2014

      How can any of you still want Tolzien on the roster. He looks like a scared little child with a weak arm on the field.

      1. K.L. February 21, 2014

        Weak arm? You’re either joking or stupid. I’ll bet Tolzien is 100 times the quarterback you could ever be, so stop talking.

        1. Old Man At The Gym February 21, 2014

          Jeez. Where did all of you Scott Tolzien lovers come from? You are the ones that must be joking. Scott Tolzien? Are you kindding me? I’d rather have Corky from Life Goes On under Center.

      2. Phatgzus February 21, 2014

        Hey now, you old curmudgeon, if there’s one thing that’s not at issue with Scott Tolzien, it’s his arm strength. He didn’t miss a deep pass until his 3rd game (vs. the ‘Queens) and that was a fantastic coverage play by (I believe) Xavier Rhodes on a nearly perfectly thrown ball; it’s not like his receivers were bailing him out on underthrown deep passes either. What he does have issues with are his pre-snap reads, progressions, and mechanics, at least 2 aspects of the professional game most neophyte NFL QBs have issues with are reading D’s and looking off receivers and not getting flustered. Considering the position he was put in, he performed pretty damn well. Hows about we give him sometime to work on his issues, which should improve his short-mid-range game and thus, his consistency and TOs.

        1. Old Man At The Gym February 21, 2014

          We’ll agree to disagree. I like what you said below about Flynn. I agree with you there.

  5. TyKo Steamboat February 21, 2014

    We’ll get Matt Flynn again. He batted around & now has no where else to go.

    Pretty solid for a back-up & he seems to have success in the Packers system.

  6. TyKo Steamboat February 21, 2014

    Oh & uh…great stock photo of Big Mike there BTW…

  7. chad lundberg February 21, 2014

    Should have gotten Colt McCoy when the chance was there. Any chance they sign Jordan Rodgers? Just speculating.

    1. Phatgzus February 21, 2014

      Colt McCoy? You mean the quarterback the browns didn’t want, even as their back-up? Allllrightythen.

  8. Phatgzus February 21, 2014

    Can we stop with the “Matt-Flynn-Failed-in-Multiple-Locations” talk? The dude was only given a fair chance in one place-Seattle, which gave him double-digit millions only to get beat out by a sophomore SB champion. And don’t produce the “He-Was-Cut-By-Garbage-Teams” Argument-Oakland and buffalo have two of the worst o-lines in football and it’s no secret Matt Flynn needs a decent o-line to be successful (unless you watched none of his games last year), but given that, be is a serviceable

    1. Old Man At The Gym February 21, 2014

      Thank you!

      1. Phatgzus February 21, 2014

        Fair enough, Mr. Burgundy, I can certainly respect that; and thanks, it’s a bit of a bummer that Flynn gets little no love considering the 2 amazing comebacks he engineered (yeah, yeah Dallas D, Jason Garrett not running the ball, Tony Romo, etc.) last year and the fact that he’s tied for the most single-game passing yards in the history of the most storied football franchise (which has potentially 3 of the best QBs ever to step foot on the Gridiron). If these were the olden
        days, the dude would be a hero; oh well, glad you can appreciate what he’s done for the Pack as well. Here’s hoping he sticks around as the Goose to A-Rodge’s Maverick for a few more years.

  9. rebelgb February 21, 2014

    But MM has shown he can take a late round draft pick QB and “DEVELOP” him into a winner with his awesome QB developing skills!

    Oh wait…that is like still believing in Lock Ness…..

    1. Phatgzus February 21, 2014

      Loch there, buddy, as in a Gaelic word for lake; and Loch Ness actually exists, Nessy on the other hand…

    2. Phatgzus February 21, 2014

      Oh and Rich Gannon and Aaron Brooks were both pretty decent QBs (I’d consider 4th round pretty damn low for a starting-caliber QB) he also helped develop Alex Smith and was there for Favre’s ’99 season-one of his best (not low-round draft picks but that’s cherry picking, not many 6th or 7th-rounders turn into starting QBs let alone Tom Bradys or Bart Starrs).

  10. Iltarion February 21, 2014

    This means absolutely nothing. One thing the Packers aren’t going to do is tell everyone who they are drafting before they draft.

    If you are confident in Tolzien, then you don’t need to draft anyone. If you are not confident in Tolzien, then go ahead. Either way you bring back Flynn on a 4 year contract, and there you go. Set for the next 4 years.

    1. TyKo Steamboat February 21, 2014

      Thanks, Iltarion. Your comment is blunt & simple but true.