Because a quarterback's style isn't the only thing that dictates a game plan. Much more important is a quarterback's talent and experience. Aaron Rodgers was like a coach on the field, and he got a lot of responsibility and even autonomy with that. Brett Hundley can't be given the same freedoms, which will change the play significantly.
Not unless Brett Hundley shows he's incapable of leading a team, and the Packers aren't close to that conclusion currently.
Frankly, the Packers secondary just needs to get healthy. That's a big part of things moving forward.
Don't forget Ty Montgomery dropped a touchdown, and that would have looked even better for Hundley's numbers. The three interceptions weren't good, but one was a deflection, one was a great play by Harrison Smith, and one was at the end of the game. The Packers hope a week to prepare as the starter will make a big difference for Hundley. We'll see.
The same thing he'll be up to for the rest of the season.
I highly doubt Anthony Barr's intention was to break Aaron Rodgers' collarbone. Not one Packers player said it was a dirty hit, although most of them said they didn't really see it. Kenny Clark, who also went to UCLA, said it's merely something where a defensive player is going to hit a quarterback if they can.
I did not see that. I'm not sure. The crowd initially celebrated Martellus Bennett's drop, then quieted down when they realized Aaron Rodgers was still on the ground.
Honest answer, it's too early in the season to know. But my guess would be he's still here in a year.
You're right. The problem was he landed directly on the tip of his shoulder, and then Anthony Barr fell on top of it. That's how a collarbone breaks.
That's how the game is played. What used to be clear running situations now require speed to cover the pass.
They were backups, and they played like it. The pass rush was active but, much like the previous week in Dallas, it struggled getting home.
The defense played well enough yesterday to win with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. It did not play well enough to win with Brett Hundley at quarterback. Yes, it will need to play better. Getting a healthy secondary should help, but this is going to be a rough week with Drew Brees coming to town.
It wasn't a great day for Josh Hawkins, but he wasn't in an ideal position either.
Nine wins are a realistic possibility if everything goes well, but almost certainly the ceiling. And most likely less.
Good question. I'm not really sure. Once they determine what kind of fracture he has, it could come then. It also could come much later in the season. Wish I could answer this better for you, but it's just guessing at this point.
That's probably true, but it's important to understand Thompson's (and any GM's) limitations in building a roster with a franchise quarterback's salary on the books. Which is why it's vital to draft well.
I do not feel like I'm defending the Packers. I'm providing balanced, measured perspective on what's happening with the team. They just lost not only a franchise quarterback, but likely the best football player on the planet. Like my colleague Pete Dougherty wrote yesterday, it's like taking Michael Jordan off of the Bulls. Nothing else really matters after that.
That's a really good point, and Rodgers went 6-10 after having a full offseason to prepare as the starter and three full seasons to learn the system. Hundley doesn't have that. To finish 9-7, which is probably the minimum for where they'd need to reach for the playoffs, the Packers would need to go 5-5 with Brett Hundley. Given what Aaron Rodgers did in his first season, that's unlikely.
I absolutely do. As in almost everything he writes, he was spot on.
I don't compare fan bases with other writers, but I've covered a handful of other teams (a couple down int he SEC), so I have knowledge of other fan bases. I would not say Packers fans are annoying. Rather, I'd used the word passionate, and that's what I love most about writing for this fan base. You guys care about everything, and that makes the job more rewarding. At times, Packers fans do need a dose of reality, because you can forget how good you have it when you have Aaron Rodgers replace Brett Favre.
That would be very tempting to me, which is why I don't belong on a coaching staff or in a front office. Unless there's a reasonable chance Aaron Rodgers could return for the playoffs, which there does not seem to be, tanking to set up the draft for next year makes sense in the long term. The Packers would never, ever do that, though.
I don't think it has much to do with how they practice. Players today are bigger, stronger, faster than ever before. Probably too big, too strong, too fast. That's why there's more injuries.
The NFC is wide open, but the Packers are out of contention. Desperate times do not mean teams should try something that won't work.
Almost no team can win with a mediocre quarterback. That's the NFL.
I'm sure they feel like they have most of the pieces to compete with Aaron Rodgers. Without him is a different story. Offensive line will be important, but there are still needs on defense. Plenty of holes to fill.
And it should be more. I get it. No matter how hard they are to win, I don't fault Packers fans for wishing there were more than two Super Bowls after 25 years of HOF quarterback play. One of the things I thought of yesterday was how much the 2014 NFC championship game still lingers. It's so rare to get to that point, even when things go right. When you do, you have to capitalize. Because sometimes things don't go right, and you end up losing Aaron Rodgers for the season.
I think they should still beat the Bears, Ravens and Browns. After that, it gets tricky. Packers will probably need to steal two more wins to have any real shot at the playoffs.
All right, folks. Thanks to everyone who participated in today's chat. Aaron Rodgers is out, but the game, and the coverage, goes on. Make sure you continue checking PackersNews.com for all updates on Rodgers' injury, and everything else involving the team. Until next week, take care everyone.