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McCarthy confident in Harrell

Jul 19, 2012 -- 10:42pm
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GREEN BAY – Even though Graham Harrell is the only No. 2 quarterback on an NFL depth chart never to have thrown a regular-season pass, Mike McCarthy isn’t the least bit concerned about the lack of experience behind reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers.

“I’m very comfortable with our quarterback room,” the Green Bay Packers coach said Thursday during an appearance on Green & Gold Today. “I think you have to look at the whole room, and it starts with Aaron. Aaron’s obviously the best player in the National Football League (as) voted by his peers, but just the way he plays the position and how he plays the position gives you a lot of confidence, and he’s playing a part in the development of both Graham and (rookie third-stringer) B.J. (Coleman).”

According to research done by’s Bill Huber, only five teams have listed backup quarterbacks who haven’t made a single NFL regular-season start: Tennessee’s Jake Locker, New England’s Brian Hoyer, Philadelphia’s Mike Kafka, New Orleans’ Chase Daniel, San Francisco’s Colin Kaepernick and Baltimore’s Tyrod Taylor. Of those five, all have thrown at least one regular-season pass: Locker threw 66 as a rookie last year; Hoyer has 43 attempts since entering league as undrafted free agent in 2009; Kafka has 16 attempts since entering league as fourth-round pick in 2010; Daniel has eight attempts since entering league as undrafted rookie in 2010; Kaepernick had five attempts as a rookie first-round pick last year; and Taylor threw one pass as a rookie sixth-round pick last year.

“Graham has been with us for a couple years. He gets better every opportunity he’s been given and this is his biggest opportunity,” McCarthy said. “I’m very comfortable with the progress he’s shown, but just like any position – and it’s more prominent at the quarterback position – you have to do it in the games. The preseason games will be very big for Graham, but I like everything I see up to this point.”

McCarthy called Coleman “very, very green” and said he “has a ton to learn, but he’s definitely shown a lot of promise.”

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