The Green Bay Packers have lost quarterback Aaron Rodgers for at least three weeks with a fractured collarbone revealed by initial tests on Tuesday. This Packers team has been handed another huge blow on offense, and this one may be the injury they cannot withstand. With only Seneca Wallace on the 53-man roster, the Packers don’t have a solid option at the quarterback position.
There are other options on the free agent market that can be valuable to the Packers. The Buffalo Bills have just released as of Sunday a familiar face in Green Bay. Quarterback Matt Flynn, who has been a journeyman in the NFL since leaving Green Bay for the Seattle Seahawks, has made stops with the Oakland Raiders and most recently the Bills. Flynn could be the perfect fit for a Packers team that has been sent reeling after a devastating injury to the most important player on the field. Flynn has to clear waivers before the Packers would be able to sign him, but it may not be as easy of a transition as some may think.
It may have only been a year since Flynn has left the Packers, but he has been in three different systems over that time and learned three separate playbooks. It may make it a little tougher on Flynn to come in immediately and contribute the way the Packers need him too, but with the quarterback landscape the Packers are left with it seems that signing Flynn would be a great option for a team that hasn’t had a solid backup since he departed.
After the performance Seneca Wallace had when Rodgers exited it doesn’t appear that he will be the answer over the next three weeks with Rodgers sidelined. Mike McCarthy gave no indication of bringing in another player to help with the situation, saying that he is focused on working with Wallace this week for a game with the Philadelphia Eagles. Wallace spelled Rodgers and didn’t show much promise besides turning around and handing off the ball to Eddie Lacy or James Starks to give the Packers their only sense of an offense.
The Packers have to make a move to solidify the quarterback position. Right now the best option is to bring in a player who is familiar with the playbook as well as the culture and the players in the locker room. The receivers for Packers are all familiar with Flynn. This chemistry is something that has been gone for a year or so, but the receivers and Flynn should be able to get back on the same page. The Packers are in a world of trouble over the next three weeks, and Flynn is their only glimmer of hope that can bring some consistency back to the offense.