With a preseason quarterback rating of 49.6, it would appear to be obvious that B.J.
Coleman isn’t ready to be the Green Bay Packers backup behind Aaron Rodgers. But barring another roster move, Coleman is currently sitting in the #2 seat.
He completed just 41% of his passes, ranked 110th in the league in accuracy and 106th in passer rating among 115 NFL quarterbacks who threw at least one pass during the preseason.
So why is Coleman still on the 53 man roster? Perhaps General Manager Ted Thompson will make a move for a more experienced backup, but the simple fact that Coleman is still here in the #2 spot is puzzling.
The Packers went out and signed Vince Young during training camp, but they didn’t get him in soon enough to give him a fair shot at the job and Thompson was heard taking the blame for that one.
It appears to be a gamble, but it’s one that Thompson has taken before. He gambled on Matt Flynn in 2008, backing up Rodgers with no previous experience. He did it again last season when Graham Harrell had no experience, yet won the job as the backup. Rodgers has stayed healthy so the Packers dodged the bullet.
What happens if Aaron Rodgers gets hurt? Can Coleman enter a game and give the Packers a chance to win?
There’s not a lot out there at the time. The Packers did add former Badger Scott Tolzein to their practice squad, although he has no regular season experience either. Tolzein was available after being released by San Francisco.
Thompson could at any time go a different direction. But he didn’t draft a quarterback and didn’t bring in a free agent soon enough either. Is Ted Thompson playing with fire? Only time will tell.