Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson before a preseason
NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals on Aug. 9th
in Green Bay.
GREEN BAY - While
Vince Young's performance in the preseason played a big role in
him getting released, general manager Ted Thompson said Sunday
there's someone else who also deserves some of the blame.
In the preseason,
Young completed only 26 of 49 passes (53.1 percent) with one
touchdown, no interceptions and three sacks (71.6 rating) in four
The Packers may
enter their regular-season opener at San Francisco next Sunday
with unproven B.J. Coleman as the backup to star quarterback Aaron
Asked if he was
prepared to open the season with the two quarterbacks he has on
the roster, Thompson said, "That's where we are right now,
Even though Young
had piqued Thompson's interest earlier this spring, the Packers
didn't sign him until Aug. 6.
By then, seven of
the eight installations of the Packers' offensive playbook had
earlier in camp that he should have signed Young earlier.
But on Sunday,
Thompson took it a step further.
frankly, it probably wasn't fair to Vince," Thompson said.
"We threw a lot on his plate and the fault is probably mine.
should have had him in here earlier. He was a great teammate, he
seemed like a very humble good guy. You guys all talked to him, so
we enjoyed his time here and like I say, if there was fault it was
Young had an
uninspiring performance in the preseason finale against Kansas
City, completing only 14 of 30 passes for 144 yards with no
touchdowns, no interceptions and two fumbles (one lost) for a 61.0
"In my short
time being here, I learned as much as I could. Hopefully teams
across the NFL saw that, being in the situation I was, how much
hard work I put in behind the scenes to try to catch up, try to do
the best I could," Young said after the game Thursday night.
"Like I said
when I first got in (to Green Bay), I just never gave up on
myself. I just wanted another opportunity and Green Bay gave me
another opportunity. And then they did, I made the best of it.
get an opportunity to stay on the team, stay here and help out.
And if not, hopefully teams around the league will give me an
opportunity as well."
As of now, the
Packers only have Coleman, the 2012 seventh-round pick, backing up
Last year's No. 2
quarterback, Graham Harrell, was released last week and signed by
the New York Jets.
14 of 34 passes (41.2 percent) for 128 yards with one touchdown,
one interception and two sacks for a passer rating of 49.6 this
changes could still be made to the 53-man roster, which he has
always maintained is misidentified as being the "final"
"A lot of
things are going to change," Thompson said. "It's not
just our team, ours is probably a little more stable than some.
lot of turnover going on today that people know about, some people
don't. There's going to be some more turnover tomorrow because
players become available and teams are still out there shopping to
try to improve their team just like we are."
One player who
will apparently keep his roster spot is veteran defensive end
Johnny Jolly, who spent the past three seasons out of football
while serving an NFL suspension for violating the league's
Jolly, who was
the Packers' best defensive lineman in 2009, went to prison after
multiple arrests in his native Houston for codeine possession but
was released early under a "shock probation" program and
the Packers brought him back after he was reinstated by NFL
commissioner Roger Goodell in late February.
think any of us can really speak to the journey that he's been on
because I'm not sure any of us know all the things that's
encompassed in that journey," Thompson said.
him. I've said this all along: I liked him before when he was here
and I like him now that he's here. When he wasn't here, I can't
speak to that. I just know that different people have different
challenges as you go through life."
Asked why he felt
Jolly deserved another chance, Thompson said: "Some of the
fellas on this team came to me and spoke to me about how much they
would like to have him back as a teammate.
"I think all
the coaching staff and the personnel people like him. And like I
say, it's not for me to judge. I'm not going to say things were
the right way or the wrong way when he wasn't here, but I will say
that he had a lot of admirers here and he's a good football