GREEN BAY - Graham Harrell had six possessions at quarterback against the Arizona Cardinals and was unable lead the Packers to any points.
“Graham has to play better and it's tough,” Coach McCarthy said.
“At times we moved the ball really well and we'd be in a good situation and we wouldn't finish it,” Graham Harrell said. “We'd get in third and short and things like that and we couldn't convert. We've got to start finishing drives for sure."
Harrell went 12 of 19 passing and averaged 6.3 yards per completion but Coach McCarthy said that's a function of play selection.
"The plays are called and the balls distributed accordingly,” McCarthy said. “Did I give him a lot of opportunities to go down field, no I didn't so. That's something you can look at in hindsight."
The Packers two turnovers, one interception and one fumble, came on Harrell's watch and he admits he's got to improve on that.
Harrell said he was at fault for the fumble.
"They brought a guy and I should have made a protection adjustment and missed it and then he got me. I thought I could've gotten out of it. There's a few plays I'd like to have back," Harrell said.
While Harrell has experience in the Packers offense, he’s in his 4th season with the team, Vince Young has game experience, he's made more Pro Bowls than Harrell's made NFL starts. That’s two Pro Bowls to Harrell’s zero NFL starts.
Having a wealth of NFL experience to draw upon Young felt prepared for the game despite only three days of practice.
"A lot of people are like are you ready, are you ready? It's the preseason. I've played preseason games before. I just wanted to come in and make sure I was calling the right plays and getting guys in the right places and making the plays down field," Young said.
Coach McCarthy added, "The man's a winner. The man's won games. He's won championships in high school and college. You look at just the way he's gone about it."
Young explained, "It's football whatever it takes to get a first down I'm going to get it, if it’s throwing it or running it. I feel like guys did a good job of getting an edge. Guys made some key blocks so I could get the first and get down."
B.J. Coleman received the most limited opportunity but tried to maintain a positive attitude.
"The most important thing is to stay within the offense. Don't try to do too much, don't try to force something. I think that's what I did tonight. Sometimes you want to take a shot but sometimes it's better to check it down too," Coleman said.
As for who will get second team reps in practice this week, Coach McCarthy said he hadn't decided yet.
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