Aaron Rodgers (left) sits on the bench next to quarterback Matt Flynn. Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports photograph

‘Organization decision’ – Aaron Rodgers out


With Mike McCarthy, the past month has been difficult, but it's been plenty frustrating for Packers fans, too. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

With Mike McCarthy, the past month has been difficult, but it’s been plenty frustrating for Packers fans, too.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Mike McCarthy told the press this afternoon that an “organization” decision was made to sit quarterback Aaron Rodgers for at least one more week and move on against the Pittsburgh Steelers with Matt Flynn as the Green Bay Packers quarterback.

Seemingly agitated and annoyed by the questions about Rodgers that dominated today’s press conference, McCarthy said several times that it was the organization’s consensus that Rodgers should be ruled out, but when pressed about who makes the final decision, McCarthy raised his voice and again reiterated that it was an organization decision and that he wasn’t going to stand up in front of the world and point fingers.

With Rodgers now out, Flynn will try to win his third straight for the Packers after orchestrating two consecutive comebacks and single-point wins against the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys. Last week’s 23-point comeback against the Cowboys on the road tied a franchise record for comebacks and has not only ignited Packers Nation, but the team itself.

McCarthy said that he and his staff came into the week planning to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers with whomever was under center. When asked directly at today’s press conference if he feels the team can beat the Steelers with Flynn, his raised voice as unmistakable, as was his resolve in indicating the positive.

Judging from McCarthy’s brusque delivery today, one can only wonder what went on behind closed doors. Rodgers was visibly upset last week when he was ruled out. What was his demeanor this week when told DSC_0190the news that the organization was making the decision to sit him down for at least one more week?

To be a fly on the wall at that meeting would certainly have been an eye-opening experience.

We’ll never know about that end of the deal, but we do know that the Packers head into Sunday’s game without their best option to win a game.

More questions about Rodgers and whether he will be back for the final game of the regular season at Chicago have already begun swirling and certainly won’t stop until the “organization” once again makes a decision.

Tags: Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers Mike McCarthy

  • Michael Garone

    LOOK boys and girls .. after I saw AR presser yesterday ..I knew he wasn’t playing .. He is not a happy player right now .. The leadership in GB is completely reliant on AR’s success..
    So making playoff is not priority 1.. Keeping AR behind center for as long as
    possible is key, and the Packers being relevant every year.. A bureaucratic
    like cover for losing/failure.. .it gives them a pass! .. Pay-checks and jobs
    are at risk.. I know it sounds a bit off the wall, but AR is more important than
    any Super-bowl and true to form a bureaucratic miss the real threat to AR’s
    health .. YOU can’t have the BEST QB in the NFL lead the league in sacks!! So,
    this is typical and predicable.. Instead doing risk assessment (MM calling
    games and developing schemes that clearly put the QB at more risk than necessary!)
    “Look at Manning’s uniform after a game” and please don’t give me the O line stuff..It’s
    only a very small component HE’s upright and rarely gets touched.. Funny
    because he can hardly walk .. they come
    out and act like they care about AR’s health ..(Which they do) but it’s more
    like smoke and mirrors.. It very similar to what a politician would do,, .. Shameful!
    ..

    • TapDogsDad

      So you are angry because the long term health of Rodgers and this franchise are more important to the leadership of this team than a single season? Do you REALLY believe that those responsible for this decision are cowering on a corner in fear of their jobs? McCarthy ? Thompson? Murphy ? REALLY??

    • RDS

      Wow!!! Some interesting implications to your post. I can’t agree with all of them, but you raise some interesting questions. I do believe, and have since week 10, that AR will not see the gridiron in a real game in 2013. I also do believe that this ‘miracle Packers run’ will conclude this Sunday. Big Ben will have a monster game and toy with the Packers’ defence. Then I will be able to watch the play-offs in peace.