Aaron Rodgers is feeling it

Does anyone remember the NFC North’s longest-tenured starting quarterback?  Yesterday’s “Black & Blue” division is all of a sudden a division filled with storied quarterbacks.  At least it appears that way. 

The Minnesota Vikings brought in an aging graybeard last week with an escorted ride from the airport by some guy who looks an awful lot like a gentleman impersonating a head football coach.

Out with the old...

Out with the old...

The Chicago Bears, desperately seeking a stellar quarterback for the first time in generations, made an offseason deal for the petulant Jay Cutler – the same Cutler who has established himself with a “stellar” 17-20 NFL record as a starting quarterback (before forcing a trade from the Denver Broncos) after building his resume with an 11-34 record as a starter during his college career at Vanderbilt.

And the Detroit Lions, of course, have Matthew Stafford, the #1 overall pick in this spring’s draft from Georgia (who, hopefully, has recovered from his summer vacation).

But the longest-tenured starting quarterback in the division is the one avoiding the off-season headlines and, apparently, looking to quietly lead the Green Bay Packers into the postseason for just the second time in the five years since Ted Thompson began his rebuilding process by making Aaron Rodgers his initial choice in the 2005 draft.

...in with the new

...in with the new

Yes, folks, as Yahoo! Sports pointed out last week, Rodgers is quickly making the progression to elite status in only his second season as a starting quarterback.

Need further proof?  Check out the Rodgers highlight package from tonight’s game.  Granted, it is only the preseason, but Rodgers is lighting it up.  The line against the Cardinals reads 14-19, 258 yards, 3 touchdowns, and a 38-10 halftime lead against the NFC Champions en route to a 44-37 victory on Arizona’s home field. 

This performance follows limited action in the first two preseason games (also victories) yielding an almost-perfect passer rating and a line of 13-19, 200 yards, and 3 touchdowns.

The NFC North is shaping up as a fantastic story to offset Mike Vick madness, the Dallas Cowboys scoreboard, and every ponderous story emanating from New York or Boston.  And you can take it to the bank that the Green Bay Packers wouldn’t trade their quarterback for any of the more-analyzed choices of their rivals. 

Sometimes slow and steady wins the race.

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~ by acm213 on August 28, 2009.

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