Morning Buzz: Aaron Rodgers thanks fans for support
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com. Grab a strong cup of coffee and get caught up on everything you need to know about the Packers.
We’ll start with Michael Cohen’s look at the outlook for a team that loses an MVP-caliber player. In short: It ain’t good.
Dating to 2000, nine teams have been forced to play five or more games without an injured quarterback who already had won, or would eventually win, a Most Valuable Player award. The results aren’t pretty:
» Seven of the nine teams missed the playoffs entirely.
» Six of the nine teams finished with seven wins or fewer.
» The two teams that reached the playoffs — the 2013 Packers and the 2000 Rams — failed to advance.
» The overall record of the nine teams is 57-86-1.
» The combined record of backup quarterbacks is 34-53-1.
It means that losing an MVP quarterback is almost always a death knell, which doesn’t bode well for the Packers. Even if they rally around Hundley and turn their 4-2 record into a playoff berth, their dreams of winning the Super Bowl likely shattered in Minnesota.
Aaron Rodgers underwent surgery on his collarbone Thursday. He posted a post-surgery photo on Instagram, thanked fans for their support and included the hashtags: #comebackstartsnow #riseagain:
No, the hit that led to this surgery was not dirty, as I explain in my latest podcast:
Clay Matthews was surprised there was no flag on the hit:
Tom Silverstein writes on the Jahri Evans Revenge Game:
I spoke with Larry Holder of the Times-Picayune about what kind of Saints team the Packers will be facing:
Tom and Michael go over the key matchups in Saints-Packers on their latest podcast:
Joe Callahan has learned from some of the best:
The Packers have partnered with Microsoft:
Bart Starr will be in the house on Sunday:
Elsewhere, Jason Wilde writes on the Packers offense getting in sync:
Dusty Mancuso breaks down the play of Brett Hundley over at Pack to the Future:
Wayne Larrivee gives his Saints scouting report on his podcast:
Rob Demovsky writes on the return of Vince Biegel:
Cheesehead TV previews the matchup with the Saints:
ACME Packing Company looks at stats from the last time Rodgers missed extended time:
Zach Kruse highlights how Cameron Jordan will be a problem for the Packers:
Some Packers fans aren’t giving up on the idea of Colin Kaepernick:
You can join the team's photographer on a tour of his work around Lambeau later this afternoon:
Wisconsin hockey hung out at Lambeau: