As most of you know, Aaron Rodgers was not cleared to play yesterday. Hope he drinks his milk and come
Wednesday gets the go-ahead. In the meantime Matt Flynn is once again taking starter reps at the quarterback position.
Aaron not being cleared is significant for a couple reasons:
1. The obvious…it leaves in question whether he will be able to play against the Cowboys in Dallas on Sunday. I don’t think I have to explain the difference between an Aaron Rodgers led offense and a Matt Flynn led offense at this point.
2. But if A-Rod is able to come back, the fact that he wasn’t cleared yesterday means that he will have had limited reps in the event that he does play. This can affect the game as well and while I think in either case we are a better team with Aaron under center (in fact, I don’t expect us to win this game without him – although there is an exception to that I will talk about later in the week), the lack of reps could have some negative effects.
First, it may take awhile for Rodgers to actually feel limber and be able to work at full game speed. I know they will warm him up well but there is a difference between a warm up and the game.
Second, will there be any continuity loss between Rodgers and the receivers? I think a little. Not with Jordy or Quarless maybe but possibly a little with Boykin and what about Taylor? Even throwing to Lacy out of the backfield was a weakness of Rodgers’ early in the season, in a game of inches…sometimes sitting on the sidelines requires some “recalibration”.
Though there is no measuring the lift that this Packers team would have in the event that Aaron Rodgers is allowed to get back in the game this week, it will be interesting to see what happens when and if he does get on the field. And the real question, if he doesn’t make it this week, will be, “does it really matter?”.
What do you think? Lemme hear ya in the comment section below.