As I woke up this morning trying to rid my head of the ridiculous, bombastic, stupifying football jargon spewed by one Jon Gruden last night, I kept coming back to one simple question....are the Packers arrogant or just stupid?
During the post game wrap( oh to able to resurrect Howard Cosell, or steal Brent Musberger from the college game...Gruden's idea of analysis is telling us how great a player is...after he makes a good play) the un-dynamic ESPN duo were discusing the plight of the Pack sans Rodgers. Gruden stated something to the effect of "no team can afford to lose their QB more than the Packers."
Really? More than the other 31 teams in the league? Rodgers is a top 3 talent in the league yes...an extremely rare and valuable asset. What do you do with valuable assets? Usually you insure them-would you drive a BMW blindfolded at night with no car insurance? Well, I think the transgression of the Packers is euivalent or worse...going into an important game and your back-up to Aaron Rodgers is Senecca Wallace?
A player who:
- has 21 career starts; 5-9 with Seattle, 1-6 with Cleveland for a 6-15 overall record.
- did not take a snap for the Packers in the preseason.
- was out of the game in 2012.
- has one career rushing TD, although he is known for his mobility.
If I were a Packers' fan I would be livid...and not just because I had to wear those God-awful colors. The Packers' brass is viewed as one of the smartest in the league, how could this happen? Were they delusional after years of Favre and Rodgers never being hurt that they believed they had the only monopoly on indestructible quarterbacks? Mike McCarthy always seemd a bit arrogant to me...was I correct? Did they really believe they could survive a Rodgers injury with a player of Wallace's caliber?
I am betting they were living in denial...in a game where a seemingly normal tackle can break bones, or a non-thunderous collision can cause a concussion...they said; "It won't happen to us".
I am also betting that if Rodgers injury is significant, there will be try-outs this week in Green Bay.
I take no joy in Rodgers being hurt, he seems a like-able chap who is fun to watch throw the football...but sadisticly I am satisfied to see the Packers put in this position, and excited to see the Bears back in the race for the NFC North.