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Packers likely are being coy about Rodgers for strategic reasons

Green Bay Packers quarterback Flynn hands off the ball against the Detroit Lions during the second half of their NFL football game in Green Bay Reuters

So why aren’t the Packers saying anything about quarterback Aaron Rodgers, whose collarbone injury likely has only one of two diagnoses, broken or not broken?

If they plan to find a quarterback, it’s easier and cheaper if no one knows exactly how bad Rodgers is hurt.

A week ago, it would have been even more important to be coy, given that the trade window was still open.  Now, the team’s only ability to fill the position comes from free agency and the waiver wire.

Speaking of the waiver wire, a guy who knows the offense well enough to set the franchise record for passing yardage in Week 17 of the 2011 season currently is on it.  And if another team higher in the priority than the Packers simply wants to throw a wrench in the gears by making a claim before 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, all that team has to do is make a claim for Matt Flynn’s contract.

Coincidentally, the Bills cut Flynn on Monday.

A waivers claim can be made for any reason — including spite.  That’s what former Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer did 11 years ago, when Deion Sanders hoped to unretire from the Redskins and join the Raiders for a playoff run.

Free-agent options include Vince Young, who was in camp with the Packers, and Tim Tebow, whose name has been mentioned in the past as a potential Packers backup quarterback.  Unlike most teams, the Packers seem to be well positioned to absorb the distractions that would come from signing either guy.

It would have been better if the Packers had been well positioned to replace their franchise quarterback on the fly.  With all due respect to Seneca Wallace (i.e., here comes the insult), but a guy who was cut by the Saints and 49ers and picked up just before the start of the season isn’t the answer, if Rodgers will be out for a while.

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59 Responses to “Packers likely are being coy about Rodgers for strategic reasons”
  1. jbusch415 says: Nov 5, 2013 7:25 AM

    Whew I have no packer recievers on my fantasy teams

  2. doorharp11 says: Nov 5, 2013 7:27 AM

    im just happy to see the pack lose games! thank you erin

  3. 12is3times4 says: Nov 5, 2013 7:29 AM

    In a QB-dominated league like the NFL, everything can change in the blink of an eye, as my Packers just learned the hard way last night.

    That Tebow is now being bandied about as a replacement just goes to show just how far, and how fast, the mighty can fall.

  4. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 5, 2013 7:33 AM

    I think the comparisons to 2010 have gotten out of hand.

  5. bigassbiscuit says: Nov 5, 2013 7:35 AM

    Just Flynn baby!

  6. cunninghampeetemcnabbvick says: Nov 5, 2013 7:36 AM

    You never like to see someone get hurt, specially someone as good as Rodgers but I can’t help but thinking this make the Eagles beating the Packers this week much more likely. We need all the help we can get.

  7. smitty99999 says: Nov 5, 2013 7:38 AM

    They’re not going to sign anyone to replace Wallace. Ted Thompson is the one that drafted him in Seattle.

  8. jjb0811 says: Nov 5, 2013 7:38 AM

    Hope A Rod gets healthy. The game benefits from having solid QB play.

  9. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Nov 5, 2013 7:39 AM

    Notice last night that Rodgers never took his left hand out of his pocket? So instead of walking out with a sling he used his jacket as one. That’s not a good sign.

    Even as a Bear’s fan I hope he is not out for long.

  10. GenXJay says: Nov 5, 2013 7:43 AM

    McCarthy using hoodie tactics. laughable

  11. 700levelvet says: Nov 5, 2013 7:46 AM

    Or perhaps they don’t want the bottom to drop out in the stock market…

  12. bostroff says: Nov 5, 2013 7:48 AM

    Farve? Here’s the perfect opportunity to make peace with the team and retire with dignity.

  13. beerbratscheese says: Nov 5, 2013 7:49 AM

    When Rodgers came out of the locker room in street clothes, he wasn’t wearing any padding, ice packs or slings. Plus he was showing no signs of pain like Charles Woodson did in the Super Bowl back in 2010.

