Quarterback Seneca Wallace lasted one series last week for the Green Bay Packers. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Packers backup QBs - they get hurt more than the starters

Green Bay Packers quarterback Scott Tolzien.
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Quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers and Brett Favre, as elite quarterbacks, have many of the same qualities, but one thing they have in common has kept them both under center for the last 22 years.  Brett is well known for his Iron Man streak of consecutive games played without missing a start (321, including 24 in the playoffs).

A-Rod had missed only one game since 2008 due to injury prior to his shoulder injury of two weeks ago.

In 1995 Favre got hurt against Minnesota, Ty Detmer  entered the game, and then turned around and suffered a hand injury. Enter the now ‘infamous’ T.J. Rubley. Another time Favre got hurt, enter Doug Peterson, who  got hurt (broken ribs) and Favre had to go back into the game.

Fast forward to this season and Aaron Rodgers gets hurt, enter Senaca Wallace, who gets hurt, enter Scott Tolzien. Do we see a pattern here yet? The point here is that both Favre and Rodgers have one major intangible in common; they both have “escapabilty,” which has led to their availability.

It also shows how durable both of these future Hall of Famers are/were. The Chicago Bears have had 26 quarterbacks start since Favre began his record streak, and both the Lions and Vikings have had more than 20 quarterbacks each during that same time period. Most of the league has had double digit numbers during that same time.

So when a Packers backup comes in to relieve the starter, they normally get hurt the same game they entered, again showing how Favre and Rodgers must know how to fall, must know how to run from trouble, must know how to throw to avoid injury, and both had the ability to avoid the big knockout hit when every defensive player in the league not wearing the same uniform wants to nail them hard.

Missing Rodgers now is illustrates the importance of an elite quarterback. Let’s hope this Sunday Tolzien doesn’t get hurt, because if he does, history tells us Matt Flynn will come in and get hurt, too. If that occurs, it will be up to John Kuhn. If that happens, it would be worse than the Rubley debacle.


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