Seneca Wallace Makes Sense as Green Bay Packers Backup
Ted Thompson finally did it. He signed a veteran quarterback. Frankly, it was about time as the Green Bay Packers agreed to terms with Seneca Wallace today according to ESPN.com's ED Werder to backup all-world starter Aaron Rodgers.
Wallace, an 11-year veteran, who has started games for both the Seattle Seahawks and Cleveland Browns, is just 6-15 as a starter but has a 59.2 career completion percentage along with 31 touchdowns and 18 interceptions.
Wallace is not a sexy signing by any means but it's a smart one.
Sure he hasn't started a game since 2011 but he knows the West Coast offense, was drafted by Thompson, played under Mike Holmgren and will need few reps each week to be ready on Sundays.
Thompson, the Packers general manager since 2004, normally believes in building through the draft and developing young talent.
Yet, since Matt Flynn moved on via free agency following the 2011 season, the philosophy of building young talent was simply not working when it came to the quarterback position.
First, Thompson and head coach Mike McCarthy spent three years developing Graham Harrell, an undrafted signal-caller from Texas Tech. He served as Rodgers' backup throughout the 2012 season but failed to inspire confidence in anyone when he was forced to play.
Harrell was given his walking papers after a poor performance in Week 3 of the preseason against Seattle capped three seasons with little improvement. It was time to cut bait.
The Packers also had high hopes for 2012 seventh-round draft choice B.J. Coleman. Unfortunately, the strong-armed quarterback from Tennessee Chattanooga is still too raw to earn a spot on an NFL roster.
Flynn, also a seventh-round choice back in 2008, earned the backup job in his rookie season and was effective in that role for four years. When Coleman didn't grow in that same fashion, the Packers had to move on.
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Thompson realized his mistake and brought in free agent Vince Young a week into training camp. The former first-round pick had been out of football since 2011 and was a last-ditch effort to salvage the situation.
The former Texas star showed flashes and made plays with his feet but the NFL is a passing league and he never seemed to figure things out. The offense simply seemed too complicated for him. Thompson admitted he signed Young too late after releasing him but that didn't change the fact that it was another failure.
All these failures forced the Packers to face reality and turn to Wallace. He's the kind of guy that's dependable and can possibly win a game or two in a pinch because, let's face it, if Rodgers is out for more then a few games, Green Bay is in trouble anyway.
Wallace won't excite Packer fans but good backups are hard to come by and he's at least competent, something that couldn't be said about Harrell, Coleman and Young to a lesser extent. The former Iowa State standout may save Thompson's bacon but next time he would be wise to admit his mistakes much sooner.
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