    I want to know what’s going on as much as the next guy, but based on what I SAW and not what I HEARD, I don’t think it’s that serious.

  14. pats4892 says: Nov 5, 2013 7:50 AM

    Favre comeback!? lol

  15. bostroff says: Nov 5, 2013 7:50 AM

    Farve? Here’s the perfect opportunity for them to make peace and for him to retire with dignity. I understand why he’d want to not play for the Rams, but the Packers…?

  16. brownspower says: Nov 5, 2013 7:51 AM

    Seneca was also released by the Browns. Not a good resume.

  17. qotsa1 says: Nov 5, 2013 7:53 AM

    I doubt they bring in Flynn. My guess is that they promote Scott Tolzien from the practice squad, and re-sign BJ Coleman to the practice squad.

  18. pudgalvin says: Nov 5, 2013 7:55 AM

    Well, you already said spite, so…

  19. bobbyhoying says: Nov 5, 2013 7:56 AM

    If the Eagles bring their A game, and are lucky enough to get another road win in Green Bay, will Aaron’s injury be the excuse for diminishing the performance of Nick Foles?

  20. mavajo says: Nov 5, 2013 7:57 AM

    Signing Seneca Wallace as the back up made absolutely no sense, and now it’s bit them in the butt.

    A 5′ 11″ veteran quarterback that’s been garbage since the day he entered the league – why would you sign him as your backup? Sign a young kid with potential. An old terrible vet isn’t going to surprise you; a young kid with potential might. Exhibit A: Case Keenum.

    Also, a 5′ 11″ Wallace with a sidearm delivery is what led to that INT in the first half. A 6′ 2″ Flynn with a proper delivery, who just so happened to be available to be signed a couple weeks ago, wouldn’t have been tipped and picked off there. He also would have been competent enough to win that game yesterday.

    Boneheaded decision signing this short washed up garbage QB as your backup. Packers would have had a chance with Flynn, especially if Rodgers can come back by the playoffs. With Wallace? Season over.

    Fail.

  21. qdeathstar says: Nov 5, 2013 8:14 AM

    Why not try and call farve one more time?

  22. bgrillz says: Nov 5, 2013 8:25 AM

    Call up the OG. Bus Cook is holding on line one hahaha

  23. timdavis697 says: Nov 5, 2013 8:25 AM

    Beat on your own turf got to hurt. Mcnasty 6-10 looking really good.

  24. gbpack50 says: Nov 5, 2013 8:29 AM

    As a Packers fan, how can such a great organization be so stupid! In todays game you should not “hope” that your QB does not get hurt you should plan like you expect it!! Wallace as a viable backup?? This one, and maybe the season, is on Thompson and McCarthey, very poor in preparing for a successful season.

  25. chiadam says: Nov 5, 2013 8:32 AM

    Didn’t McCarthy have to trust Wallace a little more? This isn’t 1930. Teams have to utilize a forward pass every once in a while. And if you have that little faith in him, the brilliant Packers screwed up by not having another option on the roster.

  26. doctorart2013 says: Nov 5, 2013 8:38 AM

    Perfect timing for the Eagles to swoop into Lambeau Field and kick the Packers butts, take a week off and rest A. Rodgers….EAGLES!!!!!!!

  27. dublindemonszfl says: Nov 5, 2013 8:39 AM

    He’s fine no plans are needed. If he got seriously hurt on that play his career is over. Paper dolls or not? Get up and play.

  28. ma5terbla5t3r says: Nov 5, 2013 8:40 AM

    Let the Bears glorify beating the Packers without Rodgers…it’s cute. McCown is better than Cutler anyway, so they suffered no downgrade there. There is no way the Bears win had Rodgers stayed in the game.

