Brohm’s last chance with Packers?
After being beaten out by the less-heralded fellow rookie Matt Flynn to be Aaron Rodgers’ primary backup last year, Brohm is having another uneven preseason.
Flynn is nursing a shoulder injury and Rodgers is likely to play only a series or two, meaning Brohm will play most of the game. Another shaky performance could put Brohm’s roster spot in jeopardy.
Brohm freely admits he struggled and lost confidence as a rookie, but insists his performance this year hasn’t been as bad as statistics might indicate.
“Some people may have seen a little bit of failure and wanted to say right away, ’Oh, he lost his confidence,”’ Brohm said. “I feel like I’ve bounced back from every mistake I’ve had out there and I’ve come back with some good plays to follow that up. I’ve been confident in my abilities throughout this entire camp.”
Asked about Brohm’s performance this week, Packers general manager Ted Thompson offered a lukewarm endorsement.
“He is doing OK,” Thompson said. “I thought he played pretty well the other night and hung in there. Sometimes in preseason games you get a little distorted view, especially at that position, depending on what is going on in the game at the time. But Brian is doing OK.”
Earlier this month, Thompson admitted to at least a passing interest in Michael Vick before he signed with Philadelphia. And there is ongoing speculation that the Packers could be interested in picking up a veteran backup, a list that could include former New England Patriots backup Kevin O’Connell or Tarvaris Jackson if he is released by Minnesota.
But Brohm—who might have been a top pick had he left Louisville after his junior season but fell to the Packers in the second round last year—isn’t approaching Thursday as a big-picture referendum on his future with the Packers.
“I think you just worry about today, the next play at hand,” Brohm said. “When you start looking ahead too much, you overlook the task at hand and start making mistakes. So I’m just going to concentrate on each play like it’s my last.”
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Thursday’s game will be valuable experience for Brohm. Flynn, who hurt a shoulder in the second preseason game, is likely to be limited to place-kick holder duty.
“I think he’s going to be excited about the opportunity of all the reps, no different than last week,” McCarthy said. “He was able to get more playing time. You can’t buy those live reps at any position, and especially quarterback. I know he’s excited about the bulk of time he’s going to get.”
Brohm was a miserable 15 of 29 for 101 yards with 3 interceptions in the Packers’ first two preseason games. He was more efficient in Arizona last week, going 4 of 5 for 45 yards, and has been solid in practice this week.
“I feel better in every aspect,” Brohm said. “I feel like I’m more decisive, I feel like my footwork’s better, I feel like I’m throwing the ball better. In every single aspect, I feel like I’m better than I was last year.”
But is he good enough for him to stick in Green Bay?
“I’m putting this on film for our coaches,” Brohm said. “That’s how I look at it. I want to come back here (after the game) and grade out well from the game, have good comments from the coaches after the game. That’s really my goal, and that’s the only goal I have—each play, do the right thing, make the right read, have some success.”
-- Several Packers defensive players raised an eyebrow at former teammate Brett Favre’s block at the knees of Houston Texans defensive back Eugene Wilson Monday night.
What if Favre did something like that against the Packers? “I can’t say what I’m going to do, because then it’s going to be premeditated,” linebacker Nick Barnett deadpanned. “But I don’t think he’ll throw another block like that. I think he’s going to get a fine from the league office.”
Defensive tackle Ryan Pickett said he thought Favre simply misjudged the block and wasn’t trying to hurt Wilson.
-- McCarthy said wide receiver Greg Jennings, who sustained a blow to the head in Friday’s preseason game against Arizona, will not play Thursday. Running back Brandon Jackson and defensive backs Charlie Peprah, Will Blackmon and Aaron Rouse also have been ruled out because of lingering injuries.
McCarthy also will rest veteran cornerbacks Al Harris and Charles Woodson. Linebacker Desmond Bishop and offensive lineman T.J. Lang are expected to play.