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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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