Tag:Green Bay Packers
Posted on: September 22, 2008 6:31 pm

This Is A Test, Only A Test...

...Not of the Emergency Broadcasting System, but of Aaron Rodgers.

Aaron Rodgers - EXPOSED! Alright, just what we've been waiting for...

...A defense worthy of challenging Aaron Rodgers' early season supremacy. There was a lot of hype going into the Cowboys/Packers game and not a lot of questions. It seemed most people thought this would be some kind of shootout. The Cowboys were 0-5 coming into Lambeau Field on Sunday. Both teams were 2-0 and have displayed stunning offensive fireworks in their 1st two games of the season. With the Cowboys, it was to be expected. With the Packers however, there was a serious question mark. How would Aaron Rodgers perform as Brett Favre's replacement?

2 games into the season Rodgers' stats look like this - 4 pass TD's, 1 rush TD, 0 INT's, 70% completion percentage, 506 total passing yards with an 8.4 y/a. Rodgers' stat line is looking better than Carson Palmer, Matt Hasselbeck, Mark Bulger. Those are some big name QB's. While many followers are ready to hop on board the Rodgers Express and forget about Brett Favre, I'm still skeptical. I believe Rodgers success can be traced to 2 huge factors, 1) supporting cast, 2 ) schedule. Hence, these same factors have kept the aforementioned QB's of posting similar numbers.

Rodgers' supporting cast looks like this - RB - Ryan Grant, WR's - Greg Jennings, Donald Driver, Top 5 offensive line (arguably), Top 5 defense (based on last season's rankings). Basically, this is a team ready to win now. Brett Favre took this team to the NFC conference game last year. Really, anything less than a Super Bowl this year will have the team wondering if trading Brett Favre was the right move.

The Packer's schedule favored them the 1st 2 games. Game 1 was against the Vikings. The Vikings play in a dome. The weather element is removed. Can Rodgers play as well in the snow as Favre did? Rodgers was solid in that 1st game. He only had 1 passing TD (the other was rushing). He did flash the ability to not let the game slip away. However, this can be attributed to Ryan Grant owning the Vikings and also a secondary that returns almost intact from last years 30th ranked squad. There was going to be some passing leeway here. The 2nd game was against the Lions. Rodgers' 328 yd, 3 TD perfomance was enough to convince a lot of people that Rodgers' is the real deal. Again, I'm not buying it. Come on! this is the Lions we're talking about. They gave a long TD pass to rookie Matt Ryan the week before. And if that doesn't convince you of how poorly this defense can play, then maybe the 49ers 31 points from yesterday will.

If we really want to believe in Rodgers, then he should have won yesterday's game against the Cowboys. This is a taste of what can happen come playoff time. The cowboys dominated yesterday's matchup and they didn't need to rely on Tony Romo's arm to do so. The Cowboys played the kind of defense that they were supposed to show against the Eagles. The Packers run game was limited to 84 yards. In this situation, the QB needs to take over. This is where Favre excelled. When the run game is stifled you have to make plays with you arms and legs. I hear how mobile Rodgers is, yet the Cowboys sacked him 5 times. Not only was this a bad loss for Rodgers, but it was at home. Rodgers didn't do anything stupid (0 INT's, no fumbles) but he didn't do anything to win the game either.

Rodgers is to be the face of the Green Bay Packers franchise moving forward. This team has been absolutely spoiled by the playmaking ability of Favre since 1992. This is real football, not fantasy football. Playoffs go deep into January. If Rodgers can't win these tough games, then the Packers are going home early.

This has been a test...of Aaron Rodgers.


Category: NFL
Posted on: July 16, 2008 4:50 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2008 4:51 pm

Call The Bluff Brett...CALL IT!


So rumor has it that Brett Favre just might call the Packer's bluff by showing up to training camp. So far, Brett is a little butt-hurt that Packer management didn't trip over their feet upon hearing that Favre wanted to unretire. What are Brett's options? 1) Stay retired. 2) Unretire and sit on the Packer bench relegated to backup status. Option # 1 is pretty self-explanatory so let's dive into option #2. At first glance, option 2 doesn't sound very attractive. At least not to some one with Brett Favre's ego. It's true that I am making Favre out to be a whining child (see link below). Favre expects the Packers to jump through hoops for him. When Favre says "jump!" the Packers should ask "how high?". Nah...not this time. The Packers are going to turn this into a winning situation for themselves. What they are doing is actually quite clever. The Packers have already stated that they are ready to mo ve forward with Aaron Rodgers...and Brian Brohm. Think about it. Let's put Favre on the bench and see what Rodgers can do. We already know Favre can win games.

