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Will the Packers shut down Rodgers on Sunday?

Posted on: December 30, 2011 8:05 pm
 
FlynnBy Josh Katzowitz

With the Packers already locked into their No. 1 seed for the NFC playoffs, I wouldn’t expect quarterback Aaron Rodgers to play the whole way Sunday vs. the Lions. And though it makes sense that Green Bay would want to play him some -- you don’t want the guy not to play for two-straight weeks -- it sounds like the Packers are pondering not using him at all.

“The most important thing with Aaron is he’s ready to play,” coach Mike McCarthy said, via the Packers official website. “Whether he starts, we’ll talk about that today.”

McCarthy, though, might have given a little hint when he said this, “I want to see Matt Flynn play like he did in New England, but take it a step further -- win the game."

Flynn, of course, is Rodgers’ backup quarterback who nearly beat the Patriots last season. He was ultra-impressive, completing 24 of 37 passes for 251 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, and though New England pulled out the win, I blamed the Packers coaching staff for its disorganization in the final half-minute and not Flynn.

Either way, Flynn, though we still don’t know that much about him, drew some trade interest in the offseason -- enough where McCarthy said he wasn’t letting go of Flynn -- and obviously would like to show what he can do against a potentially-scary Lions defense.

If he gets the chance to play, that is. Which, sounds like, he probably will.

“I’m not really trying to go out there and prove anything to anybody or the rest of the NFL,” Flynn said. “I’m going to go out there and try to win the game. My job as the backup is to do my best to not let there be too much of a drop-off at the position.

“Go in there, execute the offense, move the chains and put points up. That’s my job, and that’s all it should be.”





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Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: January 1, 2012 10:27 am
 

Will the Packers shut down Rodgers on Sunday?

Well redwings 1969 you sound like a person with a chip on your shoulder.  Let me answer some of your questions.

1st  No I do not know Suh and don't want too, do you, or are you his mother?  2nd just because he missed does not make it OK.  Using your logic, an assassin that misses his target is OK.  My comments were on target and related.  Suh will be running around out there and will have a shot at Rodgers.  And Suh rightly (and I think rightly) or wrongly has a reputation, yes that will play into my decision.  3rd. OK what is Smith supposed to say, oh I forgot you know Smith's thoughts too, man your good.  Let see, it took Suh days to apologize, let see.  I stomped on someones arm intentionally, not accidentally, was that bad?  Let me call mother first.  When Suh realized he may be suspended for the rest of the year suddenly he decides well I guess maybe it was.  If he had apologize immediately, it would have at least been a heat of battle thing, that does not make it right but a little explainable.  No Suh was trying to "remove himself from a situation".

I think I was saying we lose Rodgers it is a major dash to our chances but not completely over.  I respect Matt Flynn's ability so I think he could win some games.  He played well vs. New England last year and from what I am hearing some teams looking for a starting QB are interested in him.  He must be pretty good.  Using a Yogism, "It ain't over until it is over", even if Rodgers was unable to play, God forbid, we are not out of the playoffs until someone beats us on the field not on one of these broads or because Redwings1969 say so.

I'll let you tell Clay Matthews, Charles Woodson and Company they are not capable of stepping it up a notch and are not that good.  Maybe Suh can come with you because you two have such a good relationship.  I think they can and have in a few games, Thankgiving Day for one.  I totally agree with your opportunistic comment and it has saved us.   It is an excellent point.  I also agree our defense has not been a strong point this year but they will "not stop 2 consecutive teams in the playoff, not a chance", well again you seem to have this on special authority.  I have said over and over that unless this defense picks up some I have a difficult time seeing us repeating but I have never said we can't do it, you have.

Whether they should play this week is an opinion.  It very well could be wrong.  Detroit is a playoff quality team and I think getting some reps vs the type of team that you say "we cannot beat" is a good thing.  Practice makes perfect but I will completely accept I may be wrong.  I will let people more expert on the matter weigh in.  It is a good discussion question I think, so gang, please do.  I also believe most people on this broad anyway agree that they do not trust Suh at his word.  Didn't he have a little problem during his suspension with conflicting stories to the police.  Right, he was not charged, like no one been hurt for 2 seasons so it is all OK.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2011 2:20 pm
 

Will the Packers shut down Rodgers on Sunday?

why in the world would you play him. its not like he need the experience or by not playing in one game will make him lose hisedge. i justdont know about some of these coaches sometimes. they work 18 hr days get worked up over something trivial. oh well.