  29. purplepillager says: Nov 5, 2013 8:41 AM

    This is what happens when you fill your roster with 4th, 5th, and 6th round draft picks. When your star quarterback is injured the team becomes pathetic. How can anyone say that Ted Thompson is a great GM when everyone knows the ONLY reason the Packers win is because of Rodgers.

  30. nyeagles10 says: Nov 5, 2013 8:44 AM

    either way Foles will be the best QB on the field this sunday

  31. hiflyer1 says: Nov 5, 2013 8:50 AM

    with the game in balance, you do not come back out in street clothes, if you are not hurt.

  32. indywilson40 says: Nov 5, 2013 8:52 AM

    All-time leader in touchdown passes and you nitwits still don’t know how to spell his name.

  33. elcunado1 says: Nov 5, 2013 8:52 AM

    “With all due respect to Seneca Wallace (i.e., here comes the insult), but a guy who was cut by the Saints and 49ers and picked up just before the start of the season isn’t the answer, if Rodgers will be out for a while.”

    —-BUT, picking up a guy traded by Seattle, and cut by the Raiders and Buffalo– all within the past seven months– is the answer?!?

    Even Matt Flynn’s one hit wonder vs. the Lions two years ago that has amazingly earned him millions for barely getting off the bench for three teams since then can’t warrant any thoughts if him being the “answer”…

    C’mon man!!

  34. Gordon says: Nov 5, 2013 8:53 AM

    gbpack

    As a Packers fan, how can such a great organization be so stupid! In todays game you should not “hope” that your QB does not get hurt you should plan like you expect it!! Wallace as a viable backup?? This one, and maybe the season, is on Thompson and McCarthey, very poor in preparing for a successful season.
    ———————————-

    Not a Pack fan, but let’s be real. How many teams can have their HOF QB go down and have another Pro Bowler backing him up? Look around the league…Brees, Brady, Manning (the good one). If any of those guys goes down, their season is toast.

    At best, you can hope for a serviceable guy like McCown…but he’s not taking the Bears to the Super Bowl.

  35. shlort says: Nov 5, 2013 8:54 AM

    I thought the Wallace signing was an alright move considering how horrible Young was in GB. Wallace is not the guy either, apparently.

    The Packers need to sign Matt Flynn the second he clears waivers. While they are at it, they should sign That cat the 9ers cut that plays DB (won’t even attempt to spell his name), as the Packers DBs are all sub-par when the D-line gives a QB more than 3 seconds to throw the ball.

    Anyway, I don’t think Rodgers is injured to the point where he misses more than a game or two. That game or two will make or break GBs season though. Being 5-5 or 5-6 in week 10 or 11 means you are done talking about playoffs and whatnot. GB will not win without a thrower at the helm.

    Oh, and where are all the “System QB” guys? According to those morons, anyone can run GBs Offense with the same success as Rodgers because the system is set up that way. Didn’t look that way last night.

  36. fatsolio says: Nov 5, 2013 8:56 AM

    This sucks yet fits in with this horrible season when it comes to injuries league wide.

    I usually shake my head whenever Tebow is mentioned for a team needing QB help yet I actually think he’d fit in here with their receiver injury issues and them having to rely on running the ball so much. I think he may be a decent replacement until Rodgers comes back. Flynn wouldn’t be too bad I suppose.

    Hopefully Rodgers can make a speedy recovery and GB won’t be out of playoff contention by the time he gets back.

  37. duece5 says: Nov 5, 2013 9:00 AM

    chiadam says: Nov 5, 2013 8:32 AM

    Didn’t McCarthy have to trust Wallace a little more? This isn’t 1930. Teams have to utilize a forward pass every once in a while. And if you have that little faith in him, the brilliant Packers screwed up by not having another option on the roster.

    duece5 says:

    Your very description of TT as and management as “brilliant” is what we laugh at!!!!

    It is simple: this is a QB driven league due to the harsh rules against the defense, and it gets more lob-sided EVERY YEAR.

    It doesn’t take a “brilliant” coach or GM to understand the obvious.

