Green Bay Packers: 5 reasons to keep the faith

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 08: Aaron Jones /
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5. Not his first rodeo

It wasn’t that long ago that the Packers lost Aaron Rodgers to his first collarbone fracture during a Monday-night loss to the Chicago Bears back in 2013.

A down-on-his-luck Mike McCarthy was forced to suffer through dismal performances on the part of Seneca Wallace and Scott Tolzien before inserting the spunky Matt Flynn into the lineup.

Though the career backup’s arm was of the pop-up variety, he was infinitely better equipped to lead the offense from a mental standpoint.

The Packers persevered and went 2-2-1 in the five games Flynn appeared in to set up an all-important season finale that saw Rodgers return in heroic fashion to conquer the Bears and claim the division title.

While the chances of No. 12 playing again this season appear rather bleak, McCarthy has proven to be fully capable of adjusting his play calling to the strengths of vastly inferior signal callers.

The Pittsburgh-born coach didn’t make it through 11-plus seasons as the big chief in Packers News without battling his way through numerous instances of adversity.

McCarthy is nothing if not battle-tested.