The Green Bay Packers announced on Thursday that Aaron Rodgers will be their starting quarterback in week 17 of the 2013 NFL season in the team’s matchup with the Chicago Bears. The winner of the game between these two rivals will make a trip to the postseason as the winners of the NFC North.
You can talk all you want about what Rodgers means to this team and there are many fair points on the matter, but that’s not what I see with this situation. What it looks like to me is that the coaches and front office for the Packers look like they’ve been holding the right cards all along while the league, the fans and the rest of the division thought they were holding making a foolish play.
It really was like the front office was playing black this whole time. They took their time in bringing Rodgers back, making sure he was fully healthy. That not only was a gamble for their own record, but also a gamble on the rest of the division not playing their way into a postseason berth and closing the door on the Packers. However, they knew that they had an ace in the hole the entire time.
Sure, Rodgers may not have been 100 percent and may not have been medically cleared, but that doesn’t change the fact that it seems like the Packers have made a brilliant move in keeping him out and playing the waiting game. Now they have their star quarterback in a must-win game and, with him playing on Sunday, likely for the postseason as well.