To play or not to play?
For Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur, that is the question.
Rodgers was a last minute scratch in last night’s preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens due to “back tightness” that LaFleur said after the game flared up earlier in the day and Rodgers was being held out as a precautionary measure.
There’s little doubt Rodgers would have been up had this been a regular season game, but how much we’ll see if Rodgers if at all in the preseason has suddenly become a question again after LaFleur said earlier in the week he wanted to see Rodgers and the starters for a full quarter against Baltimore.
One would think that in the first year of a new offensive system, Rodgers would play in at least two games to get a feel for LaFleur’s playcalling in a game atmosphere but now the coach says it’s “not a necessity” that the quarterback suits up for the exhibition season.
This means one of two things: the Packers are either mishandling Rodgers’ adapting to the new offense (beware clickbait headlines) or LaFleur and Rodgers are both so comfortable in the quarterback’s grasp of the scheme that they don’t feel exposing him to any kind of injury risk would be beneficial.
Until proven otherwise, LaFleur deserves the benefit of the doubt and we’ll go with the latter scenario.
We’ll look at Rodgers missing a second preseason game plus other postgame reactions in today’s cheese curds.
We’ll have to trust LaFleur on this one, but if/when the offense sputters early September (and I say “when” because it’s a new system and growing pains are likely), the coach needs to be ready to answer questions about the preseason whether they are fair or not.
Meanwhile there was no further development in the race to be Rodgers’ backup as DeShone Kizer and Tim Boyle both continued their consistent inconsistency. Both made plays but they also made decisions and throws that left you befuddled. This is a battle that likely will come down to the fourth and final preseason game.
There isn’t usually a “burn the tape” game in the preseason, but this might be one for Green Bay. Missed tackles once again plagued the defense and the offense struggled to find any sort of rhythm.
It was a cool moment between the Packers star quarterback and the Ravens’ young signal caller at midfield after the game. Jackson’s athletic skills are very fun to watch, but he’d be wise to heed what Rodgers was telling him to avoid unnecessary injury.
Gawk, don’t squawk.