NFL schedule makers “a little nervous” about scheduling Packers with Aaron Rodgers’ situation

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Uncertainty around whether Aaron Rodgers will play for the Packers in 2021 affected the NFL schedule.

The NFL’s scheduling guru, Senior VP of broadcasting Howard Katz, told Peter King that not knowing whether Rodgers would play had the league concerned about putting the Packers in marquee games.

“That got us a little nervous,” Katz told King.

Ultimately, the 2021 NFL schedule puts the Packers in big games on all four networks within the first four weeks of the season: The FOX doubleheader in Week One, Monday Night Football in Week Two, Sunday Night Football in Week Three and the CBS doubleheader in Week Four.

“The Green Bay Packers are still the Green Bay Packers, with or without Aaron Rodgers,” Katz said. “They’re a great team and a great brand. We started to think about some of the permutations of the schedule. Ultimately, when he didn’t get traded, we couldn’t solve for something we didn’t know. It was pretty deliberate the way we maxed out the Packers early in the season. You’re right that each of the networks has their bite at the Packers in the first month. That was deliberate.”

All those big Packers games early in the season will certainly be big if Rodgers is on the team, but there will be plenty of interest in seeing what the Packers look like without Rodgers at the start of the season as well, if Rodgers isn’t there. Without Rodgers, the Packers would be more likely to be out of contention late in the season, but early in the season, as Katz says, the Packers are still the Packers.

5 responses to “NFL schedule makers “a little nervous” about scheduling Packers with Aaron Rodgers’ situation

  1. “The Green Bay Packers are still the Green Bay Packers, with or without Aaron Rodgers.”

    Is that so? Hopefully Jordan Love gets that memo.

  2. If Rodgers does not return (and I have no reason to believe he won’t,) it will be his loss. The Packers built a team and system around him……..while running a successful business that doesn’t repeatedly mortgage the future…….and has made it to the NFCCG two years in a row. The loss to the Bucs was on coaching, that, and the luckiest quarterback to ever play the game. If Rodgers is truly petty and grudgey (which I don’t believe he is,) I won’t mind him leaving. I’ll support whoever wants to be there. But…….he should speak up. What does he want (in his words?) Come on already.

  3. stellarperformance says:
    May 17, 2021 at 7:35 am
    If Rodgers does not return (and I have no reason to believe he won’t,) it will be his loss. The Packers built a team and system around him……..while running a successful business that doesn’t repeatedly mortgage the future…….and has made it to the NFCCG two years in a row. The loss to the Bucs was on coaching, that, and the luckiest quarterback to ever play the game. If Rodgers is truly petty and grudgey (which I don’t believe he is,) I won’t mind him leaving. I’ll support whoever wants to be there. But…….he should speak up. What does he want (in his words?) Come on already.

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    Rodgers owes it to his teammates to break his silence. Maybe the packers NOT mortgaging the future and taking a risk is why the Packers haven’t been back to the Super Bowl since 2011.I wouldn’t call 6 rings luck, it was a team effort on the part of the Bucs and that’s what good team can in all three phases of the game – offense, defense and special teams. Its not the Bucs fault that Green Bay couldn’t move the ball. Two week from tomorrow will tell the tale, June 1st would become the most important day in Packer history. Empires rise and fall dude and the Packers are not different than the rest of the 31 other teams.

  4. The Packers are still the Packers without Rodgers, but they’re the 1968-1991 Packers.

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