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 the 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.