Packers quarterbacks: Aaron Rodgers proved yet again how important he is for this team. After missing seven games in 2013, Rodgers was the top gun in the NFL by earning his second MVP trophy.
Where are we now:
Here are the current suspects:
Aaron Rodgers (1st round)
Matt Flynn (7th round)
Scott Tolzien (Undrafted free agent)
Aaron Rodgers: There’s isn’t anything that Rodgers cannot do. And this season Rodgers proved that he could shrug off injury by carving up the Cowboys’ secondary in a NFC Divisional Playoff. However, he looked indecisive and uncomfortable when playing on the road as evidenced by his play at Buffalo and at Seattle in the NFC Championship Game. In those two games he threw two interceptions apiece and had quarterback ratings of 34.3 and 55.8 — easily his worst of the season.
Matt Flynn: He narrowly won the backup job despite getting outplayed in the stat sheet in the preseason. Flynn’s flaws are apparent. He doesn’t have a lot, if any, zip on the ball. He gets nervous and tentative when the pocket begins to collapse and has been known to make poor reads.
Scott Tolzien: The book is still out on Tolzien. He showed off his strong arm when called into action in last year by throwing for 339 yards at the Giants. But he also showed he is very green with three picks. He can be a capable backup soon, but that appears to be his ceiling.
So that’s where we are. Next let’s look at…
Where we want to be: While it might be safe to assume that general manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy would be kicking up their heels about now with a quarterback that torched the league, you’d be wrong. Rodgers is 31 and has been nicked up plenty during his career. It’s time for the Packers to start thinking about who’s going to be next in line to replace the future Hall of Famer that replaced the former Hall of Famer.
How do we get there?
The 2015 draft only has two top-flight quarterbacks in Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. And the talent level drops off considerably to guys like Garrett Grayson or Bryce Petty. The only reason Thompson snags a quarterback from this draft is if he is unsure on how Tolzien will perform and hope that a guy like Christian Hackenberg falls to them in 2016.——————
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