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Does Brian Brohm really want to play for the Packers?

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by TheEngineer, Jun 21, 2008.

  1. TheEngineer

    TheEngineer Cheesehead

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    From some of the interviews he's given, and reading a little bit, I get the feeling Brohm wasn't thrilled to be brought into Green Bay. His attitude is a lot working with coaches and doing what they ask of him, but I haven't really see him display some passion for being on this team.

    If you ask me, he's probably going to spend a little while learning here, and hoping for Rodgers to screw it up. If Rodgers excels, I would expect him to try and go elsewhere.
     
  2. AZRunning

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    Do you have any links to the interviews?
     
  3. TheEngineer

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    I was referring to the short videos after practice on the www.packers.com site.
     
  4. cheesey

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    You can't blame the guy for wanting to play. This is Rodgers "first" year really, and if he does well, any back up QB here could be sitting on the bench for a LONG time. But of course if Rodgers messes up or gets hurt, the #2 guy could become the #1 guy real quick.
     
  5. A1MEANGREEN

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    lets just wait and see. you never know what will happen. theres no need to make something out of nothing :mrgreen:
     
  6. NDPackerFan

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    There's a real chance that Brohm will be playing sometime this season. We've been spoiled for a long, long time around here at that position. Most other teams need to call upon the backup QB at some point.
     
  7. cheesey

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    Thats very true. No one has ever done what Favre did. So we need a good backup QB. Hopefully the coaching staff can reassure Brohm that he's wanted and needed here.
     
  8. BryanAschenbrenner

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    I think you're reading into this too much. In every interview with him that I've seen he has been cheery and positive. When he was drafted he was happy as hell to be coming to Green Bay. His own father even said he was glad this was where he ended up.
     
  9. TheEngineer

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    Well, it IS the offseason! :)
     
  10. retiredgrampa

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    I'm sure, like ANY new QB, if he had his choice he'd go to a team that had no #1 QB. But all he has to do is look at Alex Smith and his fate. If he's got any sense at all,(and I'm sure he has) he's happy to learn on a winning team behind a QB with questionable health. Smith can't be a happy camper.
     
  11. Cubanpenguin

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    I'm with him, I don't know what your talking about, but every video I see him in he seems happy to be here, I'm sure he'll be used at some point while he's here unless Aaron starts his own Ironman steak. We can hope but I doubt that's going to happen.
     
  12. Zero2Cool

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    A player wants to play? What the heck, get him out of town, NOW! We need guys who are content on being backups, not players who desire to help make the team better by playing.
     
  13. Cal2GreenBay

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    http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080620/PKR01/80619134/1058/PKR01


    No. 2 job is Brohm's to lose
    Veteran won't be brought in unless he plays poorly

    Whatever trepidation the Green Bay Packers might feel about having a rookie at No. 2 quarterback in Aaron Rodgers’ first season as starter, they’re going into training camp with the job being second-round draft pick Brian Brohm’s to lose.
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    General Manager Ted Thompson brought in three veterans for offseason physicals and interviews as potential backups for Rodgers: Gus Frerotte, Quinn Gray and Daunte Culpepper.

    According to a source with knowledge of the situation, Thompson offered a contract to only Culpepper, who in the spring turned down a one-year deal worth about $1 million.

    So Thompson turned to the NFL draft, where he selected Brohm in the second round, No. 56 overall.

    Brohm has had his share of struggles in the offseason workouts that finished Thursday, but the Packers have seen enough in him that they appear unlikely to bring in a veteran to compete for the No. 2 job before training camp starts in late July. They’ll bring in a veteran only if Brohm has a particularly difficult time in the first two or three weeks of practice and exhibition play.

    “Daunte’s a good guy,” receiver Donald Driver said, “but I guess he felt like he wanted to come in and vie for a starting spot and (the Packers) already knew who their starting quarterback was. So what do you do? They felt like if he didn’t want the title to be a backup, you have to move on.”

    If Brohm ends up as the No. 2, the Packers will be taking a bigger risk than when Rodgers backed up Brett Favre as a rookie in 2005. Favre was a proven iron man, whereas Rodgers has an injury history (a broken foot and substantial hamstring strain the last two seasons). It’s risky, but not uncommon for an NFL team.

    However, if Brohm is the No. 2 and seventh-round pick Matt Flynn is the No. 3, it would be unusual to have two rookies as the backups.

