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The cancel Aaron Rodgers people are going to be so disappointed.
The Green Bay Packers’ quarterback was already canceled by some healthcare provider no one outside Wisconsin has heard of, and reporters have been calling State Farm spokespeople to see if the national insurer is willing to end its relationship with Rodgers.
Terry Bradshaw of FOX NFL Sunday, meanwhile, was apparently quite butt-hurt with Rodgers because he “lied” about being vaccinated before missing Sunday’s game at Kansas City while on the Covid-19 reserve list.
“I’ll give Rodgers some advice,” Bradshaw muttered while on set at the U.S. Naval Academy. “It would be nice if he came to the Naval Academy and learned how to be honest.
“Learn not to lie because that’s what you did, Aaron.”
Never mind that during his rant Bradshaw called Ivermectin, which Rodgers mentioned during his interview in question last week, a “horse dewormer.” And that’s not accurate.
The point is there’s a lot of outrage about Aaron Rodgers right now.
But if you’re expecting the Green Bay Packers to join in, you’ll probably be disappointed. Because, if nothing else, Sunday proved the Packers need Rodgers.
And that need might rise to the point they rethink about wanting to keep Rodgers beyond this season despite the general expectation Rodgers might wish to play elsewhere in 2022.
The reason the cancel clowns are facing this inconvenient reality is Rodgers has been and remains among the NFL’s finest quarterbacks. The Packers are 7-1 with Rodgers this season.
But that outstanding Green Bay team doesn’t seem quite yet ready to replace Rodgers with Jordan Love, who got his first NFL start Sunday against the Chiefs.
Love, in only his second season, played courageously and did his best. But he just didn’t play like Rodgers and the Packers lost to the Chiefs, 13-7.
It was a rough outing for Love.
He completed 19 of 34 passes for 190 yards with 1 TD and 1 interception. Love finished the game with a 69.5 quarterback rating.
“Offensively, when you score seven points, that’s just not going to get it done,” Green Bay coach Matt LeFleur said.
This loss was not on Love. That needs to be said. But anyone who watched couldn’t help but believe the Packers would have won with Rodgers.
Even LeFleur admitted there were some tough situations the Packers offense faced that Rodgers “can get you out of.”
And, also, there was the fact Love was making his first start and he played like a young quarterback doing that.
At one point in the first half, the Packers called a time out to discuss a decision on fourth down but Love stayed in the huddle. LaFleur had to tell him to come over to the sideline so the two could talk.
On another occasion in the third quarter, Love found himself in shotgun formation but decided to walk up to the line, perhaps to change the play or get under center. The problem is the ball was snapped while he was moving.
And the ball hit him in or near the, well, you know. And although Love recovered the fumble, officials called him for illegal motion.
So Jordan Love wasn’t comfortable and didn’t look good, and to make matters worse the offense the Packers ran looked like Green Bay coaches didn’t exactly expect good things from Love because they were mostly just protecting him from himself.
So there was a lot about Love’s first NFL start that didn’t immediately suggest the Packers should move on from Rodgers after this season.
Afterward, LeFleur took the approach that Love did well and all the offensive problems were his (LeFleur’s) doing because he’s the offensive play-caller.
“This one squarely falls on me,” LeFleur said. “For us to be 2 for 12 on third down, obviously didn’t have a good enough plan for some of the zero pressures they brought on us.
“I thought Jordan, I was really proud of the way he played. He was taking hits and delivering the ball. I thought he did a really good job.”
Look, it’s commendable the coach takes the responsibility for the offense failing away from the starting quarterback. But the truth is Love wasn’t impressive and all LeFleur’s self blame accomplishes is it actually goes back to Rodgers.
Because LeFleur is basically admitting he’s not as good a coach without Rodgers in the lineup.
The Chiefs, of course, must be commended for taking advantage of Rodgers’ absence. They blitzed, they showed Love as many looks both pre-snap and after as possible to confuse him.
Despite this, Love did have good moments. On first-and-10 from the 1 yard line in the second quarter. Love delivered a 22-yard check down and added an 8-yard scramble that got the Packers out of trouble.
He later completed a 35-yard throw on the run to Randall Cobb in the middle of the field. But he followed that by throwing poorly on consecutive attempts to Cobb and Davante Adams.
So there was some good amid the trouble but that generally means things were inconsistent.
And this leads to the question about what’s going to be Green Bay’s thinking relative to letting Love succeed Rodgers after this season — assuming Love doesn’t get a ton more starts:
“Well, you know, I think that, um … It’s a small sample size, right?” LeFleur said. “I thought he did a lot of great things, I got to go back and look at the tape, but we see him every day in practice against a good defense … You take it day by day.”
That answer sounds like the Green Bay Packers aren’t quite ready to cancel Aaron Rodgers.
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