A Violent Femme’s View – What Have You Done For Me Lately?
There seems to be varying amounts of mass hysteria out there in PackerFanLand after this latest close loss, particularly regarding the play of Aaron Rodgers. It is accurate to say that Rodgers’ play has been inconsistent at best. In my opinion there are some very valid reasons for it, many of which are beyond his control. The OLine gaping like a chasm again, for instance.
Interestingly, I have seen more than one blogger preface a criticism by saying (and I paraphrase with perhaps more than a soupçon of sarcasm) “I never criticized Favre and look where that got me, so I’m not hesitating to cream Rodgers now that he’s struggling.”
Don’t get me wrong, criticizing Rodgers is not off limits, and doing so does not mean one is jumping off the bandwagon. No one was a bigger Favre homer than me, and I realize all too well the mistake that was. Still, some of these blasts rankle. Wow, you didn’t criticize ol-what’s-his-name so you are going to make sure you roast the next guy? I don’t get it.
Before I could construct my thoughts fully for this week’s post, “Anita” – also known as @chezhdchick on Twitter and another Violent Femme if ever I saw one – stole my thunder and wrote a blistering comment to a post on Packers Lounge. I couldn’t agree more with the sentiment. I have to admit I agree with the profanity too. Sue me.
She quite rightly says:
“I can only roll my eyes at the bloggers jumping off the Rodgers band wagon tonight. I remember the not-even-f**king-close-to-elite QB tenures of Randy White and Don Majkowski, and names like Anthony Dilweg and Blair Kiel, all the way back to vague flashes of David Whitehurst and Lynn Dickey. My Packer memories go (back) before the arrival of #4 and the idea that Rodgers is suddenly not good enough is laughable….”
I think Anita and I have lived through the same number of up and down (many, many years of down) Packer cycles. She’s preaching to the choir over here.
This gem in particular is right on the mark:
“When #12′s contract expires and he leaves town after finally having enough of the “you’re not good enough” crap he’s had to endure since the circus retirement of his predecessor, it will not surprise me one bit. Who wants this f**king job? Toss a three hundred yard game, pass for a TD, run for a TD, leave parts of your dental on the field, and still get blamed when your defense can’t stop a second rate QB after your punter gives him the ball on the 50 in OT? Okaaaay.”
If you read Lori Nickel’s article earlier this year in which Rodgers opened up about exactly how tough that first year starting was for him from a fan reaction standpoint, you understand why he said “They need to get on board now or keep their mouths shut.” He’s still got a point. Maybe he’s struggling. Maybe he whined a bit to the refs on Sunday. So? He’s head and shoulders above a lot of quarterbacks in the league. We are damned lucky to have him instead of oh, say, Brian Brohm. We’ve seen his potential. Let’s not jump to the conclusion he can’t get the job done.
Feel free to pin a target on Mike McCarthy’s back though.
Go Pack Go.