Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Thoughts on the Giants game, Rodgers, and Flynn.
Aaron Rodgers will be back for the game against the New York Giants this Sunday. He has passed all of the concussion tests required by the league, and he expects to be fully ready come Sunday. Some Packers fans wonder whether his return will be a classic case of too little, too late.
The Chicago Bears have already won the NFC North division, but one of the two wild-card spots is still up for grabs. The Giants are one game ahead of the Packers, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are tied with the Packers. If all three teams finish with the same record, Green Bay will end up in the playoffs based on strength of schedule. The Packers control their own destiny, and it all begins with the game this Sunday. Green Bay is currently favored over the Giants, and they should certainly win the game at home (I will be able to provide a detailed report on the game since I will be in attendance).
Now instead of providing a detailed view on the upcoming game, which I will do on Saturday, I would like to put a rumor that I have heard to rest. Matt Flynn played incredibly on Sunday night when he almost led the Packers to victory in New England. While that may be the case, he is by no measure a better quarterback than Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers is a proven starter in the NFL, and he is already considered one of the best quarterbacks in the league. NFL teams have already seen his game, and have adjusted to it. In Rodgers' first three games, he threw for 707 yards, accounted for six touchdowns, zero interceptions, and had a quarterback rating of 112.4. After those games, the NFL started to adjust to him, and the following two games he threw for 455 yards, two touchdowns, three interceptions, and had a quarterback rating of 68. The NFL is a league of constant adjustments, and Rodgers has shown the ability to adjust with the best of them. Flynn has not had NFL defensive coordinators scheme against him yet, he has not had defenses exploit his weaknesses. It would be silly to think that he will be the better quarterback after he had the entire week to watch film, and the Patriots had no choice but to prepare for Rodgers. Even if they did prepare for Flynn, they only had video of exhibition games and his days at Louisiana State University, and he is not even remotely the same player as his college days.
I refuse to listen to the illogical idea that Flynn will be better than Rodgers. I love Flynn, and I feel much more comfortable with him as a backup now, and that is what he should remain.