The effect of Aaron Rodgers’ injury
Like I eluded to on the previous page, Rodgers getting hurt in the Vikings game changed the whole complexion of the Packers season. Rodgers was having one of the best starts to a season that he has had in a while. Beating the Seahawks in the opener at Lambeau Field started things off nicely against a foe that has given the team fits in the past.
As the team prepared for a tough, rivalry game against their Norse nemesis it looked like the Packers could make a strong statement to the league that the road to the Super Bowl could go through Packers News.
Well, that came to a crashing halt.
Vikings linebacker Barr, legally but not necessarily ethically, pounced on Rodgers after he threw an incomplete pass to Marty Bennett during the first quarter. The play will live in Packers infamy for a while.
Barr claims it was not intentional and Rodgers gave him an earful as he was carted off the field. To say Barr meant to have that impact on his hit is only answerable by Barr himself and Packers and Vikings fans can debate that endlessly. The fact of the matter is that it was a tremendous blow to a team full of confidence and momentum and it left them with grime despair.
We all thought Hundley could come in and do some good things while Rodgers worked to get back into playing shape in time for the playoffs. Hundley was in the system for three years and looked decent in the preseason games the past few years.
Things would be OK, but not great. Right?
Not so much. Hundley looked lost. Granted, he was thrown in when he wasn’t expected to play and had to do his best with a first team that was used to Rodgers and his abilities. Yet, as each week passed with Hundley as the starter we didn’t see the progress and development that everyone expected from him. When it came time to him to shine and show his abilities he failed to do so.
Passing inaccuracy, terrible sacks, bad reads, not throwing the ball away when nothing was happening on a play, missed plays and bad clock management all were factors. He just wasn’t getting it. I’m afraid that he never will at this point.