Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy is pretty confident that quarterback Aaron Rodgers will not play on Thursday against the Detroit Lions. With that being said, he still doesn’t know who his quarterback is going to be as he is fond of both Matt Flynn and Scott Tolzien.
“Matt (Flynn) played very well. He deserves to start. I like the way Scott (Tolzien) has grown. We’re going to do everything we can to make sure both are ready,” McCarthy said, according to Packers.com.
The biggest issue here is that there shouldn’t be a debate. The answer to the question who will start against the Lions is obvious and that answer is Flynn.
Don’t get me wrong, Tolzien has done a heck of a job considering the circumstances. However, it simply hasn’t been good enough, which is something Green Bay simply can’t settle for right now. Flynn brought the Packers back on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings after the team was down 16 points in the fourth quarter. What more does he need to do to convince McCarthy that the job is his?
At this point, I have to imagine it isn’t so much as an internal debate as it’s the Packers not wanting the Lions to know who they will be facing. If that’s the case, it’s a smart move as both quarterbacks definitely have a different style of playing the position. Clearly, keeping any sort of edge is crucial prior to the biggest game of the season up to this point.
The Thanksgiving showdown is a must-win game for Green Bay. Despite posting a 0-3-1 record since Rodgers went down with a fractured collar bone, the Packers still find themselves in a position to take a share of first place in the NFC North. The players, coaches and fans really couldn’t ask for anything more considering Green Bay’s best player has been hurt.