Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy have given no indication that they’re looking to replace Graham Harrell as the team’s backup quarterback, but that isn’t going to stop me from speculating on possible replacements. The pickings are extremely slim, but here are three players who I feel would upgrade the position:
My top choice would be Tavaris Jackson. I know Packer fans will scoff because of his less than stellar work with the Vikings and Seahawks, but he also had less than stellar coaching and less than stellar receivers in Minnesota and Seattle. Get him away from Brad Childress and Darrell Bevell and he might actually have a chance to develop into a pretty decent quarterback. When GM John Schneider decides to trade Jackson – and he will – his former colleagues and longtime buddies in Green Bay figure to get a call.
My second choice would be Colt McCoy. He’s not talented enough to win games with a bad team like Cleveland, but he is talented enough to win games with a good team like Green Bay. While he lacks a big arm, you don’t have to be a scout to see that his passes have more zip on them than the softballs Harrell lobs down the field. McCoy is also smart enough to pick up Green Bay’s system in a hurry. I’m not sure if the Browns are interested in trading him, but if they are, Thompson should get on the phone ASAP.
My third choice would be Pat Devlin. Maybe I’m just being stubborn, but I’ve always liked the former Delaware star who’s now fourth on the depth chart in Miami. I’m not sure he could win if pressed into duty, but he stands as good a chance as Harrell and he has more potential. Working with Joe Philbin is another plus. Devlin has good size and intelligence. He doesn’t have a big arm, but I’m pretty sure he could at least reach the sideline when trying to throw a ball away. He’s probably 50-50 to stick with the Dolphins.
In all honesty, I don’t think it matters which quarterbacks are available because my gut tells me that Thompson and McCarthy are going to stick with Harrell – unless he completely falls apart in the next two games. Both the GM and the coach like to reward their own for hard work, and there’s no denying that Harrell has busted his ass since arriving in Green Bay over two years ago. But then again, both Thompson and McCarthy also like to win. There’s the conundrum. It’ll be interesting to see how they choose to solve it.