Anybody with a brain wouldn't allow Rodgers to play even one down, end of story.  He has been by far the best qb in the NFL this year and with GB's defense being so weak you don't take the chance Rodgers gets hurt.  All it takes is one good sack.. one good hit and GB's season is over.  And for what?  A meangless week  17 where only the seedings are in question??   Just dumb....



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: December 31, 2011 2:18 pm
 

Will the Packers shut down Rodgers on Sunday?

 Plus you have Suh running around out there.  Do you really believe he is repentive, I don't

Cut the crap man and stick to the story you're commenting on.  In 2 seasons so far Suh hasn't hurt anybody yet, not even one player he's been in contact with has missed a game because of anything Suh did.  Call it lucky if you want but that's a fact.  What he did to GB's player when he stomped on his arm was ridiculous.. flat out stupid.  But if you read the GB player's comments recently then you'll see based on his comments he's not worried at all and he has forgiven Suh.  He didn't just give the politically correct "I forgive him" statement, he said a lot more then that.  Maybe try reading his comments...  just because Suh took a few days to apologize doesn't mean he's not repentive.  And who are you to say he's not?  Do you know Suh personally or something?  Give me a break....

Lets face it, if we lose Rodgers our chances of returning to the Super Bowl are slim

Your chances of returning to the superbowl without Rodgers are not slim... they are ZERO.  Don't kid yourself... if Rodgers gets hurt, your season is over.  End of story.  Not even a 1 percent chance of beating even one NFC playoff team let alone the Saints without Rodgers.   Zero chance... 

 I'd leave the defense out there longer because they still have issues.  I have a hard time believe we will get to the Super Bowl unless they step it up a notch.

Your defense is what it is, there is no point in playing your defensive starters for 5 minutes on Sunday in a meaningless game. They lead the league in turovers and have been very opportunistic.  That being said there are holes all over the place and that's not going to change regardless of whether or not they play this Sunday.  They aren't capable of stepping it up a notch... they simply are not that good.   They will not stop 2 consecutive teams in the playoffs.. not a chance.  They will give up a ton of yards and plenty of points.  Your only hope is Rodgers stays healthy and scores a ton of points as he has all season long.  If he does, you're probably in the superbowl.  If somebody slows down Rodgers, you'll be out of the playoffs.




 



Since: Dec 31, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 11:03 am
 

Will the Packers shut down Rodgers on Sunday?

Consider this a preseason game, Get rodgers in there for a few drives let him load up, get some passes out, tweak some of the offensive plays.  Try back-up matt flynn, it couldn't hurt. Rest all of your starters after that. Teams that have the first week bye, they know it's important to not risk injury but at the same time, players have to play. that's what they do .A few weeks off players will recover and come back mechanically sound. No need to worry just another day. i hate articles like this just worry about the big picture the playoffs



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 31, 2011 8:52 am
 

Will the Packers shut down Rodgers on Sunday?

why in the world would you play him. its not like he need the experience or by not playing in one game will make him lose hisedge. i justdont know about some of these coaches sometimes. they work 18 hr days get worked up over something trivial. oh well.



Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 9:18 pm
 

Will the Packers shut down Rodgers on Sunday?

I'd have Rodgers inactive and give Flynn some minutes.  15-1 or 14-2 it does not make any difference.  I'd give our injuried offensive lineman another week off so they are ready.  Why risk Rodgers behind a patched up offensive line.  Plus you have Suh running around out there.  Do you really believe he is repentive, I don't.  I'd empty the bench and see what we have and let them get some experience just in case we do need them.

Lets face it, if we lose Rodgers our chances of returning to the Super Bowl are slim.  I'd leave the defense out there longer because they still have issues.  I have a hard time believe we will get to the Super Bowl unless they step it up a notch.  We have barely been in the same area code as the opponets quarterback.  I basically do not care who the other QB is, give him time and he will beat you, especially if his last name is Brees or Brady.  We do not have these issues on offensive or at least they are not as serious.


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