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December

Rodgers Reportedly Will Start Sunday Against Bears

Aaron Rodgers

Reports are emerging that Rodgers will start Sunday’s game against the Bears

According to the Twitter account of FOX Sports Wisconsin’s Paul Imig, a source is telling him that the Green Bay Packers will announce that quarterback Aaron Rodgers will start on Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

Here is his earlier tweet:

 

There are two things to keep in mind here.  The first is that until the team officially announces it, this is still speculation.  Imig, however, has proven a credible source when it comes to Packers news.

The second is that I need to get out of the predictions business.  Earlier this week during my Quick Hits post, I tossed out a few predictions that I had for the Packers this season and into the next few.  If Rodgers does, in fact, start, I’m already wrong on one of the biggest topics that I took a stab at.  But this is hardly about me and I think many of us already knew I’m not always right so on we move.

Rodgers has missed the team’s last seven games and eight if you include most of the first meeting with the Bears, in which he was injured.  That’s half of this season.  Rodgers’ return would surely give this team a boost, after watching them flail through the first month without #12 in uniform.  The questions may now turn from “will he play?” to “how will he play?”.  Sure, it’s Aaron Rodgers and he is likely to come in and offer more than any other quarterback on the Packers roster can.  But after missing two months, how long will Rodgers need to get back into a groove?

The answer is unknown but Rodgers did take the practice reps, on Thursday, that normally go to the starter.  However long it may take Rodgers to return to form, it can’t be too long if the Packers want a chance of winning Sunday’s game in Chicago and making the postseason.  This is a “win and you’re in” scenario with the loser going home.

Stay tuned for more and as the team moves closer to announcing Rodgers’ status for Sunday’s game.  A return against the same team who knocked him out and with a chance to win the NFC North on the line?  The media outlets have to be overjoyed for this late holiday gift!

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August

The Doomsday Scenario: Are The Green Bay Packers Prepared?

Is QB Graham Harrell truly prepared to lead the Packers over multiple games?

When Matt Flynn left for a shot at the starting quarterback job with the Seattle Seahawks in the offseason, one question immediately rushed to the forefront for Green Bay Packers fans.

Is Graham Harrell ready?

The answer was hotly debated from the day Flynn signed with Seattle and through mini-camp and OTAs with no definitive answer. The Packers reportedly at least considered a trade for Cleveland Browns QB Colt McCoy during the NFL Draft, but apparently decided that Harrell deserved a clear shot at the backup job.

Now that training camp is underway, Harrell’s prospects as the Packers’ second string quarterback may finally be clearing up.

The early reviews seem to be leaning towards  the idea that while he hasn’t done anything to change coach Mike McCarthy’s mind as far as penciling him in as the number two, he still has plenty of room to grow.  With rookie BJ Coleman showing some promise with his arm but having issues with accuracy, it seems like Harrell has the job by default.

In the NFL,  players need to actually win the job and not take it by default.  This raises the question: Are the Packers truly prepared for a doomsday scenario in Rodgers not only goes down, but goes down for a long time and they have to ride with their backup for more than one or two games?

The answer is doubtful. If the Packers’ offense is a sports car, then Rodgers is the engine.  Remove the engine and the car is going nowhere.  Could the Packers really insert Harrell as the leader of the offense and expect the same ridiculous point production they have had under Rodgers the past two seasons, especially given the way the defense performed last season? No way.

McCarthy and his staff are the best in the business at coaching and developing quarterbacks.  They took Flynn, a seventh round draft pick, and molded him into an NFL starter.  This is not to say that they couldn’t do the same with Flynn, but bear in mind Flynn played for LSU in the SEC and Harrell played for Texas Tech.  Though Flynn was taken just before he was looking at the possibility of being an undrafted free agent, Harrell has been considered a bigger “project” at the position than Flynn was.