Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy says Vince Young’s ability to run was the difference maker in his decision to release quarterback Graham Harrell.
“Vince Young made plays with his feet. It’s something that was a huge asset of Vince’s. He’s getting better,” McCarthy said in explaining the decision to release Harrell, who had been in competition with Young and B.J. Coleman for the Packers’ backup quarterback job.
“Tough decision to release Graham, even more so on a personal level. I thought he was getting better. At the end of the day, we felt it was time to go with the other two quarterbacks,” McCarthy added.
McCarthy says Young and Coleman will now compete to backup starter Aaron Rodgers.
“We have two quarterbacks. The No. 2 question hasn’t been answered. Vince and B.J. are going to compete,” McCarthy said after the Packers’ 17-10 loss to the Seahawks on Friday.
The Packers preseason finale is Thursday in Kansas City. The competition for the backup quarterback job is not the only battle that will reach its climax this week.
The Packers added Zach Ramirez on Sunday to compete against Mason Crosby for the Packers kicking job. Giorgio Tavecchio was cut on Monday.
“There’s a job available and somebody needs to jump through the door and take it. That hasn’t happened yet,” McCarthy said.