    The pukes rolled the dice and LOST.

    Cry all you want, but viewing Seneca last night just made me laugh.

    After all the diatribes from Mcnasty on “noodle arm” Ponder, Cassel, and Freeman, this is pure HEAVEN for us……because of the smugness of most the pack faithful.

    No question, the packers would get on the Cassel, Ponder, or Freeman train if any of those three substandard qbs were available.

    It is easy to see the “brilliance” in TT and McCarthy.

    So “brilliant”, they are STUPID.

    They could have learned from the Vikings last year with Ponder getting hurt, and our backup was Webb……a TOTALLY different guy than Ponder.

    At least, you should have a guy that can throw, so you can at least implement a similar offense to the guy you were replacing.

    The Vikings failed to do that last year, and the packers failed to do that this year.

    They got so smug, that they only have 2 active QBs to boot.

    The Bears actually showed last night that defensively, they aren’t that good. They should have packed the line with 9 guys all night, and the game would have been over by the 3rd quarter.

    The Eagles are not that much better or worse, defensively, but offensively, the Eagles are much better than the Bears.

    Even if Rodgers comes back in 4 weeks, by then, it’s too late.

    Even the Vikings will beat the pukes in a few weeks, and yes, I WILL LAUGH!!!!!!

  38. ma5terbla5t3r says: Nov 5, 2013 9:06 AM

    And it’s time. FINALLY. McCarthy and Thompson have to admit they were wrong. There is no better time to bring back Favre, have him lead the Pack to the SB, and trade Rodgers.

  39. farvite says: Nov 5, 2013 9:07 AM

    Brett.Lorenzo.Favre

  40. bennyb82 says: Nov 5, 2013 9:49 AM

    Obviously the Lions should claim him…

  41. vegasgreek says: Nov 5, 2013 9:58 AM

    Farve is the only real option here. Sure it will be a circus in Green Bay but it’s better than losing games . Farve can be ready by the Giants game and finish out the month with at least 2 wins and then stay on as the Back up through the playoffs. Farve can make those slant passes to the WR’s with 8 men in a box when Lacey runs well that Wallace can’t. Flynn has a bad arm . he can’t throw well that is why he got cut in Oakland and Buffalo. Georgle Blanda played for the Raiders until he was 48 yrs old. Farve can definitely come back and play for the Packers and re -energize Green Bay for a month until Rodgers comes back 100% healthy.

  42. officialgame says: Nov 5, 2013 10:03 AM

    You can never have enough QB’s on the roster but certain guys can’t be replaced.

  43. immafubared says: Nov 5, 2013 10:06 AM

    Sometimes packer fans think with their emotion and not with there heads. Football is not a game played just on the field. Its about money and contracts.

    Unlike any other team, TT has no money and no deep pockets. He insists on the pay as you go method and will not backload contracts. He avoids free agents for that reason, you have to pay too much for their services. Its all about the money for Ted.

    I know exactly why the packers have so many injuries. Ted picks late round draft picks who are smallish, played div IA or II, were often injured in college even at that level and were passed over by 31 other teams just for that reason.

    Ted will not reach out for a QB buy to save a buck will put Tolzien on the team and move Coleman to the practice squad.

    If your a die hard pack fan, think next season. Oh, keep this in mind, broken collarbone injuries are easily recurring after the first one.

  44. immafubared says: Nov 5, 2013 10:12 AM

    If Wallace is 5’11 I’m 6’9. This guy looks to be all of 5’9 at best and if you looked into his eyes last night, he wanted to be anywhere but on that field.

    He was throwing the ball away to avoid getting killed out there. A couple of times he could have actually ran for a first but just tossed the ball away.

    One good thing did happen: With Rogers out it really exposed two things: there still is no pass rush and the defensive backs are the worst in the league the team was going nowhere anyways down the road. Now most teams they play will just throw the ball 50 times and forget the run.

