With the Packers release of veteran quarterback Vince Young on Saturday the depth chart for the Packers holds two names, Aaron Rodgers and B.J. Coleman.
Rodgers is of course a former NFL MVP and one of the preeminent passers in the game. Coleman, is a second year player from Tennessee-Chattanooga who hasn’t attempted a pass in a regular season game.
Coleman appeared in all four preseason games for the Packers, completing 12 of 27 passes for 113 yards, a touchdown and an interception. His preseason quarterback rating was 49.6. Coleman has displayed a powerful throwing arm and a willingness to try and make the big play. He hasn’t shown the ability to consistently command the offense though and lead them to the end zone. This could lead the Packers to explore their options with veteran quarterbacks that are available.
During Saturday’s cut down, Brady Quinn, Jimmy Clausen, Matt Leinart, and John Skelton, and Seneca Wallace were all cut loose. All five have experience starting in the NFL.
Brady Quinn lost the competition with Tarvaris Jackson for the Seahawks backup spot behind Russell Wilson.
Quinn played last season in Kansas City and was given an opportunity to win the job late in the season appearing in 10 games while starting 8.
Quinn put up abysmal numbers by any metric with the Chiefs. He threw for just 2 touchdowns against 8 interceptions with a quarterback rating of 60.1, which isn’t far off of his career rating mark of 64.4.
There is data to support the idea that Quinn was merely a victim of the Chiefs having the NFL’s worst record last season.
Quinn appeared in four preseason games with Seattle completing 22 of 38 passes for 271 yards, 2 touchdowns and no interceptions. His rating was sterling 97.6.
Through the first six seasons of Quinn’s career he’s appeared in 24 games while throwing for just over 3,000 yards, 12 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions.
Another former Notre Dame quarterback, Jimmy Clausen, last of the Carolina Panthers is also available. Clausen, a former second round pick, started 10 games as a rookie but hasn’t appeared in a contest in either of the past two seasons as he sat behind Cam Newtown.
Clausen appeared in three preseason games this season. He completed 9 passes in 16 attempts with no touchdowns or interceptions.
Clausen’s regular season ledger reads, a 55.8 quarterback rating with just over 1,500 yards passing, 3 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. One thing to consider with those numbers, Clausen was sacked 33 times in the 13 games he appeared in during that 2010 season.
Leinart was brought in for a look by Buffalo when both E.J. Manuel and Kevin Kolb went down with injuries. They chose to keep rookie free agent Jeff Tuel over Leinart for what it’s worth.
Leinart went 3 of 10 for 11 yards and threw two interceptions in his lone preseason action with Buffalo. The USC product has appeared in 33 games since being a first round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2006.
His career quarterback rating in those games is 70.2. He has a career completion percentage of 57.1 with 15 touchdowns and 21 interceptions.
Another veteran quarterback of interest could be John Skelton. The former Cardinals and Bengals quarterback has three seasons in the NFL with a total of 20 games played. He has a career rating of 63.0 with 3,707 yards passing. Skelton’s thrown 15 touchdowns and 25 interceptions in the regular season.
He appeared in 3 preseason games with Cincinnati this year. He completed 15 of 25 pass attempts with one touchdown and no interceptions.
Seneca Wallace appeared in 2 games this preseason. He went 5 of 8 for 59 passing yards. He threw one interception and no touchdowns. Wallace has played 9 years in the NFL and served as backup for almost that entire time. His career quarterback rating of 81.3 is the highest of any of the veteran quarterbacks. He’s also passed for 31 touchdowns against just 18 interceptions during that time. Wallace owns a career completion percentage of 59.2.
One final name, who as of Saturday night was already being reported as a practice squad possibility is former Wisconsin Badgers and San Francisco 49ers signal caller Scott Tolzien.
The 25 year old Tolzien appeared in 2 preseason games with San Francisco. He was 18 of 34 passing for 188 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. Tolzien had reportedly been impressive during camp but lost out on the backup jobs with the 49ers as they chose to keep Colt McCoy and B.J. Daniels.
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