It may well be time for the Packers to take into consideration bringing in a veteran quarterback to back up Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers heading down in 7 days just one against the Chicago Bears was an all too familiar sensation to when Minnesota Vikings’ linebacker Anthony Barr crunched Rodgers’ shoulder into the floor in 2017. There’s no even worse sensation than a period ending prematurely with the franchise quarterback remaining carted off the industry.
Luckily, to an extent, 2018’s story was a little diverse to the just one of 2017. Rodgers emerged from the locker area to lead the Packers to a 24-23 comeback victory in extraordinary vogue. At the very least for just one 50 % Rodgers was invincible.
Nevertheless, more than the next couple of weeks Rodgers experienced just about no mobility wearing a knee brace. Environmentally friendly Bay’s offense was handcuffed with Rodgers confined to shotgun and pistol formations to protect him from further injuries.
Understanding now how the period would conclusion, Rodgers really should have sat out two or a few game titles so his sprain could entirely recover. Nevertheless, after looking at backup DeShone Kizer’s relief performance against the Bears, a hobbled Rodgers was undoubtedly the improved alternative at the time.
A great deal like Kizer’s rookie period in Cleveland, his timing with throws was off and ball protection issues nonetheless plagued him. The Bears forced back to back turnovers on Kizer, just one remaining a decide-six to just take a 17- lead that felt like the dagger.
Then, Kizer took more than for Rodgers once more facing the Detroit Lions in 7 days 17 after Rodgers remaining the video game all through the next quarter with a concussion. Kizer observed his offense get shutout as he concluded fewer than 50 p.c of his passes and threw an interception.
As we head further into 2019 Kizer nonetheless is not any additional completely ready and now that Matt LaFleur is the head mentor this will be his third process in as lots of a long time. No quarterback has experienced a journey pretty like Kizer who was traded to Environmentally friendly Bay very last offseason. He has consistently uncovered himself in difficult cases and individuals times are considerably from more than.
Most likely a further yr of looking at Rodgers will do him some very good but it’s time to include a veteran to the combine. A selection of seasoned free of charge agent quarterbacks have a qualifications of functioning with LaFleur and would be a improved stopgap in situation Rodgers receives hurt.
Robert Griffin is a chance and played for LaFleur when he was the quarterback’s mentor for the Washington Redskins all through Griffin’s rookie of the yr campaign in 2012. LaFleur mentored Griffin for two seasons in advance of Kirk Cousins turned the starter.
Most just lately, Griffin was the third-string quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens and is now set to join his fourth staff in 8 a long time. He experienced his very best a long time playing alongside LaFleur so a reunion would make a whole lot of sense for Griffin even for a quick period.
37-yr-outdated Matt Schaub is a further alternative with ties to LaFleur courting back to 2016 as the major backup to Matt Ryan in Atlanta. LaFleur served as Schaub’s situation mentor and was a portion of Ryan’s MVP period. Schaub is a former Pro-Bowler with 92 profession commences and more than 24,000 passing yards in his profession.
The very last time the Packers experienced use for an unexpected emergency veteran QB was with Matt Flynn back in 2013 following the initially time Rodgers broke his collarbone. For individuals who do not try to remember, Flynn led the staff back from a 26-3 deficit against the Dallas Cowboys to acquire 37-36. The staff went 1-2-1 with Flynn less than middle and nonetheless managed to make the playoffs.
History really should have taught Environmentally friendly Bay a lesson prior to throwing Brett Hundley into the hearth when he obviously was not completely ready two a long time ago.
Greater alternatives await the Packers if they eliminate Rodgers for an prolonged period of time so signing a dude with encounter and familiarity with LaFleur looks like the appropriate transfer.