  45. zzr600guy says: Nov 5, 2013 10:36 AM

    Matt Flynn will clear waivers and head back to GB.

  46. immafubared says: Nov 5, 2013 10:45 AM

    Notice last night that Rodgers never took his left hand out of his pocket? So instead of walking out with a sling he used his jacket as one. That’s not a good sign.

    Even as a Bear’s fan I hope he is not out for long.
    ————————————————–

    My wife was saying they have a brace that goes on under the coat and acts like a sling to keep the shoulder motionless. My concern, these injuries are re-occuring if they don’t heal right. I’m sure they know pretty much how long he will be out.

  47. stevejjones says: Nov 5, 2013 10:46 AM

    Tebow is a great kid, and I think he could have success in an offense tailored to his style. However, I wouldn’t wish this upon him. He deserves to be with a team that values him enough to have him around from training camp on. There’s no shame in being a backup. He could be a backup.

  48. zam0854 says: Nov 5, 2013 10:55 AM

    If the Eagles have 5 turnovers this week at Lambeau then the Packers will win the game..LOL come on, this depleted Packers defense, and lets not get started on the offense..It is a passionate franchise, but you cant see yourself coming out on top. The Eagles defense has been playing well the past month and that will be enough to cause some mistakes for Seneca

  49. WACANHFL says: Nov 5, 2013 10:56 AM

    So, what’s Bart Starr up to these days…

  50. atepper001 says: Nov 5, 2013 11:07 AM

    nothing about rodgers quitting on the team? he came out without a sling, why isn’t anyone in the media or the p*ssies on twitter going after him as being a quitter or wimp? but when cutler has a grade 2 tear of his ACl, a tear of his groin or a concussion he takes a ton of heat.

  51. pootytang66 says: Nov 5, 2013 11:12 AM

    Now you know how it feels to have a bad QB playing for your team…sincerely, Viking Fan

  52. richardmswartz says: Nov 5, 2013 11:19 AM

    If Green Bay really wants to sign and play Tebow (which is ridiculous I know), all us Eagles fans will take up a collection and pay his salary for the Packers.

  53. xx4zu1 says: Nov 5, 2013 11:21 AM

    Time to make amends with Farve?

  54. Suck for the Duck says: Nov 5, 2013 11:38 AM

    I think the Vikings have a few quarterbacks they would be willing to give up in a trade. I know Ted has a lot of sixth-round picks stockpiled.

  55. cmstrick says: Nov 5, 2013 12:02 PM

    Flynn’s elbow is shot, Tebow sucks, and Favre is retired.

    Thompson will stand pat with Seneca Wallace and he’ll likely be just fine with a week’s worth of practice with the #1’s.

    We’re not a one-dimensional team any more. We don’t have to throw it 40 times a game.

  56. jtakstaples says: Nov 5, 2013 1:22 PM

    If Rodgers is going to be out for more than 3 weeks, I think that Tebow is a viable option. Lacy and Tebow along with Packers receiver threats could work.

    As a Packers fan, I would be happy to have Tebow.

  57. jimnsota says: Nov 5, 2013 1:25 PM

    Pretty amazing what happens to the best franchise in all the land! Or at least that’s what Packer fans think. Welcome to the misery of not having a star QB. Your just another crap team welcome to looserville.

  58. crappygovernment says: Nov 5, 2013 2:07 PM

    The Lord will injure as many Qbs as it takes to get His favorite Qb, Tim Tebow, back in the NFL!

    This plague can end today, NFL shysters!

  59. evansvc says: Nov 5, 2013 7:13 PM

    Bring in VINCE YOUNG…
    He is ready to play NOW…. Vince is 6′-5″– mobile– with talent and playoff experience…. He is hungry, motivated and determined to show he can play this game at a high level….
    Vince is a LOW risk-HIGH reward type of guy… and a wise choice for any GM/Head Coach looking to upgrade their quarterback pool….

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