Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy met with media members this afternoon and discussed several topics ranging from the Packers’ most recent tie against the Minnesota Vikings to the lack of solid play by the defense. However, there was one question asked immediately that everyone was wondering: Will Aaron Rodgers play on Thursday against the Detroit Lions?
McCarthy told reporters that although he spoke to Rodgers and the QB wants to play, there is a slim to none chance that he will. McCarthy was then asked who would be the starter if Rodgers can’t play and he proceeded to say, “In four days it is difficult to get anyone ready. We need to get two quarterbacks ready.”
This answer by McCarthy is hopefully a plan of his to keep the Lions guessing and have to prepare for two different styles of quarterbacks. If it is not the case and he truly is indecisive I have a major bone to pick with him.
Matt Flynn proved to every Packers fan and everyone inside of the organization that he is healthy and can still play football. Scott Tolzien, on the other hand, proved yet again that he is not quite ready to make the plays the Packers offense calls for and continues to have too many turnovers. If Rodgers can’t play Flynn is the obvious answer.
If McCarthy decides to go with Tolzien on Thursday and the Packers lose a game that could catapult them back into first place he will have many fans calling for his firing. And to be honest I would be one of those many fans.
Flynn gives this team the best chance at winning while Rodgers is sidelined, and with all the craziness surrounding this year’s team he could lead them to a victory and get them back where they belong atop the NFC North.
I hope McCarthy comes to his senses and would expect him to name a starter by Wednesday. The best option is Flynn, but if Tolzien gets the nod he sure as heck better step his game up or he and McCarthy will be on the next plane out of Green Bay.