Posted by Will Brinson
In a year where there's a large group of teams who are quarterback-needy, a dearth of elite quarterbacks in the draft class -- see the full list here -- and no player trades allowed during and around the NFL draft, quality and experienced signal callers are at a premium.
The best example of this is Kevin Kolb, who's value has gone absolutely through the roof. Matt Flynn -- the backup for the Packers -- is another guy who's seen a spike in potential trade value.
But Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy says Flynn's not gonna get traded, because he's worth more than the pick the Packers would get in return.
"That's exactly right," McCarthy said, per Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. "I'm not letting him go. I think the value of that No. 2 quarterback position went way up."
One of the reasons McCarthy cited? Concussions.
"Man, they're talking about new procedures for concussions and things like that," McCarthy said. "You better have two quarterbacks if you want to win a championship."
Now, he wasn't referring to the handheld concussion tests we discussed yesterday (he's talking about the NFL's requirements for sideline testing), but he makes a good point: having two quarterbacks ins't exactly a bad thing.
Especially if you're a team like the Packers, who happen to be the defending Super Bowl champs without too many weaknesses. Depth is critical, of course, and giving Ted Thompson as many opportunities to make selections in the draft is always a good thing.
But the Packers almost learned a tough lesson the hard way last year. Namely what can happen if you don't have more than one good quarterback on your roster: you can lose a shot at a Super Bowl title.
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