    Last season, three rookies opened the season as their team’s No. 2 quarterback, though none of the clubs made the playoffs: first-round pick Brady Quinn of Cleveland, second-round pick John Beck of Miami, and Buffalo Bills third-rounder Trent Edwards, who finished the season as the team’s starter.

    Putting a rookie in that role can be risky for a playoff contender, because that rookie could be called on to finish out a close game or maybe even start for a week or two. One loss could be the difference in making the playoffs, or in having home-field advantage.

    Rodgers this week said he wasn’t comfortable in the Packers’ offense until last season, his third in the NFL.

    “These (rookies) are really bright,” Thompson said. “Aaron says (it took three years) now, but he absolutely would have loved to have been out there playing the whole time, too. We’re not overly concerned about that. Everything you do there’s risks associated with it.”

    The Packers considered the value a veteran could provide as a sounding board and adviser for Rodgers, who faces the difficult assignment of succeeding Favre. Trent Dilfer, for instance, probably would have been ideal in such a role.

    But in the end, Thompson said the higher priority was finding a player who could perform well enough if Rodgers gets hurt, and that no veterans offered a good enough combination of mentoring and physical skills to pursue vigorously, especially after the Packers drafted Brohm.

    “It was out of my hands, so I didn’t really have an opinion on it,” Rodgers said of whether he would have preferred having a veteran backup.

    “I’ve got (quarterbacks coach) Tom Clements to bounce things off of, he’s a great quarterback coach. They made a decision to get Brian, that’s who they’re going to go with, and now (Brohm and Flynn) are bouncing stuff off me, which is fine.

    “The amount of preparation I’ve put in the offseason watching film and talking to Tom and (coach) Mike (McCarthy) every day is going to be my opportunity to bounce things off guys who have been in the league for a while. I don’t have the 15-year vet, 12-year vet, Trent Dilfer-kind of guy to bounce things off of, so we’re doing what we’re doing.”

    In the meantime, the Packers will be looking for growth in Brohm during training camp after an up-and-down performance in offseason practices that is the norm for most rookie quarterbacks.

    Brohm has good size (6-foot-3, 232 pounds), poise and smarts (32 on the Wonderlic intelligence test). He’s shown a strong enough arm, though it isn’t as strong as Rodgers’ arm. He’s often holds the ball too long, as almost all rookies do. Another problem that’s been a little surprising is the occasionally wobbly pass.

    He showed those inconsistencies in this week’s three-day minicamp. On Tuesday, he threw three interceptions in a relatively short period of time. Tramon Williams and Atari Bigby picked him off in 11-on-11 plays, and Charles Woodson baited him into an interception shortly thereafter in a seven-on-seven drill.

    But after those struggles against mainly starters on defense, Brohm ended practice in a two-minute drill by taking the No. 2 offense to a game-winning touchdown drive of 60 yards against the No. 2 defense.

    The Packers also worked on blitz drills every day, including Thursday, when Brohm twice held the ball long enough to probably get sacked. On a couple of other plays, he got the ball out quickly.

    Considering Brohm’s high productivity and success at reading defenses and managing games as a three-year starter in college at Louisville, the Packers expect him to adjust to the pace of the game.

    But in the first couple of weeks of camp and the exhibition opener, it will be important for Brohm to show the Packers he can pick it up fast enough to be their backup immediately.

    “It’s definitely something that’s one of the big transitions from college to the NFL, getting the ball out of your hand quicker,” Brohm said. “The coaches have emphasized that every day since I’ve been here, get the ball out of your hand quicker, making quicker reads, because the game is much faster up here.”


    HIS BALL FLUTTERS? YUCK
     
  14. Yared-Yam

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    Who cares if he wants to be here?

    I hope he never plays for us.
     
  15. Buckeyepackfan

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    Craig Nall is always out there in an emergency situation(unless someone has signed him lately??), AR goes down and BB can't cut it
    The Pack is pretty much s.o.l. anyway, but Nall would be their best option if it would come to that.
     
  16. TheEngineer

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    Craig Nall is underappreciated.

    He has a 123.8 career passing record, multiple TDs and never been intercepted in the regular season!

    Most efficient QB ever? I say yes! :D
     
  17. Zombieslayer

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    I think Nall is still available, and he knows our playbook. If Rodgers gets hurt (knock on wood), Nall will be a Packer again unless someone else picks him up.
     

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