Packers say they added Vince Young for 'more competition'
Vince Young. Photo: Image by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
GREEN BAY - Packers coach Mike McCarthy says that the reason he brought in two-time Pro Bowl quarterback Vince Young had to do with stepping up the battle for the No. 2 and 3 quarterback spots on the roster.
"The reasoning for giving the quarterback an opportunity...we feel we need to add more competition," said McCarthy Tuesday morning.
"Vince came in. I thought he did a nice job in the workout."
General manager Ted Thompson later concurred.
"The way he carried himself, threw the ball...it was just like when he was at the University of Texas," said Thompson on Thursday afternoon.
"He's been able to show that he can win games in the NFL."
There had been character issues with Young before, particularly when he went to the Philadelphia Eagles and called his squad a "dream team" before the first game.
That squad fell flat on its collective face, missing the playoffs.
Thompson didn't seem to have concerns about that.
"Part of the tryout was conversations, coaches sitting down and talking with him...he seems like a really good guy. I have no problems, concerns in that regard," said Thompson.
"We felt like this was an opportunity to take a look. He was anxious to give it a try. The two things kind of came together."
When asked how good Young could be, Thompson added, "that's the mystery, the intrigue."
Young will battle Graham Harrell, who has not been highly impressive in regular season games, and B.J. Coleman, who was interception-prone in the Packers' Family Night scrimmage Saturday night.
He also talked about the year off from football.
Vince Young on year off: "It opened my eyes and a lot of things like that. But at the same time, my record speaks for itself." #Packers— Tyler Dunne (@TyDunne) August 6, 2013