There's something happening here,
What it is ain't exactly clear.
There's a man with a gun over there,
Telling me I got to beware.
I think it's time we stop, children, what's that sound,
Everybody look what's going down.
Buffalo Springfield - lyrics from for what it's worth
Amidst all of the cheers and occasional groans of Sunday's win over the Lions it was almost easy to overlook the underriding theme of our season. That is, if our season can have a theme when it's just 2 games old. That hidden theme? The benefits of a QB who does not take unnecessary risks.
For the second consecutive game (and yes I threw "consecutive" in there to make it sound more impressive than it is) a Green Bay Packer QB somehow won a game without throwing a single pass that was fortunate to not be intercepted. There was a fumble on a play when Rodgers held the ball too long, but no stupid pick. No momentum crushing toss to a safety's chest. No one and done deep balls that fell into the wrong team's hands.
So, is the 2 game sample from Aaron Rodgers a bunch of BS? Can he sustain this level of play? Or, if not quite this level can he keep on making good decisions with the ball and moving the offense? Is this a case of the other teams just needing some game tape of him so they can learn how to take him down to size?
Or is this the BS I'm quoting up above? The Buffalo Springfield? I mean, there is something happening here - we may well be better than we were last year when we were expected to take a big step back. There's no doubting that it ain't exactly clear. What is clear is that we know who the "man with the gun" is and he's sporting a QB rating around 117, has 5 TDs combined and no interceptions, and he's definitely let the rest of the NFC North know that they had better beware.
I won't stretch the analogy any further than I have already done. But I'm happy and downright fired up for the future of this team. I realize the precarious nature of the situation. Rodgers may be average going forward. He may get hurt. Blah blah blah. I can't wait to see what goes down this Sunday night.
I like the thought but it is way too early to say. Keep in mind we played two of the worst pass defenses in the league. In the four games against the Vikings and Lions last year, Favre had 10 TDs and zero interceptions. What concerns me is Rodgers holding on too long. His narrow escapes so far have been as exhilirating as Favre's ever were, but that is also quite dangerous. If he doesn't throw any picks but gets sacked and fumbles more, then it's a wash. But as I said, I like where you're going and this weekend will be a great test for Aaron. Cheers, -R.G.
While I had SERIOUS questions about Rodger's readiness going into the season-I am happily being proved wrong so far.
while I understand (and I hope most fans do) that this is sort of a honeymoon period-when opponents don't have a lot of film on him, and his tendancies haven't been published on the defensive coordinator's website-and he may be looking better than he really is.
My biggest hope is that when it goes bad-and it will at least for a few games-that he can "keep it together" and not disintegrate into the guy who was screaming at his O line in his rookie year, and that he will have the ability to adjust his game, as the game adjusts to him.
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