When Aaron Rodgers went down with a broken collarbone on November 4th, his left shoulder wasn’t the only thing wounded. As evident by their 0-4-1 record since that day, the Packers team as well was shattered by the injury to their leader. As a result, Green Bay now sits on the outside looking in of the playoff picture, needing to win out to have any remote chance at contention.
While having Rodgers on the field certainly gives the Packers the best chance at making a playoff run, if he is unable to play this Sunday vs. Atlanta, it may be time to start thinking about what’s in the best interest of not only Aaron’s career, but also this team’s future. This thinking is seemingly shared by the Packers organization, as it was announced today that the Packers are in fact considering such a move.
In my opinion it comes down to wether or not Rodgers can suite on this upcoming Sunday. Although the Falcons have struggled this year, they present a substantial challenge if Matt Flynn, not Aaron Rodgers, is playing QB. As we saw on Thanksgiving, and in the three previous games, without Rodgers, this Packers’ team is dreadful to say the least. Thus, its reasonable to assume that they could lose to Atlanta at home, dropping them two games under .500 and ending all hopes for a playoff spot. If such were to unfold, I’m all for sitting Rodgers for the rest of the season. All potential risks of him re-injuring his left shoulder and jeopardizing his immediate future in games meaningless to the Packers’ season are removed. Also, although it may be a harsh reality, once the Packers are eliminated from the playoffs, losing games isn’t the worst outcome. For a team with tremendous holes on defense, having a high draft pick to use on maybe a safety or linebacker would be beneficial to say the least.
With the way the Packers were playing before Rodgers went down, it’s really a shame that this had to unfold. That said, instead of moping on what could of been, it’s time for the Packers and their fans to start thinking about what gives them the best chance to return to success in the near future. Although it may be tortuous, shutting Aaron Rodgers down for the rest of the 13-14 season may be just that.