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Green Bay Packers: Aaron Rodgers only sees the open man

Aaron Rodgers hits the open man, and that is all. Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Rodgers hits the open man, and that is all. Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports


You know what fans of the Green Bay Packers love? They love the Green Bay Packers.

I mean, they really love them.

Packers fans are a part of something very special as this legendary fan base. We have the opportunity to be shareholders and co-owners of the team. Is that what makes us so attached to its players?

When Donald Driver retired, a piece of my heart went with him. Every tear that fell from his eye at that ceremony, I doubled it. These players are kin to us; we share in their successes and their failures. When Greg Jennings left via free agency, I felt betrayed. Yes, it’s a business. But it’s also a family.

Randall Cobb. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Randall Cobb. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Maybe that is why I felt so blindsided by offseason comments made by Jennings and reinforced by Driver, questioning Aaron Rodgers‘ leadership. I absolutely wanted him to refute and rebut – which he did not.

The Big Three however, is turning my frown upside down.

It’s all about the greater cause. But wide receivers are known for being a little on the diva side; everyone wants their touches. Aaron Rodgers doesn’t care about that. He only sees the open man. If Jennings was unhappy about his reception total, I can understand wanting to start anew somewhere else. I mean, it doesn’t look like things are going to change anytime soon in Green Bay.

Jordy Nelson, James Jones and Randall Cobb are team-centric and I love that about these guys. One week it’s Nelson hauling in the tough catches on the sideline; the next it’s James Jones going over the 100-yard mark extending plays with his incredible YAC average; the following week, I know we will see Cobb sprinting down the seam and taking a bomb to the house. Jermichael Finley is getting work, too.

It’s amazing to see these guys understanding the larger goals and putting their egos aside to support one another.

I am proud that our offense boasts such talent and that they exhibit a “one for all and all for one” mentality.

It’s encouraging.

Some quarterbacks have tunnel vision – only seeing their go-to guy, not checking all their routes, staring down a receiver or missing the big play across the field.

Not our guy.

He isn’t predictable. He isn’t looking for his “security blanket” on third and long; he isn’t padding a certain receiver’s stats and he isn’t excluding one side of the field. When he narrows in on a guy, he isn’t looking at a jersey number.

Everyone knows exactly who is getting the ball – the open man. And if you’re wearing Green and Gold, you are perfectly happy with that.

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  • JesseJW

    Okay, I get that you are all about Aaron Rodgers, but are you also saying that Donald Driver is being led by his ego? What the heck? You do know that he won Dancing With the Stars, right ??

    • Jamie

      You know (better than anyone, probably) that I LOVE me some Donald Driver. I mean, let’s face it: he was my screensaver on my phone, my cover photo on Facebook and my profile photo when he decided to retire. I love that man, but I have allegiance to Rodgers, too. Donald will always be (one of my favorite) Packers and nothing he says or does could change that! :)