Green Bay Packers: Is This the Year Graham Harrell is Surpassed by B.J. Coleman?
Sports 0 (Instagram/lawyermilloy) Hey Packers fans, remember that game you lost at Seattle last year? You know, the one where the replacement official called a touchdown that should have never been? Seattle Screwjob, Fail Mary, etc.? Yes, yes, figured you would. And we’re pretty sure you realized at some point that had that game not been stolen from Green Bay, the Packers would have been 12-4 and been rested to host the 11-4-1 49ers in the playoffs. Who knows, maybe Colin Kaepernick wouldn’t have been so fast in single-digit temperatures. A quick refresher for anyone who might have forgotten: Last season, Seattle trailed Green Bay 12-7 on the last play of the game when Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw a pass into the end zone. Despite Seattle receiver Golden Tate clearly not having control of the ball as he went to the turf, replacement officials (the regular officials were on strike) ruled it a touchdown. It was one of the more infamous blown calls in sports history, and thankfully was the impetus for the NFL to settle with the regular officials.
July 9, 2013 6:25 pm EDT by Julian Rogers Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports A once-in-a-generation quarterback. Thats what was said about former Green Bay Packers long-time starter Brett Favre. As it turned out, the man drafted their website to back up and eventually replace Favre proved to be equally capable of delivering a Super Bowl to Titletown. Now that Aaron Rodgers is firmly established as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL , Packers fans and quarterback aficionados rightfully turn their attention toward the Packers reserve quarterbacks. The Packers have an impressive history of grooming quarterbacks. Ever since ex Texas Tech pass slinger Graham Harrell became Rodgers primary backup, the question has been asked: Can Harrell be the next former Packers understudy to ascend to a starting role (a la Matt Flynn, Rodgers, Matt Hasselbeck, Aaron Brooks, Doug Pederson and Mark Brunell)? The answer is still unknown. Rodgers is at the top of his game and in the prime of his career. Opportunities for a Packers backup quarterback are rare and usually confined to preseason games. For that reason, Harrell and second-year quarterback B.J.
Former Packers assistants have made their mark
He coached defensive backs for nine years under Gregg, Lindy Infante and Mike Holmgren in Green Bay before getting his first head coaching job with the Chicago Bears in 1999. The low-key Jauron led the Bears to a 13-3 record in 2001 and was named The Associated Press Coach of the Year. He became the interim head coach of the hapless Detroit Lions in 2005 and then served four seasons as the head man in Buffalo (2006-’09), where he posted three consecutive 7-9 seasons before being fired in November 2009. 5. STEVE MARIUCCI Quarterbacks (1992-’95) The native of Iron Mountain, Mich., grew up a die-hard Packer fan and was the quarterbacks coach on Mike Holmgren’s staff for four seasons. He is noted for nurturing the development of a raw Brett Favre in the West Coast offensive scheme before leaving to become head coach at the University of California in 1996, the season Green Bay won Super Bowl XXXI. Mariucci took the 49ers’ top job in 1997 and led them to a 13-3 record and four playoff berths in six years. He then spent three dismal seasons in Detroit from 2003-’05 before joining the NFL Network. 4. MIKE McCARTHY Quarterbacks (1999) McCarthy coached the Packer quarterbacks for one season under head coach Ray Rhodes in 1999. After paying his dues for 13 years as an NFL assistant with Kansas City, Green Bay, New Orleans and San Francisco, McCarthy was named the Packers’ 14th head coach in 2006 without any experience in that capacity.