If there was any question about whether Aaron Rodgers would take any number of meaningful snaps for the Green Bay Packers this preseason, there no longer should be.
The Packers are clearly going to roll with Brett Hundley in their first preseason game, with Rodgers likely a bystander throughout.
And we’ve raised the question before. How can you expect a fast start when the regular season rolls around, when you don’t get a feel for your timing during the preseason?
Well, pish posh, says AR.
“I don’t think there’s any correlation with that, no,” Rodgers said.
Rodgers threw a whopping nine passes last preseason. He played in one game. Then he and the offense came out and stunk it up for about half the season.
Rodgers, however, will not blame that on lack of preseason playing time. He’ll blame it on personnel groups, which would seem to suggest that coach Mike McCarthy doesn’t really know what he’s doing until halfway through the season.
“We have to figure out what those personnel groups are from the start. And you know we’ve been working on some things; we’ll start to work on some more stuff as a No. 1 group as the weeks progress, as we get more playing time in the preseason. But to me it’s all about the identity. I don’t think it’s about reps — it’s just finding how we’re going to start the season and what kind of team we want to be on offense.”
And shouldn’t those things be established during the preseason?
Just a thought.
Look, we get it. You don’t want to risk the only guy on your team that matters in a meaningless game. At the same time, if the Packers start slow again — especially on offense — we’re certainly going to wonder if Rodgers shouldn’t have gotten some game action with his receivers.
Perhaps the NFL should just get rid of the damn preseason and we wouldn’t have to discuss it.