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Jordy Nelson on if Aaron Rodgers is a System Quarterback: That’s a Joke

In 20 years, asking for the name of the quarterback who holds the Packers’ record for passing yardage and passing touchdowns in a single game could be a terrific trivia question.  Unless Aaron Rodgers or some other Green Bay quarterback can throw for more than 480 yards and 6 touchdowns in a game, the answer will be the incomparable Matt Flynn.  Guesses are sure to include Rodgers, Brett Favre, and Bart Starr.

With Flynn turning in a record-breaking performance and leading the Packers to a Week 17 victory over the Lions, there have been some rumblings about Rodgers’ success being a product of a great offensive system in Green Bay.  If Flynn can do it that means anyone can, right?  Jordy Nelson laughs at such suggestions.

“That’s a joke,” Nelson said during an interview with WSSP in Milwaukee. “I think that’s very disrespectful for people to say that about Aaron. The year he’s had, the past couple years he’s had, have been incredible. I think that’s very disrespectful for a guy who’s put a lot of time, a lot of effort, a lot of work into his game. To have a great year, as he’s had … and now all of the sudden he’s a system quarterback. I don’t agree with any of that.”

Neither do we.  What Flynn did last Sunday was truly remarkable.  When you consider the fact that Rodgers, Favre, and Starr have over 30 years of Packers starts between them, it is amazing that someone like Flynn would hold those two records.  That being said, people love to overreact.

What Flynn did on Sunday may have earned him a rather large payday in the future, but it says nothing about the season Rodgers had.  Rodgers is surrounded with weapons on offense, but he just turned in arguably the greatest single season by any quarterback ever.  An accomplishment like that takes a combination of a great system and a great starter.  When you’re talking about 45 touchdowns, over 4,600 yards, and only six interceptions, the latter holds far more weight.

Matt Flynn Impresses Even in Loss to Pats

If you thought the Patriots were going to hammer the Packers on Sunday night because Matt Flynn was in for Aaron Rodgers at quarterback, you’re not alone. I think we all can raise our hands if we were asked that question. That also means everyone outside of Matt’s parents were shocked by how well he played.

The former 7th round pick from LSU went 24/37 for 251 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-27 loss on Sunday night. Flynn threw an interception, lost a fumble, and was sacked five times, but he had Green Bay in the game the entire time and he played better than almost anyone could have anticipated. Flynn matched Tom Brady pass for pass and actually looked better than the MVP-candidate for most of the game.

Some people will criticize Flynn and say he proved his youth and inexperience with the way he mishandled the end of the game. I disagree — I don’t think many other quarterbacks would have managed things better. Spare me the “he learned his clock management in college from Les Miles” talk — Matt Flynn was impressive in his first career start and proved he is fully capable of leading the Packers to victory in the future.

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Aaron Rodgers Concussion Means Matt Flynn Will Likely Start Against Dolphins

Sunday seemed like a nightmare scenario for the Green Bay Packers at FedEx Field. Not only did they blow a 13-3 lead and a game in which they were dominant, losing 16-13 in overtime, but they also lost several key players against the Redskins.

The most notable injury was to quarterback Aaron Rodgers who sustained a concussion in overtime. Tight end Jermichael Finley displaced his hamstring and could miss a few weeks, while star linebacker Clay Matthews also left with a hamstring injury.

The game completely changed when Clay Matthews exited the contest because of cramps, as he was pressuring Donovan McNabb on nearly every play. Though his final stats show just 1.5 sacks, Matthews was in the backfield on almost every passing play making McNabb uncomfortable on nearly every down. There’s no word on how much time Matthews will miss, but with a displaced hamstring muscle, Finley could be out for some time.

Aaron Rodgers joins Kevin Kolb, Matt Moore, and Jay Cutler as the four starting quarterbacks to be concussed during a game this season. You know what else they all have in common? None of them started the following week. Because of the league’s sensitivity towards concussions, you can expect Aaron Rodgers to be out next weekend. That means Matt Flynn will likely start for the Packers against the Dolphins at home next Sunday.

It’s not unreasonable to think that Green Bay will lose next weekend with Rodgers, Finley, and possibly Matthews, and that they’ll be 3-3 and two games behind the potentially 5-1 Bears in the NFC North. They’re in all kinds of trouble early in the season, which is stunning since most people considered them to be a Super Bowl favorite.

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