Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers Not Happy About Early Bye Week
Many Green Bay Packers fans griped and groaned when the 2013 NFL schedule was released. It was not because of the difficulty of the schedule, but rather, the fact that the Packers have their bye in Week 4. That means they will play 13 consecutive games without a break. Not only were the fans upset but one of the star players on the team was as well.
“We have an early bye and 13 straight. I don’t know how many favors we’re getting here,” superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers said, according to Yahoo! Sports.
No team wants to have an early bye week, especially a group of players that are clearly playing at a high level. Rodgers and the rest of the team would prefer to string some wins together instead of having a week off that could be a potential momentum killer. Obviously, if Green Bay loses to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday then the bye week will come at a perfect time. However, if the Packers play as well as they did last week then I am confident that will not be the case.
Green Bay has not had a bye as early as Week 4 since the 1999 season. They followed up with a win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that year.
Head coach Mike McCarthy was asked about his thoughts on an early bye week and if it is a concern of his.
“There’s nothing I can do about it,” McCarthy said, according to Yahoo! Sports. “It’s the earliest I’ve been a part of, so I’ll let you know how it goes.”
Personally, I would prefer it if the Packers had a bye later in the season because it could be beneficial if certain injuries come along, which is something that will definitely happen at some point. With that being said, it is important to look at the bright side. The Packers will play the Detroit Lions in Week 5 and the Baltimore Ravens in Week 6. The extra time to study and prepare could make a huge difference.