But how will Rodgers perform when other teams start to gameplan for him? We'll look at 3 scenarios looking into 2008. Let's say the Packers start the season 1-3 with Rodgers off to a horrible start at QB and Favre on the bench. At this time, coach McCarthy can still yank Rodgers for Favre and make a playoff run because we all know Favre can win games. What if just the opposite happens and Rodgers performs admirably and leads the team to a 3-1 start? Well you ride that train until it breaks. Call me crazy, but I have this feeling that Rodgers won't make through the whole season without getting hurt. He just seems a little...say...fragile. At this point, a well rested Favre would lead the Packers deep into the playoffs and possibly the Super Bowl. What if Rodgers performs well and makes it through the whole season? Well then the Packers have answered the doubts about Rodgers and have their QB of the future. But I find it highly unlikely that the last 2 scenarios will play out. It's a solid plan for the Pack and Brett does not have the bargaining chips. Suck it up Brett. You need to be a team player now when the team needs you the most. Call the bluff, sit on that bench for a few games and then come out slingin'!


Posted on: July 14, 2008 6:28 pm
Edited on: July 16, 2008 4:39 pm

Memo To Brett Favre: Fool Me Once, Shame On You..


...Fool Me Twice, Shame On Me.

OK. You have a 38 year QB who's taken your club to countless playoff games, 2 Super Bowls (winning 1 of them). In 2007, you surround him one of the top offensive lines in the league, playmaking WR's, a solid running game (Thanks to Ryan Grant), and a top 5 defense. All this to make one final run for a Super Bowl before the next generation of QB's take over. Why was this such a tough decision Brett? You have to feel good about finishing where you did last year. 2007 was a significant improvement over 2006 and there is no reason to feel that would not be a Super bowl favorite this year. But you couldn't make up your mind.

Here what your haste has cost you. 1) Your starting job in Green Bay. 2) Your relationship with management. What a way to go out.

I hate to be the one to say this, but I'm with management on this one. It's not easy replacing someone with Brett Favre's production, but you have to start somewhere. 3 years ago, it almost happened. In 2005, there was speculation that Favre would retire. At that time, he was unsure setting the Packers up every postseason where they must ask themselves "is this the year Brett Favre retires?" In anticipation, the Packers spend their 2005 1st round draft pick on Aaron Rodgers. The Pack could've had some budding young talent with that pick...WR Roddy White, CB Marlin Jackson, DE Luis Castillo, OG Logan Mankins, (all players that started last year and all players who could've played a role with the Packers this year). Fast forward to 2008. Aaron Rodgers has spent the last 3 seasons riding the bench where he may have been a starter elsewhere. I understand management's decision to back Rodgers. They have invested a lot in him.

Since we are on the topic of draft picks, let's talk about 2008, which is Favre's supposed year of retirement. The Packers gave him an opportunity from February through March to decide whether or not he should come back and play for 2008. As outlined above, the answer is relatively simple. By walking away, Favre is giving up a legitimate shot to win it all in 2008. That doesn't sound very Favre-like. I'll get to this a little more later. What Favre ends up telling the Packers (let me remind you that he had 60 days to come to this decision) is that he is retiring. So what do the Packers do? They prepare to move on without him. They spend a 2nd round pick on Brian Brohm (one of the top rated QB's in this year's draft) and a 7th rounder on Matt Flynn of LSU. The fact that the Pack spent a 2nd round pick on Brohm says it all. 1) The Packers aren't 100% confident in Rodgers no matter what they state in public. 2) They need that extra insurance policy if Rodgers doesn't make it through the whole season. No team would risk a 2nd round draft on a QB if they didn't need one. If Favre comes back, the Packers will have 4 QB's on the roster. it looks like the 7th rounder gets cut due to a #'s game...wasted draft pick. If I was management, I would be PO'd to hear Favre is coming back after making all these offseason adjustments. Favre has been the face of this franchise since '92 (along with the great Reggie White) but at some point in time, Favre must realize that football is a team sport and it's not all about him. Yes, he is the Iron Man and he HAS laid it all on the line with uncountable consecutive starts in football. But football is complicated. Every year Favre decides to allow the team to speculate about his retirement could damage the club's future, the Rodgers pick demonstrates that.

Time to hang it up for good Brett. If you unretire, there might be a chance that you start sometime during the regular season (when Rodgers gets pulled due to performance or injured). You also affected the career of 7th round pick Matt Flynn, who gets cut before ever playing a preseason snap and may never play again. You've already dangled that carrot in front of Rodgers for 3 years, how many more should it be? Now you ask the Packers to cut you because you feel "unwanted"? I think the Packers have done a good job of catering to you over the last 10 years. Why would they want to cut you? You would be a cap hit for the next 3 years. If you really want to play, start negotiating with other teams and politely ask one of them to trade for you. The Packers deserve at least that.

So there you have it. I personally think older veterans retire and unretire just to skip OTA's and minicamps. If Brett was doing that, then it backfired this time around. Like I said above. It seems very un-Favre-like to retire when you have a solid playoff caliber team like the 2007 Packers.


Category: NFL
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