GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 16: Graham Harrell #6 of the Green Bay Packers pitches the ball against the Cleveland Browns during a preseason game at Lambeau Field on August 16, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
It goes without saying that an awful showing against the Cleveland Browns' backups was not a good look for Graham Harrell. He might be a good player, he might have gotten better over the offseason and he might be a solid No. 2 NFL quarterback in the future, but last night should be concerning to everyone.
Over at the SB Nation mothership, Ryan Van Bibber wrote a column on Harrell today. It's about how he simply isn't good enough. The title of the piece is 'The Green Bay Packers Have A Problem'. We can disagree about the magnitude of the problem, but the team does have a problem. At best, they don't know if Harrell is good enough to be a backup quarterback yet. At worst, he never will be and the team needs to go make a move quickly.
Spoiler alert: The most important paragraph in Ryan's piece is the last one.
A coach can only say so much about a player that just can't perform at the needed level, despite his best effort. Optimism can be wonderful thing, but it cannot change reality. Unlike McCarthy, we can say it: the Packers cannot go into the season with Graham Harrell behind Rodgers.
We've had discussions about Harrell before, but it's time to seriously chat this out. Do the Packers need to go make a move for a new backup quarterback right now, or do you still believe in Harrell?