The Green Bay Packers will officially start their journey towards a fifth Super Bowl Championship on July 26th when the team opens training camp for the 2014 and after a long offseason, the season cannot get here fast enough.
As we look ahead to training camp, the Packers Guru is doing a position-by-position preview of Green Bay’s 2014 roster and now that we are just weeks away, this seems like a perfect time to get started, so today we begin our breakdown with the quarterback position.
Quarterbacks on the Roster: Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien, Chase Retting:
Thanks to the brilliance of Rodgers, the Packers have one of the best quarterback situations in the NFL. Despite starting and finishing only nine games last season, Rodgers is still arguably the best quarterback in the game and when he was on the field last year, Green Bay put together an impressive 6-3 record.
The former first-round pick in the 2005 NFL Draft, turned 30 this offseason, which means that Rodgers is entering the prime of his career. Thanks to the long-term contract he signed with the Packers last offseason, his future in Green Bay is secure for the foreseeable future and he can now focus on getting that second Super Bowl title that proved so elusive to former Packer great Brett Favre.
In his nine starts last season, Rodgers was extraordinary. He completed more than 66 percent of his passes, while throwing 17 touchdown passes compared to just six interceptions. He also averaged 281 passing yards per game and posted a passer rating of better than 104. There is no question that when healthy, Rodgers is an elite player and the biggest reason why the Packers have made the playoffs five years running.
The biggest question surrounding the Packers quarterback position has nothing to do with Rodgers but instead it centers on who will be his backup.
After Rodgers went down with an injury last season, three different quarterbacks started games for Green Bay — Seneca Wallace, Tolizen and Flynn. Tolzien showed flashes in his two-game stint as a starter but he was turnover prone and failed to win a game for Green Bay.
Flynn on the other hand, led the Packers to a 2-2 record in four starts and also came off the bench and rallied Green Bay from 16 points down to tie Minnesota.
Flynn, who did his part to save the Packers season in 2013, re-signed with the team for the 2014 season, giving Green Bay two players with starting experience vying to be Rodgers backup. This is a good thing for the organization as experienced backups aren’t always easy to come by but with the job up for grabs, expect an entertaining competition to ensue.
The competition will get even more interesting if the Packers decide to keep just two quarterbacks. Yet, after the disastrous situation they found themselves in last year, one would think Green Bay would strongly consider keeping both backups on the roster. Tolizen is just 26 years old and could be groomed as the long-term backup to Rodgers if Flynn departs in free agency following the season.
While there are still some questions surrounding the Packers’ quarterback position, the truth is that with Rodgers, Flynn and Tolzien, Green Bay is not only set with its starting quarterback, its backup situation is also much better than in years past — something Packer fans should feel very good about heading into the 2014 season.