Green Bay Packers Smart to Try out Vince Young

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistAugust 5, 2013

Aug. 9, 2012; Orchard Park, NY, USA;  Buffalo Bills quarterback Vince Young (10) runs with the ball during the second half against the Washington Redskins at Ralph Wilson Stadium.  Redskins beat the Bills 7-6.  Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Vince Young is getting another crack at the NFL, this time with the Green Bay Packers as a backup to Aaron Rodgers. It's a smart decision from a savvy organization.

Young is working out with the team Monday according to Pete Dougherty and Wes Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. This is a clear indication the Packers are not thrilled with the backup situation that consists of Graham Harrell and B.J. Coleman. 

Of course the Packers are unhappy with the situation behind Rodgers. The spotlight is firmly set on the backup quarterback with news recently breaking that left tackle Bryan Bulaga may be out for the year with a torn ACL per Ian Rapoport via Twitter:

If that's the case, the Packers certainly do not want to be stuck with the options they have now should Rodgers succumb to injury. Harrell is a 2009 undrafted free agent that has only attempted four passes. Coleman was selected by the team in the seventh round of the 2012 draft. 

Enter Young, the No. 3 overall pick from the 2006 draft who, as a rookie, totaled over 2,700 yards through the air and on the ground to go with 19 total touchdowns. The next year Young lead the Tennessee Titans to the playoffs. 

Of course, things went all downhill from there for Young and the Titans, ultimately climaxing in his dismissal from the team

Now at the dreaded age of 30, Young most recently spent time in training camp with the Buffalo Bills last offseason before getting released after an up-and-down preseason. 

Apparently the Packers have been coveting Young for quite some time, which speaks both to how much they like him, and dislike the situation behind Rodgers. 

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter on SportsCenter, the Packers have been "flirting" with Young well before training camp even kicked off (h/t Rotoworld). ESPN's Andrew Brandt pointed out on Twitter that Packers Ted Thompson has liked Young's game since he was in college at Texas:

But here may be the biggest underlining story about the Packers' interest in Young: the Packers fell victim to the read-option offense in a big way last year when San Francisco walloped Green Bay in the postseason, 45-31, behind the arm and legs of Colin Kaepernick. 

The Packers haven't forgotten. 

Furthermore, Green Bay opens the 2013 season in San Francisco on September 8 against the same offense. Wes Hodkiewicz and Pete Dougherty of USA Today say the Packers are committed to finding a way to shut down the read-option. 

Again—enter Young. He's the man with over 1,400 rushing yards to his name to go along with almost 9,000 passing yards. He's not a new-era read-option guy that will beat you with his arm like, say, Robert Griffin III, but he'll be able to simulate the offense well enough for the Packers defense in practice. 

The coaching staff would essentially kill two birds with one stone by adding Young. They would get rid of the question mark at backup and also have an outstanding way to prepare for what is currently the NFL's most confusing offense. 

If the workout with Young goes well, the Packers should be quick to ink him to a contract. He solves more than one problem for a franchise looking to leap back into championship contention. 


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